How We Helped a School Principal Improve Safety

January 28, 2016
Redfish School Luminaire

Sometimes the best things in life are the small things. Yes, we have our share of mega projects to improve transportation in the province, including the Port Mann Bridge, Cariboo Connector and the McKenzie Interchange. But we also go small scale, with community safety enhancements like additional road reflectors, crosswalks, pedestrian signs and speed reader boards. All of these projects are brought forward for (usually) smaller communities, by the people who use those roads and highways daily, and who...

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What’s the Difference Between TranBC and DriveBC on Twitter?

January 27, 2016
TranBC and DriveBC on Twitter

Han Solo and Chewbacca…  Batman and Robin… Robin Hood and Little John… A dynamic duo is usually two things: United by a common goal or cause Made up of two distinctive personalities We at TranBC and DriveBC are not heroes. Nay, we are but men and women from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, united by the goal to give you the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions about travelling B.C. highways. Our approaches to tweeting...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: Hope to Lytton on BC Highway 1, circa 1966

January 22, 2016
Ministry truck being loaded with rock

You asked for it and here it is. Hop aboard our BC Road Trip Time Machine and travel back to Highway 1, through the Fraser Canyon from Hope to Lytton, circa 1966. The significance of this road and its seven tunnels cannot be understated. In order to improve this portion of the Trans-Canada (the same general route used by the Royal Engineers to build the Cariboo Highway almost 150 years ago), some of the most difficult and expensive highway...

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How Thinking like a Fish Helped Build the Heart Creek Bridge

January 19, 2016
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If you want to attract fish, you need to think like a fish (or so the old adage goes). Until recently, any fish swimming up Heart Creek under BC Highway 6 in Fauquier might have been thinking that the world was conspiring against them. That’s because the culvert carrying Heart Creek under the highway had been badly undercut from scouring during freshet runoff in recent years, making spawning upstream of it almost impossible. Fear not little fishes! That pesky...

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Bringing Together the Cariboo Connector

January 15, 2016
Stone Creek to Williams Artist's Rendering

It’s the filling in the sandwich, the shiny buckle on the belt, the diamond pendant on the necklace… We’re talking about three kilometres of Highway 97, just south of Prince George that we’ll transform into four lanes from two lanes, and link with recently improved four-lane sections. The stretch starts just north of Stone Creek Bridge (about 25 kilometres south of Prince George) and connects at Williams Road, north of the CN Rail bridge. Like most centrepieces, the area...

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The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol: 10 Steps to Highway Safety

January 12, 2016
plows

BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt (also known as the Coquihalla or “the Coq”) is a busy transportation corridor through a high mountain pass, and because of this high elevation, the Coquihalla can experience periods of heavy snowfall. Don’t let that worry you though – VSA Highway Maintenance, our maintenance contractor for the route, has a plan. It’s called “the Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol” and it’s every bit as important as it sounds. What exactly is the protocol and...

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15 Seconds to Safety: Clearing Snow Off Your Vehicle

January 6, 2016
Clearing Snow Off Vehicle

When we asked you about your winter driving pet peeves, one of the most common responses was drivers who don’t clear their entire vehicle of snow. We’ve all seen those rolling snowballs with only the front (and maybe the rear) windows having been touched by a snow brush. There are a couple reasons why drivers who don’t clear their vehicles peeve people off. With no line of sight out the side windows or mirrors, the guilty driver has an...

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