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  1. Lias on January 11, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Can you tell me how TranBC handles freezing rain? I’m planning to drive past Whistler and Pemberton on highway 99 in a couple days, and the forecast is for freezing rain. Do you ever pre-emptively close a highway in freezing rain, or does salt and sand do the job?

    • tranbceditor on January 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Lias,

      Our maintenance contractors provide winter maintenance on a 24/7 basis, based on provincial standards. This includes using salt and winter abrasives for traction. It’s a good idea to check for possible highway closures or other events that may impact your travel. Here’s more information on winter maintenance in BC:

      • Nick Thomas on January 16, 2018 at 10:24 am

        I think there probably are occasions when a highway should be preemptively closed because of adverse conditions, but I can’t recall any occasion when it has happened (other than avalanche closures). I recall days (one in particular) when highway crews, paramedics, flaggers and tow trucks were just rushing from one serious MVI to the next all day on the Trans-Canada – the highway should probably have been closed after the first one. Clearly it wouldn’t be an easy decision to make – especially for a highway with as much commercial traffic as the Trans-Canada there is an awful lot of pressure to keep it open. Would require a brave manager with no fear of career limiting consequences to do it.

  2. Dave Debert on January 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    how come new vehicles don’t have there driving lights come on when they are driving I thought it was mandatory the reason I mention this subject is during these dull days it is very hard to see the on coming traffic. Is there ever been a suggestion to have the new vehicles come out with the tail light’s that would come on at the same time as the driving light’s, this would cut down on quite a few accident I would think Thank You

    • tranbceditor on January 5, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Hi Dave and thanks for connecting with us here. We agree that not enough drivers are fully illuminating their vehicles these days by turning on their headlights and taillights. We have created messaging and share it as much as we can to remind folks how easy and important it is to be seen. You will also be happy to know that Transport Canada is currently reviewing legislation requiring auto manufacturers to wire taillights to automatically turn on in the same way daytime running lights do. Safe travels.

    • Nick Thomas on January 12, 2018 at 6:45 am

      I suspect that the newer vehicles without daytime running lights have been imported from the USA. Second question is how they can be registered in BC without this being caught by the inspection…

      • Nick Thomas on January 12, 2018 at 6:51 am

        Ah, just checked on the ICBC site. Vehicles imported from the USA only need an inspection if they are used. So imported new vehicles will be registered by ICBC even if they don’t have daytime running lights.

  3. shriram agrawal on January 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Comment tranbceditor,Hello I wish to bring it to your attention about the unsafe vehicles on the road. I see so many vehicles with only on head lite, no tail lightes bald,aiming to the oncoming cars, bald tires and so on the list goes on. There is no place to reportor get them off the road. There should be a place where the motorist should able to report and action be taken or the vehicle must have safety inspected and certified before it can be insured.I hope this concern could be addressedand acted upon. thank you

    • tranbceditor on January 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Hello Shriram! Thank you for your comment. The BC RCMP and our own Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) are responsible for ensuring the safety of motorists on BC highways and this includes ticketing vehicles which are not safe to travel. Hope that this helps!

  4. David Pedersen on December 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Dear TranBC:

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment and ask questions. Over the past few years I have come across quite a few things that I am very intrigued by, and I wanted to ask the MoTI about them in hopes of solving some of the questions for which I have been searching for answers.

    My first question is one that appears to be quite popular, particularly among Lower Mainland commuters. Many people have been wondering why the South Fraser Perimeter Road, Highway 17, was not designed as a standard-speed, mixed at- and separated-grade highway instead of a high-speed, grade-separated, controlled-access freeway. I have seen many different possible explanations as to why this decision was made, and so I have been looking for an official answer as to what happened during the planning process.

    My second question has to do with an apparent signal fault. At an intersection near our house (Island View Road and Route 17), the north- to west-bound left-turn lane (phase 1, I believe, according to the NEMA standards) has been cycling when no vehicles are present in the queue. This problem appears to be intermittent, as I have not noticed it happening every time I pass through the intersection, although I have seen southbound traffic being stopped even though no opposing left-turn traffic is waiting. Out of interest, are faults like these usually caused by malfunctioning detectors? I have read that the usual fail-safe behaviour of detectors is to hold the call until the problem is repaired.

    My third and final question is related to recent changes made at two other Route 17 intersections on the Saanich Peninsula, although some of the underlying changes have long been puzzling me. Last week, I noticed that new advance left turn signals had been installed for the westbound Haliburton Road and eastbound Mount Newton Cross Road approaches. I noticed that the pole supporting the Haliburton signal had been changed from a davit to a cantilever, and that at both intersections the signal mounting devices had changed from plumbizers to Can-Bracs. According to the 2004 Standard Specification for Highway Construction, reference notes within the drawings indicated that the MoTI was ending its use of cushion hangers in favour of plumbizers, and it now seems that plumbizers are on their way out in favour of Can-Bracs. Also, another document I read seemed to indicate a phasing-out of davit poles in favour of cantilevers. Given that many jurisdictions (notably Australia) around the world still use davit-style poles, and that the adjustment angle ranges of both the plumbizers and Can-Bracs are somewhat similar, what prompted the MoTI to bring about the end of cushion hangers and plumbizers in favour of Can-Bracs, as well as the phasing-out of davit-style poles in favour of cantilevers?

    Thank you so much for your time. It is always a great pleasure to be able to ask these questions as I am always deeply fascinated by the MoTI’s activities and the standards and processes that make them happen.

    I wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


    David Pedersen

    • tranbceditor on December 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Hello David and thank you for your comments! We shared them with our traffic engineers who replied as follows:
      In response to your first question – The available budget at the time of design and construction, sets the design standards as to what is built.
      Regarding the apparent signal fault at Island View and Highway 17 – The Keating left turn bay has a pre-emption loop that puts a call into the Island View north bound left turn signal. This call creates gaps on Highway 17 in the south bound direction for Keating Cross-Road left turners. This prevents the left turn bay on Highway 17 at Keating from backing up into the fast lane.

      Regarding the third, two part question:
      Part 1: Plumbizers and Can-Bracs:
      The 2016 edition of the Standard Specification of Highway Construction (SSHC) lists both plumbizers and adjustable brackets and either can be used at the discretion of the Ministry Electrical Maintenance Contractors (EMC’s), unless explicitly stated by the intersection designer. See drawings SP635-2.3.4 & 5 of the Standard Specification of Highway Construction available online at:
      The Can-Brac may provide a more secure mount and preferred by some in high wind-load areas.
      Part 2: Davit & Cantilever Poles
      Cantilever poles are now preferred due to their options for more variety of arm lengths and variety of types (S, L, & M) allowing them to be scaled to more accurately suit particular applications. Davit poles are usually replaced with another davit pole if damaged, but new installations use cantilevered.
      We hope that this helps answer your questions.

      • David Pedersen on December 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

        Hello TranBC:

        Thank you for your reply. I am pleased now that I have a concrete (no pun intended) idea of what transpired regarding the overall design of the SFPR, and I thank you for your response to that question.

        Additionally, I am quite surprised to hear about the Keating Cross Road intersection’s left-turn preemption loop and how it affects the Island View Road intersection. I have not seen the loop before, nor have I seen its associated junction box, although I am baffled by a small east-facing panel on the southeastern-most Keating Cross Road intersection luminaire pole (according to the 2004 Standard Specification for Highway Construction, panels of that type are mostly listed as telecommunications demarcation panels, although the smaller 30- and 60-amp service panels seem to be roughly that size as well, which makes me curious given the absence of any visible overhead or underground service conduit entering the panel). I have seen many unusual and helpful tricks in transportation systems all over the world, but I think the upstream-preemption technique is by far one of the best. I really like the fact that it essentially means two existing pieces of infrastructure working together to improve each other – sort of like teamwork, I suppose!

        Regarding the third question, your reply regarding the customization potential of cantilever poles has allowed me to look at many of the intersections in an entirely new light (also no pun intended), since the davit poles’ standards and drawings do not list as many arm lengths and styles compared to the cantilever poles. As a matter of fact, I have recently noticed many examples of the Ministry’s use of adapters and extensions at various intersections (one that caught my attention in particular was the intersection of SFPR/Tilbury Connector/80th Street, which has one signal pole constructed using a flange adapter, a signal arm extension, and the signal arm itself – something I don’t see very often). I am also intrigued by what appear to be signal arm extensions for the Ministry’s type H shafts (I first saw one in use at the westbound Millstream Road off-ramp in Langford); according to the 2003 Material Standards Drawing List, there is no type H signal arm extension listed in any of the type H drawings. Is it a custom design, by any chance?

        Thank you so much again for your time, and it has been a pleasure having the opportunity to ask the MoTI questions.

        Once again, I wish you and everyone else Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


        David Pedersen

        • tranbceditor on December 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

          Hello again David and thank you for your response. We asked our electrical folks about the signal arm extension and they let us know that according to the record drawings for the Millstream Rd. off-ramp, there is no H pole used. The cantilevered sign structures are custom (or a common design that is not in our Standard Spec) and used to accommodate larger signs. Hope that this helps and Happy Holidays to you to.

  5. SJK on December 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

    The first wildlife detection camera as you’re travelling east from Elko (on Hwy 3) does not appear to be working. I drove by this morning and there was a mule deer munching on grass east of the “start point” of the detection system and the lights were not flashing. This is the second animal I have seen hanging out within the system and it not working. I have also seen two instances of roadkill within the system.

    • tranbceditor on December 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for letting us know Stephanie, we have shared your comment forward to the program area manager for follow up.

  6. Pamela Lang on December 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Once again I an contacting transbc about a defect in the road in front of my home @ 4521 Canim-Hendrix Lake Road Forest Grove . This isssue has been on going for almost 1 1/2 yrs now . I have lived in my home for almost 6 yrs and around the 23 of Aug 2016 have experienced vibrations in my home from traffic travelling over area in front of my home where a recurring crack in the road with downward depressions on both sides . As the traffic goes over this and then slams down it causes vibrations to occur in MY HOME starting at 3:30 t0 4 oclock AM and continue through out the day up to 20 to 30 times a day . This is effecting my lifestyle not to mention what kind of damage is being done structurally to my home . I have complained to the 100 Mile Division of Transportation BC and nothing has been done to FIX the ROAD !!!

    • tranbceditor on December 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Hi Pamela, thanks for your comment. Please connect directly with Caitlin Dobson, our local Area Manager for updated information: 250-395-2428.

  7. Ian W on December 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    In light of, though not specific to, the collision on 2017-12-04 with the overpass on HWY 99 N @ 152nd… The overpass had signed vertical clearance of 4.66m. There was a collision on 2015-01-09 with the overpass at HWY 99 S @ 112St, signed clearance 4.56m and also at Ladner Trunk Rd, signed clearance 4.64m.

    There was a collision on 2016-03-19 with the overpass at HWY 1 E @ Gilmore, signed clearance 4.38m. Subsequent to the repairs at Gilmore, the most glaring collection of Hi-Vis chevrons and warnings has been added to the overhead signage. There are many more recent incidents for reference.

    HWY 1 W at Glover Rd also gets funky Hi-Vis treatment at 4.46m but not E at a 4.52m clearance. Further East, the CPR Rail bridge has a signed clearance of just 4.40m each direction and no eye-grabbing signage. Note: I think the Drive BC Height Clearance Tool identifies this as Trinity Railway Underpass with a clearance as low as 4.28m! The clearance on HWY 1 N @ Dollarton overpass is signed 4.41m, HWY 1 W at Mountain Hwy (the bottom of the Cut, also signed prior – Trucks Gear Down next 1 km 8%) is signed 4.52m and the Main St. underpass at HWY 1 is signed 4.36m. Note: The Height Clearance Tool does not flag this underpass. There are plenty more examples.

    The maximum permissible (per regs) non-permit vehicle height is 4.15m. According to the MOST_PM, there must be a height clearance of at least 5.5m for any overhead sign and all vertical clearance less than 5.0m must be signed. In practice, seems everything less than 5.5m is signed (so, yeah!).

    The question is thus: is the addition of all the extra indicators at Gilmore overpass specific to Gilmore for some reason? If so, why? If not, then at what height or what circumstances is it a requirement to draw extra attention to a low clearance (ie: a low, low clearance)? Why is such signage generally not present at other low clearances?

    The keywords that come to mind are STANDARD (from the MOST_PM) and UNIFORM (from the MUTCD-C).

    If not required now, it seems there should be a requirement that any clearances less than: [ 4.45 (max +.30m or 1 ft), 4.50m (roundish, common measure), 4.60m (~ 15 ft) ] be given the Hi-Vis treatment. Given the number of collisions with structures in the 4.60m – 4.70m range, perhaps a higher threshold needs to be set for Hi-Vis signage based on a study of the vehicles and loads hitting such structures.

    Signage clearly will not prevent all such collisions from occurring, but the signage should clearly be consistent. Province-wide signage is probably cheaper and less inconvenient to the public than just repairing this latest victim.

    • tranbceditor on December 11, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Hello Ian and thank you for your comment. We shared it with the local area office for follow up and review and they informed us that additional warning signage was installed on the Hwy 1 Gilmore underpass and along the highway eastbound in advance of the structure due to the frequency of impacts by over-height vehicles observed at this location.

      These types of incidents can result in significant damage to our structures. As part of the review process following the most recent incident, our engineers determined there to be a trend of similar impacts at this structure. Further warning signage was found to be warranted in order to raise motorist’s awareness of the low clearance.

      A similar trend of impacts was observed at the Hwy 1 Glover Rd Underpass, which is why additional warning signage has been installed on this structure and the eastbound approach.

      These types of treatments are not a requirement triggered by a specific vertical clearance height, and improvements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they are warranted and effective in raising motorist awareness. Hope this helps!

  8. SOOIL KANG on December 2, 2017 at 4:04 am


    I am from Korea and planning to travel to Canada.
    I have some questions about Drivers license regulations.

    If I go to Canada with a visitor visa, can I buy an used car and insurance? for sure I am going to have IDP with me.
    I read some reviews that somebody bought an used car with a visitor visa in Canada, but I want to make sure it is possible or not.

    another question is
    Can I drive other provinces? if I buy a car in BC?

    Thank you.

  9. Nick Thomas on December 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Is it time yet to be honest and admit so called ‘Kamloops to Alberta Border’ ‘program’ is a mirage? The average life expectancy in BC is about 80 years and at the current rate of progress at least half of British Columbians will die before the ‘program’ is complete. No sign of the ‘acceleration’ promised by the new Government either.

    • tranbceditor on December 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Hello again Nick. Thank you for your comments and continued interest in this program. Here is a link to projects in this program which are currently in design or in the construction phase: You are correct that acceleration of Highway 1 upgrades between Kamloops and the Alberta border is a specific priority in the mandate letter for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and is supported by the Budget Update 2017, which committed $273 million over the next three years. Here’s a link to the news release announcing a portion of work for construction by Minister Trevena six weeks ago: As you likely know, project work typically slows or stops completely in the field during the winter months with design and contract tenders usually happening at this time.

      • Carson on December 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        Incredibly similar, is the ‘Alberta Border to Fort St. John Twinning Program’. A conceptually long project with a phased approach, the problem is no one has seen anything on the next phase, not even a concept drawing of a bridge or the next section or how it will pass through or around Pouce Coupe. One of the most dangerous highways in BC, it took of the death of a local school teacher to really get this moving, let’s sincerely hope it doesn’t take anyone else before we see plans and capital commitment for continuation.

        • tranbceditor on December 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

          Hi Carson,

          We’ve sent your comment and a request for updated project information the local area manager.

      • Nick Thomas on December 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        “You are correct that acceleration of Highway 1 upgrades between Kamloops and the Alberta border is a specific priority in the mandate letter for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and is supported by the Budget Update 2017, which committed $273 million over the next three years.”

        That sounds oh so great to anyone who isn’t aware that the previous government had committed to $261 million over the same three years. A 5% acceleration isn’t going to shorten the wait noticeably. Smoke meet mirrors.

  10. Jennifer on December 1, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Hi, I wrote a few months ago about this but it continues to be of concern. I take transit and the route to Central Saanich from Victoria includes having the bus make a left hand turn from the north bound land of the Pat Bay Highway onto Tanner Road so that the bus can drop commuters off in the Tanner Ridge Area. There is no light at this turn. Last night we set a new record: drove into the lane at 4:57 and made the turn at 5:10. Numerous cars were backed up in the lane with a wall of endless traffic heading south (that lane was actually moving well, just sheer volume with no breaks). I’m actually not complaining about the wait (I read on the bus) but about what I believe to be a very dangerous situation because vehicles that want to make the turn end up sitting in the commuting lane. On dark, wet nights, this is a recipe for disaster, as drivers heading north may not realize that the traffic in the lane they are travelling in is actually not moving. Could not the light at Island View and Pat Bay be turned red for an extra long time for traffic heading south during the rush hour in order to help clear out the traffic ahead of it? Thanks very much.

  11. Goran Radjenovich on December 1, 2017 at 9:16 am


    I am wondering if you could please provide me with information concerning the posted speed limit for BC-16 near Mount Robson.
    Specifically ~500 m West of Hargreaves Rd to ~500 m East of Hargreaves Rd.

    Is the posted speed limit on this section still 70 km/h or has there been seasonal change?

    I am looking forward to your reply.

    Kind regards,


    • tranbceditor on December 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Good morning Goran,

      There is a seasonal 70 km/hr speed zone through Robson Park which starts 540 metres east of the Robson Bridge and continues east to 370 metres east of the Junction with Dennison Pit Road. The 70 km/hr speed is effective from May 1 to September 30 each year. The remaining months are posted at 100 km/hr. Hope that this helps. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

  12. Clive Greenaway on November 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm


    Can you tell me where to direct comments (positive) regarding the study on improvements to Highway 14 Langford to Sooke ?

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on November 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Hello Clive,

      Thanks for your message – we love positive feedback! 🙂 Please connect directly with Shawn Haley in our Saanich office. His email is or he can be reached by phone at 250 952-4491

  13. Richard Kovach on November 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    May I suggest that on snow covered highways the signage is important to keep clean. At night or low visibility it can be especially so. The need to know what’s coming up and suggested speed can be more than just helpful. I have seen road plows throw the snow and actually cover the face of the sign then its not cleaned off. I don’t recall it ever been taken care of until Mother Nature lends a hand by raising the temp enough to do the job. Would u please pass this on to all the contractors or maybe make it policy if it isn’t already.

  14. Dieter Cramer on November 24, 2017 at 8:10 am

    There was a two hour traffic jam going through Agassiz last night. Traffic detour due to the Hwy 1 closure at Bridal Fallla was poorly marked and directed into the Rosedale Overhead construction. Who was the brainchild of this poor decision. #1 the Seismic upgrading on this overpass is during the known slide times on the #1?
    Why wasn’t traffic directed to Hwy11 for trucks heading beyond Chilliwack?
    C’mon folks we have to do better in managing traffic flow during accidents and incidents.

    • tranbceditor on November 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Hello Deiter and thank you for your comment. We shared your concern with the local area manager who informed us that due to the Highway 1 closure, eastbound traffic on Highway 1 was diverted to Highway 9. Eastbound travellers could also choose to use Highway 11 as an alternate route, if it was available to them. Westbound traffic on Highway 1 was diverted to Highway 7 at the Junction in Hope.
      Westbound travellers could choose to cross the Fraser River at Highway 9 or Highway 11 via Highway 7 West. Both options were available as alternate routes and our highways are adequately marked with route markers and signage for motorists to make appropriate route selections. There were more than two opportunities to take Highway 7 West to avoid using Highway 9.
      With respect to the Rosedale Overhead Seismic Upgrade and Safety Enhancement Project on Highway 9, this construction project has been ongoing since August 2017 and is advertised on DriveBC and on multiple roadside CMS boards placed between Hope and Abbotsford at key decision points along Highways 1, 7, 9, and 11. The CMS boards advise of the construction, and delays due to single lane alternating traffic operations.
      This project entails replacing the superstructure, so opening up an additional lane on the structure to accommodate the additional volume of traffic, wasn’t an option available to us.
      That being said, we would absolutely exert our authority to pick up any lane closures and ensure full capacity on emergency detour routes whenever that option is available to us. Unfortunately, mud slides are not predictable and, therefore, we were not able to coordinate this work with the natural disaster that occurred.
      We hope this information helps. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

  15. Marian on November 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    RE: Hwy 9 Bridge Deck Replacement over Railway tracks in Popkum BC. Today we can see why this project should be expedited and worked on 24/7. Hwy 1 was closed all day by Bridal Falls and there are lineups for miles on every side road from traffic trying to get to Hope and the interior. There is a permanent red light instead of a flag person for this project which often means we are stopped even if there is NO oncoming traffic 24.7 Today it took us more than 30 minutes to get through and we know the shortcuts. At least 7 lights. There is NO alternate route for all of us because we are not coming from Hope. This project must be sped up because there is only one other way out of the Valley which transport trucks cannot use. It’s only being worked on 5 days a week from 8-5. This project that causes such long delays for so many people should be worked on 24 hours a day, 6 days a week until it’s completed.

    • tranbceditor on November 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Hello Marian,
      Thanks for your email. We’re working with emergency responders, our maintenance contractor, and the project team to develop a traffic management plan to most effectively manage traffic in emergency detour situations such as this. For this event, the traffic signals which control the single lane alternating traffic, were put in flash mode and manually controlled by TCPs as a measure to minimize delays. We understand that Highway 9 provides a key link between the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 7, connecting Rosedale and Agassiz. The project is being delivered in two phases and due to the nature of the work (i.e., replacing the superstructure) single-lane alternating traffic is required. The project wouldn’t be feasible otherwise. The contractor has been working Mon-Fri 7am-5:30pm, and as work permits until 7pm and on weekends. In consideration to the residents in close proximity to the bridge, 24/7 construction is not possible. The longest queues we have noticed are late afternoons southbound, from halfway across the river span of the big bridge. This is generally 2 traffic light cycles and about a 5-7 minute delay. We’re continually monitoring traffic impacts and listening to feedback from our stakeholders. Adjustments to the signal timing are being made where necessary and traffic management has been effective based on our observations. We can appreciate there may be times where delays are longer due to heavier volumes. The contractor is working on weekends as the construction requires however the hours. We’ve strived to inform highway users using portable roadside message boards on key routes in the Fraser Valley about potential traffic impacts to allow alternate routing choices to be made where possible. As you have noted, alternate routes aren’t available to everyone. We will continue to work on this and we thank you for your patience during the event. Thank you again for writing.

  16. Kevin Creery on November 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    When you have an extreme snow warning from Environment Canada do the plows anticipate the snowstorm and plow as the snow storm rolls in? Do there maintenance contracts require them to plow during snow storms? I was stuck this past Sunday on Highway 99 in Whistler. The highway was maintained great until Whistler. Once I reached Whistler there was compact ice and snow on the ground and cars were in the ditch. I heard there was a snowplow in the ditch. There was an accident in Brio and large vehicles stuck on Nordic Hill on Highway 99. I couldn’t reach my house in Brio which was blocked from Creekside and blocked from Whistler Village and spent the night at a friends house in Cheakamus Crossing. Can you have a road contractor specifically for Whistler? The road contractor Mainroad did not do a good job this past weekend.

    If you know that bad weather is rolling in would you not plow more frequently on Highway 99 from Whistler Village to Function Junction. The majority of traffic leaves the ski hill in the afternoon and drives south. If the majority of the accidents happen in this southern area it would make sense that you would plow this area more frequently. There doesn’t seem to be any accidents that block the highway north of Whistler Village on Highway 99 in Whistler. I would suggest on snowy Sundays that the plows focus on the southern half of Highway 99 in Whistler to keep the roads clear for visitors departing Whistler and locals wanting to get home.

    Where were the plows? I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours on Sunday and I didn’t see one plow on Highway 99 in that time. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on November 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Kevin and thank you for connecting with us here to share your concern. We sent your comment to the local area manager who confirmed the following in regards to your comments.
      Yes, highways maintenance contractors closely watch weather system forecasts and schedule their equipment and resources ahead of time to anticipate weather events. This preparation often includes pre-salting the highway to help provide traction when the snow/weather begins
      There was a significant snowfall in the area on Sunday which resulted in challenging driving conditions.
      There are 2 highway maintenance contractors in the Sea to Sky and the boundary for their service is near Function Junction, with Mainroad maintaining Hwy 99 north past Duffey Lake.
      Mainroad had multiple plows working in the Whistler area but due to vehicle issues, they were also stuck in traffic line-ups, which is probably why you didn’t see their plows (they did not have a plow that was stuck in the ditch).
      Focus is given to the busiest and most incident prone areas of the highway, including the south end of Whistler.
      Ministry maintenance specifications do allow for snow accumulation on the highway, it is not necessary for the highway to be kept bare and black. Unfortunately, when there are vehicle incidents (most commonly due to poor tire traction), it can be a challenge to maintain the highway.
      We understand that the bus that got stuck on Nordic hill did not have winter tires and did not have chains which led to the delays at that location. We hope that this helps answer your questions and concerns. If you have any further issues, please let us know.

  17. Alan on November 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Driving the highways here in the West Kootenay to get to and from work, there are usually a number of days each winter where the highway conditions are downright dangerous. Today was one of those days. Driving Hwy 6 from Salmo to Nelson, about 6km east of Nelson the road was so icy that there were multiple cars in the ditch, and others spun out on the highway. So you try to slow down and find that there is nothing but ice on the road. Luckily I was able to use the divots in the centre line to slow down, but the driver behind me was not so lucky and ended up smashing into an embankment. When I finally got closer to Nelson I was passed by an ambulance, a fire truck, a wrecker, but no sand truck.

    So here’s the issue: why wasn’t there sand on the road? Why do there have to be accidents before the local contractor sends a sand truck out? Anyone driving these roads on a regular basis knows where the bad spots are, where the micro-climates cause the road to ice up, and where the accidents usually happen. Don’t they know? It’s their business, after all! And shouldn’t they investigate and tend to these road conditions BEFORE the morning commute? This is not just poor service delivery – this is irresponsible and neglectful service delivery! I think we all expect better than that.

    • tranbceditor on November 21, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Hello Alan,

      Sorry to read that was your experience this morning. Our maintenance contractors are on the roads 24/7 in the winter months and strive to provide a high service level. At times the weather and road conditions can change quickly. When this happens both ministry and maintenance staff follow up to ensure that specified patrol timeframes were met. Local ministry staff would be happy to connect with you to discuss your observations from this morning. Please contact the local Nelson office at 250-354-6400. As well you can contact our maintenance contractor Yellowhead Road and Bridge directly at 250-352-3242 or 1-888-352-0356.

  18. Ian on November 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I am writing this comment to suggest allowing small HOV/EV vehicles to exit or enter HWY 1 through Goverment St HOV Exit which is
    located between Exit 37 (Gaglardi Way) and Exit 40 Brunette Ave.

    Currently only BUS is allowed to use it, which is a waste in my opinion.
    I have been seeing a lot of HOV vehicles leaving HOV lane to most right lane to go onto Exit 37 and then turn onto Lougheed HWY(either west or east bound).
    Literly, they can exit HWY thrugh the HOV exit and take Govermanemt St to go onto Lougheed HWY.

    If will be beneficial to traffic in that area if HOV/EV vehcles are allowed to use the HOV exit then it will be beneficial to the traffic
    here is some advantage I can think of
    1. Reduce land changing risk for those HOV vehicles exiting HWY 1 through Exit 37
    2. Increase avaerge speed between exit 40 and exit 37 which slowed down by land changing vehicles
    3. Reduce Congession on Gaglardi Way since some traffic has been redirected to Goverment St
    4. 1 – 3 is for exiting HWY 1 from HOV lane to Gaglardi Way, same benefit will be applied for those HOV/EV vehicles entering HWY 1 through Gaglardi Way

    To prevent affecting local residential environment, it is fair that only small HOV/EV vehicles can use the proposing rule to use the Exit.

    • tranbceditor on November 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Ian,

      Thanks for sharing your ideas about allowing HOV/EV vehicles to use the Hwy 1 through Government St. exit, to improve traffic flow and safety, while only moderately increasing traffic to the residential area.

      I have forwarded your comments to our traffic engineers in the Lower Mainland for their review and consideration.

      Best Regards

  19. Vyvienne on November 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I want to bring your attention to the lack of appropriate snow ploughing service in the North Westside Road area and communities (outside of Vernon BC). I am a resident of Fintry Delta (next to Fintry Provincial Park) and have been for some years. The service this year has been appalling. In years past the roads have been prepared prior to the snowfall and regular ploughing has been done. This is not the case this year. I thought it was due to a change in the contractor but I understand that it is still done by JPW Road and Bridge. When you drive further down Westside Road towards Kelowna there is a marked difference between the way the roads have been dealt with, i.e. the southern section of the road has appropriately been cleared. The side roads have not been gritted or cleared properly causing a safety hazard in our area. We already have had a number of vehicles go off the road and this is only the second snowfall of the season. The other concern is what if there was an emergency in one of the small communities, the first responders would have difficulty getting to us due to the bad conditions of the roads. Thank you for listening to my concern.

    • tranbceditor on November 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Hello Vyvienne,

      Thank you for your comment. We shared it with the local area manager for review who informed us that – after the latest storm to hit the area last night, response times to deliver winter maintenance start over again with main highways being plowed, sanded/salted before school bus routes are addressed and then other side roads.

      The initial response to snow is based on snow accumulations relative to the road class, after the snow has stopped, the contractor has 48 hours to clear the main highways and school bus routes. If accumulations exceed 5 cm. on class D roads the same 48 hour response time is applicable. The removal of compact snow and ice from all travelled lanes starts once the contractor has completed snow clearing operations .

      We hope that this explanation helps. If you would like to discuss further, Danny Morris, District Operations Manager can be reached at Should you wish to discuss further, I can be reached at desk – (250)503-3632/cell – (250)308-8600/fax – (250)503-3631 or by email at

  20. harry payne on November 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Hello Tranbc

    is there any plan to replace highway 19 Campbell River Southbound Bridge
    Campbell River highway Southbound bridge was built in 1952 and nearing end of their service life.

    • tranbceditor on November 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Harry,

      We don’t know, but we have sent your message to the local area office for follow up. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on November 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Harry,

      We spoke to the local area bridge manager who told us that an assessment has been done on this structure to evaluate upcoming needs and determine options for rehabilitation, upgrade or replacement.

      A multi-year project was completed in 2015 on a similar bridge over the Nimpkish River, near Port McNeill that included steel repair, bearing, railing and seismic upgrades, as well as full repainting at a cost favorable to replacement. Review and budget of the Campbell River bridge are not yet complete, however similar options are being examined. Hope that this helps.

  21. Brian on November 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I noticed a serious safety risk lately which appears to be widespread. This relates to pedestrian crossing lights and associated highway standards.

    This issue is particularly dangerous in urban areas with highway intersections. The crossing signals don’t operate in a manner that is logical or safe for pedestrians / cyclists. The correct way for a cross light to work is to show the walk signal when a solid green light is present, followed by a count down or hand signal if insufficient time exists to cross. In reality, at most highway intersections if you don’t push the beg button people don’t get a walk signal despite the fact that there is plenty of time to cross. In such cases, people walk anyway and catch drivers by surprise.

    This causes confusion and a serious hazard for pedestrians and inexperienced drivers. The walk signal should always be on by default when the light is solid green and time exists to walk. Even if no one is walking it serves as a safety reminder to drivers.

    Is a resolution to this issue on your roadmap for the future?

    • tranbceditor on November 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you for your suggestion Brian. We have shared your comment with our traffic engineers for review.

    • tranbceditor on November 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hello again Brian! Here’s what our traffic engineers had to say in response to your comment. Hope it helps.
      Traffic signal operation is controlled by the rules as established in the MUTCD.

      The writer is talking about fixed time signals (urban cities) where green time is fixed, and therefore allows the pedestrian walk time to be a function of the fixed green time.

      However, most of our signals are vehicle actuated signals, and therefore do not have a fixed green time. We put a minimum green time in, which is relatively short, after which the maximum green time allotted is extended out to this maximum green time by vehicle activation as vehicles cross the loops.

      As such, all of our signals have pedestrian push buttons, so we can provide pedestrians enough fixed time independent to the vehicle activation of the signal by the loops vehicles cross over.

  22. Caz on November 4, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I have noticed this past couple years during my commute between North Vancouver and Surrey that more and more vehicles are only using daytime running lights in low light conditions. In many newer vehicles, the day time running light setting does not fully activate the headlights and the rear lights are fully off which makes the vehicle virtually invisible during hours of darkness and in inclement weather. I wondered how people could drive around at night without noticing that their lights are off.

    I believe that these drivers don’t understand they are invisible because the dash board and instrument lights are on. When you can see your instruments, you may mistakenly believe that ALL lights are on. In ‘Fogtober” this year it was not unusual to come up on and almost rear end a car that had what might as well have been no lights at all when travelling on Highway 1.

    I understand that driving without lights is a Motor Vehicle Act infraction but police are already busy enough out there without having to take the time to ticket drivers who are likely unaware they are doing anything wrong because their vehicles have what I believe to be a design flaw. My own vehicle dashboard lights do not illuminate unless my lights are fully on. I am surprised that new vehicles are allowed to be sold here with this setting. It puts the onus on vehicle operators that they will understand that their lights are not actually on – judging from my daily commute the last two years, vehicle operators are not getting it.

    How can this message get out? I see that one of the TREO signs over the highway now has a message to remind drivers to turn on their lights. Given the marked increase in traffic accidents and ICBC claims in the past few years, all the stakeholders; Drive BC, RCMP, Municipal Police agencies, ICBC, Ministry of Transportation, etc. should engage in a coordinated widespread publicity campaign that will raise awareness that a lot of drivers on the road do not understand how the lighting systems in their vehicles work.

    • tranbceditor on November 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Hello Caz and thanks for your comment. We’ve noticed it too. In fact, we have created content about turning on your tail lights for safety and continue to promote during the dark days of winter.

      It is our understanding that Transport Canada is currently considering requiring new cars to be automatically wired to turn on head lights and tail lights automatically. Your suggestion about a co-ordinated campaign is a great one, and we have shared it forward for consideration on your behalf. Safe travels!

  23. Biff on November 3, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Good morning,

    On the stretch of highway 97 from Vernon to Kelowna this morning, the results of last night’s snow storm were obvious. This section of highway spans two different highway maintenance contract areas with the transition line being at Crystal Waters. The snow was well-plowed for both sections, but the northern portion managed by JPW did not have any ice melter applied, the results of which was pure ice on the road surface, vehicles in the ditch and vehicles not able to ascend hills. Then once you came to Crystal Waters, the highway immediately became wet, indicating that the south portion contractor did apply ice melting product after plowing.

    I’m wondering why such a large inconsistency between treatments for adjacent areas with the same weather conditions is permitted to occur? What oversight of decisions regarding highway treatments does the Ministry of Transportation have? Are there measures in place to ensure consistency in approach for adjacent areas having the same conditions? It is clear that, today, this inconsistency was a root cause for a number of MVAs that occurred on the northern portion while there were none observed on the southern portion.


  24. Julia DeVrij on November 2, 2017 at 6:34 pm


    I travel on the Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford five times a week for school. That stretch of highway desperately needs another lane added per side. Almost everyday there is congestion, often due to accidents. When there is an accident, usually at least one lane is closed or blocked which causes the entire highway to be backed up. Also, there is an increasing amount of semi’s and dump-trucks on the highway. Generally most of these trucks do not travel faster than 115 km/h, so when a truck passes a slower truck or car, the entire highway is slowed down until the trucks have passed.

    Also, that stretch of highway is very poorly lit. When traveling in the dark it can become very dangerous due to the lack of street lights. There are a few street lights around the exits, but that is not enough.

    The Highway One is getting busier and busier and without these changes, the accident rates will continue to increase.


    • tranbceditor on November 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Julia,

      Thank you for connecting with us here. We shared your concerns with our local area manager. He told us that the ministry is working hard to find ways to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow along this corridor.
      The Trans-Canada Six-Laning Project will see the six-laning of Highway 1 between 202nd and 216th streets and should address congestion, increase capacity and safety as well as improve connectivity between Langley communities. The anticipated completion date for this project is fall 2019. Moving forward, the ministry will continue to work with our federal and municipal partners to secure funding for future Highway 1 corridor improvements along this important transportation network. Hope that this response helps.
      If you have any other questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact the ministry’s local Area Manager, Maziar Kazemi. He can be reached by telephone at 604 795-8205 or by email at

  25. Don on October 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Hey TranBC – as a frequent driver (non-commercial) on the TransCanada between the Okanagan and Alberta, I often wonder what is happening at several points where there seems to be a lot of “operations”, but not a lot of ….well, “improvements”.

    The ones that come to mind – sorry, some don’t have names on my maps!!
    – “where the rockfall/accident was” – there are many tons of rocks now moved from the fall area to the side of the road and it looks like the beginning of a new roadbed?

    – Illecillewaet: trees taken down on the side of the road on the hill, but no apparent plans to increase road size?

    – Rogers Pass summit: all kinds of equipment, pipes etc, but again, no indication of a road change? Lots of new infrastructure in the Pass and it looks like it’s a bigger staging area now than it used to be.

    – the “debris flow area” just east of the Rogers Pass: trees cleared, land flattened but no paving yet; and, of course, it keeps getting more debris flow each spring…

    Work has been going on at most of these locations for years – particularly the debris flow area, but I never seem to see a change that actually impacts driving (ie four-laning etc.) Can you let us know what’s happening there? Just a curious commuter.

    Thanks –

  26. Don Fletcher on October 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hi – just a question about signage and safety, and I’m looking for the right entity to contact.
    I am asking about a very dangerous highway exit in Lake Country, north of Kelowna. In 2013 a new section of Hwy 97 was opened between Winfield and Oyama, and the old section was renamed Pelmewash Parkway.
    When traveling northbound on 97, there is an exit to the Parkway just north of Oyama. The exit is an extremely sharp downhill hairpin corner, and the only signage at the exit is an “Exit Speed 30Kmh” sign. (The sign is only a few metres before the actual apex of the corner)
    I have tried taking the exit at 30Kmh, and while it can be done (provided the road is dry), it is a difficult turn at that speed and can be quite upsetting to any passengers you may have. If the road isn’t dry you will likely skid into the oncoming lane.
    People who are not familiar with this exit who try to slow down once they are in the exit have very few options. If they are able to apply maximum braking in time they may be able to avoid a crash, otherwise the only option is a 90 degree head-on crash into the concrete barricade. This has happened at least 5 times since the intersection was opened, and on 4 of those occasions at least 2 of the 1200lb concrete barriers were knocked over the embankment – a very substantial impact.(Note that there is about a 30 metre vertical drop on the other side of the barricade)
    I’m curious why there is no sign to indicate a sharp hairpin turn, as there usually is everywhere else around BC. I recently drove Hwy 6 and noticed a hairpin corner that had a warning sign with the upside down U-shaped arrow, as well as a “Slow to 20Kmh” sign – and the actual corner wasn’t nearly as sharp as the one I am discussing.
    A bit more of a warning ahead of this quite dangerous corner would certainly prevent crashes, and possibly a fatality. (Winter gets even worse)


    • tranbceditor on October 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Hello Don,

      We have shared your comment with the local area manager and he is going to follow up with you directly on this. Thanks for letting us know.

  27. Kristian Zwick on October 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    im stealing what this person write, it describes exactly my frustration “I witnessed no less than 2 dozen people this morning ripping through the Cassiar tunnel slamming on their brakes in front of semis and through-traffic so that they could duck into line ahead of all the other commuters who just spend 20 minutes queuing. Not to mention the idiots who leave 4 car lengths in front of them allowing them to do this. It’s incredibly dangerous, self-serving and unfair to everyone else on the road.
    Can the city not put up those flexible plastic bollards along this section? An accident in the Cassiar causes traffic chaos through the whole region, and obviously these people won’t stop until they’re forced to.”

    Please do something about this!

    • tranbceditor on October 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Hi Kristian,

      We have sent your comment to our local area manager for review and follow up. Stay tuned.

  28. Duane Dickinson on October 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks, but two little signs in busy traffic are easy to miss, let be ignored.
    On Thursday morning, at the same time, I had a Semi Trailer unit drive through the entire tunnel in the left lane, and then a 5-ton delivery truck change lanes (over solid line) into the left lane as we exited the tunnel. (and the traffic was moving, not stop and go)

    Hopefully you can see my photos via dropbox and post them.

    • tranbceditor on October 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Hi Duane,

      Just to confirm, these pictures were taken in the George Massey Tunnel? Do you know what time this was at and if any flow lanes were active?

      • Duane Dickinson on October 25, 2017 at 7:27 pm

        These are screen captures from my dash cam (front and rear). The time stamp is 2017/10/19 at 8:19am (which should be within 2-3mins accurate)

        As for the Counter – Flow lane, yes it was in operation. There were 3 lanes northbound. In the forward facing photo, of the truck changing lanes, you can see a white car in the counter-flow lane on the other side of the tunnel heading northbound, as well as in the distance the green lane arrows. Both of these pictures were at the north end, as I was exiting the covered part of tunnel.

        I used these two photos, as these two events were happening at the same time, and as it is just one example of on the problem that continues.

        • tranbceditor on October 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

          Thanks again for sharing this with us.

      • Duane Dickinson on October 25, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        & sorry, this post was in response to the answers from my original post dated: September 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        • tranbceditor on October 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

          Thanks Duane. We have shared your comments with the local area manager for follow up.

  29. Christine Kramer on October 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    We desperately need the lines painted and light reflectors on Highway 1 from Abbotsford (Sumas Way Road) to Chilliwack (Lickman Road). This needs to be done now before the winter weather gets worse.
    Who looks after this section of the freeway?

    • tranbceditor on October 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Christine,

      If you call our Chilliwack area office they should be able to connect you with someone who will be able to give you more information on the line painting program in place in the Fraser Valley area.

      Chilliwack Area Office Chilliwack, BC
      (604) 795-8211

  30. james on October 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I need to read the tow truck laws, legal codes or statutes for British Columbia and specifically Squamish BC. Specifically the laws about what is required to legally tow an improperly or illegally parked car from public or private property. Thank you.

  31. Mike Welsby on October 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    The new opening of the Westshore parkway from Sooke Road to the #1 Highway has provided a shortcut for logging trucks and other commercial truck traffic to get to the main highway from Sooke Raod. These trucks are too big and cannot manoeuver through the three traffic circles on this strip of road. I do not know if the ministry intended for heavy truck traffic on this strip of road, but these larger vehicles cannot negotiate the circles. They drive over the bricks in the center portion, and will eventually tear them up.

    • tranbceditor on October 18, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Hi there Mike,

      Thanks for your question. We can’t speak specifically to the construction standards used for the Westshore Parkway as it was built by the City of Langford, however; we can confirm that the roundabout closest to BC Highway 1 (near Steve Drane Harley etc.) was constructed with a ‘truck apron’. These aprons are constructed with special bricks at a low rise in the centre of the roundabout to allow the trailer of a commercial vehicle to ride up over them because they are unable to achieve the same turning radius as regular passenger vehicles in the circle. Here’s the link to the City of Langford press release on the rest of the Parkway. They should have more information on the construction standards used for the other circles. Hope that this helps.

    • Mike Welsby on October 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you so much for the prompt reply. I will contact Langford City staff.

  32. Goran Radjenovich on October 17, 2017 at 5:07 am


    I am wondering if you could please provide me with information concerning the maximum posted speed limit for HWY-1 from Sorrento to Blind bay?

    Is the maximum speed limit on this section 90 km/h or 100 km/h?

    I am looking forward to your reply.

    Kind regards,


    • tranbceditor on October 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Hi there,

      The speed limit from Sorrento to Blind Bay is posted like most of our numbered highways in British Columbia:
      100 km/h in the rural areas, and 60 km/h to 70 km/h for the numbered part of the highway in urban areas.

  33. Lisa D on October 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm


    I take highway 99 north to Richmond most mornings. As I sit in traffic around the highway 17 overpass I watch dozens of cars take the exit to River Road/HOV lane only to cross several lanes of traffic including a solid line to cut back onto the 99 where the tsawassen traffic have the option to enter the freeway. I’d like to see some sort measures to prevent this. They are slowing traffic down for everyone and putting other drivers at risk.

    • tranbceditor on October 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hi Lisa – thanks for your comment. We are sharing it forward with the local area manager for follow up!

  34. Rian MIlne on October 11, 2017 at 10:44 am


    I live on Nicholson creek road in Rock Creek BC at km6 . How do I request that this road gets paved? All the other roads around have ben paved but ours has not and it has been rattling my cars too bits for 40 years.


    • tranbceditor on October 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Rian – thanks for your message. Your best bet would be to contact your local area office directly. Here’s the contact info:

      Grand Forks Area
      7290 2nd Street
      Box 850
      Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0
      Telephone: 250 442-4384
      Fax: 250 442-4317

  35. Ian McFarlane on October 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Many Provinces & States have a simple law that adds safety, namely “Wipers On Headlights On”. Many times only knowing that there is a vehicle in front of you is if they step on their brakes or turn signal. I know it might be noon but if it is dark & pouring down and you are at speed, the spray obscures any chance of seeing you. Daytime Running Lights are an abject failure at this, no taillights. Those that rewire DRL to the curb lights are as bad as front window tinting.

    • tranbceditor on October 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for your observant comments Ian!

  36. Nelson Quiroga on October 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Instead of trying to set up costly tracking mechanisms on vehicles to levy toll charges why not simply add $200 or $500 to every automobile’s annual registration fee and use this money to fund roads and bridges and rapid transit. Alternatively if you are going to collect tolls on bridges then do it for every single bridge in the lower mainland and make the charge $1.00

    • tranbceditor on October 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hi Nelson – thanks for your feedback. Tolls are a tricky subject with specific rules to govern their use. Did you know that in BC, tolls can only be considered for new, major projects? That means there’s no tolling existing roads and bridges.
      Also, reasonable, un-tolled options must be available for people to take. This is one of the main reasons the Sea-to-Sky Highway wasn’t tolled when it was upgraded a few years ago. There must also be an obvious benefit for people that use the new, tolled infrastructure (such as helping you get where you want to go faster). Here’s a link to a blog on the topic of tolls for your information:

  37. Marian on October 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    RE: Hwy 9 Bridge Deck Replacement over Railway tracks in Popkum BC. There is a permanent red light instead of a flag person for this project. Every afternoon the lineups from the Agassiz side are ridiculous. Today it took me more than 20 minutes to get through. At least 7 lights. There is NO alternate route for all of us because we are not coming from Hope. Can this project be sped up so that it doesn’t inconvenience thousands of commuters for a year? It’s only being worked on 5 days a week from 8-5. A project this size that causes such long delays for so many people should be worked on 24 hours a day, 6 days a week until it’s completed.

    • tranbceditor on October 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Hi Marian,
      Thanks for letting us know your concerns. We have shared this message with the project manager for review.

  38. Kristine on October 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Are there any plans to expand bus service out to the Gloucester area?

    It’s very frustrating when trying to hire individuals to work in the area and we are limited to only those that own or have access to a vehicle.

    • tranbceditor on October 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Kristine,

      Where exactly is the Gloucester area? We did a quick search and found mention of a Gloucester Way in Langley?

      • Ken on October 16, 2017 at 6:58 am

        Yep the poster is referring to the Gloucester Estates industrial park located around the 264th/56th area. Just a heads up is all.

    • tranbceditor on October 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Hi again Kristine,

      If this is in Langley – you will need to send a message to TransLink for review, as it would fall under their jurisdiction. Here is a link to their contact information:

  39. Herb Klein on October 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Re: Traffic westbound on Highway 1 in the morning.
    Traffic gridlock on Highway One is happening almost daily. Something has to be done to get regular traffic flow going westbound in the morning. Bring back tolls? Frustration level is going through the roof!

    • tranbceditor on October 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Hello Herb,

      Is there a particular section of Highway 1 westbound you are most concerned about?

      • Indy on October 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm

        The reason why there is so much traffic on Highway 1 Westbound is that a lot of drivers do not understand the keep right let others pass rule and there is no one to enforce it. You would see massive gaps between cars in the left lane. This law needs to be enforced to see changes.

  40. Mark on October 2, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I wanted to confirm that the Cambie Creek Bridge replacement is finally completed? I was on DriveBC and there is nothing showing for work in this area of Hwy 3 near Alison Pass, can you confirm that it is indeed finally done?

    • tranbceditor on October 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Mark,

      We have sent a message to the project manager directly for confirmation. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on October 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Hi again Mark,

      The project manager has confirmed with us that the Cambie Creek Bridge is now complete, with only line painting and rumble strips scheduled for this week. The contractor should remove all signage and return to normal speed zone by the end of this week. Drive BC will be notified by contractor accordingly to reflect updates. Hope that this helps!

  41. John R Gaetz on September 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    This letter address a issue with VSA Maintenance and its inadequate road maintenance on Highway 5A at Hamilton Creek 2 Bridge. An earlier version of this letter was sent to the Province of BC with no response

    • tranbceditor on October 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Hi John and thank you for your message. We sent your comment directly to the local area manager for review and he confirmed that he is reviewing the issue and following up with our maintenance contractor about the issue as well. We are also including a link for you to begin the claims process:

  42. kerry barnhardt on September 25, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Greyhound’s plans to cut routes in rural BC is unacceptable.

    Greyhound has had a monopoly for far to long. Testimonials of Greyhound’s unacceptable service speak to overcrowded buses, disgusting facilities, unreliable scheduling etc.

    Those of us living in rural areas rely on these busses for transport to larger centres in serving our basic needs.

    The bus is the ‘poor man’s’ mode of transportation, those who do not own or are unable to drive their own vehicle for financial or physical reasons.

    It is long overdue for Greyhound to have competition on all routes be it from other private companies or provincial/municipal bus services.

    • tranbceditor on September 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Hello Kerry and thank you for your comment. We have sent it forward to our Passenger Transportation Branch folks for review.

  43. Dell Wiens on September 23, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Re: Hwy 20 from Williams Lake to Bella Coola. Past Pyper Lake before Tatla Lake there is a pull-out on the side of the road with no garbage can, no washrooms and no littering sign, all of which are desperately needed! People are using this road side pull out to dump garbage & go to the bathroom. I live in the area and have cleaned up the area and nearby trails myself. Perhaps it could be considered for the next new rest stop? There are no facilities in either direction for about an hour in each direction – that are right on the highway.

    Hope this can be considered…

    • tranbceditor on September 25, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Hi Dell,

      Thank you for this information. We have sent your comment to our local area manager for follow up and review.

  44. Duane Dickinson on September 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm


    Commercial traffic on Hwy99 through George Massey Tunnel.

    Currently, there is only a restriction of Commercial Vehicles to the right lane as they go through the tunnel. One of the problems which is causing major congestion, (mainly during the rush hour times), is that commercial vehicles occupy all lanes right up to the entrance of the tunnel, then try to merge to the right only at the entrance of the tunnel. An example is many tandem dump trucks will drive up the left lane (almost matching speed with a semi next to them), and then after the Deas Island bridge, (crossing a solid line), they force themselves to the right lane for the tunnel. Not only does this cause the right lane to come to a complete stop, but also, restricts the flow of traffic in the left lane. As for southbound traffic, one only needs to watch afternoon rush hour, when trucks drive next to each other, leaving hundred’s of meters gaps ahead of them, again blocking the left lane.

    A suggestion for helping all traffic to flow better, and safer. Limit Commercial Vehicles (& vehicles over 5000kg), to the right lane prior to the tunnel. This could start for southbound traffic from Hwy91 & Westminster overpass. Northbound it would be recommended to start from Hwy17 interchange (not the 17A). Have overhead signage lane designation on all the existing overhead signage. This would help with enforcement of this.

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on September 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Hello Duane,

      Thank you for this well thought out suggestion. We have sent it forward to the local area office for review.

    • tranbceditor on September 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Duane,

      Thanks again for your comments regarding commercial traffic through the George Massey Tunnel. Currently the ministry has signage indicating slow moving traffic (ie. Commercial vehicles) to move right prior to both entrances of the tunnel on Highway 99. For example, on the 17A overpass and 17A NB direction on Highway 99. Hope that this helps.

  45. Eileen on September 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Hello, I’d like to make a formal complaint and suggestion regarding the traffic pattern in Richmond at the intersection on Bridgeport Rd and Viking Way. There is always serious traffic congestion travelling Southbound on Viking Way (trying to get onto the Knight Bridge on ramp). I believe this can be solved by effecting a ban (a red light) on left turns when the green light is on for Viking Rd.

    For those of us heading Southbound on Viking wanting to make a right turn onto Bridgeport Rd to get to the on ramp to Knight Bridge, it’s almost an impossible feat. In our direction, we have signage prohibiting us from right turning on a red light from 3pm on hence we must wait for the green light to make our right turns. At this time the cars travelling northbound on Viking have their own left turn signal onto Bridgeport Rd allowing them to easily get on Bridgeport and into the on ramp lane. However, this signal does not turn red after it is up. This allows cars to continue turning left if there’s no straight through traffic (there is always very little). This causes severe backup in the opposite direction (Southbound) for those that are making a right turn onto Bridgeport Rd. These left-turning cars cut directly into the right lane (on ramp lane)- into the right of way for right turning cars and cripple traffic along the opposite side of Viking Way.

    I urge you to please look at the traffic pattern again and to put a red light on left turns from Viking heading northbound when the light is green.

  46. Iain David McLean on September 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I want to request some additional signage for a junction on West Coast Road (with Fishboat Bay Road) in Shirley. The park at the end of Fishboat Bay Road is proving popular. When cars leave Fishboat Bay Road to return to Sooke/Victoria they turn right, into a lane that is frequently used for overtaking by cars going to Port Renfrew. The potential for a serious collision is high. I would suggest a “Caution when turning Right” sign at the exit to Fishboat Bay and/or consideration of making the straight a double-yellow line. Please tell me who to approach on this matter.

    • tranbceditor on September 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Hello Iain,

      Thank you for your comment. Please connect directly with our folks in the Saanich District Office.
      Here is the contact information:
      240 – 4460 Chatterton Way
      Victoria, BC V8X 5J2

      Hours of Operation:
      8:30 am to noon
      1 pm to 4:30 pm
      Monday to Friday
      250-952-4506 or 250-952-4515

  47. Peggy on September 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hi – I’m looking for some information. Can you please tell me the date the Likely Road was closed due to fires and also the date it was reopened? Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on September 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Hi there Peggy,
      Here are the dates for you:

      Likely Road Closed – July 11th – Noon
      Likely Road Opened – Aug 7th at 2pm

      Hope this helps.

  48. Naveen Jit on September 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I drive HWY 1 (4 lane portion) weekdays and majority of the accidents are in the 3rd passing and HOV lanes. I drive in the slowest lane which everyone in front of me jumps out of as soon as they merge on to the freeway, probably because everyone thinks they have the fastest car and lanes to the left allows them to go faster. Having driven in 4 countries in the last 6 months, I believe we can solve this problem easily thereby reducing a great deal of injuries, frustration and costs.

    We need signs stating, and eventual enforcement after an adjustment period that:

    3rd lane is for passing only, lanes 1 and 2 are travelling lanes.
    HOV lane entry and exits can only be made where there are no solid lines. Ideally most commuters will know where their entry and exit points are after a week of adjusting.

    I have seen this done to great success in central California area.

    • tranbceditor on September 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Hello Naveen and thank you for your comment! We have sent it forward to our traffic engineering planning group for consideration.

    • tranbceditor on September 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Hello again Naveen,
      Our traffic engineers confirmed that the province-wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review identified drivers “hogging” the left lane as a safety concern for the residents of B.C.
      Despite direction in the Motor Vehicle Act (and roadside signs indicating passing and travel lanes) that slow drivers should use the right lane – drivers continued to regularly use the left lane as a travelling lane.
      Effective June 2015, motorists are required to keep right and let others pass. This applies to B.C. highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater. The Keep Right, Let Others Pass law allows enforcement officers to impose a fine and penalty points, which we hope will curb people’s use of left hand or passing lanes.
      Current legislation also says that when the highway is congested and travelling at a speed of 50 km/hr or less, drivers may remain in the left lane. However, when traffic speed rises above 50 km/hr, the driver should move into the right lane. When a highway has a left HOV lane, the left-most lane for passing is the one next to the HOV lane.
      Here’s a link for more info:

  49. Leonard Neault on September 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I grew up in BC but moved away to Alberta in 1992. I have returned several times since then n every time I do (60% of the time, I drive). Each time I drive into the lower mainland usually via hwy 5 thru Hope east on Hwy 1 to Chilliwack n onto Surrey. Each year I drive out to the lower mainland I notice a major increase in traffic flow as soon as I pass thru Hope. The past 10 yrs I have noticed a major increase of traffic especially between Chilliwack n Abbotsford. It is getting so bad that I have found myself travelling (last 3-4yrs) at residential street speeds on Hwy 1. I would expect that if there was a collision or construction but this past 2 weeks that I have been on the Hwy there has been no collision or construction. For no other reason than volume. I find as I come into Surrey I find traffic is bumper to bumper, speeds are from 50-100 km/hr during the whole commute each time I have travelled in. I find that Hwy 1 from Hope to Chilliwack is adequate at best, from Chilliwack to 264 ave is in-adequate n from 264 to 200 ave is totally in-adequate. This is at appro 2 pm in the afternoon on Thursday n Friday. The traffic is worse on the long weekend. On the Sept. long weekend I remember actually stopping several times, not because of construction or collisions, just volume. The TransCanada Hwy between Hope n Surrey is in-adequate to say the least. The BC Government is about 20 yrs behind on this Hwy. I see that from 200 ave there are 3 lanes now but that is barely adequate. The traffic is so bad any time of the day one has to pick n choose travel times into Surrey, even that is not a guarantee that traffic will flow at a steady pace n traffic flow is absolutely pathetic during rush or long weekend. I remember saying to friends while I lived in the lower mainland that the Hwy needed to be widen 30 yrs ago. For these reasons (traffic) plus ICBC’s n the BC government polices I will never return to BC. The traffic is unbearable, ICBC’s insurance are astronomical in cost n the Government is so unstable nwithout any backbone that I have absolutely no reason to want to move back to BC. I do have one reason, I do miss the mountains but I can get them on the Alberta side. I thought I would advise your office of my displeasure of the #1 Hwy, the traffic volume n congestion as an outsider looking in. I have no desire to experience this as a daily endever like my family n friends still living in the lower mainland n Fraser Valley. BC Transit Minisery has a major dilemma in front of them n I do not see an easy answer other than a third lane right out to Hope n maybe another major artery into the city. Good luck

  50. Aaron on September 4, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I am not sure who is responsible for maintaining highway signs on Highway 99 and elsewhere in B.C., but very often the word “licensed” is misspelled as “licenced” (in conjunction with gross vehicle weight). One example of this error is on a sign going north on Highway 99 in West Vancouver. Although, the spelling error is a frequent mistake in Canada, when used as a participle, “licenced” is an incorrect nonstandard spelling throughout the English-speaking world (whether in Canada, U.S., or the rest of the Commonwealth – i.e. this is not a Canada vs. U.S. spelling issue). The confusion comes from “licence” being the correct spelling in Canada when used as a noun, but “license” when used as a verb. The correct spelling for the participle is therefore “licensed” (with an S).

    • tranbceditor on September 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Hello Aaron,

      Thank you for your keen observation. We have sent your comment forward to our provincial sign shop for review.

  51. Dev on August 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Everyday I travel south on the #1 Trans Canada Hwy. and pass the Helmcken Rd. overpass (lower Vancouver Island). I notice driving up the exit and back onto the #1 is allowed there and causes quite the backup yet other overpasses like Leigh Rd. have a sign showing no through traffic except buses. Can someone explain why this is the case?
    Also the new Westshore Parkway road is getting near completion and yet North bound #1 after Leigh Rd. is still 1 lane and is a terrible bottleneck. I fear this will be substantially worse once that road fully opens in October. When is the Leigh Rd. to Westshore Parkway scheduled to become 2 lanes northbound?

    • tranbceditor on August 31, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Hi Dev,

      The Helmcken and Colwood interchanges are designed to work together. Traffic from Colwood is allowed the choice to merge at the Colwood interchange or continue along the outside lane, cross Helmcken Road and enter the Trans-Canada Highway using the Helmcken on-ramp. Unfortunately, if we take this choice away, the volume of traffic entering the TCH in the morning peak will overwhelm the Colwood interchange, creating gridlock at the Colwood on-ramp.

      As for your second question regarding two-laning Highway 1 northbound, there is currently nothing scheduled for construction but we are reviewing.

  52. Cathy on August 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

    We are planning an event for classic cars, and will be driving from Sooke to Lake Cowichan (Highway 14) on a Saturday in September and was wondering if there will be any hauling done by the logging companies on Saturdays? If so how should one prepare for meeting up with logging trucks (especially single lane bridges)? Are there hauling frequencies that are used much like a logging road? Should we notify anyone that there will be a number of slower moving cars on this road for that one day?

    • tranbceditor on August 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Kathy –

      Please connect directly with our Saanich area office to discuss your questions. Here’s their contact information:

      Saanich Area
      240 – 4460 Chatterton Way
      Victoria, BC V8X 5J2

      Hours of Operation:
      8:30 am to noon
      1 pm to 4:30 pm
      Monday to Friday
      250-952-4506 or 250-952-4515

  53. Chris Heine on August 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Hi there,

    Are there any plans to address the severe bottleneck and resulting congestion occurring on the Sea-to-Sky Hwy 99 southbound at Murrin Park? Yesterday, Sunday, August 20, SB traffic was bumper-to-bumper from Valleycliffe to Britannia for the better part of the afternoon. Even at 10pm, traffic was backed up to Shannon Falls and took 30 minutes to reach Murrin Park where traffic finally started flowing smoothly. As far as I know, there were no accidents impeding traffic and no major events in Squamish/Whistler, not to mention it wasn’t even a long weekend…

    • tranbceditor on August 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Chris,

      We have sent your comment forward to the local area manager. Stay tuned.

  54. Harry Payne on August 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Was on road trip and did not repaint the white line like 3 or 4 year ago on highway 19A Jubilee Parkway Intersection to Hamm Rd Intersection And this can lead not safe on the road without white line on paved shoulder

    • tranbceditor on August 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Harry – not sure what the question is here? Are you asking if we painted 19A three or four years ago?

  55. Sheena Rossiter on August 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Hi there…I just wanted to check in to see if there was any chance we have clarification on my query below. Do we know if Grey Creek Pass and Heckman Pass in BC will be open around the 15th of October? Please let me know when you can. Thanks again!

    Hi there,

    I would like to drive through Grey Creek Pass in BC and Heckman Pass in BC around October 15th. Are those passes going to be open during October, or do they close at the beginning of the month? Thank you!

    • tranbceditor on August 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Hi there,

      Sorry we are just getting back to you now. Heckman Pass is open year round but as conditions deteriorate into winter, you will want to pay close attention to info posted about the route on DriveBC. There is also a webcam for “the Hill” here:

      Regarding Grey Creek Pass – that road falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. It is likely closed during the winter, but you can connect directly with them to confirm when that happens here:

      • Sheena Rossiter on August 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

        Excellent! Thank you very much for the response.

  56. Norm on August 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Hi were in whistler and are wondering how bad the delays are around marble canyon as we need to get to prince george

    • tranbceditor on August 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Hi there,

      At this time, you won’t be able access Highway 97 or 99 from Whistler due to wildfire. A better route would be to travel south along Highway 12 after Lillooet and then along Highway 8 to Merritt and north along Highway 5 through Kamloops and north along the Yellowhead to Prince George. Hope that this helps. Safe travels.

  57. Johnson! on August 12, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I got some good ideas for what could be posted on these million dollar led signs over the highways. Just simple things like; “use your turn signal to change lanes” “Stop behind the line, then proceed ahead to see if its safe” “No texting means YOU too” “You should stop for 99% more yellow lights then currently stopped at” “10 over is reasonable, but tailgating at 30-50 over?” “If everyone is already doing 10-20-30+ over? Relax”

    Its pretty nice being on highway 7 going East. Moron cars passing around corners and stuff, but then who ever is with you and you get to the sign saying “keep your distance from large trucks” and then suddenly they back off to a reasonable distance.

  58. Sheena Rossiter on August 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Hi there,

    I would like to drive through Grey Creek Pass in BC and Heckman Pass in BC around October 15th. Are those passes going to be open during October, or do they close at the beginning of the month? Thank you!

    • tranbceditor on August 11, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Sheena,

      Thanks for your questions about Heckman Pass and Grey Creek Pass.

      I’m going to check in with our people in that area and get back to you here, about what the situation might be in October.

      • Sheena Rossiter on August 14, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Hi There…I just wanted to see if there is an update about my question from late last week about Grey Creek Pass and Heckman Pass being open in mid-October. Any confirmation on that? Thank you!

        Hi there,

        I would like to drive through Grey Creek Pass in BC and Heckman Pass in BC around October 15th. Are those passes going to be open during October, or do they close at the beginning of the month? Thank you!

        • tranbceditor on August 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

          Hi Sheena,

          Thanks for checking back with us.

          I do not yet have an answer to your question, from Friday, about whether Heckman Pass and Grey Creek Pass will be open in mid-October. As mentioned on this page, our resource levels mean that not all comments can be reviewed or responded to immediately. (Moderating and posting of comments generally occurs during regular business hours Monday through Friday.)

          As indicated in my response on Friday around 5 pm, we’ll get back to you here.

  59. eugene lee on August 11, 2017 at 1:17 am

    iI believe the Ministry of Highways has jurisdiction over Taylor Way in West Vancouver. Tonight coming home late from work just after midnight I was driving from Marine Drive going west towards Taylor Way and turned into the dedicated turn lane onto Taylor Way. There was no traffic to merge into as one would expect at that late hour. In the continuation of that lane 50′ past the exit throat of that dedicated turn lane where one would generally expect to keep driving before merging onto the Taylor Way lanes, in the darkness of the night with no lights, reflectors or any warning, was a large tracked excavation machine surrounded by pylons and traffic tape. There was one person there, perhaps someone who was to do work using that machine.

    What the heck was this machine doing there? I had to come to a sudden slow down and quickly swerve around the area cordoned off for this machine occupying the lane. Had there been another car closely following me, which often happens going around this turn, I likely would have been rear ended as they would not have expected me to slow down suddenly with no visible traffic around. There was no warning sign posted of construction of lane closure ahead.

    WTF! This happens so often with warning signs either not posted or inadequate signage. This is so infuriating that the persons responsible for setting up these places of work don’t have the wherewithal to understand how they need to warn drivers well in advance of the obstruction they are a part of. For their safety and that of the driving public, the need to enforce permit requirements and the responsibility that goes with it must be strictly enforced.

    • tranbceditor on August 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Eugene,

      I checked in with our people that manage that area, and they do not know whose excavator it was on Taylor Way last night.

      It was not for a ministry project, nor was it our maintenance contractor’s equipment.

      We do require proper traffic control, whenever equipment is working on our roads. We would expect the contractor to have a lane closure established, to close a lane when loading or unloading a piece of equipment on our roads.

  60. Val on August 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I’m travelling to Prince George from Pemberton, what is the best route to take as highway 97 and 99 are closed.

    • tranbceditor on August 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Hi Val,

      You will need to drive Hwy 99 north, then turn south on Hwy 12 at Lillooet. Just past Lytton, you’ll take Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada) and head north and east to Kamloops. From there take Hwy 5, northeast, connect onto Hwy 24 at Little Fort, and drive west to connect with Hwy 97. You can head north on Hwy 97 to Prince George. This route takes you around the wildfire closures.

      For the most current travel information, available 24/7, please check DriveBC:

  61. Bob on August 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Has the MOT ever considered installing heated highways on sections of the Coquihalla or other mountain passes? Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on August 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for your question about heated highways. We are not currently considering installing heated highways through mountain passes. However, we are always looking for ways to improve safety. For example, we installed digital variable speed signs on the Coquihalla, Highway 1, and Sea to Sky Highway. These are designed to reduce weather-related crashes by helping drivers know when to slow down, depending on the conditions. A system of traffic, pavement and visibility sensors detect conditions and provide operations staff with recommended speeds.

      Thanks for your interest in highway safety.

  62. Doug Edwards on August 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Just wondering about the status of the Heywood Armstrong Road in the north Okanagan? A bridge had washed out in May but don’t know if this road is now open? Thx.

    • tranbceditor on August 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Doug,

      We removed all the listings from the spring flooding, when they were re-opened, so it’s likely that Heywood Armstrong Road is open.

      I’ll double check for you, just to be sure, and will get back to you here.

      • tranbceditor on August 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        Hi Doug,

        I’ve checked in with our Okanagan-Shuswap Operations Manager, Erik Lachmuth and he will be sending you an email.

        Heywood Armstrong Road is still closed due to the southern abutment scouring and causing sinkholes to form. The design group is currently working on a design for an additional span that will take the abutment out of the stream channel, and construction will take place this fall.

        Thank you for your patience as we work on the repairs as well as improvements to ensure we aren’t going to see the same kind of failure. The email will offer to add you to an email update list for this project and give you a local contact for further information.

  63. Concerned on August 2, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Is the Whitevale road project out of Lumby BC ever going to resume? It’s been dormant for months. Seems other road projects are being started and finished in a timely fashion. Why not this road?
    This road has become a danger now as everyone drives on the paved side of the road, it won’t be long before a head on collision happens.

    • tranbceditor on August 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Hi Concerned,

      Thanks for your letting us know of your safety concerns with the Whitevale Road project. I will check in with our folks involved with that, and get back to you here.

  64. Kirsten on July 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Hey Tran BC, how come the plan your route tool on DriveBC is gone? I really liked that feature! or.. is it still there and i’m blind!


    • tranbceditor on July 28, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Hi Kirsten,

      No, you’re not blind! We have deactivated “Plan Your Route” for now because in the current wildfire situation, it was not effectively routing people around the closures and was potentially causing safety issues. We will likely not restore this service until after the all the wildfire closures have ended. Sorry for the inconvenience, we will bring it back as soon as possible.

  65. Kevin Buxton on July 27, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Hi. Your website currently says “Highway 97 closed between Chase Falkland Rd at Falkland and Paxton Rd at Monte Lake”. As of July 27 at 7:30 AM. But – there is a traffic control person that is stopping westbound vehicles BEFORE Chase Falkland Road, claiming that Chase Falkland Road is closed. The intended route was to take Chase Falkland Road north to Highway 1 at Chase, and from there to Kamloops. Another traffic control person near Vernon is telling vehicles that getting through to Chase Falkland Road is fine….so somewhere the communication lines are getting crossed. Either the information on your webpage is incorrect/incomplete, or your traffic control personnel are receiving poor direction. Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on July 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks for letting us know of this concern Kevin. I will share it forward with our people involved with traffic management in that area.

  66. Harry Payne on July 22, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Hi There.
    What Year They replace black creek bridge in highway 19A
    This used to be wooden bridge in 1966 and they replace to concrete guardrail bridge!

    • tranbceditor on July 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Harry,

      I’m checking into that and will get back to you here.

      • tranbceditor on August 11, 2017 at 11:46 am

        Hi Harry,

        The Black Creek Bridge on Hwy 19A was replaced in 1977, with a concrete bridge.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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:

  75. 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.

  76. 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

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

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

  78. 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.

  79. 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

  80. 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.

  81. 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?

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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!

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

  87. 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!

  88. 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?

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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%

  92. 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

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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!

  98. 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.

  99. 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!

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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:

  107. 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!

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

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

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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!

  112. 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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