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  1. We understand that highway 1 will be closed one week at a time for blasting, can you tell me if it will be closed on the first week of August at this time. This is the section they making into a four lane road.

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    • Hi there Ben – we are working on a number of sections of the TCH this summer – would you be able to give us more specific information on the location you are wondering about? Thanks!

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  2. Who do I contact regarding the traffic delays due to the bridge construction on Highway 3 between Fernie and the Alberta border.

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    • Hello Ellen,

      Thanks for your comment. There are two bridge work events posted on DriveBC (listed below)

      Highway 3 Bridge construction at Lizard Creek Bridge (3 km west of Fernie). Until Sun Nov 15 at 7:00 PM MDT. Last updated Fri May 8 at 9:15 AM MDT. (DBC-13865)

      Highway 3 Bridge construction between Cedar Ave and Commerce Rd (Fernie). Until Fri Jul 31. Bridge Construction on Fairy Creek Bridge. Single Lane Alternating 24 hours 7 days a week. Please plan for up to 20 minute delays. Last updated Fri Jun 26 at 4:32 PM MDT. (DBC-19881)

      If you would like to speak with someone about either of these scheduled events, please contact our local area office

      129 – 10th Avenue S.
      Cranbrook, BC V1C 2N1
      Telephone: 250 426-1500

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    • Hi Anya. Thanks for the message. We have sent your message to our local area staff, but also encourage you to connect directly with the maintenance contractor directly in the future, should you notice anything that causes you concern on BC Highways. Here’s the map for that contact info: https://www.drivebc.ca/rahp/

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  3. Hi, I just had a question regarding the Keating Cross Road Overpass project on the Pat Bay Highway. Will the nearby East Saanich Road and Tanner Road left-turns be closed as a result of the project? Thank you!

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    • Good morning Colton,

      When the Keating flyover is completed, the left turn from The Pat Bay Highway northbound to East Saanich Road will be closed. The ministry is also contemplating other closures as part of the project, once the safety improvements have been made at Keating Cross Road. The ministry will be consulting with the District of Central Saanich, local law enforcement and the public as it determines the best way to manage the future of accesses at Martindale Road, Tanner Road and Danica Place. Hope that this information is helpful! You can learn more about the project (including the future dates of open houses for public input) here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/projects/highway-17-keating-cross-overpass

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      • I’m pleased to hear that the East Saanich Rd left-turn will be closed. I’m also curious about the speed limit once construction is completed since both the Keating and East Saanich Rd left-turns are going to be removed. Will the speed limit be retained at 80 km/h?

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  4. Would like to request a hidden driveway sign and a mirror to see oncoming traffic on a curve just before 2601 Grafton Road in Errington, BC. The driveway is hidden and you cannot see traffic coming when you attempt to pull out of the driveway.

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    • Hi there Vikki,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We ask that you reach out to staff in the mid island office with your request. They might want to visit the site to review. Here’s their contact information:

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

      Hours of operation:
      8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

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      • Okay I spoke to a person at that number who redirected me to Cindy Corner at 250-734-4814 who is responsible for that area. I left a voice message and hope to hear back soon!

        Thank you!

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  5. Hello.
    I Drove Highway 19A Campbell River To Courtenay and i have found a every intersection that have yellow painted island are fading out and never get repainted i hope can someone please repaint the yellow painted island so they can make safer.

    Thank You.

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    • Thanks for your comment Harry – we will send it forward on your behalf. Our summer line painting schedule typically runs from spring until fall, depending on weather for best application.

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  6. Hello I spotted giant hogweed growing on the side of the island highway southbound on shoulder Between triple O’ s and the peteo Canada just north of nanoose.
    I’m not sure who to notify to have it removed before people unknowingly stop to touch it and take selfies. It’s approx 4 feet tall. Hard to miss especially if you know what it is.
    Hopefully this is the right place to report it.
    Thank you for keeping our roads safe!

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  7. Hi there. The roundabout on Sooke Rd at Evergreen Shopping Centre access is posing a significant traffic issue for vehicles entering the roundabout from the Shopping Centre parking lot. Generally, westbound traffic on Sooke Rd travels in platoons which creates very few gaps for vehicles trying to enter the roundabout from the shopping centre. I’m not sure why a roundabout was ever put here as there is a traffic signal less than a kilometre away from the roundabout on Sooke Rd which generates the platooning of traffic. Due to the lack of gaps, traffic backs up into the parking lot which creates safety issues for pedestrians and other vehicles. I assume the rationale behind this roundabout was so that there wouldn’t be yet another traffic signal on Sooke Rd. However, I would be curious if this roundabout even passed an engineering warrant. Regardless, I feel something should be here to improve gap opportunities for vehicles trying to enter the roundabout from the shopping centre. Perhaps a traffic signal meter for westbound traffic on Sooke Rd to create more gap opportunities for vehicles trying to enter the roundabout from the shopping centre? Maybe replacing this roundabout with a signalized intersection? Either way, the current situation isn’t acceptable and needs to be investigated to determine potential solutions to improve traffic flow and safety in the Sooke core. Thank you.

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    • Hi there Colton,

      We’ve asked the project team to review your comment and will let you know what we hear back. Stay tuned.

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  8. I live in Blind Bay b.c. and there’s an intersection that was rerouted last year at the Balmoral intersection by my house. The road that has now been designated for access to the highway has no lines on it at all whatsoever. It is c narrow country road that is now extremely busy and many times I have come face to face with oncoming traffic since no one knows it is a double lane.

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    • Hello Stephanie,

      Thanks for connecting with us here to share your concerns. We have sent your comment to our local area staff and will let you know what we hear back. Stay tuned.

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    • Hello again Stephanie,

      Our area manager has let us know that they are in the process of getting traffic counts on the side roads and will determine from that data if centrelines are warranted on the side roads. If approved by our traffic engineers, centreline would be added to these roads this year.

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  9. Hello,

    Working on a consulting assignment on behalf of another provincial transportation agency and was interested in gathering some information from the appropriate contact on how the TMCBC is operated with respect to what is shown on the video wall vs. operator workstations.

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  10. Little Qualicum River Bridge on Highway 19A is getting mossy and will need power washing the structural steel, concrete also clean 5.14m yellow signs on overhead.

    Thank you.

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  11. Any progress on the Vancouver-Bellingham-Seattle high speed rail project? Seems like this could be some really good economic stimulus post Covid and we need it anyway!

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    • Good afternoon Nathaniel,

      The Washington State government is leading an examination of the concept of an Ultra-High-Speed transportation corridor connecting Vancouver to Seattle to Portland. The lead on this initiative in BC is the Minister responsible for Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness. In 2019, a $1.5 million study was completed. It was funded by Washington State, B.C. ($300,000) and Microsoft. As a next step, led by Washington State, the same partners are contributing towards a study exploring the feasibility of establishing a new authority and developing a funding and financing strategy. During Premier Horgan’s visit to Olympia, Washington on February 7-8, 2019, he announced an additional $300,000 in funding from the Province for this next proposed phase. We hope that this is helpful to you.

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  12. I am reporting the very poor road surface conditions that remain for the past numerous years I observe in 100 Mile House in South Cariboo Hwy 1 which I travel through every month. Deep wide ridiculous pot holes at both sides of the lanes make avoidance unsafe. The neglect is obviously long term. Help!

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    • Hi Judy – thanks for your comment. We have sent your concern to our local area staff and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hi again Judy,

      We’ve just heard back from the area manager that the problem is stemming from drainage and road base issues in town. Both the district and the maintenance contractor are aware of the issue and have made plans to address it come this summer. Thanks again for connecting with us here!

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  13. There is a question that I have been pondering for a while related to turning left on a red light onto a highway on-ramp. The ICBC handbook says a motorist can turn left onto a one-way street when facing a red light, after coming to a complete stop at the stop line and yielding to pedestrians and approaching vehicles. However, most highway on-ramps are technically a one-way street. Also, section 129 subsection 4b of the MVA states “except when a left turn permitted by this paragraph is prohibited by a sign at the intersection, the driver of a vehicle facing the red light at the intersection of not more than 2 highways…may cause the vehicle to make a left turn into a highway on which traffic is restricted to the direction in which he or she causes the vehicle to turn” which makes me believe that this movement wouldn’t be against the MVA. Also, I’m mainly referring to a red-light exhibited by a separate “left turn signal”. I am wondering if the ministry could provide their interpretation of the MVA in terms of the legality of turning left onto a one-way highway on-ramp when facing a red light. Thank you.

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    • Hello again Colton,

      We sent your question to our traffic engineers. As they are professional engineers, and not lawyers, they cannot provide a legal opinion on this topic. However, they did provide the following information (they stressed the use of the word alone)

      Red light
      129 (1)Subject to subsection (2), when a red light alone is exhibited at an intersection by a traffic control signal, the driver of a vehicle approaching the intersection and facing the red light must cause it to stop before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, before entering the intersection, and subject to the provisions of subsection (3), must not cause the vehicle to proceed until a traffic control signal instructs the driver that he or she is permitted to do so.
      (2)The driver of a bus approaching an intersection and facing a red light and a prescribed white rectangular indicator may cause the bus to proceed through the intersection.
      (3)Despite subsection (1), and except when a right turn permitted by this subsection is prohibited by a sign at an intersection, the driver of a vehicle facing the red light, and which in obedience to it is stopped as closely as practicable to a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, as closely as practicable to the intersection, may cause the vehicle to make a right turn, but the driver must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles lawfully proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection.
      (4)When a red light alone is exhibited at an intersection by a traffic control signal,
      (a)a pedestrian facing the red light must not enter the roadway unless instructed that he or she may do so by a pedestrian traffic control signal,
      (b)except when a left turn permitted by this paragraph is prohibited by a sign at the intersection, the driver of a vehicle facing the red light at the intersection of not more than 2 highways, and which in obedience to it is stopped as closely as practicable to a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, as closely as practicable to the intersection, may cause the vehicle to make a left turn into a highway on which traffic is restricted to the direction in which he or she causes the vehicle to turn, but the driver must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles lawfully proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection, and
      (c)a pedestrian proceeding across the roadway and facing the red light exhibited after he or she entered the roadway
      (i)must proceed to the sidewalk as quickly as possible, and
      (ii)has the right of way for that purpose over all vehicles.
      (5)When a red light is exhibited at a place other than an intersection by a traffic control signal,
      (a)the driver of a vehicle approaching the signal must cause it to stop before entering the nearest marked crosswalk in the vicinity of the signal, or if there is no marked crosswalk, before reaching the signal, and
      (b)a pedestrian may proceed across the roadway.

      Turning at intersections
      165 (1)If the driver of a vehicle intends to turn it to the right at an intersection, the driver must cause it to approach the intersection and then make the turn as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway.
      (2)When the driver of a vehicle intends to turn it to the left at an intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each highway entering the intersection, the driver must
      (a)cause the vehicle to approach the intersection in the portion of the right side of the roadway that is nearest the marked centre line, or if there is no marked centre line, then as far as practicable in the portion of the right half of the roadway that is nearest the centre line,
      (b)keep the vehicle to the right of the marked centre line or centre line of the roadway, as the case may be, at the place the highway enters the intersection,
      (c)after entering the intersection, turn the vehicle to the left so that it leaves the intersection to the right of the marked centre line of the roadway being entered, or if there is no marked centre line then to the right of the centre line of the roadway being entered, and,
      (d)when practicable, turn the vehicle in the portion of the intersection to the left of the centre of the intersection.
      (3)When the driver of a vehicle intends to turn the vehicle left at an intersection where traffic is restricted to one direction on one or more of the highways, the driver must cause the vehicle to approach the intersection in the extreme left hand lane available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of the vehicle, and after entering the intersection turn the vehicle to the left so as to leave the intersection as nearly as practicable in the left hand lane available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of the vehicle on the highway being entered.
      (4)If at an intersection there is a traffic control device indicating the course to be travelled by vehicles turning at the intersection, a driver must turn a vehicle at the intersection in the manner directed by the traffic control device.
      (5)A person must not turn a vehicle at an intersection unless it is in the position on the highway required by this section.

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      • Thanks for the response. Since this appears to be a grey area I guess it’s best not to attempt this movement. Take care!

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  14. Received the Notice from Pacific gateway about the Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project. The map includes 4 intersections, each with spaghetti work of traffic circles. I live in the area and trying to figure out what the plan is and the map is useless. So, I go to your site where I assumed I would find everything I wanted to know. Been searching for about an hour…found nothing. This is how you communicate to the public??? Looks like you’re building a new overpass on the south end of the Alex Fraser, but damned if I know for sure. Can’t you have a map, or interactive video, of each intersection that shows what’s new and existing, and how the new traffic will flow? Surely you can do better.

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  15. Rocky Mountain Adventure Park is due to open summer 2020. Under hushed secrecy the park has been planning this for 5 years and very few people have been informed. Locals are very concerned with the road leading to the park. They are building a large tourist attraction across Hospital Creek Canyon on upper Donald Road in Golden BC. Many locals believe that the road to the location won’t withstand the traffic flow they predict. The parking lot entrance is on a corner that has an 80kms/h speed limit and with tourists walking along to take pictures, some locals are concerned about safety. The traffic circle that will need to be driven by anyone wanting to visit this park is another concern. The traffic circle often has tourists driving the wrong direction or stoping in the circle waiting for GPS that hardly ever accurately tells you the right directions out here. The road itself isn’t in the best shape either and has very little room for shoulders to pull over as is. There’s at least 2-3 accidents a year on that road and that’s just the locals that are used to the road and they still have issues. How is a park with numbers estimated as many as Banff aloud to operate with the only access being such a dangerous road? Will the road be improved before opening ?

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    • Hello Brenna,

      Thanks for your comment. We have sent your note to our local area staff for review and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello again Brenna,

      We shared your concern with our local area staff. They are aware of the site and are currently working with the owners to ensure all ministry safety requirements are met.

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  16. Hello,

    I would like to report a serious concern regarding Stewart Ave.(very busy ferry traffic) & Townsite Rd. in Nanaimo. As you are driving up from the waterfront on Townsite & either crossing or turning onto Stewart … not only is it very busy, it is also extremely hard to see & very, very dangerous. There have been may accidents there… even some deaths. It needs a light asap.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you … Ingrid

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    • Hello Ingrid – thanks for your message. We have sent your comment to our local area staff for their review and will let you know when we hear back.

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    • Hello again Ingrid,

      The ministry does not currently have any plans for a traffic light at this location. If we were to consider this, it would be an initiative that the ministry would undertake with the City of Nanaimo, as Townsite Road belongs to the city. We do currently have a marked and signed crosswalk at this location. You can also learn more about how and when we install traffic signals at this link: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/popular-topics/faq.htm#traffic

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  17. At the intersection of Highway 1 and Green Rd (North of Duncan), there is a southbound acceleration lane for vehicles turning right from Green Rd onto Highway 1. However, it is very common to see motorists who don’t realize there is an acceleration lane and will treat it as a yield. This frustrates many motorists and creates slight traffic backups on Green Rd. Then once the motorist realizes that there is an acceleration lane, now traffic has to accelerate from 0 km/h to 80 km/h and with the lane not being very long it results in traffic merging below the posted speed limit. I hope a “lane added to the right” sign could be installed facing drivers on Green Rd, similar to the sign pictured in this street view image (https://www.google.ca/maps/@48.7827298,-122.4881117,3a,74.8y,9.97h,84.1t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4GXEsi4AMRhDF3cQaY7rsQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192) to ensure motorists don’t stop and treat it as yield. I also feel that some speed limit signage should be erected south of Green Rd just after the merge to affirm the posted speed limit. Thank you.

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  18. We doing delivery of heavy commercial goods with an aid of flat deck near Horseshoe bay area. Wondering are we allowed to legally stop & hold in brake check until traffic clears at final delivery location (near brake stop). Thanks.

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    • Good morning Surya – thanks for your comment. We shared your question with the good folks in the CVSE who let us know that they had also received your message in their general email inbox. We hope that this helped answer your question. Safe travels!

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  19. The red light on the Highway 1 Northbound left turn signal head at Herd Rd is relatively dim compared with the other signals. This suggests that some of the red light LEDs have gone out. Due to this, some of the LEDs might be close to going out as well which may result in the entire red-light going out which is a safety concern. Should I be reporting this Raylec Power (the electrical contractor) or the MoTI Vancouver Island District office? Thanks.

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    • Hi Colton and thanks for your message. Yes, you could contact our Saanich office and let them know your concerns directly.

      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
      250-952-4515

      Thanks!

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  20. Im not sure if you are the right contact but if so is it possible to get a ceter line repainted on the red bridge….its very dangerous right now people dont seem to know where they should be on the bridge and encroach on coming traffic

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    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your comment. We have sent your question to our staff in the area and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Good morning Debbie – we have heard back from our local area staff who have confirmed that the centreline on the bridge is scheduled for repainting this summer.

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  21. Hello , I would like to highlight a potential safety issues that i have noticed on the highways around vernon bc. A number of weeks ago the pavement on the highways leading into vernon were trenched for what looks like some type of senor, these trenches have been open for so long that they have started to break open in places leaving large potholes. I noticed that some have been repaired with the trenches remaining open. I would like to know the following information please, Why have the trenches been left open so long ? And why are there no warning signs before them ? These trenches pose a significant hazard to motorcycles.

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    • Good morning Grant – thanks for your message and our apologies for the delay in getting you this response. Highways in the Vernon area are being resurfaced this season, and the electrical contractor was very proactive in grinding their traffic loops at intersections and traffic count stations on the sections to be resurfaced. This resulted in the narrow trenches being left open. Our maintenance contractor has patched most of these trenches, especially the deep ones that are potential safety issues. We are working with them to ensure the smooth coordination of these works, and to ensure the spots that pose safety issues are remedied. We can confirm that the electrical contractor hopes to have the trenches filled tonight. Safe travels!

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  22. I live in a rural area. A BC Highway’s road runs through my neighbour’s property, a road which I have to traverse to get to town. My neighbour allows her livestock, horses and cattle, to roam freely on the road, in fact the watering trough for the livestock is partially on the road as well. I understand that one cannot build a fence in the winter, that is no longer the case.

    Enquiry BC gave be the number for a fellow from Grand Forks, works under the KB District, he kindly responded immediately and attended at the neighbour’s house – then phoned me
    afterward. Apparently he cannot help as it is outside of his jurisdiction.

    My query is: to whom should I speak regarding livestock freely roaming on public highways?
    Whom do I sue if I should sustain an injury because a cow or horse jumps in front of my vehicle?

    All my neighbour needs do is fence a few hundred feet.

    Perhaps someone might direct me to the correct/department person in terms of having this unsafe situation resolved.

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    • Hello Debra – thanks for connecting with us here. Was the gentleman who came to the property a ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staffer? If you are in the Grand Forks area – we encourage you to reach out to staff at the nearest ministry district office and let them know your concerns. Here’s their contact information:

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

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  23. Hi TranBC,

    While I was looking at the new Alex Fraser Bridge counterflow system, I noticed that some shiny new poles have been erected along the roadsides. Some of them are the smaller type ‘L’/’S’ poles, but others look like they’re designed for sign-bridge structures. I’m intrigued! What are these poles for? Will the Ministry be installing new signage to match the counterflow system? Are they designed for a soon-to-come variable speed limit system?

    I’d love to know what they are for – thanks for the info!

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  24. I was wondering where I make a complaint about people parking to access illegal houseboat moorings on Old Spallumcheen Road in Sicamous, BC. During the summer months and especially on long weekends, we can have up to 14 vehicles parked on the Old Spallumcheen Road to access the illegally parked houseboats. It is a dangerous situation because there is much traffic and pedestrians with children and pets heading to Hyde Mountain Golf course and summer cottages. I got this address from the By-Law Officer for CSRD. I was hoping there could be a NO PARKING sign put up along that part of the road that is very much in danger of seeing an accident. Thank you for addressing this safety situation

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    • Good morning Tannis – just following up on this as we understand that the area manager for this location reached out to you directly about your concern. Please let him know if you have any other questions or concerns. Safe travels!

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  25. Hello. Today i woke up to no power. I live on Hwy 101 near Lund on the sunshine coast.. There was some road work done during the summer and last night it seemed like the ground caved in and there may be an incredibly dangerous situation arising on the highway. I do not know who to contact to report this incident

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    • Hello Daniel,

      Please contact our Lower Mainland District office

      Suite 310 – 1500 Woolridge St.
      Coquitlam, BC V3K 0B8
      604 527-2221

      Hours of operation:
      8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

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    • Good afternoon Wayne – thanks for connecting with us here. We shared your comment with our staff in the area and they confirmed that the Wi-Fi is down due to tampering and misuse. We are currently looking into solutions to resolve this issue. Hope that this is helpful!

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  26. Hello. I just have a suggestion regarding the Highway 1 four-laning/median barrier project between Leigh Rd and Westshore Pkwy. Currently, the left-turn from Westshore Pkwy to head Northbound on Hwy 1 sees significant queuing, especially during peak times, that can back up to the roundabout on Westshore Pkwy at Amy Rd. But as the project is adding a second northbound lane that will end approx. 300m north of the Westshore Pkwy intersection, I think adding a second left-turn lane from Westshore Pkwy to turn Northbound on Highway 1 will alleviate the queueing by allowing more vehicles to get through the intersection per cycle. I hope my suggestion could be considered. Thank you!

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    • Hello Colton,

      Thank you for your thoughtful suggestion – we will share it with the project team for their consideration.

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    • Hello again Colton,

      We heard back from the project manager who let us know that unfortunately, the project scope does not include dual left turns to head northbound on the highway. The development of the existing northbound dual lefts off the highway onto West Shore Parkway were delivered by the City of Langford and therefore, any changes would also have to be pursued with them. If if you’re waiting in the queue on West Shore to turn left at the signal and sitting near or at the Amy Rd roundabout, it can sometimes be more efficient to instead use the right lane and turn right onto the highway and instead U-turn at the Leigh Rd interchange. Some days this isn’t great with the queue merging at Leigh Rd, but once the 4-laning is complete, there wont be a queue at the Leigh Road northbound on ramp. We hope that this information is helpful. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

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      • Thanks for the quick reply and pointing out using Leigh Rd as a turnaround to head Northbound on Highway 1. I forgot to mention a concern I have with the construction zone speed reader boards. On weekends, the 60 km/h construction speed limit signs are covered which reverts the speed limit to 80 km/h. However, since the construction speed reader boards are programmed with the 60 km/h speed limit, on weekends when the 60 km/h signs are covered, the speed reader board still alerts motorists who are travelling faster than 60 km/h even though they aren’t speeding as the construction zone speed limit isn’t in effect. This leads to some motorists slowing down to 60 km/h despite the construction speed limit not being in effect. This creates a safety concern in the northbound direction as there is not a passing lane so this often leads to tailgating and even some people using the left-turn lane at West Shore Pkwy as a passing lane to overtake. I hope that the construction speed reader boards could either be turned off when the 60 km/h construction speed limit is not in effect and/or add 80 km/h portable signs just past the construction speed reader board when the construction speed limit is not in effect. Thanks again!

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          • Well it appears at least for the time being that the 60 km/h construction speed limit is going to be in effect 24/7 as there has been a traffic pattern change that has shifted the highway lanes slightly. So my previous concern with the construction speed reader boards isn’t really an issue anymore. But now the acceleration lane has been removed for traffic merging onto the highway from the Leigh Rd Northbound on-ramp. This added a yield condition at the end of the ramp which gives traffic merging very little time to see approaching highway traffic. The ramp also terminates right after Northbound highway traffic merges from two lanes into one lane which often results in platooning of vehicles which means that there aren’t very many gaps to be able to merge. This new yield condition exacerbates the previous heavy queueing that existed on the ramp during peak hours and results in even heavier queuing that backs up onto Leigh Rd and up to the McCallum Rd intersection. This makes an already accident-prone section of the highway even more dangerous. I am just curious why exactly this traffic pattern change and removal of the Northbound acceleration lane have taken place and when it is expected to revert back to its previous configuration? Thank you.

          • Hi Colton!

            Here’s what we heard from the project manager. The lane closure is required to sub-excavate and remove organic peat that is below the existing acceleration lane and under the adjacent new widening. This material needs to be removed to mitigate future settlements of the new highway widening.

            The speed reader adjustments aren’t necessary with the 24/7 speed reduction currently, however that topic was raised during regular construction meetings so the adjustment is made once they return to ability to go back to 80km/hr after working hours.

            The lane closure is expected to take a couple months to complete the peat removal, and install the new road base and pavement in that work area.

            We hope that this information is helpful.

          • Thanks for the response. The 60 km/h construction speed limit is reasonable when crews are working during the SB lane closure and NB lane crossover but on the weekends when crews aren’t working, 60 km/h feels extremely unreasonable. When the work site is inactive, virtually everyone is exceeding 60 km/h. I understand the current 24/7 lane shift near Leigh Rd warrants a reduced speed but I think a 70 km/h speed limit would be much more reasonable on the days when when the work site is inactive. I hope this could be considered. Thanks again!

          • Also I noticed on the draft electrical drawings for the project, it noted the speed limit for Highway 1 as 90 km/h. The pre-construction speed limit was 80 km/h so I’m curious if the speed limit is planned to be increased from 80 to 90 km/h once the project is complete?

          • Hi Colton. The completed realigned corridor has been designed for and will be signed at 90 km/h.

  27. I see there has been another unanticipated of Highway 4 in the Kennedy Hill project area. Were the problems that have been encountered during this construction project anticipated in the risk assessment? Has the cost or timescale of the project changed as a result?

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    • Hello Nick – thanks for your question about the work being done to improve Highway 4/Kennedy Hill.

      Construction continues on the Highway 4 Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement Project, with the project currently at 60% complete.

      However, due to a variety of factors, the project will not be completed in summer 2020 as originally scheduled.

      Factors affecting the completion date include the fast-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the need for more complex blasts due to variable rock, increased environmental protections and the repairs to Highway 4 resulting from blasting damage at the project site in January.

      We understand the frustration of people who rely on Highway 4 to and from the west coast of the Island, and these extended closures are not ideal. The ministry has taken immediate action to review and investigate recent incidents and address this matter with the contractor.

      Here is a link to the most up to date schedule and more information:
      https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0047-000566

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    • Great question Tim! We’ve sent it to our local area staff who have let us know they will be looking into it. We will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello again Tim!

      Both traffic control devices should be obeyed, with the sign being the primary device (in order of importance) and the lane line as supplementary. Our staff has noted this discrepancy and passed the issue on to our Pavement Marking group for their information. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.

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      • I’m scratching my head here. How can you obey both when one requires the opposite of what the other permits you to do?

        Both are traffic control devices which the Motor Vehicle Act requires you to obey. I have not been able to find anything there that establishes a hierarchy of one device (the sign) over the other (the line). Where would I find this?

        Thanks!

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        • Hi again Tim – great question. We asked our traffic engineers who confirmed that, as per section 161 of the BC MVA, signage always has hierarchy over paint markings. In general they are in harmony, but not always. Essentially lines on our highway establish the type of highway you are driving, and therefore once the type of highway you are on is determined, then the BC MVA rules that are established for that type of highway apply. (Driving on highways, and driving on “laned” highways).

          In general, the BC MVA always talks about position of the vehicle on the road.

          The reason,

          • The Ministry carries out construction and rehabilitation on its highways. During construction, the Ministry does not always want to eradicate the lines to prevent passing, as it is costly to eradicate, and costly to repaint, and eradication “scars” the highway, as such we often use signs to prevent passing in a constriction zone, even when the paint suggests you can pass.
          • Most roads the Ministry of Transportation operate are gravel, as such a BC MVA is of no value as most road have no paint
          • Most roads in Canada can get covered with snow and ice periodically, as such paint is of no value.
          • In heavy traffic, vehicles in front obscure paint markings, as such paint is of no value when cannot be seen

          But we always know signs are generally always visible to the driver.

          https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Documents/drivers3.pdf

          We hope that this is helpful in clarifying!

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          • Thank you. It took a couple of reads, but I now understand exactly what is meant. Going to bed one less dumb again tonight!

          • Lol – it can be a slog to get through – can’t it? Thanks for your message. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. 🙂

  28. Hi there. Today, May 13, there was a serious collision at the intersection of Highway 1 and Fisher Rd. This crash made me question the safety of this intersection. This is one of few signalized intersections on Highway 1 that allows permissive left turns (when oncoming traffic has a green light) from the Highway onto the crossroad. This is obviously a safety concern as left turns crossing fast-moving highway traffic is quite dangerous. And when there is a vehicle in the opposite direction in the left turn lane it can be nearly impossible to have a clear view on oncoming traffic which results in people turning with the risk of being struck by an oncoming vehicle they didn’t see. The easiest solution would be to add a protected-only left-turn traffic signal but it would inevitably increase the delay for through highway traffic. A better solution, in my opinion, would be to reconfigure this intersection to a Right-In/Right-Out only which would eliminate the need for the traffic signal altogether. There is the Cobble Hill Rd intersection and Hutchinson Rd intersection only about 1.5km in either direction of the Fisher Rd intersection where vehicles needing to access Fisher Rd could use one of those intersections to turn left across the highway, then use either Cobble Hill Rd or Telegraph Rd to get to Fisher Rd. I hope the ministry will consider my suggestions and improve safety at the Fisher Rd intersection. Thank you.

    P.S. I also hope the current protected/permissive left-turn could be reviewed at the Kilmalu Rd intersection to determine if it should be changed to a protected-only left-turn, especially in the SB direction, as the intersection is at the top of a hill so sightlines in the SB direction are quite poor. Also, travel speeds in the area are generally 95-100km/h which exacerbates the poor sightlines.

    Stay safe!

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  29. Hello,

    Is there any word on installing a ‘Yield to Cyclists’ sign where the right hand turn lane of Eastbound Highway 10 and Springbrook Road intersection crosses the Glover Road bike path in Langley?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Clarence! Thanks for connecting with us here. We’ve sent your question to our local area staff and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello again Clarence!

      Just a follow up note to let you know that our engineering group is supportive of some type of signage placement at this location. They are currently working out the recommendation and once that is in place, our contractor will install it. As an aside – this isn’t a recognized bike route, but we understand that there are multiple users of the road and we want to ensure everyone’s safety. Thanks again for following up on this. Safe travels!

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      • Actually it is a signed bike route (Glover Road for Langley Township that is), so bike traffic has to pass this right turn off of Highway 10 to go through, and that is where the conflict is with fast-turning Highway 10 traffic. Thanks for the update!

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  30. I have a concern regarding road design on HWY 15 through Cloverdale.

    Unlike HWY 1A, the street width doesn’t promote a reduction of speed even though posted limits from the overpass to the edge of the village are 60 to 80KPH.

    There’s no enforcement effort being deployed by the RCMP to regulate the speed, either.

    If I could make a suggestion which would equally improve cyclist safety without requiring a complete redesign of the roadway: bollards on the bike lane.

    https://www.pexco.com/assets/images/content/bikes_lanes_slider.jpg

    Any “perceived” reduction of width usually promotes equal reductions of speed. Fraser Hwy. is of course an imperfect example, but observed speeds are considerably lower there. Additionally, grooving with painted speed reminders might help. There’s no real sense of transition aside from the traffic lights at the present time, so few observe the posted limits.

    I also would advocate for the addition of a speed function to the existing traffic camera by 64th.

    Finally, a manhole on the northbound curve of the Cloverdale bypass section is regularly hit by truck axles and causing significant seismic transfer. If the dip were to be “softened” so as not to reduce its efficiency but rather to cushion the blows, that would be ideal, as the potential structural damage from the repeat vibrations (amplified by the height) to neighbouring buildings might be cause for concern over time (furniture shaken regularly). I’ve contacted somebody about this but I haven’t had a Mainroad/Prov. follow-up yet.

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    • Quick question, is Fraser Highway still Highway 1A? There’s still some signage left in places so I’m not sure. Either way, any mentions of 1A refers to Fraser Highway.

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      • Hi Alexandre,

        Many roads in the southwestern part of British Columbia and Vancouver Island that were designated as Highway 1A. These roads were sections of the original 1941 route of Highway 1 before its various re-alignments, and are used today as service routes and frontage roads. The “B.C. Highway 1A” designations were removed from these sections by the province between 2005 and 2010, although signage remains along some of the route and the designation on some maps.

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    • Thanks for your message Alex. We’ve sent it to our staff in the area and will let you know what we hear back.

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  31. We came across a washout on Brigade Creek FSR, 500m from the intersection with Deadman Vidette. The road is impassable.

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  32. Hello

    I have a concern. Two or three months ago, a train of GradeAll machines equipped with very large brush cutters on the ends of their booms, worked for several days along Youbou Rd., Highway 18, Lake Cowichan Rd. and other rural roads in the Cowichan Valley. They smashed down Scotch broom, maple branches and saplings, alder branches and small trees, and worst of all fir boughs and even Christmas tree sized plants. They did this from ground level to about 10 or 12 feet high. No effort was made to remove the severed, smashed and pulverized plant material that resulted. In some cases, dead, red fir boughs that did not quite get severed, still hang in the foliage above. Now, along the sides of these roads, there are carpets of dry fuel just waiting for the first cigarette to be tossed. And, you do know that cigarettes will be tossed, no doubt about it. Who would have thought that the BC Highways department would contribute to fire risk, and endanger my rural community, like this?

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    • Hello again Alastair,
      Here’s what we heard back. Brushing was conducted to improve sight lines along this corridor. With a large population of elk in the area, the brush and vegetation was removed to increase visibility for drivers and enhance public safety. The maintenance contractor will often leave mowing, brushing and tree clearing debris close to the area it was removed. Crews will be using a mobile chipper in some areas to assist with the decomposing of this material. This approach helps to prevent the spread of invasive species. The wildfire risk is not significantly greater than existing dry vegetation or of conditions prior to being cut; however, there are certain times of year where this practice is altered due to increased wildfire concerns although we are not currently under those conditions. We hope that this information is helpful. Safe travels!

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  33. I have a concern about a road near where I live. It crosses private railway property and it’s incredibly steep, with a blind rise on an unpaved single lane. The city, and tourism office, list it on maps as a paved road and people are following their GPSs down it. Now road construction is detouring even more traffic and there is going to be an accident. Can I talk to someone about this? I’m getting nowhere locally.

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  34. I need some camera footage from Alex Fraser Bridge from a few days ago, who would I need to contact to obtain this?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Alex,

      Our webcam team may be able to help you. Please submit the time and cam you are interested in to TRANBMClientRelations@gov.bc.ca

      As an FYI – our cams take still images, not video and the resolution on these images is very low, making it hard to identify vehicles, etc.

      Thanks!

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  35. I travel from Vancouver to nanaimo at least once a week and the waiting times due to unmet demand by BCFerries and becoming more than intollerable. Last Thursday I waited six hours to to get on a ferry to Duke Point and last night the Duke Point to Tsawwassen was forty0five minutes late because of “high traffic volume” (sic) and even so many vehicles and their occupants were left stranded overnight.

    It’s amazing that this Minister of Transportation should be an MLA for a Vancouver Island riding!

    Going to Victoria? No problem. Going to the rest of Vancouver Island? Third class citizens shall wait in line. The irony for me is that I have always voted NDP. And yet I can still remember when then premier W.A.C. Bennett used to proclaim BCFerries as a continuation of the provincial highway system and a people’s right…. I for one cannot wait for the next provincial election.

    Reply
    • Hello Salvatore,

      Thanks for your message – we’re sorry to hear your frustration. Unfortunately, during this pandemic, ferry travellers are required to maintain safe social distancing and BC Ferries are required to monitor and maintain that distance. That requirement might add extra delays and disruptions to regular service schedules. We are not directly responsible for the day to day operations of BC Ferries however, and encourage you to share your comments directly with them as well. Here is a link to their contact info: https://www.bcferries.com/contact_us/ We hope that this helps clarify.

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  36. Can anyone confirm that bicycles not allowed #1 from Lions Bay to Hope. Yet I see cycling road side signs on roadway? Example is Hope to highway 9 turn off to Agassiz. Westbound. Or who to contact. I an planning a bike trip.

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  37. Hi there. I just have a concern with a speed limit that does not seem appropriately set. On the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy #17) between Wain Rd and Beacon Ave, the speed limit is currently 80 km/h. However, it is mostly straight and travel speeds are typically 95 km/h or more. Yet, the section of the Pat Bay Highway near Mt Newton Cross Rd is posted at 90 km/h and has similar geometric features to the section between Wain Rd and Beacon Ave. I hope that the 80 km/h zone on the Pat Bay Highway between Wain Rd and Beacon Ave can be reviewed in the near future to determine if an increase to 90 km/h is warranted. Thank you.

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  38. Hello.
    I Would like to you What is the year Hirsch Creek Bridge built and where it is located in, also what is overhead clearance restriction metres?

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Harry.
      Hirsch Creek Bridge is on Highway 37S just before Kitimat in the Skeena District. It was built in 1957 and has an overhead restriction of 5.85 metres. Note: there are other structures on that route that have lower height restrictions.

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      • Thank you for your reply.

        In Hirsch Creek Bridge why are no 5.85 Metres yellow sign installed because truckers don’t know the clearance overhead restriction is for this truss bridge?

        Hirsch Creek Bridge will need partial recoating and structural steel repairs that will make the bridge safer?

        some another bridge like Kitimat River Red Truss Bridge and Willams Creek Bridge has different clearance overhead restrictions so what is are correct metres?

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        • Thanks for your comment Harry – we have sent your question to our bridge engineering group and will let you know what we hear back.

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        • Hello again Harry!

          Just a follow up to let you know that we have forwarded your concerns related to the clearance signs to the local District for review, but rest assured it is not the only way truckers would be aware of a clearance limitation. In BC, permits are required to exceed legal height (4.15 m). At heights beyond 4.3 m the Provincial Permit Centre would only be able to issue single trip permits, which would require a review of the Height Clearance Tool to check for known dimensional restrictions along the route. Additionally, in order to obtain a permit for over 4.88 m overall height, a carrier would need to complete an extraordinary load approval request, which involves several layers of approvals (district staff, utilities, etc).

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  39. Hi,
    My name is Himani Gambhir. I am conducting a project that needs information about the impact of building the Coquihalla Highway on the earlier Highway 1. The impact can be in terms to reduced traffic volume to highway 1 or anything else. It would be great if anyone can share some information about this or guide me to resources where I can look this up.

    Thanks in advance!

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  40. Hello,

    My name is Karan, I’m an Engagement Analyst for a Management Consultancy firm based in Vancouver. We are doing a Feasibility Study on a rest area between Yale and Lytton on the Highway-1 in the Fraser Canyon. Is there a data or survey through which we can find, out of the total commercial vehicles passing through Highway-1 in the Fraser Canyon, how many are registered in BC and how many would be Federal vehicles?
    Thanks

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  41. Hello,

    My name is Vasilii, I am a student at Camosun college, Civil Engineering program.

    I would like to gather information about salt composition that is used in Canada, particularly in different provinces. The idea behind is last year as a bridge inspector at GHD in Ontario ,I observed the damage on structures that brought by salt and other chemicals used for de-icing. Such damage included corrosion, efflorescence, delaminations and spalls we noted on the structures in Ontario.

    I want to collect information what is used in all provinces (and Ontario officials already provided me with it) to make a lab for students. My professor at college will observe the results and eventually if she or students come up with the safer composition we can save enormous amount of money since this is ubiquitous and urgent problem in Canada.

    I would appreciate you cooperation regarding this matter.

    Thank you for your time and consideration!

    Vasilii

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  42. Hi TranBC,

    I’m in the process of developing a new road-safety initiative. I’d like to run a small pilot project in North Saanich on Highway 17. Who should I speak with to proceed?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Good morning Kurt – our staff at our Saanich office on Chatterton Way would be happy to chat with you. Here’s their contact info:

      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
      250-952-4515

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  43. Hi there. A few weeks ago on this blog, I asked when the Ministry of Transportation expects the South Island Transportation Strategy to be completed. However today I went to check to see if I received a response but it appears all of the comments from the last month are no longer visible. So I am wondering if a response has been provided to my question.

    Also, another question I wanted to ask is if the ministry has a completion date for the dual right-turn lanes/extended northbound acceleration lane part of the McKenzie Interchange project? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Good afternoon Colton – thanks for following up with us – our apologies for the delay. At this time we are still aiming for a spring 2020 announcement, but given the current COVID pandemic, it may be pushed back. Thanks also for your note about the visibility of comments on this blog post. We are aware of this issue and working with our IT folks to address it. We also wanted to let you know, in regards to an earlier question you had about signage on the Malahat, that our traffic engineers have completed the field visit and based on their findings our conclusion is that the sign is not needed. It will be removed as soon as the maintenance contractor is able to, barring any last minute issues. We will post this in response to your question there as well. Take care and thanks for your continued interest in our work. 🙂

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      • Great, nice to hear that action is being taken regarding that curve sign on the Malahat. You mentioning the signage actually reminded me of a location where there appears to be missing signage. On Highway 1 near Cedar, there is a reduced 80 km/h zone in the vicinity of the Nanaimo Airport area. However, there is no advance speed limit warning signage indicating that the speed limit goes down to 80 km/h in both the Northbound and Southbound direction. Also, many of the reduced speed zones on Highway 1 including the few 80 km/h zones as well as the 50 km/h zone through Duncan tend to have poor compliance, especially near the speed transition areas. Due to this, I wonder if the ministry would consider using the W-028 speed limit reduction warning signs as opposed to the typical R-004 signs where the speed limit drops 20 km/h or more. For example, the reduction from 80 km/h to 50 km/h near Duncan and the reduction from 90 km/h to 70 km/h near Ladysmith. Thank you for getting back to me and stay safe!

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  44. I’m impressed at the quick response to the many varied questions that have been posted. Since I am extremely overwhelmed at where to go or who to ask, especially at this Covid-19 time, I am reaching out to you:) We are a small landscaping company (3 trucks and 3 trailers) We received a NSC safety certificate back in 2014 when we were self-employed. Since then we incorporated and a year later sold our business to our two sons. Now I’ve come across this certificate and realized we have majorly dropped the ball here. The trucks are still in the original owner’s name even though through the accounting process they have all been sold to the corporation. We’re family and the business is still on family soil. What to do what to do?

    Reply
    • Hi there Laura,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We recommend that you reach out to the good folks in the CVSE (NSC area) to confirm what steps need to be taken. Here is their contact info:

      Contact the NSC office directly at NSC@gov.bc.ca or 250-952-0576 for application instructions

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  45. I am trying to find a link to some old footage (60s/70s) filmed from inside a police (RCMP?) that documented a trip maybe starting in Squamish or West Van and heading to New Westminster? I thought the link was from this website, does anyone recall?

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