Posts Tagged ‘ BC Highway 5 ’

Delays Ahead on the Coq Kinda Suck but It’s for a Good Reason

Planning on heading over the Coquihalla this summer? Head’s up! A couple of construction projects may slow you down a bit. That’s because we are working on improving parts of BC Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt from April to October, 2017. It sucks. We know. But it’s for a good reason. We appreciate your patience. Here are the details: First up – Box Canyon Chain Up Area Expansion Northbound commercial vehicle traffic on the Coquihalla Highway is often...

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How to Avoid Being Pranked by Spring on the Coquihalla

How to Avoid Being Pranked by Spring on the Coquihalla

Warning! Don’t let spring play an April Fools’ prank on you. Roadside signs state passenger vehicles are required to have winter tires, and commercial trucks must carry chains, on most BC highways between October 1 and March 31. However, that doesn’t mean winter tires and chains are never needed beyond those dates. Sometimes spring lets Old Man Winter outstay his welcome, especially on high elevation routes such as the Coquihalla. Professional truck drivers who travel BC’s high mountain passes...

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Coquihalla Construction Crews: “A Story for Every Kilometre”

It took more than 10,000 people 20 months of continuous work to open Phase 1 of the Coquihalla, on May 16, 1986. Many of the men and women who worked on this historic project have moved on to new adventures; however, some still work for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. To get a sense of what it was like to work on a project of this scale, we asked four ministry staffers (one retired/three current) four questions. Their...

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Construction of the Coquihalla: Still Amazing After 30 Years

It was the most ambitious highway project in the province’s history. It’s one of the most heavily travelled route in all of British Columbia. From top to bottom, motorists can experience every single type of weather condition known to man. With a summit reaching 1,244 metres tall (imagine almost 3 CN Towers stacked up), it isn’t uncommon for it to be snowing at the peak and sunny at the base. We’re talking, of course about the Coquihalla Highway. The...

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How Well Do You Know the Coquihalla?

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The Coquihalla is one of the most popular highway mountain passes in BC. You’ve probably driven it a few times, whether as a commuter or a BC traveller, or TONS of times as a commercial driver. But how well do you know this stretch of highway?

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Driving Divided Freeways in BC: 7 Tips You Need to Know

There are many kinds of highways in BC: Rural highways, urban highways, primary highways, secondary highways, freeways and expressways just to name a few. Each type of highway serves a different purpose. For example, a freeway is a divided primary highway built for through traffic (as opposed to local traffic access) with two or more lanes in each direction of travel. These lanes are accessible via interchanges only. A good example of a freeway is BC Highway 5, also...

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Drive a BC Highway in 15,000 Photos

Ever hear of a kineograph? We hadn’t until now, but we knew about the more common term for the same thing: a “flip book”. You’ve probably seen them before – a thick book filled with pictures that seems to come alive when you flip through the pages. It may seem like a primitive form of entertainment now, but back in the day, it was the equivalent of a home theater system, without the surround sound, of course. What do...

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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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Why is Line Painting a Challenge on the Coquihalla?

Spring has sprung (sorta) across B.C., which means our maintenance contractors are out on our highways, shifting from winter maintenance to warmer weather activities like sweeping, paving, mowing and brushing. Our line marking contractors are also gearing up for a busy season, ready to hit the highway as soon as they can. Weather is definitely a factor in getting the job done, and one of the most challenging stretches, we’re sure you can imagine, is Highway 5 aka the...

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