Posts Tagged ‘ Environmental management ’

New Platform Offers Nesting Opportunity for Ospreys

What the heck do ospreys and the BC Ministry of Transportation have in common? Would you believe the W.R. Bennett Bridge? You see, we aren’t just responsible for highways and the travellers who use them; we’re also responsible for wildlife living alongside BC highways and in recent years a family of ospreys have decided to call this bridge home. Known for their dramatic dives into water to catch live fish, ospreys construct their nests on top of dead trees,...

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How We Make BC Highways Better for Everyone Who Travels Them

You’ve driven over, under or through countless examples of our efforts to make BC highways better for everyone and you might not have even realized it. You might have wondered – what’s that bridge overhead going from nowhere to nowhere? Or, why are those goats running around in that gravel pit? BC highways travel through some of the most amazing environments on earth. You already know that these roads connect our communities and country and that a BIG part...

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What’s the Best Thing About the New Luxor Creek Bridge?

What’s the Best Thing About the New Luxor Creek Bridge?

Sometimes we work on a project that changes not just the highway, but the world around it. Such was the case with our recent work on scenic Highway 95 at Luxor Creek.  A key wildlife corridor connecting important animal habitats between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains is a step closer to reality thanks, in part, to the new Luxor Creek Bridge. To say we are thrilled to be a part of making it happen is an understatement  (normally, our...

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Behind the Scenes: Monster Trucking for Wildlife Safety

Most jobs discourage playing with toys. But when it comes to maintaining the many amphibian crossings on Vancouver Island, only a mini monster truck will do. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure modified a remote controlled truck to inspect the small highway underpasses that offer amphibians and small mammals safe passage from one side to the other. The culverts are too small for ministry workers to crawl through for inspections, so they use this four-wheel-drive “culvert crawler” for the...

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Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local fish habitat. But we also committed to help restore that habitat, which is important for salmon and other wildlife along the Stave and Fraser rivers. Phase 1 of the restoration was completed at the Silverdale Wetland last year. And if...

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How We Put Driftwood and Debris to Work For BC Highways

Rugged. Windy. Wet. Wild. If you’ve been to the west coast of B.C., chances are you’ve driven on a highway running alongside the ocean fitting this exact description. While this makes for a beautiful drive, having a highway close to the ocean, like anything else, is not without complications. Take Stories Beach on Vancouver Island for example; in the fall of 2013, we completed a pilot “green shores” restoration project at the beach on Highway 19A, which is just...

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6 Ways We Help Fish Find Their Way Home

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Every summer, as you pack up your things and head out on the highways to your favorite BC destination, our ministry is busy working to improve fish passages and restore habitats along these same highways. Because spring and fall are the busiest times of year for fish spawning, and because high winter water levels and storms make work difficult, we work long hours during the summer to help restore mainly salmon and trout habitat that has been damaged from...

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