The Trans-Canada: Transportation and Economy

September 20, 2012
Yoho Bridge

Try and imagine Canada as it was before the development of a modern transportation system. The roads that did exist were rough, many communities were isolated from each other and trying to cross the country, or even a single province, was a major undertaking that could last for months. If you wanted to travel any great distance, your best bet was probably the Canadian Pacific Railway – the country’s only transcontinental link at the time. Fast forward a few decades. Road and rail networks expand. Our population grows, as does the demand for increased trade and travel. The need for a continuous, drivable route from coast to coast becomes impossible to ignore. So, in 1950, work began on building the Trans-Canada Highway. Construction lasted for years until finally, in 1962, the Trans-Canada Highway was officially opened. The new highway united the country, both symbolically and physically, like never before....

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Hey, You Got a Problem? 9 Ways to Let Us (and Others) Know

September 18, 2012
Screen Capture Drive BC

A concern, a problem, a beef, an issue… There are lots of words to express that something is unsatisfactory or unsettling to you. And at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are several ways you can tell us about something that you think is just not right on provincial roads. Your information helps us ensure our roads are safe for everyone. Report a road problem to the contractor – Our maintenance contractors work hard to keep the roads clear while dealing with mishaps caused by weather, forces of nature, animals and human beings. That said, our contractors can’t be everywhere, all the time. So, if you see something on our highways that you think is a hazard, contact our maintenance contractors to let them know. You can also report a problem using a mobile device. By giving the contractor a clear description of the concern and accurate location...

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Bridging the Week: Setting World Records

September 15, 2012
PM2

A quick look at transportation news in BC this week reveals a special event in our province’s history. That’s right, this is a week that went down in the books, the Guinness Book of World Records that is. There were other milestone achievements of course, some of which included tolling announcements for the new Port Mann Bridge (first week free!), safety improvements on Highway 5 and an electrifying announcement from the Ministry of Environment.  So, get charged up and get reading – bridging the week is about to begin…. Port Mann Bridge Tolls Announced The Port Mann Bridge announced its tolling guidelines this week, as well as incentives to get help get motorists on board the new bridge, with tolls starting at $1.50 for passenger vehicles– less than the originally planned toll rate. The bridge will also help motorists reach another 50 per cent milestone by potentially cutting commuting...

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Crane Crossing Contributes to Green Energy Project

September 14, 2012
Crane Crossing Contributes to Green Energy Project

Q. Why did the cranes cross the road? A. To build the wind farm on the other side. The cranes in this instance are two colossal pieces of machinery. Each weighs 680 tonnes (equal to 200 adult elephants or almost 1.5 million pounds), and has a boom that looms 117 metres up (longer than two Olympic-sized swimming pools). They’re being used by Eagle West Wind Energy to erect wind turbines for Capital Power’s Quality Wind Project, near Tumbler Ridge, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is helping them cross the road where the project straddles Highway 52. Normally, hefty tracked vehicles like cranes are not allowed to travel on provincial highways, because they may damage the road. But we’ve developed a solution with Capital Power, Eagle West Wind Energy and Mortenson Canada Cooperation (the main contractor for the project) that enables the two cranes to be moved, without...

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Test of Humanity – A Race to Build Lives

September 12, 2012
Test of Humanity – A Race to Build Lives

What do you get when you take two people with tons of determination, add a maintenance contractor with volunteering spirit, sprinkle in competitive cycling and surround it with the desire to change lives? Answer: Test of Humanity. If there’s one thing Avalanche Technician Nic Seaton and his wife Sheilagh love more than travelling, it’s helping those less fortunate than themselves. Over the last few years they journeyed to Ethiopia as volunteers with Canadian Humanitarian, a non-profit organization that works with orphaned and vulnerable children to make sure they receive education, health care and proper nutrition. It was a profound and moving experience, and when they came back, they wanted to do more. But what? Being avid cyclists, they hit on the idea of organizing a fundraising mountain bike race. It sounded like an easy thing to do, but they quickly learned there’s a lot of planning that goes into...

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TCH50: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Trans-Canada Highway

September 11, 2012
TCH Sign

  If you’ve driven in Canada, chances are pretty good you’ve been on the Trans-Canada Highway at some point. Stretching from coast to coast, it’ll take you through all 10 provinces and show you some fantastic sites to see along the way (here are a few of our favorites). But as you’re travelling the Trans-Canada, have you found yourself wondering how it came to be? Or how many other vehicles are travelling the road with you? Well, we’d rather you stop wondering and keep your focus on the road. So when you have a minute, pull over and check out this list of fun facts we’ve put together for you about our favorite national highway: The system was approved by the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1949. The Trans-Canada highway officially opened in 1962, and was completed in 1971. The opening on the Trans-Canada was celebrated twice, once by a...

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Bridging the Week: Translink, Trails and Time to Drive the Port Mann

September 8, 2012
Vancouver Bridge

Another seven days, another blog catching you up on all things BC Transportation from the last week. Hard to believe it’s September already, with summer almost in the rear view mirror and thoughts of winter, and what that entails, ramping up. (I didn’t forget autumn, we just have a lot of prep for those chilly months). But that’s in the future, right now there’s work happening on rapid transit in Coquitlam, some plans for Kettle Valley Trail and a trip down memory lane. Here’s the week that was in B.C. Transportation: Work on the Evergreen Line steams ahead – another tender for work was released, laying the groundwork for major construction of the rapid transit project. What does that look like? Three light-industrial buildings in the 3000 block of Spring Street will be modified to accommodate construction of the Evergreen Line guide way along the railway tracks in Port...

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