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  1. Poogz on September 11, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Hi,
    We’re planning to drive from Edmonton to Surrey on Sept 13th and just wanted to know how the road conditions are. We plan to leave Edmonton at 5am, stop by at Lake Louise, take the Icefields Parkway route to Jasper then head to Surrey. We’ll be driving back to Edmonton on Sept 16th and would need advise on the road conditions that time as well.

    Thanks and more power to your helpful team.

    • tranbceditor on September 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Hello Poogz,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. At this time there are no wildfires impacting travel on your proposed route; however, given the unpredictable nature of wildfire, we encourage you to check our traveller information system, DriveBC.ca before you go to get a better sense of the current conditions on the roads. DriveBC is updated 24/7 and is your best source of information. We’ve put together a video to help you navigate DriveBC.ca to identify road closures and condition information on your chosen route. https://youtu.be/SXgWdiGNVdU

      Give yourself plenty of time and remember to pack warm clothes and extra food in case you are stopped in the mountains unexpectedly. Thanks for connecting with us here!

  2. Thomas G Johnson on September 10, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    In your section on why signalling in roundabouts is important you state “turning left? flick on the left turn signal” This is incorrect. The only signal you need is when you exit you signal left. Can you correct this please. I have tried to teach people this who live in the neighbourhood where one is situated, and someone manages to find this site and quote it as the proper thing to do.

    Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on September 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Hello Thomas – thanks for your comment.

      The BC Motor Vehicle Act is essentially the authoritative guide on driving; however, signalling in roundabouts is not specifically covered.

      Relevant sections include:
      Section 170 states:
      (1) If traffic may be affected by turning a vehicle, a person must not turn it without giving the appropriate signal under sections 171 and 172.
      (2) If a signal of intention to turn right or left is required, a driver must give it continuously for sufficient distance before making the turn to warn traffic.
      (3) If there is an opportunity to give a signal, a driver must not stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving the appropriate signal under sections 171 and 172.
      Meanwhile, Section 150 (3) states:
      (3) The driver of a vehicle passing around a rotary traffic island must drive the vehicle to the right of the island.
      We have discussed appropriate roundabout signalling with ICBC. We agree signalling right before exiting the roundabout is important.

      Our traffic safety engineers’ interpretation of the MVA, as it relates to signalling in roundabouts, views a roundabout similar to a four-way intersection, and maintains there is an added benefit to letting other drivers know the intended exit, even prior to approaching that exit. This view is shared by other countries, such as the UK, and it is our recommendation.

      That said, it would be a victory in itself if drivers at least signalled right before exiting roundabouts. We produced the video/blog because we see many drivers do not signal at all – whether entering or exiting – roundabouts.

  3. shelley on September 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I was just caught up in the malahat closure this morning. I arrived at the goldstream “stoppage” and was directed to turn around and head back to the city. Everyone was. My problem is not that there was a road closure … but was what to do now. I was heading to my home in the comox valley. Where can you go to find out how to get up island … what are the local radio stations … when is the closure over … have a cell, but not with data … so … what to do? There are lots of signs about how full the ferries are … and when they leave but nothing for us going up island. This is the thing that I was the most frustrated about. I headed for the Mill Bay ferry .. we landed in mill bay at 1:30 and the captain told us the malahat had been opened since 1130. Come on. How was I suposed to find this out? By 1:30, if I had known the highway was open again, I could have been half way home (and not out $22.50 for the ferry) I got home at 5:15. It took me 9 hours to get from victoria to comox.

    • tranbceditor on September 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Shelley – thanks for letting us know. We shared your concern with the local area manager who informed us that the ministry is in the process of installing flip down signs in the Duncan area to notify travellers that the detour is in effect. He also informed us that the City of Langford will be installing LCD signs along the highway corridors to communicate closure and detour messaging. We suggested that each of these types of messages boards instruct travellers to check DriveBC.ca or local radio for more information. He confirmed that BC Ferries does not have staff or any other kind of information system at the Mill Bay route terminals – so the only way for them to communicate would be via their online/social media channels. We hope that this helps! Thank you for sharing your concern with us – we appreciate how frustrating it is to be delayed. We are working to find better ways to communicate any delays with you during future incidents.

  4. Gil Ashdown on September 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    My wife and I where returning home from up country on Hwy. 97 Fraser Canyon route at night while it was raining. I’m surprised in this day and age we have not yet come up with a solution of a better reflective road paint that you can see during the rainy nights. We did notice some portions of the hwy.
    had upright posts with white reflective backing that helped to see the edge of the road, but in most areas where too far apart. It’s been pure luck that more vehicles have not driven off the edge. A couple of times found myself in the wrong lane. Years ago the reflective quality of paint was three time what it is today. If “cat eyes” where installed and positioned so not to come out after snow plowing they could be a huge life saving improvement.

    • tranbceditor on September 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Hello Gil – thanks for your comment.
      Highly visible lines make it easy for drivers to see where their vehicle needs to be, and good lane and road edge markings guide traffic and make our roads safer for everyone. Every year, our contractors repaint more than 30,000 line kilometres throughout the province, so the testing could potentially have a widespread effect across BC.
      Environmental regulation changes in 2010 have meant a move away from more resilient acrylic paints we used in the past, to waterborne latex paints that are less harmful to the environment. These paints are less durable than previous paints and we are working with paint manufacturers on solutions to the issue.
      The ministry occasionally applies other products like inlaid durable thermoplastics, which are installed on the road surface or slightly recessed into the pavement. However, these materials can be up to eight times the cost of paint. As much as we would love to use this product, we must also function under a tight fiscal budget.
      We have recently announced a paint formula which appears to stand up to our tough climate and will be applying that paint across the province starting this summer. Here’s a link for more.

      https://www.tranbc.ca/2017/04/04/pavement-paint-promising-for-lasting-brightness/

  5. Katie on September 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Why don’t all the bridges in the lower mainland have suicide barriers?

    I see that the Alex Fraser in particular is bad for this, but it’t not listed as one of the improvements.

    • tranbceditor on September 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Katie
      Thank you for your comment.
      • We have focussed our suicide prevention efforts in the Lower Mainland on our bridges with high pedestrian traffic (we are responsible specifically for the Lions Gate, Alex Fraser, Port Mann and the Ironworkers Memorial).
      • The Ironworkers Memorial Bridge has a three-metre high safety fence installed on both sides.

      • Highly visible emergency call boxes have been installed on the Alex Fraser, Port Mann, Lions Gate and Ironworkers Memorial Bridges. These boxes connect to an operator 24/7 should a person be in crisis and have proven to be effective in preventing suicides.

      • Unfortunately, the Lions Gate Bridge cannot accommodate the additional wind loading from suicide barriers and changing the design of a cable stay bridge such as the Alex Fraser or Port Mann Bridge to accommodate barriers would be overly complex due to their sensitivity to wind loads. Any change in a bridge’s profile, such as a new fence, can influence how the bridge performs in wind.
      • Our bridges are monitored by cameras and patrolled 24 hours a day.
      • We work closely with emergency responders to avert incidents and continue to work collaboratively with local enforcement agencies, local crisis management centres and other key stakeholders to ensure we are doing everything we can to address suicide prevention.

      We hope that this helps answer your questions. If you have any other comments or concerns, we’d be happy to help.

  6. Ed on September 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I am very concerned about overly bright headlights and glare. In particular many light duty trucks many light trucks have been lifted or sink in the back end under even a light load (or with tidy tanks). Other trucks have had ultra bright lights installed at the factory or in the after market.
    I realize these lights are great for the vehicle operator, however they are incredibly dangerous for oncoming traffic, especially cars. You can easily be blinded for seconds after passing and see spots even longer.

    • tranbceditor on September 4, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Hello Ed – thanks for posting your concern here. Unfortunately, the BC MVA doesn’t speak specifically to luminosity of headlamps, only to the positioning of them. Vehicles manufactured and made for sale in Canada must meet Transport Canada laws and regulations. Transport Canada is currently reviewing many aspects of vehicle lighting, which you can read more about here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2016/2016-02-27/html/reg2-eng.html

      We hope that this helps!

  7. Ian W on September 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    On 2018-08-31, There was a most entertaining piece on CTV News about the worst bus stop in North America (https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1477377), located on Lougheed Highway and Old Dewdney Trunk Road in Pitt Meadows (https://goo.gl/maps/sEqdUnwEdPU2).

    Apparently it’s land is owned by the B.C. government and that it’s been asking the province to makes improvements to the stop. The Ministry of Transportation said in a statement it is “discussing possible options to improve safety with TransLink.”

    There is a trivial improvement which would contribute immensely to public safety. Why not just put a break in the median and flare the barrier out, allowing at grade access to the stop? It’s simple and it’s safe. It should take a crew less than an hour to reconfigure. You and Translink can then take your sweet time discussing long term options.

    Not sure what I’m taking about? See what’s been done for the fire hydrants along the Low Level Road in North Vancouver (https://goo.gl/maps/iDDjXsBPGMP2). Quick responses and solutions also earn great kudos for the responsible organizations. Don’t make us the laughing stock of North America.

    “Enjoy the long weekend”.

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