Posts Tagged ‘ Bridges ’

What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 1

What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 1

Engineering reveals itself in all sorts of ways on highways. To help you understand the wide range of engineering expertise involved in building and improving transportation in British Columbia, we created a blog post summarizing the 4 Types of Transportation Engineers. But now we want to go a step further by introducing you to some of the people who make up our engineering team. So, we asked an engineer from each discipline a few questions about what their work...

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#NEGM2017 – Your Top TranBC Engineering Stories

In Canada, we celebrate National Engineering and Geoscience Month in March, highlighting the importance of engineering as a career and its impact on our daily lives. Engineering is such a HUGE part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From wildlife overpasses to Port Mann cable collars to rip rap to speed limits, it’s all covered with an engineering expertise. To showcase some of the work we do, we collected some of our most popular...

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4 Unseen Engineering Marvels in BC

Engineers are a creative bunch by nature. When faced with a challenging situation, their desire to find a solution is second only to the creativity and analysis they use to overcome that obstacle. The terrain of British Columbia has no shortage of dramatic and difficult terrain for our highway engineers and they are full of innovative solutions. Engineers envision highways carved out of mountainsides and bridges that span awe inspiring gulches and make those visions a reality.  Some of...

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Solving the Lions Gate Bridge “Bump” for Repairs

Solving the Lions Gate Bridge “Bump” for Repairs

Lions Gate Bridge travellers may have had a bumpy ride during last year’s rehabilitation work that required us to use a temporary road plate while replacing a bridge deck joint. It’s time again to do some more rehab work; but please don’t worry – we have a smooth solution. In order to avoid traffic delays like the ones that happened last year, we’ve developed a comprehensive “bump-free” plan to keep traffic moving smoothly while we replace the expansion joint...

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6 Types of BC Bridges Identified

According to the dictionary, a bridge is: “a structure carrying a road, path, railroad or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad or other obstacle”. That’s a basic and accurate description of a bridge to be sure, but here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, we think of bridges as something more than just a structure crossing a span. We think of bridges as a special type of infrastructure. Bridges inspire. Bridges open possibilities. Bridges connect. To us,...

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Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

Keeping You Safe: A Closer Look at Bridge Inspections

There’s been a lot of interest recently about our bridges and how they’re inspected. Here’s the scoop. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure manages an inventory of 2,700 bridges plus concession* bridges throughout the province. Sounds like a lot, but here’s a visual for you to put it in perspective. Take those bridges, put them end to end and they’d stretch over 150 kilometres. That’s like driving from Penticton to Merritt! So, how do we make sure so many...

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Bridge Inspections Truck on for Road Safety

It takes a steady truck with a long arm to ensure British Columbia bridges stay shipshape for your safe crossings. The bridge inspection truck is one of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s coolest tools. What makes it so cool? The truck’s arm, or crane, is capable of reaching about 14 metres above bridges (for checking parts such as suspension cables) and 23 metres below bridges (for inspecting parts such as bearings and bolts). “The bridge inspection truck is...

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Happy Birthday Lions Gate Bridge!

Today we’re celebrating the opening of the Lions Gate Bridge, which provided drivers their first chance to travel over Burrard Inlet between the City of Vancouver and the North Shore back in 1938. The bridge was originally built and operated by the Guinness family (of Guinness Beer fame) and A. J. T. Taylor, a local businessman, under the name First Narrows Bridge Company Limited. They collected a 25 cent toll from drivers to help pay for the bridge. It...

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