BC Road Trip Time Machine – Prince Rupert to Terrace in 1966

April 12, 2016
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Join us on a Highway 16 road trip from 50 years ago, through some of BC’s most spectacular natural landscapes – Prince Rupert to Terrace. The folks in our Skeena District office travelled this segment of the BC Road Trip Time Machine recently, and identified dramatic changes between then and now. What a difference five decades makes! Some comparisons to watch for on your journey… So Curvy! Highway 16 had a lot of curves in 1966, and vegetation grew...

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How You (and your EV) Can Get Moving in BC

April 5, 2016
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Plug in. Charge up. Go! Owners of electric vehicles (EVs) are getting a boost to their travel times thanks to recent legislative changes allowing them to use High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) lanes in BC (regardless of the number of passengers being carried). First, determine if your EV qualifies. There are many types of EVs out there, and not all of them are eligible. Eligible vehicles include: Battery electric vehicle (BEV) also called BEVs, are fully-electric vehicles with rechargeable batteries...

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4 Unseen Engineering Marvels in BC

March 30, 2016
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Engineers are a creative bunch by nature. When faced with a challenging situation, their desire to find a solution is second only to the creativity and analysis they use to overcome that obstacle. The terrain of British Columbia has no shortage of dramatic and difficult terrain for our highway engineers and they are full of innovative solutions. Engineers envision highways carved out of mountainsides and bridges that span awe inspiring gulches and make those visions a reality.  Some of...

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Solving the Lions Gate Bridge “Bump” for Repairs

March 29, 2016
Solving the Lions Gate Bridge “Bump” for Repairs

Lions Gate Bridge travellers may have had a bumpy ride during last year’s rehabilitation work that required us to use a temporary road plate while replacing a bridge deck joint. It’s time again to do some more rehab work; but please don’t worry – we have a smooth solution. In order to avoid traffic delays like the ones that happened last year, we’ve developed a comprehensive “bump-free” plan to keep traffic moving smoothly while we replace the expansion joint...

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What it’s Like to Watch an Avalanche from a Helicopter

March 24, 2016
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For most people, avalanches incite terror (for good reason!), and should be avoided at all times. But what is true for backcountry enthusiasts doesn’t apply to our ministry avalanche technicians. For them, uniting snow and gravity is a way of life – performed from a safe distance in the name of highway safety. Our crews recently captured video footage of two methods of avalanche control at separate ends of the province: Bear Pass and Kootenay Pass. And it’s pretty...

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The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

March 18, 2016
The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

Drivers who operate vehicles off road – working in the bush or enjoying wilderness recreation – now have access to a dazzling selection of specialized off-road vehicle lights and light bars, to brighten their way. But while these popular ultra-bright lights can be useful and fun, there’s a dark side. We frequently receive reports of motorists and commercial drivers, who are driving on highways with their off-roading lights turned on. Those drivers get a super illuminated view of what’s...

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Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

March 17, 2016
Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

Pop quiz! (Because everyone loves spontaneous tests of driving knowledge, right?) It’s a stormy day and you approach a flashing red light while driving. As you get closer, it becomes clear it’s a traffic light controlled four-way intersection with a power outage or other mechanical failure. No yellow or green — just red lights flashing in all directions. You… A) Thank the electricity gods because you’re running late for a very important date, then step on the gas. B)...

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