Ka-BOOM! 3 Types of Remote Avalanche Control in BC

February 20, 2018

“Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.” Vernor Vinge, author Rain… Wind… The weight from a layer of fresh snow… Warming temperatures… It doesn’t take much to break the bonds that hold a snowpack together, releasing a cascade of snow and debris down a mountainside scarred by avalanche paths. But it’s our avalanche technicians’ job to beat Mother Nature to the punch near BC highways. While the most common method for triggering controlled avalanches is helibombing (in...

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The Many Faces of Mount Washington

February 15, 2018
Information for Skiers and Snowboarders driving Strathcona parkway

When you hear the words Vancouver Island you probably think of February flower counts, storm watching in Tofino and salmon fishing in Campbell River. But, did you know that Vancouver Island is also home to some pretty amazing ski...

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Why We Are Making a Bed for 200 Snakes

February 7, 2018

Workers discovered about 200 snakes settling in for winter, in a den of shale layers.  The environmental monitor for the project identified two types – the Common Garter Snake  and the Western Terrestrial (Wandering) Garter Snake. Both are common...

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Imagine what Safer Travel to Tofino, Ucluelet Looks Like

January 25, 2018

When a tsunami warning prompted evacuations to community muster stations in Tofino and Ucluelet this week (the event happened in the early morning of Jan 23, 2018), it highlighted how vital Highway 4 is as an emergency and supply...

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Adding Drains to the Floodplain to Keep Motorists Safe

January 16, 2018

At the March 2016 project open house, many local folks voiced concerns about the volume of water that sometimes saturates the area. When we tested different high water scenarios, using a hydraulic model, we recognized that the new section...

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BC Highway History Alert! More Snapshots in Time Revealed

January 9, 2018

Are you a BC Highways history nerd? If so – GET READY! We promised you more amazing historical images after our first historical snapshots blog  and we are delivering on that promise. Don’t consider yourself a highways history nerd?...

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Kickstart Your Career: Apply to be a 2018 EIT or TELP Now

January 5, 2018

 *UPDATE* We’ve updated this blog post to reflect the 2018 intake. Please note this if reviewing the comments. Recent grad? Now is your chance to get that career started. The Engineer-in-Training Program (EIT) and Technician-Entry-Level Program (TELP) recruitment...

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