How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

October 14, 2014
10 Year Transportation Plan

What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you on what you feel is most important to you. This is all to fuel “BC on the Move,” a new 10-year transportation plan. Starting today (Oct 14, 2014), you can submit your feedback online. For a bit of background, you’ll...

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4 Paths to Protecting Painted Turtles in the Creston Valley

October 8, 2014
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Gravel and sand with a sunny southern exposure… If you were selling real estate to Western Painted Turtles ready to lay eggs, this would be a hot property. However, the saying about “location, location, location” holds true for turtles as well as humans. When a perfectly warmed gravel and sand pile is a road shoulder alongside a well-travelled route like West Creston Road, this is a risky nesting spot due to road maintenance work like shoulder grading. To protect...

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Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

October 6, 2014
Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you know before you go. By preparing yourself and your vehicle, you can defend yourself against this annual onslaught. Together with our Winter Driving Safety Alliance partners, we’re dedicated to giving you the knowledge and tools to enter this winter season with...

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Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

October 6, 2014
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There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local fish habitat. But we also committed to help restore that habitat, which is important for salmon and other wildlife along the Stave and Fraser rivers. Phase 1 of the restoration was completed at the Silverdale Wetland last year. And if...

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Flashing green lights and what they mean

October 3, 2014
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Pop Quiz! Red means stop, yellow means proceed with caution and green means go. But what does flashing green mean? Someone recently asked us if we could clarify this for them and here’s the answer. A flashing green light on a traffic signal means the signal is pedestrian activated. So, when you approach a flashing green light, use caution, because the signal could be activated by a pedestrian at any time and you might have to stop and let...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

October 1, 2014
Winter Tires and Chains Sign

When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements coming into effect today (October 1) on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new...

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How We Helped Protect 1000s of Years of BC History on Vancouver Island

September 17, 2014
Tseycum Pay Bay Restoration (6)

Recently, along the shores of the Tseycum First Nation on Vancouver Island, we worked in partnership with the Tseycum people to prevent a portion of the Patricia Bay beach from eroding and washing out West Saanich Road. But it turned out that road restoration was only a piece of what we accomplished here. We also expanded wildlife and salmon habitat at Wsikem Creek, helped protect and monitor precious artifacts and ancestral remains as well as create lasting relationships along...

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