Ask Drive BC: Your Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions

June 11, 2015
Drive BC FAQs

If you drive BC, we want you to “know before you go” by making DriveBC a regular part of pre-trip planning. Whatever we can do to make using the traveller information system easier, we’re all for. That includes answering your questions. We noticed some common questions, so we thought it would be a good idea to put them together as a helpful resource. Got a question about DriveBC? Good chance you’ll find the answer here: Q: How do you...

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Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 97 – U.S. Border to Vernon, circa 1966

June 5, 2015
BC Highway road trip

As some of you already know, we’ve been digging deep into storage and digitizing 16mm photolog footage from 1966 to give you our BC Road Trip Time Machine video series. (“Photologs” were created to capture road condition information across the province and give our engineers the ability to study a particular stretch of road without having to travel into the field.) So far, we have travelled over the Malahat and along Highway 1 and the original Port Mann Bridge...

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A New Way to Make Airports Better in BC

June 1, 2015
Kamloops Airport

Aviation is on the rise in British Columbia thanks to a new funding program aimed at improving airports. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is accepting grant applications for the British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP), a BC on the Move initiative designed to help airport operators improve their infrastructure and strengthen local and provincial economies. During public consultation for the BC on the Move 10-year transportation plan, we discovered 70 per cent of you agree we should support...

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A New Sign of the Times: It Pays to Slow Down in the Cone Zone

May 28, 2015
construction signs4

“Please slow down in the cone zone.” You might have heard us say these words before and with good reason: Construction zones can be full of countless unexpected hazards for workers and for you. It is in everyone’s best interest to slow down in the cone zone, in case you need to suddenly stop. In order to “drive home” the understanding that speeding in construction zones is unacceptable, we changed the wording on our work zone speed sign to...

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Why You Should Bike to Work

May 25, 2015

  “It’s cold out.” “I’m tired.” “I don’t want to get to work all sweaty.” It’s easy to come up with excuses NOT to bike to work. Until you’ve tried it, that is. That’s part of what Bike to Work Week, which runs annually the last week of May, is about — encouraging newbies to try commuting from a saddle while celebrating the benefits that can only be understood with experience. This year (2015), Bike to Work Week runs...

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Before and After: Watch Transit Transformed in Your Community

May 20, 2015

The Transit Minor Betterments Program is improving how British Columbians get around in a major way. Ministry staff partner with local governments, BC Transit and TransLink to identify and deliver between 30 and 40 transit infrastructure upgrades every year. Some projects are small, others are big – but all go to providing people with better access to this affordable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. “Overall, we’ve delivered more than 150 projects over the last seven years,” says the...

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What is Sealcoating and Why Are We Doing it on BC Highways?

May 14, 2015
Sealcoating up close

No, we aren’t making jackets for cold little seals, although that is a nice thought – isn’t it? Sealcoating is actually a common type of road resurfacing done on BC highways. It involves the application of a special mixture to the road that protects the road base from additional wear and tear. So it’s kind of like a little jacket, but for roads. When it’s applied over existing pavement, sealcoating is a really cost-effective way of resurfacing that extends...

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