The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge

January 30, 2013
The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge

The Old Kootenay River Channel Bridge, or Old Kootenay Bridge as it is commonly referred to, is just west of Creston on Highway 3. If you’ve never been there before, you can see it here on Google Maps. It’s a straight, two-lane bridge about 300 metres long and runs over the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area – a very sensitive wetlands ecosystem that’s home to a large number of hooved animals, lizards, amphibians and water birds. Like any bridge,...

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“You Don’t Rush” – Pro Driver Shares Tips with TranBC

January 29, 2013
“You Don’t Rush” – Pro Driver Shares Tips with TranBC

“Make every trip your first trip,” says professional coach driver Neil Taylor. Neil travels across B.C. in all kinds of weather, with the most valuable of cargo – people in need of medical attention. He drives for Northern Health Connections (NHC) which delivers low-cost transportation to Northern B.C. residents who require medical care that’s unavailable in their communities, or who are returning home after being taken by ambulance to emergency care. Neil’s employer, Diversified Transportation Ltd. provides the bus...

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Technology: Improving Travel and Highway Safety

January 23, 2013
Technology: Improving Travel and Highway Safety DriveBC Mobile

Here at TranBC, we love technology, and we’re constantly looking for new ways to make things easier and safer for you to get around. This year saw a lot of interesting developments, and we’ve got a summary of some of the top tech tales of 2012 here for your reading pleasure. Going Mobile DriveBC went mobile in 2011, and it was really well received. So much so that we looked to offer more portable services in 2012. Enter CVSE...

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Clearing Your Paths: 5 Big Highway Clean-Ups of 2012

January 22, 2013
Clearing Your Paths: 5 Big Highway Clean-Ups of 2012

Mother Nature can be harsh on B.C. highways. From rock, snow and ice, to water, mud and debris of various kinds, she packs a serious punch. As much as we guard against floods, slides, and the like, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with our maintenance crews, are inevitably confronted with big clean-up jobs every year. We had our fair share of challenges in 2012. Here are five major highway clean-ups from the last 12 months: One serious...

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Three Solutions Identified to Improve Port Mann Bridge Safety

January 21, 2013
safety solution for Highway 1

After the recent events on the Port Mann Bridge, engineers working on the project have assessed the concerns and identified solutions to help prevent snow and ice build-up from happening again on the bridge cables. They’ve come up with three ways, all working together, to improve safety. They include: 1) Custom-designed cable sweepers: custom-designed devices fitting around the outside of the bridge cables and move along their lengths to remove snow and ice before it can build up. The...

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Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

January 19, 2013
Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

Avalanches are mesmerizing – at least from a safe distance, whether that be via video, photograph, or directly from a helicopter. No one gets closer to the action than our avalanche control technicians. They trek to remote mountainside avalanche weather stations (all 58 of them) and trigger blasts with strange-sounding equipment such as Gazex Exploders and Daisy Bells. So, who better to capture the awe inspiring images of avalanche control work? In celebration of this weekend’s Avalanche Awareness Days,...

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The One Thing Drivers and Cyclists Need to Know

January 17, 2013
Photo courtesy of John Luton, Capital Bike and Walk Society, Victoria, BC

There has been some confusion over the years as to exactly where bicycles fit on our roads. Do they stay on the shoulder (or bike lane if it’s there)? Do they ride with or against traffic? Are they allowed to ride on the road? Here’s what you need to know: people riding a bicycle have the same rights and responsibilities as those driving a motor vehicle. Since bicycles are generally slower than regular traffic, they are supposed to move...

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