Posts Tagged ‘ Lowermainland ’

What You Need to Know About Winter Weather on the “Coq”

We’ve heard from a few folks recently asking how they can travel the Coquihalla safely during the winter.  Apart from our usual recommendations for proper tires, checking DriveBC, keeping a full tank of gas and driving to conditions, we thought we could help travellers make better decisions around their travel by identifying some of the winter conditions found on the Coquihalla and explaining how they might impact travel. So, we asked our Weather Services Specialist, Simon Walker (who worked...

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Alice All Done Tunnel Boring for BC’s Evergreen Line

After churning through 2 km of dirt and rocks, “Alice”, the Evergreen Line’s tunnel boring machine, took her last bite out of the tunnel between Port Moody and Coquitlam on November 27, 2015. Now that the boring is complete, crews will begin taking Alice apart. Deconstruction will be a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job and is expected to take almost two months. The completion of the tunnel boring work is a significant milestone as it...

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How Cyclists Can Avoid Stanley Park Causeway Construction

Crews are busy turning Stanley Park Causeway into a safer, more enjoyable route for people to walk and bike. In the meantime, you have a couple options – to detour or not to detour? That is the question (for cyclists, mostly). Stay on the Stanley Park Causeway cycle paths – northbound and southbound are open for use; however, you may experience short delays from construction. If you choose to use the causeway, please obey all construction signs and traffic...

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How You are Changing Signs on the South Fraser Perimeter Road

The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is a new major provincial highway, and building it triggered travel pattern changes. Many of the original signs show local street names to help drivers with navigating the new highway and side road connections. Since opening the highway, about 18 months ago, we’ve been gathering feedback from you. Much of that feedback has to do with challenges understanding these signs. We heard you, and we’re using your input to make changes. Using your...

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How You Can Protect a New Mother on BC Highways

Alyssa Ursel is one of the many people whose job is to safeguard fellow roadside workers by guiding drivers through highway work zones, or “Cone Zones.” She is a flagger, also known as a traffic control person. She is also a new mother. Like many new moms returning to work after maternity leave, she has mixed emotions. Excited to be working again at a job she enjoys, but also nervous about being away from the little one she loves....

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Ride the BC Road Trip Time Machine: Highway 1 and Port Mann Bridge 1966

By now, you may have already experienced what it’s like to go back in time through our BC Road Trip Time Machine series. Using an old 16 mm reel from our Photolog program archives, we started by recreating the drive along the Malahat (and Trans-Canada Highway) in 1966. We had a good hunch people would like it, and we weren’t wrong. Whether reliving the experience from your youth or seeing it for the first time and being shocked at...

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Why Are Workers Doing the Safety Dance on the Sea-to-Sky?

No, the shoe-soaking shuffle displayed in the video above is not British Columbia’s answer to Gangnam Style. These moves make more sense. The crew is installing articulated matting where Charles Creek flows into Howe Sound as part of the final phase of erosion protection in the small community of Strachan Point, located between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. The project was completed in fall 2014, providing the final level of protection for a Sea to Sky Highway bridge, a...

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Winter Driving: How Not to Need a Tow Truck

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A roadside expert generously shared his knowledge with us recently, to help drivers #ShiftintoWinter, and keep everyone safer on B.C.’s roads. Larry Styba rescues vehicles as part of his job as a tow truck operator, trainer and public relations person with Maple Ridge Towing. A WreckMaster Level 6/7 certified towing and recovery operator, Larry sees and hears how people end up in mishaps that require his help. He also knows what’s needed to drive large vehicles in winter’s most...

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8 Whys for Regulating Commercial Ridesharing and Other Passenger Transportation

UPDATE:  March 7, 2017 — British Columbia plans to introduce a series of improvements to help the taxi industry modernize and remain competitive, in anticipation of ride-sharing services coming to British Columbia by the holiday season at the end of 2017. In addition to these improvements, the Province will require the same safety standards for both taxis and ride-sharing providers in order to protect the public and drivers. As part of this, Class 4 licenses will be phased out for...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements in effect as of October 1 on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new...

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