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  1. Janet on February 21, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I’d like to know why the drive bc app does not include all of the cameras included on the website? This is important info.

    • tranbceditor on February 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Janet,

      We’re not sure why you can’t see all cams. There is no DriveBC app, however there is an app called BCHighways which uses some of our open data, perhaps this is what you are using? We encourage folks to use the “add to homescreen” feature on their iphones to use the DriveBC website like an app. The DriveBC logo will then be on your phone home screen and when you tap on it, you will go to the DriveBC homepage. Hope that this helps!

  2. Nick Thomas on February 20, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Can the Ministry please provide a public statement explaining why so many major projects in the Kamloops to Alberta Border Program have been delayed in the Ministry’s latest service plan? Perhaps you could also explain why these delays don’t show up in your assessment of performance on Objective 1.1 “Use Provincial investment dollars effectively to complete priority projects on budget and ON TIME”?

    • tranbceditor on February 20, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Hello Nick,

      Here’s a recent news releases outlining recent announcements about the four laning program from Kamloops to Alberta:
      https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/community-benefits-agreement

      • Nick Thomas on February 20, 2019 at 12:43 pm

        So is that an admission that because of the community benefits agreement the first phase of Chase West has been delayed by at least 18 months and the first phase of Salmon Arm West by at least 15 months. It has also significantly delayed the Illecillewaet project and looks like delaying Kicking Horse Canyon phase 4 by at least a year.

        And what is your answer about how missing your target dates for tendering Chase West phase 1 and Salmon Arm West phase 1 last spring doesn’t affect your score on the ON TIME performance target? Looks like you have moved the goalposts and then claiming that you didn’t actually try and shoot for goal anyway so it doesn’t count as a miss.

        • tranbceditor on February 20, 2019 at 4:24 pm

          Hello Nick,

          Here’s another news release related to the four-laning of the Trans Canada Highway program: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019TRAN0010-000202

          We appreciate your patience and understanding if there have been date changes on the anticipated target dates. We continuously work our very hardest to deliver on all transportation projects for the safety of the travelling public in BC.

  3. Mike K on February 19, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Re: previous submission… (please feel free to combine the posts)
    A better view of Highway 1 and Whittaker and the hazard posed by the merge lane there.
    https://goo.gl/maps/uvbtm9vvn5p

  4. Mike K on February 19, 2019 at 9:16 am

    There’s a dangerous intersection on the Malahat (Vancouver Island) at Highway 1 and Whittaker Road.
    https://goo.gl/maps/iTC9BRE3QBT2

    When making a right-hand turn off Whittaker to go south onto the highway there is a yield sign that leads to a lane with merge arrows painted on the pavement.

    The painted merge arrows give the impression that the driver turning right has a dedicated merge lane to join the highway. At night (and sometimes even in the day) it is not obvious that there are 2 oncoming thru-lanes of traffic, and due to the curve in the highway it can be difficult to tell which lane is being used by an approaching car.

    I’m very concerned that some night a driver is going to make the fatal error of rolling forward (to ‘merge’) directly in front of oncoming highway traffic because either they believe they are entering a dedicated merge lane or because they think the oncoming car is in the far lane.

    This combination of an intersection merge and a narrowing highway (from 2 lanes to 1 lane) seems like a high-speed disaster waiting to happen. Either there needs to be a proper merge lane or the signage and painted arrows need to change (eg. to move the highway merge section) to make this safe.

    • tranbceditor on February 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Good question!

      The yield sign by definition is:

      A yield sign means that you must let the traffic on the through road have the right of way. You may enter the intersection without stopping if there are no pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles on the through road. If the lane was a full merge lane there would be no yield sign.

      Here’s a link to more info from ICBC:

      https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Documents/drivers4.pdf

      We hope that this helps!

  5. singh on February 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    i would like to report that the we need better signage when travelling west bound on hwy 17 (south fraser perimter road) as we approach the hwy 91 connector. this is a major intersection where many decisions need to be made (in regards to going left to potentially go to the usa or use the alex fraser bridge which requires you to be in the far left lane or going straight towards south delta and the ferries/ airport/ tunnel etc).
    I have observed semi trucks having a difficult time trying to change lanes at the last second causing near miss accidents. the signs should be clear and visible from a distance and repeated as we approach that intersection to give the truckers and everyone else plenty of time to be in the appropriate lane.
    secondly i would like to point out that if i am in the left lane and there is traffic backed up ahead i will not realize that the traffic is at a complete standstill (due to the light being red) until it is necessary to slam on the brakes due to the fact that there is a bend in the curve as we approach those lights at hwy 19 coming west bound on hwy 17.
    i have seen other areas that forewarn you when there is a potential traffic back up ahead using orange flasher lights. that may be a good idea in this case as well.
    im a daily user of hwy 17 and i feel that feedback from daily users is important in order to have safe and efficient traffic flow.
    ive seen too many near misses and truck roll over accidents at hwy 17 at hwy 91 connector that something needs to be done before we have another fatality.

    • tranbceditor on February 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Hello and thank you for your message. We have shared your message forward for review. Stay tuned.

  6. Laura on February 14, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Hi, any chance the Vancouver Island Drive BC cameras at Hwy 1 and McKenzie/Admirals Road can be adjusted? Whenever it rains or snows these cameras only show a build up of condensation and are useless. Thanks!

    • tranbceditor on February 15, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your comment. We are aware of the condensation issue on these cams and have issued a service request to have them fixed. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

  7. Anonymous on February 11, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I did my usual early morning commute this morning from the Cowichan Valley to CFB Comox. While the local roads were in good shape, the entire stretch of highway from Duncan to Courtenay was deplorable. packed snow and ice the entire way.

    Can there not be better quality control on these highway maintainence contractors? This simply wasn’t acceptable, and a huge risk to public safety.

    • tranbceditor on February 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Hello Gord and thanks for your comment. We will share your message with our local area staff but encourage you to send your concerns directly to our maintenance contractor in the area directly. Our contractors are keen to provide excellent service. They are also required to log incoming concerns for ministry auditing purposes and when you connect directly with them it enables them to deal with the issue right away. Here is the contact information for Mainroad, our island contractor: https://mainroad.ca/contact-us/24-hour-hotline

  8. Vic Jensen on February 7, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Hi Folks
    The slide on Hwy 97 might have a silver lining if the material could be used to build a bike-walk lane between Trout Creek and Penticton to help us go green and reduce highway volume!!

    • tranbceditor on February 14, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Thanks for this feedback Vic – we have passed it along on your behalf. 🙂

  9. Nick Thomas on February 6, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Does the Ministry of Transportation have any policies about the use of major high speed highways for local traffic?

    Revelstoke City Council are considering a proposed development of the Johnson Heights neighbourhood. The access to Johnson Heights from Revelstoke is via the 100 km/h Trans-Canada Highway. This is a problem and a safety hazard – especially during peak summer traffic when there are rarely gaps to allow left turns. It is also an issue during highway closures when the local traffic has to negotiate the block – sometimes that gets really jammed up when the highway is about to reopen.

    It seems like it wouldn’t be difficult to construct a less than 300m extension of
    Oak Drive to Townley St so that local traffic didn’t have to use the highway. Or do we have to wait until the second half of this century for the accelerated Kamloops to Alberta Program to get round to fixing this?

    • tranbceditor on February 6, 2019 at 9:49 am

      Hi Nick,

      This sounds something our development approvals team would be reviewing. If you would like to direct your concerns to them, here is their contact info:

      710 – 555 Victoria Road – Upper Mall
      Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
      Telephone: 250 837-8400
      Fax: 250 837-9407

  10. scott humby on February 3, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    who do I need to speak with to have a sign amended right near my house?
    this corner needs to indicate to the drivers of highway 99 ( Pemberton ) that there are hidden driveways and that the speed limit of 60kms is for the safety of those on the highway.
    This problem is worse in the summer as speeds tend to be much higher

    • tranbceditor on February 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Hi Scott,

      Please contact our Lower Mainland District office in Coquitlam, BC at (604) 527-2221 and explain your request to them. They will likely redirect you to a local area manager who will come and review the site and talk to you about your concerns.

  11. Ken Berg on January 28, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, How does our community of Brookmere B.C. ( just outside of Merritt) go about getting a guard rail or no posts put on a dangerous corner on the Coldwater Road into the community. many people have gone over the edge and the last time, just a week ago people ended up in the river below and had injuries landing them in the hospital.
    We would appreciate any assistance.

    • tranbceditor on January 29, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      Hello Ken,

      Do you know if the Brookmere (Coldwater Road) is within the Municipality or under the jurisdiction of Merritt? If it is, you will need to connect with Merritt about this. You can also connect with our staff in the Thompson Nicola district office to confirm this. Here’s their contact information:
      #127-447 Columbia St.
      Kamloops, V2C 2T3
      250-828-4002

      or the Merrritt area office:

      2196 Quilchena Ave
      Merritt, V1K 1B8
      250-378-1452

  12. Ken on January 28, 2019 at 6:57 am

    All the highway work on highway 13 at the Aldergrove border, great work however there’s a big issue. The new road, 3B Avenue when heading westbound to the 264 St continuation there is a large shall we say business right at the west end with a blindly bright light facing eastbound, It does actually blind drivers heading west. Is there any way the ministry can have this business aim the light in such a way as to not impact the public road user?

    • tranbceditor on January 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for reporting your concern about the bright light at this location. I have relayed to our local staff for review.

    • tranbceditor on February 22, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Hi Ken. We brought your concern to the Township of Langley, who was to approach the manager to adjust the lights away from the roads. This should be done by now. Thanks for reporting to us, and please let us know if you have further concerns regarding this location.

  13. anna crick on January 25, 2019 at 3:56 am

    prince George needs better roads and highways

    • tranbceditor on January 25, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Thanks for your feedback Anna – is there anywhere in particular you are concerned about?

  14. Kathy J Dallman on January 23, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Hi
    I’m not sure this is correct platform to leave this request so please direct me to the correct resource if this is not the place. I am concerned with the lack of advanced green left turning lights on major insections. Left hand turns are the one of the most dangerous intersection actions yet there is a clear failure to allow travelers to safely turn left. Highway 17 – Patricia Bay highway on Vancouver island contains 6 lanes of traffic and many intersections in which traffic is turning left onto the highway do not have advanced left turning lights. I would like an explanation as to why this is the case? For example Patricia Bay highway and Tolmie street and Patricia Bay highway and Cloverdale Avenue are not supported with advanced left turning lights traveling from Tolmie street or Cloverdale Ave onto the highway. Both intersections have an incredible amount of pedestrian traffic due to Mayfair Mall and surrounding shopping Plazas. When Pedestrian traffic crosses the intersections they are walking across 6 lines of highway traffic … why is there no advanced left turning light to allow pedestrians to cross safely? Instead there is currently no advanced left turning light for drivers and drivers are forced to wait multiple lights to access to highway or cut off pedestrians or take risky and unsafe left turns. A simple turning light can save lives.

    • tranbceditor on January 23, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      Hello Kathy,

      We shared your question with our district engineers who informed us that the ministry is not currently considering left turn signals from side streets onto Highway 17 in the Victoria area.
      Left turn warrants are run at a signal to determine whether the “protected left” is provided to traffic. Pedestrian volumes are not a consideration in this warrant. The important considerations in the left turn warrant are:

      • Accident statistics that specifically involve left turn vs oncoming through traffic
      • Gaps available in opposing through traffic
      • Ability of the left turn bay to clear the queue through the available gaps

      If we observe an actual safety concern backed by crash statistics through ICBC we will consider a protected left turn for those legs. We are not at present aware that there is a specific safety concern at this intersection.

      Some other considerations are as follows:
      • Dedicated left turn phases introduce quite a bit of cycle length to a signal cycle. We try to prioritize mobility on the highway through traffic, and introducing those left turn bays mean increased delay to the highway
      • In most of these cases, the left turn on opposing legs do not have enough geometric room to accommodate both left turns at the same time. This means that we have to split phase an intersection, which doubles the amount of time that the side street is serviced, and doubles the delay to mobility on the highway.

      We hope that this helps clarify the situation a bit more for you. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

      • Kathy J Dallman on January 23, 2019 at 8:23 pm

        Thank you for your reply. Over a 4 year period ICBC statistics reports 109 motor vehicle accidents at Tolmie street and the Patricia Bay highway, including accidents involving casualties. https://public.tableau.com/profile/icbc#!/vizhome/VancouverIslandCrashes/VIDashboard

        Based on a simple risk assessment, I do not understand the rationale that minor delays to the Patricia Bay highway traffic flow due to a protected left turn poses in comparison to leaving the intersection unprotected given that there have been a significant amount motor vehicle accidents with casualties?

        The Patricia Bay highway carries a large volume of traffic to and from the downtown core of Victoria and there needs to be more efforts into the safety and accessibility of the highway. While I appreciate the efforts to keep traffic flowing however there also needs to be a risk assessment and consideration to eliminate accidents.

        • tranbceditor on January 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

          Thanks for this message Kathy. We do appreciate your concern and we always keep the safety of the travelling public on BC highways as our top priority.There are other factors which determine how we prioritize our work, such as other, higher risk intersections across the province, consideration of overall traffic flow and volume numbers as well our current fiscal climate. Our regional traffic engineer decides if a signal needs upgrading for arrows, or anything else, and if the signal requires upgrades, then that signal enters a signal upgrade program, and onto a signal priority list, and based on available money and where the signal sits in a priority list it will dealt with accordingly.

        • tranbceditor on January 24, 2019 at 5:02 pm

          Hi again Kathy – just a follow up to our conversation. One of our traffic engineers has offered to go out and run the protected/permissive left turn warrants for this this intersection. We will keep you posted what we hear back.

  15. Nick Thomas on January 22, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Did discussions at the recent Canadian Transport Ministers meeting cover safety upgrades to highways – in particular the main highway across the country, the Trans-Canada?

    I am also interested in the discussion at the meeting about safety in the Trucking Industry. I understand it was agreed to introduce mandatory training by 2020. Would this training include training for driving in winter mountain conditions, in particular how and when to fit chains?

    • tranbceditor on January 22, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your comment. We encourage you to direct these particular points to the Minister’s office, as they will be able to best answer them for you.

      • Nick Thomas on January 23, 2019 at 4:45 pm

        I have done that and do NOT expect a reply and certainly not an informative one. So I have also field a freedom of information request – but I expect that as I am not an expert in the intricacies of government documentation that will be interpreted in a way that doesn’t answer anything either.

  16. Clarence on January 10, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Hello,

    The crosswalk paint on Highway 10/232nd Street south of the Highway 1 interchange at the 72nd Avenue intersection has completely worn away. I’d like to ask that it be repainted as soon as possible.

    Thank-you,

    Clarence

    • tranbceditor on January 15, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Clarence – thanks for your message. We have sent your request forward to our staff in the area for review.

    • tranbceditor on January 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Hi Clarence,
      The local area manager wanted to thank you again for bringing this to our attention. As soon as there is a break in the weather, this crosswalk will be repainted and all pedestrian signage in the area will be washed as well.

      • Clarence on February 1, 2019 at 6:07 pm

        Thank-you, I see the crosswalk has been repaired.

        • tranbceditor on February 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

          Glad to hear this Clarence. Thanks again.

  17. Thane on January 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Is there any word on a Bus Service to replace the Prince George to Kamloops routes abandoned by Greyhound?

    • tranbceditor on January 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Thane,

      We’ve sent your question forward – stay tuned for more info.

  18. Maureen Hamblin on January 4, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I am writing to talk about Highway 101 on the Sunshine Coast. I know Capilano Highways looks after the maintenance of this highway but I also assume you have some oversight of them. We desperately need lines repainted – both centre lines and the side white lines. Even though we are on the “Sunshine” Coast we still get a fair bit of rain – especially this past week. It’s become very dangerous to drive this highway at night. I know it would be impossibly expensive to put street lights the whole way but repainting the lines regularly would be a tremendous help. A few reflectors couldn’t hurt either! Thanks for your attention.

    • tranbceditor on January 7, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Hi there Maureen,

      We have sent your concern forward to the local area manager for review. Thanks for taking the time to connect with us here – we will let you know what we hear back.

  19. Nick Thomas on January 2, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    So does the appointment of directors to BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc mean that the roadblock on major upgrade projects to the Trans-Canada Highway has been removed? Or is there still going to be a delay while the directors appoint their assistants and sort out their working relationships, office arrangements etc. before they can even start to work on moving projects forward?

    • tranbceditor on January 3, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Nick,

      Here is further information about the mandate and expected work of BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/government/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/2019_2020_bcib_mandate_letter.pdf

      The first projects to be delivered under the new community benefits framework are the new Pattullo Bridge, and the four-laning projects on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta.

      • Nick Thomas on January 4, 2019 at 5:26 pm

        I know what BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc is claimed to be doing. What I want to know is WHEN it will START that work. Because in the meantime its ONLY function is to DELAY much needed upgrades to the Trans-Canada.

        • tranbceditor on January 7, 2019 at 3:17 pm

          We appreciate your frustration and concern Nick. We are working to get the work started as soon as we can.

  20. Lindsey on January 2, 2019 at 7:09 am

    On Hwy 3 Westbound just leaving Princeton is a passing lane sign. It is situated at the turn off to Westridge, a subdivision. Is there any way to have this sign moved up the hill a bit? Someone is going to get rear ended at highway speed as they are trying to turn off the highway.

    • tranbceditor on January 2, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for sharing this concern with us, Lindsey, about signage westbound on Hwy 3 after Princeton. I have forwarded your comments to our people responsible for that part of the highway, for them to look into the situation.

  21. keith suhan on December 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    There is two new electric digital billboards north of Ladysmith at a new development called oyster sto’lo. Right on the Number 1. Both signs are offensively bright, at night in the rain. They are brighter then oncoming headlights.

    And in the world of distracted driving and the numerous accidents that have already occurred at this intersection. One of these signs is positioned so that it is broadcasting right into the intersection. Now im confused am i suppose to be looking for pedestrians or reading how much ham is on sale this week?

    And seeing as these are digital advertisements its not just a static picture, no now you can watch a add while waiting for your green light. but dont you dare adjust google maps.

    • tranbceditor on December 31, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for letting us know that you are finding these illuminated digital billboards to be overly bright and distracting.

      I’ve asked our person responsible for that area to look into the situation.

    • tranbceditor on December 31, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for sharing your concern about the electric billboards at Oyster Sto’lo and Hwy 1.

      Although it is ministry policy to not allow billboards along the highway or in highway right of way, we are unable to prevent or remove billboards located on First Nations land. Our area manager says that while there have been accidents at this intersection, they are unrelated to the billboards.

      Drivers are guided in the intersection, with overhead lighting and traffic signals that we have installed and maintain. All pedestrian crossings are also tied to signals. The area is repainted yearly and thermoplastic road markings are updated every two years.

  22. Harry Payne on December 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Hello, MOT

    Suggestions for Eastbound Coquitlam River Bridge on Lougheed Highway 7

    you should modify the bracing for addition overhead clearance that fit for semi-truck trailer
    this bridge will need structural steel repair just in case.

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on December 31, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Hi Harry,

      Thanks for your suggested modification for the Eastbound Coquitlam River Bridge on Lougheed Highway 7.

      I will forward you comments to our people responsible for managing the bridge.

      • tranbceditor on January 2, 2019 at 11:20 am

        Harry, this bridge is outside of our ministry’s jurisdiction.

        This section of the Lougheed Highway is owned and managed by the City of Port Coquitlam, You can contact them to discuss further by phoning 604.927.5496 or 604.927.5488.

  23. Nina on December 27, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I would like to report a hazordous LED billboard on Hwy1 westbound just before the Watcom exit. The brightness is set really high and the RBC ad in particular is blinding as you are driving down the highway.ù

    • tranbceditor on December 27, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks for letting us know about the overly bright billboard. I’m forwarding your concerns to our folks who manage that area, for their attention.

    • tranbceditor on December 28, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks again for alerting us to this overly bright billboard. Pattison Signs have dispatched a technician who will adjust the sign’s brightness later today.

  24. Caroline on December 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    The ‘electrical maintenance’ taking place on hwy 1 east of Revelstoke in Glacier National Park should be listed as a MAJOR EVENT on Drive BC, not routine. Traffic is stopped for well over half an hour each way… we’re getting close to a full hour stopped. Major delays!!!!! All because they appear to be using a single bucket truck to change lightbulbs one at a time in the tunnels. Very poorly managed, huge traffic lineups. We’re travelling with a 1 yr old and if it was listed as a major event we would have stayed in a Revelstoke for the night.

    • tranbceditor on December 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Caroline,
      Thank you for the feedback. We’ve shared your comment with the local district who entered the information and the Transportation Management Centre. As this is a closure longer than 30min, it should be considered as a major event.

  25. Lynn on December 19, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Does anyone see the abandoned vehicle covered in snow on the Dufferin Lake webcam?
    I hope this person is o.k. and made it safe back to civilization.

    • tranbceditor on December 19, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Hi Lynn,
      Thanks for the head’s up. We’re contacting the local district.

  26. Nick Thomas on December 19, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Why do you often disable images from highway cameras when they show stationary traffic blocked by an incident? I can understand blocking the image if it showed the actual incident, but not if all it shows is traffic stuck in a line. Isn’t that useful information for the public?

    • tranbceditor on December 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Nick
      This is definitely on a case by case basis but we sometimes turn it off the public view of a camera if it shows the incident itself or if the operators at our Transportation Management Centre are using the camera, moving it around to monitor the traffic impact.

  27. Nick Thomas on December 13, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Fairly soon (well at least long before the Trans-Canada is upgraded) the transport industry will be using autonomous trucks. At first they will probably only be capable of driving autonomously on freeways and certainly not on narrow, winding two lane highways with road markings erased after a winter of plowing. Does the government have any plans to mitigate the competitive advantage this will give to businesses that use the US interstate highways instead of BC’s contribution to the Canadian highway ‘system’?

    • tranbceditor on December 13, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Hello again Nick and thanks for your comment. We aren’t sure if you were aware, but it may interest you to know that the US interstate system is federally funded and/or funded by extensive tolling to support the movement of people, goods, military and services. In contrast, the BC highway system is provincially funded, save for a few large scale projects which receive partial federal funding (such as the four laning work from Kamloops to AB border). Despite provincial budgetary fiscal limitations, our traffic engineers and field staff are constantly reviewing the conditions of our roads, looking for ways to improve the safety, efficiency and flow of traffic, which means they are keenly interested in the development of autonomous vehicles and what that might mean for the future of BC Highways. We try to implement safety improvements on our highways wherever we can, with the safety of the travelling public driving public always in our minds.

  28. Raja Olekh on December 11, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    At 4:30 pm the hill going down the coquihalla was a complete mess. I have drive a super b trailer that is 1400000 pounds. 2 trucks in front of me were jackknifed and nobody was attending to them. It is too unsafe for everyone to be on this highway when it is this dangerous. If the road conditions aren’t safe then the highways should be shutdown until they are safe to use again.

    • tranbceditor on December 12, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for your comment Raja. The safety of the travelling public is our first priority. We say it often, and it’s true. If our staff feel that the conditions on BC highways are unsafe for travel, they will close the road. That being said, our maintenance contractors work around the clock to keep the roads clear but even then we need drivers to be prepared for winter weather on high mountain passes. We have recently implemented a no trucks in the left lane policy and stricter chain up regulations for commercial vehicles for just this reason.

      https://www.tranbc.ca/2018/11/28/what-you-need-to-know-about-stricter-chain-up-rules/

      https://www.tranbc.ca/2018/11/13/why-were-keeping-commercial-trucks-out-of-the-left-lane-on-the-coquihalla/

      • Nick Thomas on December 13, 2018 at 7:25 am

        Can you please list all the occasions in the past 12 months when highways have been closed because of unsafe road conditions (apart from avalanche closures) BEFORE the highway was blocked by spun out or wrecked vehicles?

        • tranbceditor on December 13, 2018 at 11:04 am

          Hi Nick,

          We are looking into this for you.

          • tranbceditor on December 13, 2018 at 3:34 pm

            Hi Nick,

            Here’s the information we pulled from DriveBC.ca – but it does come with a disclaimer – some events are repeated due to the user creating multiple events for the same incident.

            Dec 17, 2017-Dec 13th, 2018 – Reason for Road Closure (Only weather related minus avalanches)

            Bridge Wash Out 1
            Flooded 1
            Forest Fire 11
            Heavy Snowfall 1
            Mud Slide 7
            Rock Slide 3
            Wash Out 6
            Winter Driving Conditions 1
            Grand Total 31

            We also pulled a total closures on all highways for context. See list below.
            Dec 17th, 2017 – Dec 13th, 2018 – Total Amount of Highway closures by District (All Causes)

            Bulkley Stikine District 9
            Cariboo District 28
            Fort George District 8
            Lower Mainland District 72
            Okanagan-Shuswap District 62
            Peace District 15
            Rocky Mountain District 156
            Skeena District 9
            Thompson-Nicola District 54
            Vancouver Island District 77
            West Kootenay District 96
            Grand Total 586

            Hope that this helps

          • Nick Thomas on December 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm

            I am surprised that there were as many as two closures for winter driving conditions. I had expected it to be zero.

  29. Jim Schroeder on December 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Heart Cycle (heartcycle.org) is considering a bicycle tour through British Columbia on provincial highways parts of AB-3 (when there is not a paved alternative) and BC-93. I was told by Alberta that British Columbia would require a special event application. Could you send information to me. Thank you.

  30. Lev Titievsky on December 5, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Hi,
    I’m writing here about my concerns about traffic safety and public safety in Vancouver. When you drive on the rainy nights on the one of the major streets in Vancouver and you cannot see the lanes, where the intersection starts and ends. it is very bad at night, it is very bad in the summer and it’s even worse when it rains. This is not safe.
    The road conditions in general are bad there so many puddles, bumps and so many dishes and so many cracks in asphalt. This is Canada this is 21st century and the roads are so bad.
    I attached a few photos of how the world look like at night from other countries and from major streets in Vancouver you can compare. The investment in modern marking and paving and lining make a difference and save lives.

    • tranbceditor on December 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Lev,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, road lines and conditions in Vancouver fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Vancouver, not the province (unless your concern is a numbered provincial highway or designated arterial route). Here is the contact for the City of Vancouver: https://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation.aspx

  31. David Cyril Marlatt on December 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Can somebody tell me why there are no lines on the top half of the southbound hill leaving Taylor BC? I almost had two head on collisions yesterday evening. I travel that highway three times a week and have for 1.5 years, the night-time drive south from Taylor to the top of the hill is harrowing. THERE ARE NO LINES ON THE ROAD, MOST IMPORTANTLY THE YELLOW CENTER-LINE IS COMPLETELY MISSING!!!!!!

    May I know why the centre line has not been repainted in almost two years? How will lawsuits ever be settled for head on collisions if there are no indications of where the lane is? HELP!!! Why is the rest of the highway to Dawson Creek clearly marked, but the most dangerous portion on the Taylor hill might well be a horse cart path?

    • tranbceditor on December 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Hi David – we’ve sent your comment forward to the local area office for review and follow up. Stay tuned for more information.

      • tranbceditor on December 7, 2018 at 4:21 pm

        Hi David,

        The paint on the STH traditionally wears off quicker than other areas due to the heavy use of abrasives and snow removal equipment to ensure traction and safety for the travelling public. The South Taylor Hill was painted in May from top to bottom, and traditionally it receives a second coat of paint (just on the hill) towards the end of the year. Unfortunately, this year, a second coat was not applied. The majority of the highway received fresh paint in late September/early October of this year as there was a provincial paving project that did not finish until that time. The South Taylor Hill was not part of the paving project and thus did not receive paint at that time. We are currently exploring options for a more durable paint to expand the life cycle here and across the province.

  32. Dan on December 3, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Re: Variable Speed Corridor – Highway 99

    As a regular traveller between Whistler and points south I am disappointed by the poor management of the variable speed system. Regularly the speed has been posted at 70km for no reason. Daytime, excellent visibility, no risk of freezing and the speed is 70. I watch drivers slow down when then they see the sign and then return to a reasonable highway speed when they realize there is no reason to slow down. Stop it.

    If you save the slower speed for times when it is required the system will be a valuable safety tool. If you continue to teach people to ignore the warning, the system will become quickly useless. The story Never Cry Wolf has a good message.

    Thanks for listening.

    • tranbceditor on December 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi Dan and thanks for your message.

      We agree that the story of Never Cry Wolf carries an important message and want to reassure you that the Variable Speed Limit System (VSLS) is never operated in this way. We view these systems as an important safety tool for the travelling public. The field equipment and sensors in the system constantly feed our software with data, sometimes several times a minute. When a change in conditions is detected the software grabs the attention of the operator and suggests the new speed limit based on the real time road conditions. The operator at the RTMC responds to this change, verifies and approves it within several minutes, sometimes within seconds. The software is monitored 24/7 and our primary goal is to ensure that the speed limits are always up to date.

      That being said, we shared your concern with the folks responsible for the system and they confirmed that the issue you are reporting has been raised numerous times in the past week and is being looked at by the Traffic Engineering group. The exact cause is unknown at this time – could be the VSLS algorithm or a faulty road sensor. We are working as hard as we can to ensure it is fixed by the end of the week. Thank you for connecting with us here. We hope that this helps answer your concern. If you have any other questions, please let us know. Thanks again.

  33. Madelane Yaremchuk on November 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Why is there no temperatures posted for the Duffy Lake Road at the Summit?? Also how do we find out if the Duffy Lake is frozen for ice-fishing? It is 7:00 P.M. Wednesday November 28th.

    • tranbceditor on November 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Hello Madelane,

      Our weather data folks are looking into the Cayoosh Summit station that delivers current weather station information associated with this BC HwyCam. We will keep you posted. Regarding Duffey Lake surface temperatures? There might be a local facebook page which you could find that would report this sort of info out? Hope that this was helpful.

  34. Lisa B on November 24, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Hi there. I use and love the Drive BC app and website. Particularly the highway cameras.
    For years there has been one camera that has perplexed me.
    Under “Highway 1 (Fraser Valley)”, the first camera is listed as “Hwy 1 @ Hwy 15” and the description is “East of Port Mann weigh scale, looking east”.
    Clearly this is incorrect. Not only is there water on the right, it appears to be vast. Perhaps ocean. And there doesn’t appear to be land on the horizon. While this is likely a simple labeling mistake, I would like to know where this camera REALLY is. Somewhere in the island?
    Super curious and hoping you can solve this mystery for me

    • tranbceditor on November 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Hello Lisa – we’ve sent your question to our webcam guy – so stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on November 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Hi again Lisa,

      Our webcam guy replied letting us know he suspects that the “app” referred to is the out of date app and developed by a third party. He confirmed that we don’t have an in house government app for DriveBC (we simply encourage folks to save the website to your home screen, so that it functions like an app).

      This third party app developer appear to have walked away from updating or supporting it in anyway –we’ve tried on several occasions to find someone at the now non-existent company to either update or take their application offline.

      The camera you are referring to is likely one that was at one time at the Hwy 1 at Hwy 15 (176th St) but has since been retired.

      The source of truth for BC HwyCams is either DriveBC or BC HwyCams. We hope that this information helps. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know.

  35. Nick Thomas on November 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

    The Trans-Canada Highway through the Columbia Mountains has double the BC average fatality rate per vehicle km (I calculated it, conservatively, to be over 14 per billion vehicle km compared to the BC average of 7.7 per billion vehicle km).

    Are the Minister and the Ministry satisfied with their efforts to reduce this toll? In particular, are they satisfied with their efforts to ‘accelerate’ the Kamloops to Alberta Border upgrade program. I not that under this Minister there has not been a single announcement of any new upgrade projects on this stretch of highway and that previously announced projects have not yet been put out to tender.

    • tranbceditor on November 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Hello Nick and thanks for your comment. As mentioned previously, we take the safety of the travelling public very seriously. The ministry continues our commitment to accelerate Highway 1 upgrades to the Alberta border. This was supported by Budget 2018, with $464 million committed to the program over the next 3 years. We are committed to pursuing even more federal funding to maximize investment on this critical corridor, to ensure good value for all British Columbians, and improve the safety, reliability and capacity of Highway 1 for local residents, commercial drivers, and visitors.

  36. Doug Brooks on November 19, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Hwy 17 on Vancouver Island was resurfaced and repainted over a year ago, but the pedestrian x-ing at the southbound Quadra off ramp was never painted back on.

    • tranbceditor on November 21, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Hi Doug – thanks for your message. We have sent it forward to the local area office for follow up.

    • tranbceditor on November 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Doug – That particular section of the off ramp was paved during a District of Saanich project at Mann Rd. They didn’t reinstate the thermo zebra bars following the project – and our thermo works are done for the year due to weather. We will get to it early spring at the latest. Thanks again for your comment.

  37. Tim Yzerman on November 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Are cyclists legally allowed to use the bus lane? At King George and Highway 10 there are two lanes plus a bus lane but there is no bike lane. The bike lane disappears and a bus lane appears. The bus lane is not signed for cyclists so legally they are not allowed to use it. What are they supposed to do? Ride on the sidewalk (illegal)? Ride in the general purpose lane? (likely to get killed).

    Can the signs be changed to allow cyclists? Or better yet can the intersection be modified to allow cycling separated from traffic? Riding in the bus lanes isn’t safe either as bad drivers often use the bus lane illegally to get around the line up at high speeds.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1039921,-122.8304175,3a,33.8y,331.81h,91.91t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHhkBzTPJO6q7-iJ9_Y0lKQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    • tranbceditor on November 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Hello Tim and thank you for your suggestion.
      The BC MVA does allow jurisdictions to put up tab signs that indicate which types of other vehicles are allowed in Bus Only or HOV lanes. We suggest you connect directly with the City of Surrey and share your request with them. Thanks!

  38. Tim Yzerman on November 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    The Bailey bridge in South Surrey is supposed to be replaced next week. How will cyclists be accommodated during the project and how will they be accommodated in the design? The current bridge is really dangerous for cycling and any replacement should allow cyclists to ride across safely. The design should not require cyclists to dismount, this would be ridiculous. Will you be building a safe bike path across this bridge? If the bridge doesn’t accommodate cyclists please delay the project until it does.

    https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/work-on-south-surreys-bailey-bridge-booked/

    King George Blvd is the main north south connection between North Surrey and South Surrey for cycling and accommodates cyclists that are not only commuting but also cycle touring on trips to Washington and even California!

    • tranbceditor on November 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Hello Tim,

      This bridge will no longer be replaced, as was originally expected, instead the bridge will be repaired. A future replacement project that fits into the region’s long-term transportation plan is still being discussed with the City of Surrey. If you have any feedback on future design considerations, we encourage you to share them directly with the City of Surrey. Hope that this information was helpful!

  39. Doug Bozzard on November 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve been driving the coquihalla Hwy 5 days a week for the past 6 years. The biggest problem I see is that the plow trucks aren’t doing there job keeping the Hwy clean or put dirt down for traction. There has been may times I’ve put chains on & drove up the hill & I see VSA sitting in the brake check doing nothing. When the toll booth was there the road was always in good shape because the government ran it. I think they should maybe look at getting a different company to look after the road maintenance.

  40. Max on November 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Congratulations on implementing the NO TRUCKS IN THE LEFT LANE pilot program!!! What a great day for Coquihalla drivers. I drive this highway frequently and have seen first hand the prevalence of reckless driving by commercial truckers. I know time is money for them, but it is government’s job to ensure their rush isn’t causing accidents, deaths and delays for the rest of the public.

    I hope MOT will even consider further steps:

    1) Implement NO TRUCKS IN LEFT LANE on all highways
    2) Limit commercial trucks maximum speed to 90km/h on all highways

    Thanks again for taking the Coquihalla driving statistics seriously and doing something about it!

    • tranbceditor on November 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Max. This is a pilot program, with other select routes to possibly follow. We do not, however, endorse differential speed limits. Studies show different speed limits for cars and trucks increase the potential for rear end, weaving, and passing crashes.

  41. Tim Yzerman on November 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    The multi-use path that leads from Nordel Way to the Alex Fraser bridge is in really bad condition. The trail frequently floods right by the rail overpass and trail users need to navigate water that can be up to 2 feet deep. Typically with almost any moderate rain event the trail floods with water that is 6-8″ deep. This trail is the only connection with North Delta and the Alex Fraser Bridge. It needs to be raised ASAP. The pathway behind Planet Ice is heaving due to roots uplifting the path and there is additional ponding. The pathway also floods frequently beside the truck weigh scale. Can the ministry spend some money to maintain this trail and improve it?

  42. Harry Payne on November 7, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Hello I Have Question.

    1. What Years the Racing River Bridge Built?
    2. is this Racing River Bridge has only metal deck?

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on November 9, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Hello Harry!

      We have sent your question to our bridge engineers. Stay tuned for a response.

    • tranbceditor on November 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Hello again Harry!

      The portion of Hwy 97 north of Fort St John and Fort Nelson where racing River is located is not within our jurisdiction. We suggest you contact Canada Public Works in Fort Nelson for more information. Thanks!

  43. Robin on November 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Not so much a comment but a question … I am curious as to where to find or if you could provide me with the statistics of accidents that occurred on the stretch of highway between Salmon Arm and Kamloops the last few years…
    Thank you

    • tranbceditor on November 9, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Hello Robin – ICBC collects that data from the BC RCMP. We encourage you to connect directly with then on your question.

  44. Sara Golling on November 7, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Re: Highway 3-B from the junction at Nancy Greene Lake to Rossland–
    The speed limit there was raised from 90 km/hr to 100 km/hr a while ago.
    There may not have been an appreciable increase in reported crashes or single-vehicle mishaps, but there has been a HUGE increase in the number of small birds killed on the road in the winter. They settle in flocks to “gravel up” and they have no chance to evade cars going at 100 km, or more (as is usual) along the straight stretches.
    The road has also seen a few bear fatalities and deer fatalities from car impacts recently.
    It seems an odd stretch of highway to have a 100-km speed limit anyway — it has several sharp curves, many cyclists using the highway there in the non-snow season, and in the snow season the road is not suitable for 100 km anyway. At Nancy Greene Summit (Strawberry Pass) there are two parking areas in heavy use, with pedestrians and dogs crossing the highway to access ski / snowshoe trails on the other side. Recreationists also park at other areas along that section of 3-B.
    I ask that you consider lowering the speed limit from Nancy Greene Lake to Rossland.
    100 km/hr is just not sensible for that stretch.

    • tranbceditor on November 9, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Hi there Sara – thanks for your comment. We have sent it to our traffic engineers and wildlife biologist for review.

    • tranbceditor on December 5, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Hello Sara,

      Our local district office in the area has been working with the local government and the Friends of the Rossland Range Society over the last few years to improve and expand parking off Highway 3B for recreational users.

      Our traffic engineers and local staff have confirmed that the highway curves are signed appropriately with curve warning signs and the 100 km/h speed limit is appropriate for the highway geometry and land use. We have asked our wildlife biologist to review this comment and let you know if we find specific information on wildlife collision statistics for this corridor. Thanks for connecting with us here. We hope that this helps answer your question.

  45. Greg on November 3, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Hello, I had written a previous note about habitat in the median and roundabout of highways and what the Ministry is does about that or policy they have. I can’t find my post and didn’t receive any personal email regarding this. Could you forward my inquiry to the applicable dept/staff and have them get in touch with me. Thank you

    • tranbceditor on November 5, 2018 at 11:11 am

      HI Greg – that’s strange. We posted a response to you on August 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm. Here is the response again below:

      Hello Greg – sorry for the delay in getting this response to you.

      The ministry’s rights of way are very much part of the transportation system.Our maintenance contractors have a set schedule of mowing etc (you might want to get the wording from Maintenance Branch) to ensure that vegetation growth does not impact sight distances or encroach on the actual road way.

      Vegetation along roadside can also be a wildlife attractant which can lead to wildlife vehicle interactions (accidents). We changed our seed mix for r-o-w so we didn’t attract bears and large ungulates and successfully reduced the problem.

      Highway rights of way are recognized as a major pathway for invasive plant spread, and are often the starting point for infestations found in adjacent pastures, forests and environmentally sensitive areas so our staff and contractors mitigate the spread of invasive plants by implementing best practices aimed at prevention and control.

      The Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF) established in 2003, invests $2 million annually to restore, protect and enhance environmental resources with direct benefits to the provincial highway infrastructure, projects, safety, maintenance and operations including:
      o Fish and wildlife passage improvements and restoration at stream and animal crossings at MoT roads, including culvert retrofits and replacements to restore pacific salmon and trout access to underutilized habitat and installation of wildlife tunnels.
      o Fish, wildlife and ecosystem habitat restoration and enhancement including construction of salmon and trout rearing habitat and spawning channels, water storage to create wetlands or aquatic habitat and to augment low (summer) streamflows, habitat complexing, restoration of highway footprint impacts and estuary and riparian planting enhancements
      o Other fish and wildlife conservation measures such as fishway installations, transplants to restore native fish and game populations, large wildlife relocation and installation of ungulate exclusion fencing and small wildlife crossing structures.

      Here’s our link to a lot of our publications, guidelines, policies etc. http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/publications/eng_publications/eng_pubs.htm

      If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks!

      • Ian W on November 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm

        Further to Greg’s observation,
        Greg on November 3, 2018 at 11:42 am
        Hello, I had written a previous note about habitat
        tranbceditor on November 5, 2018 at 11:11 am
        HI Greg – that’s strange. We posted a response to you on August 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm.

        What happened to ALL posts prior to Sept 1, 2018 ? They no longer show up on : https://www.tranbc.ca/2014/06/02/tell-tranbc-2/

        In fact, a simple check shows there are NOT 1,129 Responses to Tell TranBC
        As of this writing only 75 are displayed. What happened to the rest?

        Thanks to the Internet’s Wayback machine, we can see they used to exist:
        https://web.archive.org/web/20180903183513/https://www.tranbc.ca/2014/06/02/tell-tranbc-2

        Maybe your IT team can figure out how to recover them? Perhaps too, they could make the following changes:

        Move the ” Leave a Reply to tranbceditor” dialog up to the top of the page. Reword it to be Posta comment or question.
        Every thread has an actual “Reply” button for replying. When I click on a reply there, it should not take me to the bottom of the page, rather show the reply dialog there, so I can see what I am replying to! There’s not even an indication now.
        Once the prior content is restored, introduce some level of pagination, perhaps by year, or “Load More” for older than 1 year ?
        Posts do not appear right away (not documented ) , which suggests tranbceditor vets them. If that’s the case, perhaps tranbceditor can also apply tags to posts based on subjects for searching.
        Introduce a mechanism to search for posts only – does the search even search that page now or are too many results coming back?

        Also, when I post a question, you ask for an email. Why does it not send me an email with the question and notify the question has been responded to, like wordpress and other sites do? Before I figured you the posts are screens, I’m sure I posted many questions in duplicate. We also keep having to check back to see if there’s response. We should have the option to “watch” responses and others’ threads by email.

        • tranbceditor on November 19, 2018 at 10:25 am

          Hi Ian – thanks for your comments. We are painfully aware of the limitations of our current version of this WordPress blog and are currently working hard to update it with each of the functionalities you have listed. We hope to have an updated blog for you very soon. We thank you for your suggestions and your patience!

  46. Ian W on October 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    when you go to:
    http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/index-LowerMainland.html
    and click on the “Connect with us on TranBC” (https://tranbc.ca,
    you are presented with the following browser warning:

    tranbc.ca uses an invalid security certificate.
    The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.th.gov.bc.ca, th.gov.bc.ca
    Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

    Clicking through the warnings, also results in a 404, Not Found
    Evidently https://tranbc.ca does not auto redirect to https://www.tranbc.ca; they are different.

    Please have your IT people address

    • tranbceditor on October 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks for letting us know Ian. We have had our webcam guy look into it and it should be fixed very soon.

  47. Ian W on October 28, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    What’s going on (or off) with the traffic cams for the North Shore at:
    http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/index-LowerMainland.html

    It’s been weeks since the North Shore (Lion’s Gate / Marine Dr and Ironworker’s/Cassiar have been on-line. Did Mainroad hide the keys as part of their contract renegotiation? There’s serious issues nearly every day on these bridges; the residents of, and visitors to the North Shore need to know what’s going on across these vital links to “Rest of the world”. Please bring them back on-line ASAP.

    Are the live feeds to the Monitoring Center still working? I understand other than the “replay the day”, the video is only real-time and not retained. Does MOTI use any video processing software to help them detect slow conditions, stalls, collisions or other issues or does it rely solely on human scanning ?

    While we’re discussing the cams, there are cameras located at the Fern St overpass, Lynn Creek bridge and the base of “the cut”, all of which are points of daily backup and congestion. When is MOTI going to make those cameras available on-line? They provide far greater insight to traffic conditions than the Lonsdale/Westview cams.

    Finally, is there any way to refresh the images faster than every 2 minutes, say every 30 seconds? It’s just so hard to judge how slowly things are moving when the refresh interval is so slow. The images are tiny (~20KB), so it can’t be a space issue.

    Thanks!

    • tranbceditor on October 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Ian,

      Breaking your comment down into four questions, we have the following information for you:

      1. Why have the North bridges (LGB and IWMB) and Hwy 1 east to Port Mann cams been down for so long?

      We are aware of the issue and techs continue to work on it. The system that feeds the images from these specific cams to the BC HwyCam servers is undergoing remediation which is also tied in with the Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC) systems, so the tech are working carefully to avoid disruptions to critical RTMC systems.

      2. How does RTMC detect congestion?

      We don’t use video detection, yet. Our folks at the RTMC use video feeds from the cams to monitor traffic flow and congestion.

      3. Construction cams (Lower Lynn Improvements Project) –can we make them BC HwyCams?

      No, not at present because the Fern Street overpass are temporary cameras that Project Managers use to monitor the project and traffic flow through the construction areas.

      4. Can we get the cams to refresh more frequently?

      The best solution would be streaming video, which we are considering in the near future. While we’re not convinced that 30 second refresh would tell us much more than we can see with the 1 or 2 minute refresh, we’d consider a 30 second refresh for some cameras. Suggestions?

      • Ian W on November 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm

        Nice to see the cameras are mostly back on-line.
        2. How does RTMC detect congestion?
        A: We don’t use video detection, yet.
        Ian: It would seem to be a much more effective use of resources to have software monitor traffic flow and alert operators than have an operator monitor dozens/hundreds of screens. Operators could get notified of areas to focus on and react quicker to actual issues (assuming the cameras are operational).

        3. Construction cams (Lower Lynn Improvements Project) –can we make them BC HwyCams?
        A: No, not at present
        Ian: We are spending over $200M taxpayer dollars and yet evidently neither the public nor RMTC gets to see what’s going on at one of the worst daily backup points in the Lower Mainland Highways network !? Personally, I would have preferred to spend 20K on 24/7 cameras and get a better picture of the traffic flows there (yes, I know “studies were done”) or installed cameras there before Lonsdale and WestView overpasses (rarely hotspots).

        4. Can we get the cams to refresh more frequently?
        A: The best solution would be streaming video, … not convinced that 30 second refresh would tell us much more… Suggestions ?
        Ian: Yes… Camera refresh is 2 mins; replay day interval is 3 mins/frame.
        In 3 mins, a person walking 5kph moves 250 m, probably putting them out of frame. A vehicle @70kph moves 20 m/s or 1.1km, @ 30kph, 500m/m
        Camera #73 (IWMB, NE-S) has a best line of sight up bridge deck of 1 km. Make the refresh every 30 secs and we can easily distinguish a slow vehicle in 2 consecutive frames and barely capture at the speed limit too.!
        Or capture 1 frame every 3 secs, replay @ 20fps for the replay (with player faster/skip option). That can be done on 7 year-old Android device, as can live streaming (via apps). There are more robust solutions available.
        Any cameras which have daily traffic backlogs and good line of sight should be switched, incl IWMB, obviously.

        • tranbceditor on December 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

          Hello Ian and thank you for your questions.

          We couldn’t find a question number one to respond to, so we are beginning with question number two.

          2. How does RTMC detect congestion?
          A: We don’t use video detection yet, however; the RTMC monitors congestion on different corridors with different technologies/methods. Here are some examples of how they do that:
          Port Mann Highway 1 (PMH1) – from Cassiar tunnel to Surrey, the RTMC uses radar detector approx. every 500m to calculate travel time and determine congestion. Estimated travel times are displayed on electronic signs along the highway.
          Hwy 91/99 Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) – Along Hwy 99, 91 and 91A – Bluetooth detectors are used to detect travel times. Estimated travel times are displayed on electronic signs before decision points.
          Border ATIS – Wait times are estimated based on loop detection technology. Estimated travel times are displayed on electronic signs before decision points.
          Lions Gate ATIS – Bridge delays are estimated based on loop detection technology. Estimated travel delays are displayed on an electronic sign to allow travelers to determine if IWMB is a better route.
          Other 3rd party methods – Twitter feeds from media outlets and 3rd party traffic maps (e.g. Google Maps)
          Reports from staff in the field, as well as RTMC operators monitoring highway cameras and Bluetooth detection (i.e. cellular phones) for specific sections of highway in the Lower Mainland

          3. Construction cams (Lower Lynn Improvements Project) –can we make them BC HwyCams?
          A: We are working on getting some of those construction cameras transferred over to the BC HwyCam system, while we don’t have a current EAT, we are hopeful we’ll be able to complete this soon.

          4. Can we get the cams to refresh more frequently?
          A: Almost all our BC HwyCams use the existing commercial cellular network to deliver images to the DriveBC servers. The data costs of increasing the frequency of images and the storage costs required for those images is something we have to be aware of and account for, with video exacerbating the ongoing costs to tax payers. That being said if there any specific cameras you are interested in seeing an increased frequency of updates , our webcam guy can find out if it’s possible.

          We hope you find this information helpful. Thanks again for connecting with us!

          • Ian W on January 31, 2019 at 1:54 am

            Oh, I am so thrilled – It’s like Christmas came again in January !

            In the reply to the reply to the reply from October 28, 2018 at 11:09 pm thru December 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

            3. Construction cams (Lower Lynn Improvements Project) – can we make them BC HwyCams?
            A: No, not at present …
            Highway cameras are NOW active for:
            Mountain Highway – N, Mountain Highway – S
            Ironworkers northend approach – N, Ironworkers northend approach – S
            Yeah!

            So, now I’m going to push my luck! My wish for lunar New Year,
            4. Can we get the cams to refresh more frequently?
            A: … That being said if there any specific cameras you are interested in seeing an increased frequency of updates , our webcam guy can find out if it’s possible.

            If I were going to pick one (biased) camera to experiment with, it would be #73 – Ironworkers northend – S
            http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/73.html
            This camera has a long straight line of site, with a conveniently angled road deck that (optimistically) allows an observer to trace the movement of traffic over a kilometer which should allow determination of very slow traffic on few frame by frame comparisons.
            There are also long periods of backlog and slow traffic movement in both directions throughout the day. It would serve as a good test to discern if traffic is heavy, slow or both. Not sure how people would become aware of this to find it useful (or what web traffic #’s you have already, but…)

            Thanks again!
            Ian

          • tranbceditor on January 31, 2019 at 9:19 am

            Thanks Ian – we have shared this with our webcam team!

  48. Steve Robertson on October 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Hello I am trying to contract the company that mows the brush on the side of the roads with a hydraulic arm mounted on a John Deere grader. I have that same model of grader for sale and thought they might be interested.
    Any help appreciated.

  49. Kathy Martel on October 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I was hoping to bring up a conversation about the variable speed corridor and just general highway speed. I feel that the speed for cars, trucks and semi’s should be different as they have done in some USA states. I just don’t feel a logging truck should be able to do the same speed limit as a car. I’m sure there is data that shows that they cannot slow down, or take a corner as fast as a car. I travel the highways quite frequently and very large trucks are in the passing lane constantly going very fast.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my comments.
    Kathy Martel

    • tranbceditor on October 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Hi Kathy – thank you for your comment. We have sent your question to our contact in the CVSE for review and response. We’ll let you know what we hear back.

    • tranbceditor on October 18, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Hello Kathy – thanks for connecting with us here.

      We shared your concern with the CVSE and our traffic engineers. They let us know that the ministry supports the idea that the safest road is where vehicles all travel at the same speed, where speed differentials are minimized. When speeds are the same, passing maneuvers are minimized, and the ongoing weaving on multi-laned highways is minimized. That said, it should also be noted that BC does have a few truck speed limits in place where the limit differs from the one posted for passenger cars. These occur where we have a relatively long and steep downhill grade where the is a traffic signal at the bottom of the hill. We hope that this helps answer your question. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

  50. Nick Thomas on October 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Does the Ministry of Transportation have any response to the recent report ‘Road Safety Impact of Increased Rural Highway Speed Limits in British Columbia, Canada’

    The report’s conclusion states:- Following the increase in rural highway speed limits in British Columbia, there was a marked deterioration in road safety on the affected roads. The number of fatal crashes more than doubled (118% increase) on roads with higher speed limits. Affected roads also had a 43% increase in total auto-insurance claims and a 30% increase in auto-insurance claims for injuries due to crashes… Based on our findings, we recommend that British Columbia roll back the 2014 speed limit increases. Future speed limits should be set in accordance with the safe systems approach and not based on the 85th percentile of summer travel speed. Other jurisdictions, especially those with harsh winter climates or with highways that traverse mountainous terrain, should learn from this experience and resist pressure from pro speed advocates to raise speed limits without due consideration of road safety.

    • tranbceditor on October 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Hello again Nick,

      Based on the 2014 Rural Safety and Speed Review, the ministry introduced new technologies, strengthened legislation, raised driving penalties, and increased speed limits on 33 sections of highways based on a detailed engineering review of each section.

      The speed limit changes were made based on a careful and thorough engineering assessment using speed zoning practices recommended by the Institute of Transportation Engineers and adopted by road authorities throughout North America.

      In 2016, ministry engineers spent six months taking a close look at the first year of speed and crash data for each section of highway where we increased speed limits. Based on this data, the ministry implemented safety features including; improved road markings, better signage, new rumble strips, variable speed signs and wildlife safety measures and rolled back the speed limit changes on two sections of highway – Highway 1 from Hope to Cache Creek and on Highway 5A from Princeton to Merritt. 19 of the 33 segments showed a reduction or no change in collision rates. On the remaining segments the ministry implemented safety features including; improved road markings, better signage, new rumble strips, variable speed signs and wildlife safety measures.

      The ministry also rolled back the speed limit changes on two sections of highway – Highway 1 from Hope to Cache Creek and on Highway 5A from Princeton to Merritt. The ministry has begun analysis now that three years’ worth of data is available. Based on the results of this analysis, the ministry will consider all options for each of the 33 sections where speed limits were increased, including a potential reduction where appropriate.

      • Nick Thomas on October 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        One other factor that you should think about is fuel consumption. With the latest IPCC call for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions you should remember that any reduction in speed means a more than proportional decrease in carbon emissions.

  51. Jennifer on October 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I am very concerned about the number of accidents that are occurring (almost daily or sometimes even multiple times/day) heading east on the Upper Levels Highway at the bend going into the Capilano Bridge. These seem to occur primarily when the surface of the pavement is wet. I have lived on the north shore since 1985 and there have NEVER been so many accidents at this bend. People are going too fast for the spot and the conditions. There is a big lit up sign showing that the bend is 60km/hr but evidently many do not slow down and lose control when they enter the bend. Poorly trained drivers, distracted drivers, cars with bald tires??? I don’t know, BUT, something needs to be done about this. I was in touch with Mike Farnworth’s office with an email suggesting photo radar there or putting rumble strips in. The province is seriously negligent on this issue as nothing is being done to prevent all these accidents. Personally, I think the surface of the highway should be changed with rumble strips (type they put on secondary routes in Alberta leading up to stop signs) as they seriously slow the driver down in an instinctive manner – you can’t help but slow down!)

    At this point in time, you cannot blame the former government as you have had plenty of time to do something that would increase road safety. It is now likely the #1 spot for accidents which could be prevented if anyone cared, which it seems that no one does as shown by the lack of enforcement and road changes.

    • tranbceditor on October 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Jennifer – thank you for your comment.

      Safety is our first priority and we are always looking at all ways we can increase safety on all of our highway networks.

      The ministry has made improvements to the eastbound approach of the Capilano Bridge by installing illuminated chevron signs which highlight the sharp curve. We have reduced the speed limit through this section to 80 km/h and have also installed an oversized sharp curve left sign with slow to 60 km/h tab warning drivers to reduce their speed through this curve. We will discuss the incidents with our engineering staff, to see if they have any further suggestions to warn drivers to slow prior to entering the curve. Thanks again for connecting with us, we hope that this helps with some of your concern.

  52. Kraig on October 3, 2018 at 11:27 am

    The Port Mann Bridge Coquitlam Exit lanes need fixing. A brand new bridge that already has back up problems to 176th with no accident is absurd. There are so many people who are using the Coquitlam Exit lanes (Exit 44) to try to bypass some traffic at the Cape Horn Interchange, due to the easy access back onto the highway from these exit lanes. This not only causes the backup for the Exit 44, but also further compounds the problem at Cape Horn due to all of these vehicles having to re-merge at that point. This reentry lane needs to be blocked off during rush hour to prevent this from happening – similar to how the Pattullo Bridge has an on-ramp closed during rush hour to promote traffic flow.

    Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on October 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Hello Kraig and thank you for this comment. We have shared it with the local area office for review.

    • tranbceditor on October 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Kraig. Thanks again for your comment. We shared your concern with the local office staff who let us know that the lanes mentioned are not re-entry lanes, they are the Highway 7 westbound on ramp to Highway 1 westbound and cannot be limited as this would deny access to the Port Mann/ Highway 1 for residents from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. The Port Mann Highway 1 corridor has seen a very high increase in volume taking traffic from Pattullo, Golden Ears and even some from the Alex Fraser Bridge with the removal of the toll. We are working on corridor improvements wherever possible to resolve volume concerns.

  53. Matt Rhoney on October 2, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Good morning, 

    I hope my email finds you well. I noticed that you published content that your readers can easily engage with and helpful resources, particularly icbc.com; which is why I wanted to let you know about a resource that I believe you would be interested in including on your website that utilized this very source. 

    This resource takes an in-depth look at some of the most dangerous intersections in Vancouver and the surrounding area. The resource allows users to find out how safe their neighborhood ranks with hard data and includes some helpful safety tips. Hoping you would consider adding this resource to your website
    Would you be willing to take a look and consider sharing with your online viewers to promote safety and awareness? If needed, I can provide a write up to go with the resource. I appreciate your time and look forward to chatting with you soon.

    Thank you,
    Matt Rhoney

    • tranbceditor on October 2, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Good afternoon Matt and thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we are unable to link out to third party websites. You might try connecting with the City of Vancouver about your initiative and see if they are interested in sharing your information.

  54. Ian McEwen on September 29, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Good Evening,

    I have noticed numerous road rage situations while travelling South on McKenzie Avenue travelling across Hwy 1 at the McKenzie Interchange. Prior to intersection the left and right lane both have a painted straight arrow. Once drivers are past the Hwy 1 westbound lanes the left lane becomes a left turn only and the right lane is straight only. Many drivers use the left lane to jump the queue or are unaware the left lane must turn the left and thus need to merge right mid intersection causing close calls and angry drivers. I suggest that the left lane requires painted signage before the interchange saying “Left lane must turn left” I am sure flaggers can confirm the many close calls they witness day and night. Thank you

    • tranbceditor on October 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Thank you for this comment and observation Ian! We have sent it forward to the Project Manager for review.

    • tranbceditor on October 2, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Hello Ian,

      We received word back from the project manager that the project team is aware of the concern raised and working with the contractor and ministry traffic engineers to make improvements to the road marking and signage for the project site.

  55. Nick Thomas on September 26, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Does the Ministry think it is appropriate for the major heavy transport route to the rest of Canada to pass through communities as if it was just a minor route?

    Recently in Sicamous a mobility scooter was hit by a semi on a stretch of the Trans-Canada highway with no sidewalks. This is a stretch that has several businesses, including Tim Hortons, that have no pedestrian access from the rest of town except along or across the highway. In Sorrento it is even worse – cut in half by the highway.

    Does the Ministry have any plans to upgrade these sections of the highway to a suitable standard for a major trunk route in the foreseeable future?

    • tranbceditor on September 27, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Good morning Nick,

      Thank you for your comment. We shared your concern with the local area manager who us with the information below. Neither the Ministry of Transportation nor our maintenance contractors were informed of this incident, likely because it did not require a lane closure or traffic control.

      It is the nature of development to have transport routes to pass through communities on highways such as the Trans-Canada. Measures have been taken to balance the needs of the residents of these communities and the traffic passing through.

      We are aware of issues with pedestrians crossing near the Tim Horton’s in Sicamous. There are currently no parking signs in this section of the TCH to prevent semis from parking on the wide shoulder. We are looking at the possibility of placing barrier here to prevent large trucks from taking up the shoulder, blocking sight distance, and crossing to walk into the Tim Horton’s area. As this is on the outskirts of Sicamous and not a very urban area, there is no sidewalk here.

      The section of the TCH around Sorrento also has a lowered speed limit, with the addition of crosswalks and sidewalks for use by pedestrians in this area. There are no upgrades planned here.

      These areas continue to be monitored and if improvements are warranted they are implemented. We hope that this helps answer some of your concerns.

    • tranbceditor on September 28, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Hello again Nick,

      The ministry and the maintenance contractor were made aware of this incident after the fact. After emergency services responded, our maintenance contractor called a traffic control company in while BC Hydro worked. Damage was restricted to a hydro pole off the Sicamous Frontage Road and not the highway barrier as the article indicates, there is no damage to highway infrastructure resulting form this incident. We hope that this helps clarify.

      • Ian W on October 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        I don’t think the subsequent response helps clarify anything. One can only conclude you were initially misinformed regarding the incident and lane closure, as the photographic evidence supports a closure. The article states, “semi pushed the scooter into a concrete barrier before driving into a hydro pole, sheering the pole off in the process”. Thus you could be correct, the impacted barrier may have suffered no damage, while the pole that’s in the median between the highway and Frontage Road was sheared off. Your response suggests you are only concerned about damage to MOTI assets. A person died there as a result of a vehicle leaving the highway. That’s implicitly a highway safety problem.

        According to Google StreetView, there are no marked crosswalks along the highway. StreetView shows a person walking unprotected along the highway shoulder. There appear to be no marked pedestrian crossings. There are no sidewalks. There are no barriers along the curb. The only barriers (2 sets – is that a problem spot ?) are directly opposite the T intersection. The island at the Tim Horton’s exit is positioned to permit through traffic along the shoulder in that area. The signage is “NO Stopping”, not “NO Parking” (so, good). There appear to no signs on the opposite shoulder where there are four semi units shown parked on the opposite shoulder (and more in prior year perspectives)! Seems to be a long-term problem and a lack of enforcement of various laws.

        How about placing a marked crosswalk with pedestrian activated flashing overhead lights and appropriate warning signage at the West side of Rauna Rd? Open a gap in the barrier on the South side with a pedestrian path to Frontage Rd. That at least provides a suggestion that’s where pedestrians should be. Encourage Sicamous to make a safe walking path along the South of Frontage to discourage walking on the highway. Either erect “NO Stopping” signs in BOTH directions, or create a proper EB pull-out to allow to vehicles to stop safely off the shoulder; the right of way is wide enough to support that.

        • tranbceditor on October 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm

          Hi Ian – we appreciate your concern. We reached out again for further clarification and here’s what we heard back from the local area manager.

          All collision data is retained and reviewed as a method of assessing if improvements are required. There is an existing pedestrian-activated crosswalk at the junction of Highway 1 and 97A. There are no sidewalks in this industrial area of Sicamous on the highway or on the municipality’s frontage roads. We are in the process of installing additional parking signs in this section to increase the safety of the highway for all users. Trucks have the option of using the nearby Husky truck stop to safely maneuver and purchase food or coffee. Crosswalks, especially pedestrian activated, are not installed lightly. Traffic engineers must look at many factors and obtain data to ensure warrants are met for consistent application. The same goes for barriers as these also require warrants and design. Traffic engineers are aware of this area and this file is under review.

          We hope that this helps!

          • Tim Yzerman on November 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm

            There is a marked crosswalk on Highway 1 in Canoe without any amber flashing lights or pedestrian activated signals on a curve. https://www.google.ca/maps/@50.7459017,-119.2270405,3a,60y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPLQdjYi254LJF5aLjT-SrA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192.

            This stretch of highway has a speed limit of 90 km/h. It seems quite dangerous to have a crosswalk on a road with a 90 km/h speed limit without any warning lights or signals. Shouldn’t this be upgraded ASAP?

          • tranbceditor on December 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

            Hello Tim,

            Thanks for your question. We shared this concern with our local area manager who has confirmed that our traffic engineer in the district is reviewing the site and taking the installation of flashing orange lights at the location into consideration.

  56. Ryan Koch on September 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Is it okay for a Construction company to be digging up the slope on the south side of Peachland BC without Traffic flaggers? The trucks are backing out into traffic and creating delays.

    • tranbceditor on September 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Hi Ryan – thanks for connecting with us and sharing your concern. To confirm this is on BC Highway 97?

  57. Doreen on September 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    When are the lines on the Pender Islands going to be painted?

    • tranbceditor on September 24, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Good morning Doreen,

      We are looking into this for you. Stay tuned!

    • tranbceditor on September 24, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Hello again Doreen,

      Our area manager has let us know that line painting is scheduled for Galiano and Pender Islands during the first two weeks of October.

  58. Sean on September 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Hey when are the new street lights on highway 14 going to be turned on? Humpback through to Sooke.

    • tranbceditor on September 24, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Hi Sean – we are looking into this for you. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on October 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      Hello again Sean – sorry for the delay in getting you this response. BC Hydro is scheduled to be connecting most, if not all, of the new services by October 19. Thanks for connecting with us here, we hope this helps!

      • Doug Brooks on November 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm

        There is also a lot of existing sodium lights on wood poles that are not operating.

        • tranbceditor on November 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

          Thanks Doug – anywhere in particular we can follow up on?

  59. Jeff Brisbin on September 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I drive Hwy 1 from BC to Ab twice a week and have noticed that road lines have not been painted in numerous spot, especially from Revelstoke to Golden. Now that the wet weather and snow are making a visit, that stretch is very dangerous, especially at night. That stretch is very dark and without road lines you can hardly see where the edge of the road is and where the center of the road is. I feel there will be a very serious accident here soon. Some of these areas have been paved now for 6 weeks and no lines painted. Please paint lines before someone gets killed.

    Concerned Trucker.

    • tranbceditor on September 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Hello and thank you for your comment. We have shared it with our local area manager who has noted your concern.

      The contractor working on this project has been plagued by delays due to weather and other events. As a result, the work has taken longer than anticipated. While temporary pavement markings have been applied on the top lift of the new pavement and in areas that have been milled down, areas that have received a level course of new asphalt (but will still have asphalt applied on top) may not have received temporary lane markings.

      The construction speed limit has been set at 80km/hr maximum, with subsequent reductions to 60km/hr and 50km/hr where applicable. This is to account for the condition of the road (shoulder drops, missing lane markings, altered traffic patterns, milled surface) and the effects of reduced visibility due to inclement conditions. We urge all motorists to observe these construction speed limits (most do not – commercial or private vehicles) and reduce speed according to the conditions (wet roads, foggy, etc).

      That said, the area manager will follow up with the ministry representative on the project to determine if more temporary lane markings can be applied to improve the visibility. The paving contractor has not scheduled line marking painting until the placement of all of the new pavement is complete, and this is tentatively scheduled for early October. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  60. Andrew Smith on September 18, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I was driving the Coquihalla on Sept 17th 2018 around 2:00 pm towards Vancouver just before Hope and there were trucks painting the white line on the right side of the road. There were at least two trucks moving drivers to the next lane and one painting a white line. Unfortunately this paint is now all over the side of my vehicle (and probably several others). My question is how do I find out what company was used to paint the lines on the highway at this time in that area. Please let me know as I have filed a claim with ICBC and they are keen to know the name of the company. Thanks, Andrew.

    • tranbceditor on September 19, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Good morning Andrew,

      Please contact our maintenance contractor, Emil Anderson Maintenance Co. Ltd. at 1-800-667-5122

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

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

    Thanks and more power to your helpful team.

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

      Hello Poogz,

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

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

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

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

    Thanks.

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

      Hello Thomas – thanks for your comment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      We hope that this helps!

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

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

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

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

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

    “Enjoy the long weekend”.

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