Winter Wildlife Watch: The Majestic Moose

January 4, 2013
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The majestic moose is the second largest animal in B.C. and ranges through most of the province, with the exception of coastal areas and southern B.C.’s dry valleys. But it’s a regal beast you don’t want to get too close to. That’s why you’ll see moose warning signs posted by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure along some stretches of highway. Weighing up to 600 kilograms and standing as tall as two metres high at the shoulder, moose are...

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How to Merge Safely on a Highway

January 2, 2013
How to Merge Safely on a Highway

Safe highway merging requires the proper mix of cooperation and courtesy between drivers. After all, it’s all about sharing space. Quick – take a glance at your clothing and you’ll likely see the best analogy for merging… the zipper (it’s also one of the greatest Canadian inventions, too, eh?). For the zipper to work properly, opposing teeth must alternate smoothly. In high traffic scenarios in which two lanes reduce to one lane, for example, merging works much the same....

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Top 5 Blogs and a Video: Winter Highway Maintenance in BC

January 1, 2013

Building new bridges and opening new roads can be a great highlight of the work we do here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, but maintaining the highways that connect our province is our bread and butter. With over 40,000 kilometres of highways to maintain, on some of the most challenging terrain in the world and often through bad weather conditions – keeping British Columbia moving is no small feat. In order to keep you up to speed,...

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Road to the 2015 Canada Games Leads to Prince George

December 27, 2012
Road to the 2015 Canada Games Leads to Prince George

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is excited to play a part in helping Prince George and Northern B.C. host the 2015 Canada Winter Games. We wanted getting to and from the alpine and para-alpine skiing events to be free of spills and chills, so about two years ago, the ministry improved the turnoff from Highway 16 onto Purden Ski Hill Road. A deceleration lane was added for those approaching the ski hill road from the west, allowing vehicles...

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Earn Good Winter Driving Karma, Know Others’ Pet Peeves

December 26, 2012
Earn Good Winter Driving Karma, Know Others’ Pet Peeves

Wikipedia defines “pet peeve” as: a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to them, to a greater degree than others may find it. Wouldn’t it be great if we all understood what ticked each other off on the road – especially during winter when the elements are already stacked against us? Failing to clear the snow off your entire vehicle before the morning commute may not seem like a big deal when you’re in a hurry...

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The Sound of Pedestrian Safety: Audible Signals and Beyond

December 25, 2012
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Chirp-chirp. Cuckoo. You’ve likely heard these sounds while crossing certain intersections in British Columbia. Audible signals, which tell visually-impaired pedestrians when it’s safe to cross a road controlled by traffic lights, are helping set the tone for the province’s routine soundtrack. Watch this video to get a better idea of how audible signals announce pedestrian right-of-ways: Port Alberni received these important enhancements in September. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind...

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Bridging the Week: How did transportation improvements affect your life this year?

December 22, 2012

Here, there and everywhere. No matter where you looked this year, the tell tale signs of change and construction were visible. Digging, flagging, paving, building, expanding and consulting were all on the agenda for transportation this year. And to top it off, we just released our new aviation strategy, helping guide our continued growth into the New Year and even further down the runway. If this week was supposed to bring the end of world, it sure didn’t show...

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