Posts Tagged ‘ PacificGateway ’

BC Road Trip Time Machine: Lytton to Revelstoke, circa 1966

You asked for this one and we are happy to deliver it. Step back in time with us as we travel BC Highway 1 from Lytton to Revelstoke, circa 1966. This super cool, historical photolog video captures one of the most important transportation routes in BC – the Trans-Canada Highway. It’s the primary east-west route through the province, a big part of our Pacific Gateway program and a vital link between British Columbia and the rest of Canada. We...

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Why the Completion of the Mufford/64th Ave Overpass Matters to You

It’s official. The opening of the Mufford/64th Avenue Overpass marks the completion of all nine Roberts Bank Rail Corridor projects in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Happy dance! Like others completed as a part of this project, this overpass will improve safety by eliminating the need for road traffic to wait at a rail crossing. We also completed other enhancements in the area including the realignment of the Mufford Crescent/Glover Road intersection. We captured the construction of this...

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What’s Shakespeare’s Connection to the Coquihalla?

  If you’ve ever driven the Coquihalla Highway, you’ve probably noticed names like Shylock, Othello, Juliet, Portia. And if you’re a fan of English literature, you’d also probably recognize these names as characters penned by none other than the Bard of Avon himself – William Shakespeare. So what’s Shakespeare doing on the Coquihalla? As often happens along highways, many of the road names in this area are derived from features that were in place before. In this case, the...

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Share and Share Alike – Federal Sections on Provincial Highways

A strange thing happens when you’re travelling B.C.’s highways and you head through Rogers Pass, cruise alongside Long Beach near Tofino, or drive Highway 97, 133 kilometres north of Dawson Creek. You see, the ground under your tires changes… You may think that’s provincially owned and operated road beneath you…but it’s not. These stretches of road are owned and operated by the federal government’s Parks Canada Agency, which has a long involvement with the surrounding areas for ecological (parks)...

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Watch Trans-Canada Highway Transform Before Your Eyes

Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Trans-Canada Highway. The long road (nearly 8,000 kilometres, actually) stretches from coast to coast, connecting communities and allowing goods to flow. It’s a pretty big deal when it comes to travelling the province and beyond, whether you’re a trucker, commuter, or road tripper. Wouldn’t it be cool to see the Trans-Canada transform right before your eyes? Well, you can. That’s right – it’s time lapse video time, and we’ve got...

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Our Way is the Highway When thinking about the ministry, the first thing that pops into your head is likely B.C. highways. That’s because about 80 per cent of what we do involves building, rehabilitating and maintaining provincial highways to keep you moving safely and goods...

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Get Your Art Fix on the Sea to Sky Highway

History has revealed some truly great partnerships in both the transportation industry and the art world. Think of the Wright brothers, who were the first ever to take flight. Then, of course, there are John Lennon and Paul McCartney, partners in rock who brought popular music to new heights. But what happens when you combine structural engineering with a passion for art and culture? Aesthetics and function collide at the new Squamish pedestrian overpass on Highway 99. The Ministry...

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Bridging the Week: Openings, Engagement, Consultation and Rehabilitation

Just when we thought it wasn’t possible to pack more milestones into our weekly summary of transportation related news in BC, things really started to pick up speed. This week will see the Port Mann Bridge opened to eight lanes of traffic and the eastern portion South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) opened as well. The George Massey Tunnel replacement project and consultation process is high on our radar as is the Coastal Ferries Engagement. And then there’s our day...

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New Port Mann Bridge Open for Business

New Port Mann Bridge Open for Business

We made it. The New Port Mann Bridge – the widest bridge in the world, as well as the second largest and longest cable-supported bridge in North America, is now open. This monumental achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of countless people for which we are grateful. Thank you. We would also like to thank the travelling public for their continued patience as the project unfolded. We asked you to hang in there...

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What Does the Future Have in Store for the Massey Tunnel? Let Us Know

What Does the Future Have in Store for the Massey Tunnel? Let Us Know

It began life as the Deas Island Tunnel, but these days it’s official name is the George Massey Tunnel or, less formally, as the Massey Tunnel. It is the only road tunnel below sea level in Canada, making its roadway the lowest road surface in Canada. The tunnel is a part of Highway 99 in the Lower Mainland area and travels underneath the south arm of the Fraser River estuary to connect Metro Vancouver with outlying regions such as...

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