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How do you Spell a Great Job Opportunity? TELP or EIT

Telp EIT Programs

Yes, it’s that time of year again – TELP/EIT time! What is a TELP/EIT you might ask? Don’t worry, it’s not a required flu shot or a strange new tax. It’s just a handy acronym for our ministry’s Technical Entry Level and Engineer in Training programs. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us about TELPs and EITs and that is because we are really focussed on hiring for these positions. In fact, this year alone we are hoping...

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Disaster Response Routes – DO NOT Use in Case of Emergency

Up for a quick quiz? Do you know what this yellow sign means?Many people who see these signs on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland believe they indicate evacuation routes during an emergency situation but this is NOT TRUE. The Disaster Response Route sign actually identifies roads that have been designated for the sole purpose of moving emergency supplies, equipment and personnel during an emergency. They’re not the way to go when you want to get the heck...

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More Time and Flexibility: Extra Ordinary Load Permit Approvals get Streamlined

More Time and Flexibility: Extra Ordinary Load Permit Approvals get Streamlined

Commercial truckers might think that applying for time extensions on expired extraordinary load permit approvals could sometimes slow you down. But thanks to some recent streamlining in our approval process, hauling your heavy load just got a little bit easier. The Ministry has improved its tracking capability on over weight permit approvals, allowing them to increase their approval time limit from 30 days to 90! This change should reduce the number of requests for time extensions by 90 percent,...

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TELP Talks: A Transportation Career Q & A

TELP EIT

We are currently looking for recent graduates from technical post-secondary programs to join us as part of our Technical Entry Level Program (TELP). We asked Brent… a successful TELP candidate from the 2006/2007 program, about his experience as a Development Approvals Technician TELP. What can you expect as a TELP/EIT? In a word, opportunity. As a TELP in Development Approvals, I was exposed to a wide variety of work, ranging from subdivision developments, permit applications, utilities, access management and...

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The BC Avalanche Program

Avalanche Advisory site

Keeping You Safe From the (Tons of) Falling Snow Mountains are one of British Columbia’s most defining features, but those majestic snow-capped peaks can create some pretty hazardous driving conditions on our mountain passes during avalanche season, which typically runs from November to April. Thankfully, we have a team of fully qualified avalanche professionals keeping a close eye on weather and snowpack conditions to make sure they don’t pose a problem for drivers. And with nearly 1,400 avalanche paths...

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3 Ways Fish and Fowl Will Love the Colony Farm Restoration Project

3 Ways Fish and Fowl Will Love the Colony Farm Restoration Project

Fish and fowl in the Lower Mainland can flip, flop and flap for joy because of habitat enhancements being done at the Colony Farm Regional Park, one of many projects being undertaken as part of the Port Mann Highway 1 Project (PMH1). Although our focus is highway safety, the PMH1 project has given us some special opportunities to ‘branch out’ beyond the highway. The Colony Farm Restoration and Enhancement Project aims to restore tidal flows in the Wilson Farm...

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Night Lights Brighten Darkened Roads for BC Highway Webcams

BC Highway cams webcams solar powered

The arrival of winter brings with it many things, from cooler temperatures to (gasp!) snow. Another sign of the arrival of Old Man Winter – travelling during winter often means travelling in the dark. Finding ways to make travel safer for you, especially during the darker months of the year, is what keeps us going. The infrared illuminator is one bright idea we use to light up remote areas for BC HighwayCam coverage. Illuminators are based on military night...

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From Saturated to Solid – Peace Roads Repaired for Winter

Peace River Flood

January 9, 2012 It was an epic rainstorm and a marathon recovery…but things have firmed up nicely in the Peace. After massive rainfalls damaged more than 140 roads in the Peace Region this summer, the highway system is now about 85 per cent repaired, thanks to the dedicated work of hundreds of people including ministry staff, maintenance contractor personnel, consulting engineers and construction experts, local equipment operators and labour suppliers. People arrived from all over the Province to get...

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Driving in Circles is Fun: Drive a BC Highway Circle Route

Summer roadtrip across BC Highways

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Tourism BC, have designated circle routes designed to highlight some of the outstanding features of beautiful B.C. These self-guided trips let vacationers experience the attractions and adventures at their own pace. Circle routes are part of our regular highways and roads, linked together to highlight local attractions and geography, so you don’t have to travel the same route twice. How much vacation time do you have…because there are nine scenic drives in...

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BC Highway Webcams – Your Eyes in the Sky

BC Highway Webcams – Your Eyes in the Sky

Do you watch them because they show you the fresh dump of snow your friends in Rossland have? Or do you tune in because they let you see the open roads and blue skies the entire length of your upcoming road trip? The BC HighwayCam Program began with two cams on the Coquihalla and one near Whistler and, believe it or not, these cameras were maintained manually. That meant that when something went wrong with a camera, ministry electrical...

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