Putting the “T” in Highway 97A Intersection Safety

January 15, 2014
Protected T

If you’ve ever driven along Highway 97A towards Vernon, you might be familiar with the Eagle Rock Road intersection. Traffic has changed here over the years. For one thing, there’s a lot more of it. That posed a particular problem here, as Eagle Rock Road accesses a heavily-used industrial area, and people had begun to ask for a safer way to get on and off the highway. So back in April, 2012, that’s exactly what we set out to...

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Shift Into Winter: Hitting the Ice with the Victoria Royals

January 9, 2014
2014_hittingtheice

Cold weather is here and so is the need to let people know about safe winter driving. To help raise safety awareness and encourage drivers to get ready for winter driving, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure teamed up with Mainroad Contracting, DriveWise BC and Kal-Tire at a Victoria Royals game on November 15, 2013 to engage drivers in a unique way. The Shift Into Winter campaign members will also be hosting activities at a Vancouver Giants game on...

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Four Ways to Make Sense of our Highway Numbers

January 8, 2014
Four Ways to Make Sense of our Highway Numbers

Ever wonder what’s up with highway numbers? You’ve got Highway 1 in the south, Highway 2 in the north, Highway 3 even farther south than Highway 1, and then Highway 4 connecting rural communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Just looking at those examples, it’s easy to see they’re certainly not related geographically, chronologically or by any other obvious connection.Both even and odd-numbered routes can run either east/west or north/south, so that’s not a distinguishing feature, either....

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The Web Cam You Won’t See on DriveBC

December 26, 2013
Lardeau Bluffs images

While we have close to 300 web cams offering a total of almost 400 views that motorists use for safe travel in B.C., there’s one web cam with a special job that you won’t see. You won’t see the web cam alongside Highway 31 north of Kaslo, on DriveBC, because its focus isn’t road conditions – it’s Lardeau Bluffs, which loom high above the road along Kootenay Lake. Avalanche technicians with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure use the...

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What Does The South Fraser Perimeter Road Opening Mean to You?

December 23, 2013
What Does The South Fraser Perimeter Road Opening Mean to You?

*Attention: There is a new access from Highway 17 to Highway 99. Learn more* It has been a while in the making, but the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is now open. What does that mean to you? Well, the new route will mean different things for different drivers. New Highways Mean New Numbers Prior to the opening of the new route, Highway 17 began at the BC Ferry Terminal in Tsawassen and continued to the Highway 99 Interchange...

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Adding “Pow” to the Plow for Winter Safety

December 19, 2013
plow for winter safety

Elementary school children recently painted bright designs on three snowplows and a grader for some educational fun, in Golden. Road maintenance contractor HMC Services Inc. arranged for three fully equipped tandem axle plow trucks and one grader to attend all three of Golden’s elementary schools in October, for sessions about snow plow safety. About 300 students got to see the equipment up close, climb on it and ask questions. HMC Selkirk Division Manager Greg Ehman and his crew talked...

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Winter Driving in the East Kootenays

December 16, 2013
Winter Driving in the East Kootenays

If you live in or travel through the East Kootenays, you know what the weather and the roads have been like lately. If you haven’t been through there in the last couple of weeks, well, here’s a quick recap of what you missed out on: winter driving conditions. Everywhere. Now this area certainly isn’t any stranger to winter. The snow can fall thick and fast, and quick weather changes can mean dramatically different road conditions from one kilometre to...

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