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  1. Brad Price on July 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I am trying to find out when Hwy 97D washout from this spring will be repaired? The creek is completely dry now. I have loads that need to be moved over this route that are 2″ too wide for the single lane temporary bridge. The last update I can find is this:

    Maintenance Highway 97D Both directions – Highway 97D is OPEN to single lane alternating traffic 10 km East of Junction with Highway 97C in Logan Lake. No vehicles over 3.2m wide. Updated on Tue May 30 at 2:25 pm PDT. (ID# -64229)

    • tranbceditor on July 18, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Hi Brad,

      We have sent your question forward to the local area manager for follow up. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on July 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Hello again Brad,

      Our area manager confirmed we are working through the design process for the replacement infrastructure at this crossing and the ministry will have Highway 97D open to two lane traffic before the first snow fall of 2017. There may be additional works at the site in summer 2018. Hope that this helps. Thanks for connecting with us here.

      • Brad Price on July 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

        Can you please advise who the contractor is that’s responsible for the single lane temporary bridge?

        • tranbceditor on July 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

          I have sent your question directly to them for the info Brad. Stay tuned.

        • tranbceditor on July 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

          Hi again Brad,

          The ministry and the road maintenance contractor are maintaining the single lane bridge.

  2. Jennifer on July 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I am a paramedic for the BC Ambulance service and I need to commute from the Lower Mainland to Prince George, in order to get to my station. Will I be allowed to pass through any of of the current highway closures?

    • tranbceditor on July 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Hi Jennifer,

      We recommend you take Highway 5 and 16 north of Kamloops instead of passing through the impacted areas to get to Prince George. Given your role as a first responder you might be given access where possible, but because the fires are still so volatile, actual highway access may be impossible in some areas. DriveBC is your best source of info for road closure information, we recommend checking it before you leave and wherever possible along your trip. Highway 5/16 is showing some delays due to volume, so you might want to give yourself extra time. Hope that this helps.

  3. Marty Anderson on July 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    My wife and daughter were travelling from Merrit to Hope this morning and they encountered a small issue with their car. They stopped at the Box Canyon construction zone and the crew there was amazing, they even had someone heading in to town so they followed my family into Hope in a pickup to make sure they made it OK. I am wondering how I can find out the name of the company that is doing the work there so that I can personally thank them. On the map the construction shows as ID64114.
    Thank you!

    • tranbceditor on July 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for sharing that good vibe story, Marty. That’s so good to hear. The contractor is Jakes Construction Ltd. I’ve also let the project manager know. Cheers!

  4. Harry Payne on July 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I was Riding in Highway 19A Campbell river to Black Creek and I saw Someone has Spary Painted the Blue Saratoga Beach Sign in Near Oyster River Bridge and They Never clean or replace the signs.

    • tranbceditor on July 6, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for looping us in on this Harry. We are looking into it for you.

  5. Jerry on June 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm


    Are you planning on posting any Malahat construction updates in the near future? Long overdue…. Thx.

    • tranbceditor on June 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Jerry,

      If there is anything specifically you are looking for, we can ask the project manager and let you know. Otherwise, we won’t be able to post anything proactively (unless it’s emergency related) until the government has been officially formed.

      • Ernie Gorrie on June 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        Following up on the Malahat discussion, I drove this route last weekend and noticed distinctly parsimonious use of speed limit signs. If my recollection is correct, there was one 60 KPH sign at the beginning of the construction zone, then nothing until almost the end. This must have been at least 10 minutes of driving time.

        There was little to no work under way at the time. I practice driving at the speed limit, so I drove 60 KPH for this distance of one lane road, but I sensed that other drivers did not appreciate that the was in effect the whole distance until the signage indicating that the “Construction Zone Ends Resume Speed” signage.

        I suggest the contractor put up 60 KPH signs every 500 to 1000 meters in each direction in this construction zone. Signs are cheap in comparison to lives (and tickets).

        • tranbceditor on June 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

          Hello Ernie,

          Thank you for this comment. We have shared it with the project manager directly.

  6. Jeff Summers on June 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hi. I am a cyclist and just took a nasty tumble on a bike lane that the District of North Vancouver says is MOT property.

    The incident happened just after the pedestrian/cyclist crossing you have for eastbound traffic from Main Street to get onto the Second Narrows Bridge.

    There is a ton of sand from snow clearing, I assume, sitting all over the bike paths in the area (also on the bike lanes when approaching from Westbound). After using the crosswalk as I tried to accelerate my wheels lost traction in the sand and I fell. As a result of this I cut my knees up in a few places.

    It is great that MoT has the consideration to add bike lanes, but they need to be maintained. I can send you pictures of the excessive sand build ups in numerous areas by the second narrows bridge on the bike lanes. I’d like to know what will be done about it. Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on June 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      Thank you for letting bringing this location to our attention. We shared your comment forward directly with the local area manager who told us that we have requested our maintenance contractor clear the sand off the sidewalk at this location. We expect the work to be completed shortly.

      • Ian on July 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

        MOT should be aware it is not just in the bicycle lanes that Mainroad needs to sweep the road better, though I clearly understand the serious safety risk it poses specifically to cyclists. There is an extensive accumulation of sand and other deritus along the center median and less noticeably on the shoulders from Ironworker’s bridge thru Brunette. Large objects generally appear to get picked up, but there’s no evidence the roadway has been swept in 2017.

        • tranbceditor on July 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

          Hi Ian,

          Sorry for the delay. We have sent your question to our local area office for follow up. Stay tuned.

        • tranbceditor on July 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

          Hi Ian,

          Our apologies for the delay in this response. We sent your comment to the local area office for follow up and they informed us that our sweeping cycle is conducted every 120 days. To date we have completed about 208 km of sweeping in the area however, due to the last prolonged winter, we have had extensive abrasive material spreading, which delayed the spring cleaning. But, although the initial sweep took longer than usual to complete, we are now back on schedule. Hope that this helps.

  7. Amrit Dhillon on June 13, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Although water is available at sanidumps located at
    1) Bradner rest area,westbound, 52.5 KM east of Vancouver
    2) Cole Road rest area, eastbound, 73.0 KM east of Vancouver

    there is no signage to indicate the type of water available.

    Is the water potable or non-potable at these two sanidumps?

    • tranbceditor on June 13, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Hi Amrit, Thanks for your question about whether water at the sanidumps at Bradner and Cole Road Rest Areas is potable. I am checking into this and will get back to you here.

      • tranbceditor on June 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        Hi Amrit, Our person responsible for those rest areas says that the water is potable and supplied by the City of Abbotsford. They are looking into adding signs that say it is potable.

  8. Harry Payne on May 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    We need Variable Speed Limit Signs install in Highway 19 and 19A

    • tranbceditor on May 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Hi Harry,

      Thanks for your suggestion. The three corridors which currently display Variable Speed Limit Systems are part of a trial. If the systems are successful, they will be considered along other roadways, such as Highway 19/19A.

      Here’s a link to more information about the project:

  9. Jim on May 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    For some reason when I submitted this my comment was replaced with my address… Here is the comment

    Hello, contacted you last year regarding 2 issues in Abbotsford, wanting update…

    Regarding Hwy 1 westbound offramp @ McCallum, road markings indicate left lane may turn left or go straight, but over head green sign says the left lane may also turn right. Was told the maintenance contractor(EAM) would be covering up the right arrow on the green sign, but has not done so yet.

    Second, regarding fencing along highway 1. I would like to again request chain link fence be installed on the south side of Hwy 1 from the Riverside Rd overpass west into the tree’d area, adjacent to King Rd (just west of Sumas). This is the area where a number of pedestrians have been killed on the highway, and it is right next to the cities homeless shelter. It is a clear stretch of manicured lawn from the highway to the adjacent roads and there is no fence on this portion for some reason. It would be very nice if a fence could be installed before another human being wanders onto that portion and is killed.


    • tranbceditor on May 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Hello Jim,

      We have followed up again about your request for a change to the overhead sign. Thanks for following up on that! And our apologies as it looks like we did get a reply on your question, but it wasn’t shared back with you. Here’s what we heard from the area manager in November:

      The ministry maintains a chain link fence in the area between McCallum Rd Interchange and Sumas Way Interchange however, there are some gaps closer to Sumas Way that have been identified and we are planning to install fencing at these locations. We do have ongoing issues with people cutting the fences that we install but our maintenance contractors are vigilant and repair the cuts when they occur.

      Hope that this helps.

      • tranbceditor on June 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

        Hello again Jim,

        The local area manager has confirmed that the overhead signs were changed last week. Thanks again for following up.

  10. Ernie Gorrie on May 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Intersection of Cherry Point Road and Cherry Point Road, Cowichan Bay

    Several years ago a stop sign was installed at this intersection. I think the stop sign it’s a good idea, however I think it was inadvertently placed on the wrong corner.

    The explanation is quite complex. Whom do I contact to communicate about this in more detail?

    • tranbceditor on May 23, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Hello Ernie,

      Please connect with our area office directly. Here is their contact information:

      3rd floor – 2100 Labieux Rd.
      Nanaimo, BC V9T 6E9
      250 751-3246

  11. Jan on May 17, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Is there a road between Whistler and Port Moody Bria Indian Arm?

  12. Jan on May 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Hello, would you tell me if there are any future plans to develop a road between Whistler and the Lower Mainland, (Port Moody/Maple Ridge), perhaps via the north end of Indian Arm or east of Indian Arm. Thank you

    • tranbceditor on May 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Jan,

      Good question. We have sent your question to the local area office to find out. Stay tuned.

  13. Marcia on May 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Who puts up poles for osprey nesting platforms? There is a pair of birds trying to build a nest on the 3 phase power pole at my worksite. I see platforms put in place throughout the Okanagan valley for the birds and I thought it was a hydro program as they are all parallel to power lines but Hydro has referred me to MOT instead. Please let me know who I can call about this.
    Thank you

    • tranbceditor on May 15, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Hi Marcia,

      We worked in coordination with our contractors to put up this pole as it was alongside our infrastructure. You can call our regional office in Kamloops for more information if you like. Here is their contact info:
      Southern Interior Regional Office

      447 Columbia Street
      Kamloops, BC V2C 2T3
      Telephone: 250 828-4220

  14. tranbceditor on April 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Hi James,

    Thanks for your thoughts on lane filtering for motorcycles in stationary or slow-moving traffic.

    The provincial government is not considering lane filtering for motorcycles at this time. Should that change in the future, any consideration of lane filtering would involve a full analysis of existing research and a look into the experiences of jurisdictions which permit the practice. It would also likely require a consultation where all road users and stakeholders could comment on the topic, as any change would impact all. Since many people use a highway system, any decision on law changes would not be based only on the opinions of motorcyclists, but all users of roads and all operators of roads such as municipalities and the provincial government.

  15. James McLauchlan on April 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I wish to know Tranbc’s thoughts on motorcycle filtering is stationary or slow moving traffic.
    It has been proven, through historical data and university studies, that filtering reduces severed motorcyclist injuries or death caused through being rear ended by distracted or inattentive drivers in stationary or slow moving traffic.
    There are no studies or data in existence that indicates filtering is unsafe.

    What is transBC doing to study and implement this safety initiative, used in many countries successfully throughout the world, and thus help save more motorcyclist lives?

  16. Joan Myers on April 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Wondering what is going to be done about the serious slide-about-to-happen on Kault Hill on the Trans Canada Hwy near Tappen (west of Salmon Arm)? The safety warning equipment is disappearing into the hole as it widens daily! this portion of the TCH should have been improved long ago. The potential for a major disruption of both local and long distance traffic seems strong and would have serious repercussions.

    • tranbceditor on April 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Joan,

      We’ve sent your inquiry to the local office. We will update you as soon as possible.

    • tranbceditor on April 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Hi again Joan. A geotechnical engineer has assessed Kault Hill and it’s being monitored. The area is marked by cones and flashing boards that occasionally get blown over by passing vehicles. We are working at getting some heavier safety devices to eliminate this problem. We have just received an estimate for the repair and are in the process of reviewing all our options and making a decision. Hope this information helps.

  17. Ian W on April 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Could somebody please direct Mainroad to paint the outer white lines on the on-ramps and off-ramps for Highway 1, 1st Ave and Boundary Road interchanges? As evidenced looking in Google StreetView time machine, these lines were NEVER repainted after the Hwy 1 widening project.

    Every single day as I travel through there I observe someone either fails to merge or enters the on-ramp lane expecting it to continue as an off-ramp. Perhaps this is a reflection of poor signage as well as missing lane markings.

    On the “stretch objectives, is the width of the roadway sufficient in either direction to physically mark an additional lane connecting the on-ramp / off-ramp in the manner most people seem to expect there is one.

    • tranbceditor on April 12, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Hello Ian,

      Thanks for connecting with us here and sharing your concern. We have sent your comment forward to the local area office for follow up.

      • Ian on July 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm


        I noticed last week the lane markings have in fact been painted on the 1st and Boundary on/off ramps w/ HWY 1. And to my surprise, so too were the pavement lane merge arrows! Unfortunately, given the nature of the Boundary on-ramp: the short, “S” curve approach, no acceleration lane, direct merge at a taper, there really needs be one more arrow further back on the ramp (I thought the came in 3+’s and noticed only 2). People are still being caught out as the lane tapers so quickly.

        A follow-up question as well. It seems MOST of the on-ramps along Highway (W of Pt. Mann for sure) are missing pavement lane merge arrows. These are absolutely necessary, especially on approaches like Boundary, like Mt Seymour Pkwy, Lynn Valley (W) and others, where there is no acceleration section, then taper. Are these not required markings per the Manual of Standard Traffic Sign & Pavement Markings? Are the Yellow “Merge” signs also in place on these on-ramp designs (ie: no accel lane)?

        To the layman, the MST/PM does not seem to distinguish between on/off-ramp designs with and w/o accel-/decel-eration lanes in terms of requirements. It should.

        I would encourage you to direct Mainroad to review all the highway on-ramps, especially those w/o acceleration lanes and ensure the white lines, dashed lines merge arrows and signs are in place.

        ps: Hastings on-ramp white lines are all gone too.

        • tranbceditor on July 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

          Hi Ian,

          Sorry for the delay. We have sent your question to our local area office for follow up. Stay tuned.

        • tranbceditor on July 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

          Hi Ian,

          Thank you for your insightful comment. We shared your message with our area manager who confirmed that our maintenance contractor Mainroad has completed all additional pavement markings and we are currently auditing their completed work. Any design changes/deviations from standards, would require traffic engineering to review those specifications. As a side note at the Mt Seymour and Lynn Valley (w) locations – the ministry plans to re-apply thermoplastic and paint markings in this area, later this summer. Hope that this helps.

  18. Gillian on April 10, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Is Hwy 99 north of Lillooet going to be closed on Easter Monday April 17th like any regular Monday in April?

    • tranbceditor on April 11, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Hi Gillian,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We shared your question with the District Manager, who confirmed that we will have no scheduled closures over the Easter Long weekend. The plan is to be fully open, Friday through to and including Monday. Closures will resume on the Tuesday. Hope that this helps!

  19. Robert Thompson on March 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I live in the district of Kent, along Rockwell drive, near Harrison Hot Springs. The road is a provincial road, and since a house was built across from us, they have a driveway spilling large amounts of rainwater runoff across the road into our property, causing large amounts of pooling. I would like to know who to report this to, and how to deal with it.

    • tranbceditor on March 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. Please connect directly with our Chilliwack area office.
      45890 Victoria Avenue
      Chilliwack, BC V2P 2T1
      604 795-8211

      They will be able to speak with you about your concerns and make a site visit if need be.

  20. Jean Burnett on March 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Can you help us finding the geographic locations (latitude and longitude for the two following milepost

    “mile 480 Alaska Highway” and “mile 276 Alaska Highway”
    The mile whre taken between 1950 and 1956 and as I can see there was some changes regarding historical milespost
    We nned the information in order to locate the exact location some plants where collected in that time


    Jean Burnett
    Herbier Marie-Victorin
    Institut de recherche en biologie végétale
    Université de Montreal

    • tranbceditor on March 20, 2017 at 11:05 am


      We did some calculations of locations approximately 480 and 276 miles from Dawson Creek and found that Mile 480 of the Alaska Highway is roughly 59.4167° N, 126.0833° W and Mile 276 of the Alaska Highway is roughly 58.8050° N, 122.6972° W. Hope that this helps!

  21. Alice Bandstra-Kammeraad on March 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I have to make a comment on signage problems at the new Highway 17 and crossing the Alex Fraser bridge going to the airport. We live in Abbotsford and have tried this about 5 times already. Monday night we were going to the airport and tried to get on the Alex Fraser Bridge (in the pouring rain). Total Chaos again…..We were trying to follow the signs very carfully but all you see is little signs in the ground already past the area where you need to see them. To make a long story short, we ended up on an off ramp that we thought was correct to the opposite direction on the highway. We had oncoming traffic that just barely missed us. Another oncoming truck signalled to where we had to go. We are not even visitors and we don’t know what to do. You have to do something about this. When you cross the Alex Fraser bridge there are no signs that have the airport written on it. Please change all of this as everyone is complaining about it

    • tranbceditor on March 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Hello Alice,

      Thank you for connecting with us here and sharing your concern. We have shared your comment forward with the local area office for review. Stay tuned!

  22. James King on March 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Hello, I understand that when snow plow vehicles are working the Highway #1, you need to maintain a distance of 50 meters(?) I had a situation where a friend was driving his vehicle and both he and the snow truck approached the 200 Street exits – the snow plow switched lanes to head over to the HOV lane. As a result, my friend started to speed up (no lane switching) and he passed by the snow plow but was hit by the snow that was being plowed off the truck.

    Amazingly the snow was able to damaged his vehicle – he has pictures. Is there someone we can take this up with?

    • tranbceditor on March 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Hi James,

      Has your friend connected with ICBC regarding this yet?

  23. Deanna MacKinnon on March 7, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I am confused about the signage regarding the Port Mann Bridge entrance on United Bulevard in Coquitlam. First off, it’s fairly difficult to even read/see the sign. Secondly, are we allowed to use this entrance to gain access to the bridge? From what I have been able to read, there seems to be time restrictions for the use of this entrance, would you be able to explain the logic.

    Thanks kindly for your responses.

    • tranbceditor on March 7, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Hi Deanna,

      Thanks for your comment. We have sent it forward to the local area manager for review. Stay tuned.

  24. Charles on February 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    When will the southbound right lane be reopened on the Gilmore Division overpass in Burnaby?

    • tranbceditor on March 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Hi Charles. End of March we expect the repairs will be completed, and the southbound curb lane on Gilmore will be open.

  25. Harry on February 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Hi im a new class one driver with air brakes endorsement and ive been hearing that if i dont use my license after a period of time it gets taken away from you. Is that true? Ive been applying for jobs,and i dont think that is true but thought i would ask some people who really know whats what. Because I know you can lose it by not complying the medical,dangerous driving,all the normal stuff or it has expired.but thats my question.thanks ☺

    • tranbceditor on February 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Harry. ICBC is responsible for driver’s licences. I’m connecting with them and should have an answer for you soon.

      • Harry on March 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm

        Okay thank you

    • tranbceditor on March 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Hi again, Harry. According to ICBC: As long you maintain a valid Class 1 licence, you won’t lose it. If the licence is expired or you downgrade (to a lower class of licence) for more than three years, then retesting will be required. As long as you don’t have your licence revoked (due to a suspension), and you comply with your medical and continue to renew your licence, you will be able to keep it. Hope this helps.

      • Harry on March 5, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        Thanks a bunch thats what i was telling them but wanted to make sure i knew 100%

  26. Anonymous on February 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Hello im a new class one driver with air brakes endorsement took a class to achieve it.
    My question is ive been hearing if you dont use it for a period of time it gets taken away from you is this true?
    Becouse im pretty sure it will be is if i fail to comply with the medical and or any moving violations , extremly dangerous driving and or it expires pls any info on this would be greatly appreciated as im new to the whole cdl life. Thank you for yalls time

  27. Graeme Stevens on February 14, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    The northbound righthand turn lane from Hwy 11/Sumas Way onto Hwy 1 eastbound needs to be cleared of snow. The entire right turn lane is covered and inaccessible causing a backlog of cars along Hwy 11/Sumas during rush hour.

    • tranbceditor on February 15, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for this information Graeme. We have shared it forward with the local area office for follow up.

    • tranbceditor on February 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Hello again Graeme,

      We heard back from the area manager who informed us that he contacted the maintenance contractor, Emil Anderson and discussed this issue with their Abbotsford area foreman. All the snow has melted in that area now and the issue is no longer a concern, but he asked the foreman to keep an eye on the right turn lane in the future to ensure that the accumulations do not impede the movement of vehicles from Highway 11 to the eastbound ramp. Thanks again for connecting with us here and sharing your concern. Hope that this helps!

  28. Ran on February 11, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Hi, there

    I live on UBC campus, at the crossing by east mall and thunderbird boulevard. One of the traffic lights changed from pedestrian controlled to automatic changing lights that constantly beeps. I woke up last night and the sound was quite disturbing since everything else quiets down and I had a hard time falling asleep. There are student housing and other commercial housing right by this crossing and it might disturb other residents. Is it possible that the sound can be muted coz it did not use to have the beeping.


    • tranbceditor on February 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Hi there,

      We have sent your comment forward to the local area office for review. Stay tuned.

  29. Deborah Robinson on February 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I am stunned to find out that there are trucks plowing and clearing the parking lot on wembly centre before making the government contract routes safe.We are in Qualicum bay and the “d”routes are still dangerous. No sand/gravel has been even laid down up off the main Meadow wood area roads.

    • tranbceditor on February 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Deborah. Can you please include what roads specifically need attention? We will phone in to our maintenance contractor Emcon Services 1-866-353-3136. Thank you.

  30. Jon Head on February 7, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I would like to know if Dorothy Rd and David Rd north of Union Bay will be plowed and sand like all the rest of the side roads off highway 19A?
    Dorothy Rd has turned into a sheet of ice and making it almost impossible to get to highway 19A.
    This is causing a dangerous situation as people drive up the steep grade of hill on Dorothy Rd to make it up to highway 19 A may not be able to stop at the stop sign at the top of Dorothy and slide into on coming traffic travelling north on highway 19A


    • tranbceditor on February 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Jon – I phoned in your request to our maintenance contractor Emcon Services. They will follow up with you via email.

      • Jon Head on February 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

        Thank you for phoning in my request. The road crew plowed the road that afternoon. Hopefully it will remain on there list to plow and sand.


        • tranbceditor on February 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

          Glad to hear this Jon. Thanks for letting us know.

  31. Kevin Hanna on January 31, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    In BC what are the rules on where a 30 km School Zone can be placed? In our neighbourhood the school fronts onto a side street with a posted 30Km school zone 8am -5pm. The much busier street beside the school has a school zone sign but with no speed limit. Therefore vehicles can travel at 50km (although most travel much faster).

    Can both school zones around the school be designated as 30 km zones?

    • tranbceditor on February 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We are only responsible for setting speed limits on the provincial highway system and it sounds like this question is best directed to your local municipality for review. Hope that this helps!

  32. Amber Woodworth on January 27, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I am writing to bring to your attention, as you may already be aware, that the roads of Shawnigan Lake are in neglectful, hazardous condition.
    The majority of our roads around the lake are windy, as well as hilled and primarily have insufficient shoulder space. In my nine years of living in Shawnigan lake, I have never felt safe to go for a run down the main road, as I know it would be a risk, due to fast traffic and blind corners.

    Our community lost a little girl this past weekend, when her father’s car hit a hydro pole after a windy, hilled and shoulder-less portion of Shawnigan lake road. I don’t know what it is going to take to have something done to improve the safety of our families, but I am hoping their family will not have suffered this in vein.

    I am asking you to meet with our regional directors to address the concerns that they have been trying to bring forward. We are a tenacious bunch, as you may know, and will further write letter upon letter to attract whatever attention is needed to bring our concerns to a place of serious awareness.

    I would also like to share with you that I, along with many families are concerned for the safety of our children as they stand by the roadside in the dark, awaiting a school bus. I understand that concerned residents were told that more street signs would cause “sign pollution” and cause drivers to ignore all of the signs due to repetition, etc. I have to say that your answer is lacking any creative solution to the real life safety issues families face every day, as a result of the condition of our roads (The Ministry of Transportation roads, your roads).
    We need increased awareness on our road sides that children are ahead (in the dark, just over that hill, or around yet another blind corner).
    Not to mention the dozens of tandem dump trucks that pass by our kids (our precious, irreplaceable little ones), all on their way to your local toxic waste pit. How are truck drivers to know that just ahead a small child may wander too near to the edge?

    The back roads and more rural areas are seriously scary at times.

    I think there could be tools put in place to encourage (or require) drivers to have to slow down.
    I would like to see digital speed signs (like they have on the highways) that would alert drivers to their speed.
    We have had so many tragedies on our roads in the past few years, and desperately need to be invested in.
    I am suggesting that we be given increased bus stop signs in the rural areas of the lake (the areas without streetlights or road shoulders.)
    I suggest that you drop the speed around the lake to an even 50km. (Most drivers just assume it’s 60km as an excuse to go faster). This will cause less “room for interpretation” of our speed limits.

    Lastly, I would like to point out to you that Shawnigan Lake first responders are also first responders for the Malahat section of the Trans Canada highway. I can only imagine that being a first responder on the Malahat would be challenging enough, but add to it the weight of responding to your own neglected roads, where any call could be your friend, your neighbor, your family.

    We collectively, as a community need the support and action of the Ministry of Transportation.
    I hope that we won’t be disappointed.

    Thank you,

    • tranbceditor on January 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Hello Amber,

      Thank you for your letter and for sharing your concerns with us. We have been meeting with regional directors from the CVRD to identify and discuss small scale improvements that are important to the community of Shawnigan Lake roads and will continue to do so. Our local area manager has put forward a funding request for improvements in the area including: signage, lane markings and intersection improvements. Thanks again for connecting with us here. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  33. Anonymous on January 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    When are you going to replace burned out lights in the Massey Tunnel?
    Lights in the first few hundred feet of the northbound entrance is almost all burned out and dozens of the remaining lights both sides are not working. When drivers don’t put on their headlights it makes it a very dangerous drive.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm


      Our electrical crew is aware of the problem and maintenance crews are currently working in the tunnel to repair spot outages. Work should be completed early next week. Hope that this helps!

  34. Gary on January 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I work near the Hard Casino in United Blvd in Coquitlam and live on the south side of the Fraser. It would be much quicker and shorter if I could use the Fawcett Rd truck on/off ramps. Why are these ramps not open to cars? It would make more sense in moving traffic to the industrial area on United Blvd.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Hi Gary,

      We have sent your question into the district office for review. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on January 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Hello Gary,

      We spoke with the local area manager who informed us that the Fawcett Road ramps, previously restricted to commercial vehicles only, are now open to general purpose traffic between the hours of 9pm – 5am on weekdays and on weekends. This change was brought into effect last year, and the associated news release is available at

      The original intent for the truck only ramps was to provide a direct and efficient connection between Highway 1 and United Boulevard for commercial vehicles. This was a result of direct consultation with key stakeholders, including business in the United Boulevard area and the BC Trucking Association. Upon review of post-construction traffic flow in this area, the change was made to provide general traffic with safe access to United Boulevard and local businesses during lower volume off-peak hours.

      The ministry will continue to monitor to ensure the ramps remain safe and efficient, and currently there are no plans to extend the hours for general traffic use.

      Hope that this helps!

  35. Bruce Carson on January 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    In the United States mountain passes and other areas of snowfall have electronic signs that indicate when snow tires or chains are required. These are the ONLY times such tires are required by law. I would suggest that the Malahat highway would be better served with such a system. There are a very few days when snow tires are required. Some years, none. Besides the extra expense forced on drivers, winter tires are not as safe as rain tires on wet roads, by far the most prevalent condition on the Malahat.

  36. David on January 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I was almost hit by a truck travelling westbound 8th ave and 172nd street. This could be a potential accident for someone who does not look before proceeding.

  37. Wayne Barnhart on January 13, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Good morning,

    I Live in South Surrey south of 8th ave near the Peace Arch border crossing.

    8th avenue has a high volume of commercial trucks going to and from the border crossing on Hwy 15 and the intersection of 8ave/172 street can be a dangerous one with commercial trucks (and all vehicle types) blowing through that light.

    Is there any way to have warning lights installed to give the time needed to stop? There have been several accidents all ready and many near misses. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on January 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Hello Wayne and thank you for connecting with us here. We have sent your concern forward to the local area manager for review.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm


      Thank you for your comment and for connecting with us here. We shared your comment with the area manager who informed us that We have communicated with ICBC regarding their “Red Light Camera” program and ICBC have included this location for review and our district engineer is scheduled to visit the site to perform a speed survey and make observations. Advanced Warning Flashers are typically located on high speed corridors and because 8th Avenue is posted 60 km/h, they likely won’t be installed.

  38. Ron Dworsky on January 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    The intersection of 8th Ave and 172nd Street fall under your jurisdiction. How many more people will die there before you take action.
    This intersection highly needs the installation of flashing warning lights on both west and east of the lights. Commercial semi trucks speeding to the intersection blow right through yellow and red lights. There has to be warnings lights so they prepare to stop.
    Please keep us safe.

    • tranbceditor on January 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Hello Ron and thank you for connecting with us here. We have sent your concern forward to the local area manager for review.

    • tranbceditor on January 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm


      Thank you for your comment and for connecting with us here. We shared your comment with the area manager who informed us that We have communicated with ICBC regarding their “Red Light Camera” program and ICBC have included this location for review and our district engineer is scheduled to visit the site to perform a speed survey and make observations. Advanced Warning Flashers are typically located on high speed corridors and because 8th Avenue is posted 60 km/h, they likely won’t be installed.

  39. Crystal Remedios on January 4, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I am deeply saddened to see all the great vintage traffic lights In the 70s & 80s era being destroyed in favor of new garbage traffic lights. It’s not the same anymore. I really wish I could turn back time and relive the moment where all the great green traffic lights in Vancouver were with us. I really wish we can bring those retro traffic lights back, how about making a separate place where we can put old traffic lights back and enjoy the memories, the love. If there is someone who sells old traffic lights, I would like to know.

    • tranbceditor on January 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Crystal,

      Our traffic engineers were thrilled to hear about your love of older vintage traffic lights. They told us that, under our electrical maintenance contracts, hardware is disposed of by our electrical contractors and generally you would have to contact either Raylec or Cobra directly to know their recycle processes.

      Hope that this helps.

  40. emily on December 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi there
    Could the Hwy 3 for Allison Pass please get plowed. Heading from Hope to Princeton there are 2 lanes each way, but only 1 lane is clear to drive in heading east. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on January 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your comment. We have shared your comment forward for review and follow up but wanted to let you know that in the future, if you notice a problem or something that causes you concern on any BC highway, you can contact our maintenance contractor directly with your issues as well. Here’s a link to their information:

  41. Hans Louwe on December 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Spent a good deal of Dec. 29&30 in the east kootenay. Countless wrecks and even fatalities. The average Joe is blaming the highway maintenance contractor. I can’t comment on that, however I noticed huge volumes of liquid calcium being applied all over the place. Near Jaffery today, I had to slow down for a 5 vehicle accident. Even at slow speeds braking was scary. Shortly thereafter another two cars in the ditch. The highway is a skating rink but looks deceptively safe. It was minus. 6 C and it was still being applied. The Ministry of Highways is turning the highways in the east kootenay into very unsafe conditions. I understand that liquid calcium freezes when the temperature falls below 25 degreesF. I am no expert, but after 50 years of winter driving in the west kootenay, I would much prefer a light sanding of grit over liquid calcium that freezes 100 percent of the time.

    • tranbceditor on January 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hello Hans,

      Mainroad East Kootenay, our highway contractor in this area (Service Area 11), uses a product called calcium chloride brine solution. They mix it in house and by weight and it is 23% sodium chloride brine which is then mixed in 3:1 ratio with calcium chloride. It has been tested and the eutectic freeze point, road temperature, is -23. Operationally it has been tested for the previous 2 winters to road temperatures of -15 in SA 11 with success. When applied it does look like it is slippery as the material on the road is very reflective and appears to slick, but it is still in liquid form and not frozen. The solution belongs to our recognized products list and is the same product used in other jurisdictions in the US and Canada as well as other BC maintenance contractors.

      A winter chemical is the only effective and quickest way to restore traction by removing snow and ice once road temperatures drop below -6. Winter abrasive is short term solution as it doesn’t stay on the road for long periods of time due to wind, traffic and additional plowing, nor does it remove snow or ice. Hope that this helps!

  42. Dillon on December 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Wondering if I am able to embed your service map into my own google map?

  43. June Blake on December 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Hi, I am wondering why if there is a heat wrap for taps outside in the cold weather to prevent them from freezing why don’t the bridges have these wraps made up longer to plug in somewhere in the wiring of lights to heatup the cables to prevent ice bombs in cold weather? In the long run it would prove to be cheaper than paying guys to cable up n down each line with chains during cold snaps.

    • tranbceditor on December 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Hi June,

      Good question. We have sent it forward to our Bridge Engineers for review. Thanks for connecting with us here and stay tuned for a response.

  44. Jim on December 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Intersection of Mt Lehman & Fraser Hwy. 2 of the corners have slip lanes, 2 do not. The 2 that do not are the ones coming directly from the highway offramps. When they get to intersection, a very high number of these drivers have not woken up from their “highway hypnosis”. The lane on the north east corner is the worst one. A high number of drivers will approach the red light, and only slow, and force their way out into traffic. Many hardly even slow down. They do this while cutting off traffic that has a left turn signal from the left side of the intersection. I have witnessed very many near misses, and countless fail to yields and fail to stop. All the while these right turning drivers are not looking at all to the right for pedestrians. Please implement a no right on red policy for these 2 lanes, or at least the one on the north east side.

    • tranbceditor on December 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for your comment. We have shared it forward with the local area office for review.

  45. Greg on December 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Hi, I just notice that BC require winter tire on most Highways. If travel from other provinces do we still mandatory for the winter tire since we don’t mandatory in our province. Thank you!

  46. Thelma Graham on December 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    On December 9, 2016 I was travelling from Vancouver to Langley on HWY. I had been at a concernt and had not been aware of the snowfall during the evening. I left Vancouver using 1st Avenue. Up until that moment all went well. The road was clear and traffic flowing normally. As I merged onto HWY 1 i noticed that ther was significant snow cover on the roadway. As I passed Boundary and Grandview the snow cover increased until by the time I had passed Willingdon there was an amazing amount of snow on the road. A long story short, until I cam up to the Port Mann Bridge it did not appear that there was any snow clearance or sanding being done. NO Snowplow or sanding truck was seen during the 30 minutes I was on that road. After the Bridge the snow clearance remained poor if not non-existant. I decided to get off the highway at 176st and just as I was about exit I saw a snow plow as it entered East bound onto the freeway – too late for me. All main roads, 176, 32, 200 St and 16 Avenue were in good condition for the weather as the cities of Surrey and Langley had snow plows out. WHERE WAS THE SNOW CLEARANCE ON HWY 1? The condition of the main highway was the worst of any road I travelled on that night. In my opinion, the contractor for this area of the Highway needs to be held accountable for any accident that occurred and must provide better snow clearance services.

    • tranbceditor on December 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Hello Thelma,

      Thank you for sharing your concern with us here. We have shared your comment with the local area office for review.

      • Penny on March 28, 2017 at 6:57 pm

        In your article regarding the new 6 lanes from 216 to 264? There was no explanation specifically, but are we to assume these lanes are west bound too? Hopefully!

        • tranbceditor on March 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

          Hi Penny,

          Yes, it means adding a lane in each direction.

        • tranbceditor on March 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm

          Hi there,

          Yes, the project will add an additional lane in each direction, bringing the total lane number in each direction to three and the overall width of six lanes. Thanks for connecting with us here!

          • Jim on May 25, 2017 at 10:52 pm

            Please make these new lanes designated HOV / BUS lanes only. Thanks.

          • tranbceditor on May 26, 2017 at 10:32 am

            Hi Jim,

            Thanks for your suggestion. We have sent it to the area manager to confirm if HOV/BUS lanes are included in the project.

          • tranbceditor on May 26, 2017 at 4:04 pm

            Hello again Jim,

            Your comment was reviewed by the project manager who informed us that, at this time, no decision has been made regarding future HOV designation on the project.

    • tranbceditor on December 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hello Thelma,

      We sent your concern forward to the local area office and they responded directly to you via email however, we wanted to share their response here for you just in case.

      We thank you for bringing your experience to our attention. Mainroad is responsible for plowing of Hwy 1, through the Port Mann highway 1 stretch. As I am sure you are aware, during a heavy snow storm, there will always be snow on the roads. As part of our post storms de-brief with our contractor, we will be discussing the snow storm on the 9th.

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