Double Avalanche: All the Way

February 27, 2014
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Sometimes, the sheer power and raw beauty of nature (with a little help from us, for safety’s sake) are so overwhelming, you just have to sit back and say, “Like, wow man. Double avalanche! All the way!” (much a like a certain popular rainbow video) That’s exactly what we did when we received this footage from our avalanche team late last week after they finished up some control work on BC Highway 3 near Fernie. Pretty amazing stuff, eh?...

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Winter Driving Through the Eyes of… Highway Maintenance

February 26, 2014

Perhaps no group monitors winter on B.C. highways more vigilantly than the ministry’s maintenance contractors. They are on call around the clock, ready to battle the ice, slush and snow that can threaten travellers’ safety at a moment’s notice. This is Part 2 of a Shift Into Winter interview series exploring how people, representing various professions, experience winter driving in B.C. We began by talking to paramedics, and continue here with Interior Roads Equipment Supervisor Rob Schwartz. Here are...

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Winter Driving Through the Eyes of… Paramedics

February 19, 2014
Impact Viala

If a highway incident happens, the British Columbia Ambulance Service is one of the first responders on the scene. Paramedics such as Corey Viala and Annemarie Byers have seen a lot. And, sadly, a lot of what they’ve seen, including the injuries they’ve treated, was preventable. This is Part 1 of a Shift Into Winter interview series exploring how various people, representing various professions, experience winter driving in B.C. We begin by talking to Corey and Annemarie in hopes...

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The Most Unusual Tool in Our Winter Snow Fighting Tool Box

February 12, 2014
The Most Unusual Tool in Our Winter Snow Fighting Tool Box

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has many tools in its snow fighting and highway maintenance toolkit; each one specially chosen to keep highways clear and safe for motorists during the winter. Some of our tools include: Tow plows, Graders, Salt, helicopter and gas-ex avalanche control, Sanding Beets. Wait a minute. Did we say beets!? Read on… Why Beets? Beets have a long history at the dinner table, but they are a relatively new “tool” in winter highway maintenance....

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The ABCs of Winter Highway Classification and Maintenance

February 7, 2014
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Our maintenance contractors work hard every day to keep BC highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because British Columbia is a geographically diverse province, our contractors can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially in winter. In order to make sure they understand exactly what is expected of them in their day to day operations, we outline our maintenance requirements in detail. Part of that detail involves classifying provincial highways. With that in mind,...

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Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

February 5, 2014
Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

Are you a commercial driver hauling freight in British Columbia? If so, we’ve got some great news for you. DriveBC has a new tool to make your life easier – the Commercial Vehicle Route Planner. If you’ve ever used Google Maps before, it’s the same kind of idea. You enter your starting point and your destination, and the planner shows you how to get there. So what’s the difference? Well, in addition to where you are and where you’re...

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5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

January 30, 2014
5 Things That Make Traffic Signals Change

Green. Yellow. Red. Green… What makes traffic light signals change? Traffic signals are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) designed to allow vehicles to safely cross paths while maintaining an efficient flow of traffic. To do this, traffic signals react to the presence of the vehicles and pedestrians they are guiding. Although you probably don’t notice it, each mode of transportation interacts with traffic signals in a unique way. Here are the five main traffic light triggers. 1. Passenger vehicles Ministry...

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