Posts Tagged ‘ safety ’

Our Geoscientists Dig Deep to Keep BC Highways Moving Safely

What the heck is a Geoscientist and how does the work they do help highway travel in BC? It’s National Geoscience and Engineering Month in Canada and to recognize that, we reached out to Alexandra McGladrey, G.I.T. to chat and learn more about the great work that our she and other geoscientists on staff do. Alexandra joined the ministry through our Engineer-In-Training/Geoscientist-In- Training program and gave us tonnes of great insight into the role… March is National Engineering and...

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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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A Westside Road Story – Breathtaking Route Being Improved

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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The Shocking Case of the Porthole Peeper

“I was in a hurry.” That was the excuse a Vancouver Island driver gave when one of our CVSE officers stopped him on the Malahat for driving with a mere “porthole” of snow cleared from his windshield. The officer issued the driver a $368 fine and didn’t let him continue driving without clearing all the snow off his vehicle. When we tweeted the photo, many of you were shocked: What’s worse, this isn’t just a one-off occurrence. Surrey RCMP...

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Watch How We Get Through Winter on the Coquihalla

The Coquihalla (BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt) is the province’s busiest mountain pass. At more than 1,200 metres in elevation, it’s also one of the routes hit hardest by heavy snowfall and other winter conditions. Fear not… we have a plan, and a team of professionals to execute what we call: The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol. When the snow flies, the team carries out a series of steps to make sure you safely make it up and over...

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Why Stopping Distances Matter More During the Winter

It’s pretty simple, really. Stopping distance is the distance it takes your vehicle to come to a complete stop once you apply your brakes. The faster you are travelling, the longer it will take you to come to a complete stop (and being able to stop your vehicle as quickly as possible when you need to is always a good thing). “Speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Winter driving conditions are not ideal. Slow down and drive safely!”...

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Everything You Need to Know about East Kootenay Highway Winter Maintenance Specifications

Mainroad, our maintenance contractor in the East Kootenay service area, works hard every day to keep local highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because the area is so geographically diverse, they can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially during winter. In order to make sure they understand exactly what is expected of them in their day to day operations, we outline our maintenance requirements of them in great detail. We recently updated our...

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How BikeBC Supports Cycling Infrastructure

We know you love to ride your bicycle and our BikeBC program helps municipalities fund their cycling initiatives, getting you on your bike. How does funding work? Creating and maintaining cycling infrastructure within towns and cities in BC is the responsibility of local governments and BikeBC supports their efforts. Every year, BikeBC invites municipalities and First Nations to apply for money to pay for the construction of new cycling initiatives in their communities. There is a 50/50 cost-share split....

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Learn All About Winter Maintenance Changes on Route to East Kootenay Highways

Have you ever wondered how maintenance contractors plan their approach to winter maintenance? Schedule their work around storm conditions? Or how about, what kind of equipment they have at the ready to keep BC highways safe? Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting will be holding open house sessions to share this kind of information about updates to their winter operations and how they plan to use new technology to improve service levels and public safety in their service area at the...

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Why BC is On the Alert against Mussel Invaders

Protect your boat

BC is on guard against nasty invasive mussels that attach themselves to boats in freshwater. (Not to be confused with useful, attractive muscles attached to people.) Specifically it’s quagga and zebra mussels that we’re preventing from entering our province. That’s why on BC’s roads you might see signs for watercraft inspection stations. The signs are directed to all boaters – those with power boats, row boats, inflatable boats, kayaks, canoes and even paddleboards. If it floats, the Ministry of...

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