Posts Tagged ‘ Winter Maintenance ’

Getting Clear on Winter Highway Maintenance with JPW Road and Bridge

We take the safety of the travelling public very seriously and so do our maintenance contractors. Have you ever wondered what exactly we expect from them and how they meet our expectations? We spoke with Joe Wrobel, president of JPW Road and Bridge Ltd, to get the scoop on the many ways they work to keep you moving safely through the Sicamous and Salmon Arm area. TranBC: Could you tell us – what does a day in the life...

Read more »

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...

Read more »

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...

Read more »

A Look Behind the Scenes at Winter Maintenance in B.C.

When the snow starts falling, the plows hit the roads. Sounds like it could almost be a country song, but it’s also the theme of our latest video, which was shot on location in the east Kootenays this winter with the help of our local maintenance contractor, Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting. We touch on a lot of topics in this one, like which streets get plowing priority, how often contractors plow (spoiler: they’re plowing 24/7, if required) and the...

Read more »

The Most Unusual Tool in Our Winter Snow Fighting Tool Box

The Most Unusual Tool in Our Winter Snow Fighting Tool Box

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has many tools in its snow fighting and highway maintenance toolkit; each one specially chosen to keep highways clear and safe for motorists during the winter. Some of our tools include: Tow plows, Graders, Salt, helicopter and gas-ex avalanche control, Sanding Beets. Wait a minute. Did we say beets!? Read on… Why Beets? Beets have a long history at the dinner table, but they are a relatively new “tool” in winter highway maintenance....

Read more »

The ABCs of Winter Highway Classification and Maintenance

Our maintenance contractors work hard every day to keep BC highways safe and traffic moving smoothly. Because British Columbia is a geographically diverse province, our contractors can face any number of unique challenges where highway maintenance is concerned, especially in 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 in detail. Part of that detail involves classifying provincial highways. With that in mind,...

Read more »

Adding “Pow” to the Plow for Winter Safety

plow for winter safety

Elementary school children recently painted bright designs on three snowplows and a grader for some educational fun, in Golden. Road maintenance contractor HMC Services Inc. arranged for three fully equipped tandem axle plow trucks and one grader to attend all three of Golden’s elementary schools in October, for sessions about snow plow safety. About 300 students got to see the equipment up close, climb on it and ask questions. HMC Selkirk Division Manager Greg Ehman and his crew talked...

Read more »