Posts Tagged ‘ Kelowna ’

A Westside Road Story – Breathtaking Route Being Improved

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Westside Road is a narrow, picturesque, two-lane road running along Okanagan Lake in the BC interior. Its dramatic beauty and winding roads make it a pretty popular route for motorists of all types. To keep this road safe and accessible for everyone, we’re widening and realigning 1.2 km of the road between Four Mile Creek and Waterfront Farm (north of the Highway 97 and Westside Road interchange in West Kelowna). We took a short video in the fall of...

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New Platform Offers Nesting Opportunity for Ospreys

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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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Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 97 – U.S. Border to Vernon, circa 1966

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As some of you already know, we’ve been digging deep into storage and digitizing 16mm photolog footage from 1966 to give you our BC Road Trip Time Machine video series. (“Photologs” were created to capture road condition information across the province and give our engineers the ability to study a particular stretch of road without having to travel into the field.) So far, we have travelled over the Malahat and along Highway 1 and the original Port Mann Bridge...

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9 Reasons to Watch for Wildlife on Westside Road and Beyond

Bighorn Sheep in Okanagan

One of our ministry staff was driving along Westside Road near Kelowna recently and got a bit of a wildlife surprise. Nine bighorn sheep were gathered at the edge of the road, overlooking the lake! Have a look yourself: Did you know? Keeping an eye out for wildlife on the highway while you’re driving can prevent hazards to you both. And to help you in your travels, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how you can treat all of...

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How You Can Help Kelowna’s RapidBus Stay on Schedule

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Whether you drive or use the RapidBus service in Kelowna, we have some important news for you (and a fresh Kelowna HOV website). Based on monitoring and public feedback, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is turning the city’s Highway 97 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, which operate fulltime now, into hourly HOV lanes. As of January 19 (2015), the lanes will be in effect weekdays between 7am to 7pm, excluding holidays, to better align with when traffic and...

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TranBC’s Aviation Angle

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You might think of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as being all about highways. But did you know we have an aviation angle? You see, making all of B.C.’s transportation industries more globally competitive is one of our ministry’s goals. While the aviation industry is federally regulated, air transport plays a big role in B.C.’s economy, business opportunities and the everyday lives of British Columbians. That’s why the ministry is partnering with a large crew, including the federal...

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Bridging the Week: 50 Years of Trans Canada, Smooth Rides and Thinking Fiscal

Bridging the Week: 50 Years of Trans Canada, Smooth Rides and Thinking Fiscal

Last week it was one milestone on the Trans Canada Highway, and this week another but on the other side of British Columbia. We’ve been building up to this event for a few weeks now: The Trans Canada Highway 50th anniversary and we hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane (see what I did there?). We really want to thank those who helped clarify some of our historic photos on our Facebook page. Couldn’t have done it without...

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Fast Forward to Cyclist Enhancements on UBCO Route

Fast Forward to Cyclist Enhancements on UBCO Route

Just because Bike to Work Week is over does not mean that we have forgotten about cyclists and other types of traffic in our transit planning. Our dedication to highway safety is not limited to motorists. Cyclists and pedestrians are high on our list of important people to please. Cyclists commuting to UBC in Kelowna will soon have safer access to their campus on a new multi-use pathway and bridge. Route enhancements will be jointly funded by the Province...

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