Posts Tagged ‘ Vancouver Island ’

#NEGM2017 – Your Top TranBC Engineering Stories

In Canada, we celebrate National Engineering and Geoscience Month in March, highlighting the importance of engineering as a career and its impact on our daily lives. Engineering is such a HUGE part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From wildlife overpasses to Port Mann cable collars to rip rap to speed limits, it’s all covered with an engineering expertise. To showcase some of the work we do, we collected some of our most popular...

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Vulcan Logic and the Next Generation of BC Highway Barrier

Last fall, we replaced a section of Highway 19 concrete median barrier with an emergency access gate – also known as a Vulcan Barrier (please excuse any ensuing Star Trek jokes) – the first on Vancouver Island highways (Spock would be so proud!). Other types of emergency gates can be found in some parts of the province, such as Kelowna and the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta. Why a gate? When an incident closes a BC highway, redirecting traffic...

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What Does YOUR McKenzie Interchange Look Like?

The wait is over – idle no more. It’s time to get moving on the McKenzie Interchange Project. The planning stage starts with you, and a public consultation process focused on collecting your ideas for a new interchange that will relieve what is known as the province’s most infamous bottleneck outside of the Lower Mainland. What now? Well, a few things are beginning in order to collect public feedback on the design of Victoria’s new Highway 1 interchange: We...

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Welcome to Fall in BC (as Seen on BC HighwayCams)

It’s official. Summer is gone and autumn is upon us. A quick look around our BC HighwayCams on DriveBC confirms it. What does the first day of fall look like in BC? It looks like gold at the Peace View Rest Area (above). Stay gold Peace View, stay gold… Fog has settled in at Wire Cache. Yes, that is snow at Heckman Summit in the Southern Interior. (Don’t sweat it – make the Shift into Winter now and you’ll...

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How We Helped Protect 1000s of Years of BC History on Vancouver Island

Recently, along the shores of the Tseycum First Nation on Vancouver Island, we worked in partnership with the Tseycum people to prevent a portion of the Patricia Bay beach from eroding and washing out West Saanich Road. But it turned out that road restoration was only a piece of what we accomplished here. We also expanded wildlife and salmon habitat at Wsikem Creek, helped protect and monitor precious artifacts and ancestral remains as well as create lasting relationships along...

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Your Top 10 BC Road Trip Photos

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson At the start of summer, we asked you to share your road trip photos by using the hashtag #BCRoadTrip. You did not disappoint. In fact, we were so impressed by the images coming from all you intrepid travellers – exploring the province from the far reaches of the north, to the southern tip of Vancouver Island – that we started featuring them as our Facebook banners. We also...

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Bridging Rogers Creek to Protect Port Alberni

There’s a lot of digging and bridging going on at Rogers Creek in Port Alberni. The ministry is replacing the culvert, which runs under the Port Alberni Highway, with a 44-metre-long single span steel girder bridge. The bridge will provide a wider opening for Rogers Creek to pass through. Why wasn’t the culvert good enough? It was relatively small in comparison to some of the logging debris that builds up. In fact, during a 2006 storm, emergency crews needed...

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Mother Nature Bares All for Fall on DriveBC Highway Webcams

BC highway webcam Highway 16

Weather and road conditions in British Columbia are some of the most diverse in the country, especially as we move through fall before shifting into winter. A sunny day in the Lower Mainland can turn into a blizzard at the Coquihalla summit quicker than you can say “time for tire chains.” Just ask Highway Thru Hell’s Jamie Davis, who witnesses drivers travel up the highway unprepared all too often. Or, to help you visualize just how different conditions can...

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Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Go ahead… hop on a bike (or just put your walking shoes on). South Vancouver Island’s Lochside Trail just got smoother with 1.7 kilometres of freshly paved pathway between Island View Road and Mount Newton X Road. “It’s like a super highway as far as I’m concerned,” said cyclist Chark Nipp with a laugh. The Lochside Trail runs 29 kilometres from the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, parallel to Patricia Bay Highway...

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Understanding Highway Maintenance on Vancouver Island

Understanding Highway Maintenance on Vancouver Island

From Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the extreme west coast conditions of Ucluelet and Tofino, you will find ocean, rain, rushing rivers, sunshine, dense rainforest, snow – even glaciers! The island has it all. Along with such a diverse landscape comes a broad range of road and maintenance issues. It’s National Road Safety Week: let’s take a closer look at the ways one of our maintenance contractors help to keep our highways safe for...

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