Posts Tagged ‘ BC ’

How We Helped a School Principal Improve Safety

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Answers to Massey Bridge Questions

Fraser River Bridge

Today we kicked off the third phase of consultation on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and released some designs and details of the big project, which will see a new 10-lane bridge built over the Fraser River at Highway 99. And it will be a BIG project. Here’s the breakdown: The bridge will be approximately three kilometres long, with four general travel lanes in each direction One dedicated transit/HOV lane in each direction of Highway 99, from Highway...

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15 Seconds to Safety: Are Your Tail Lights On?

One of the most common mistakes drivers are making these dark, wintry days is failing to activate their tail lights. If you’re ever trailing one of these phantom cars, either during a cloudy day or even at night, chances are there are one or more misconceptions at play. Misconceptions: Tail lights are like daytime running lights: they are always on. Not true. They turn on with the headlights. A lit up dashboard means all lights are on. Not always...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 3A, Nelson to Balfour

The Kootenays. No tour of BC would be complete without a visit to this special corner of the province, especially a Road Trip Time Machine tour. So, get in, strap on your seat belt and take a trip back in time as we drive Highway 3A from Nelson to Balfour circa 1966. Spoiler alert: You won’t see the elusive Sasquatch but you will travel over the Nelson Bridge, better known as the Big Orange Bridge (or BOB to those...

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