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    • Hi there William – we aren’t sure what’s happening on your end but we are receiving and replying to your messages. Perhaps our responses are going to your junk inbox?

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  1. Hello! Is there someone I can contact in the Nelson area about my concerns in the rise of excessively speeding traffic and in my 30km village and what, if any, solutions can be done for our small community in the Kootenays? Thanks so much!

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    • Hi there Kassi,

      Please contact staff at our district office in Nelson. Here’s the info:
      West Kootenay District
      310 Ward Street, 4th floor
      Nelson, BC V1L 5S4
      Telephone: 250 354-6400

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  2. There is an abandoned vehicle adjacent to 106 Hoey place, Lillooet, B.C. on the shoulder of the highway. There were tenants at that address who left it there. Many engine and transmission parts have been salvaged off it and it is not drive able but tow-able. the previous tenant of Lillooet B,C, Lillooet’s by-law enforcement officer was notified but no action has been taken. Can it moved to salvage?

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  3. As a resident of BC, and as a Canadian Citizen, I would like to make a suggestion, re: construction zones.
    The signs that tell you how fast you are going, I think should be equipped with photo radar.
    If you are doing the suggested speed limit, you have less chances of hurting a traffic controller, or somebody doing their job, and getting a ticket.
    If you are speeding through the construction zone, you deserve the ticket!
    I am just so tired of people getting hurt do to other’s inconsiderations.

    Please, take my suggestion seriously. I want everybody to be safe!

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    • Thanks for your suggestion Candi. We agree that the safety of workers in the cone zone (and beyond) is essential. At this time the provincial government is not actively considering a photo radar program (other than the ICBC red light intersection camera program) but we will share your comment forward for consideration.

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  4. Short-term please fix the potholes on the 264th East exit offramp – stopping in the middle of the highway 1km back is dangerous with everyone trying to budge into the line-up at the last minute, which could be avoided if two lanes were available and people could go right without wrecking their cars. Long-term, put a roundabout in – all the infrastructure is already in place with the exception of small portions.

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    • Hello Jasmine – thanks for your message. We have shared it forward with our staff in the area for their review and will let you know what we hear back.

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  5. The South Vancouver Island Transportation Plan has not been released yet despite multiple delays. I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on timelines. However, I would appreciate if an updated timeline could be given for when the report is expected to be completed? Thank you.

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  6. Just wondering if there is a plan to install traffic lights on hwy97 at the intersection Dry Valley Rd and Old Vernon Rd. Making turns is difficult because the area is really busy..and people drive super fast on hwy97

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    • Good morning Michelle – thanks for connecting with us here. We have sent your question to our staff in the area and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello Christine,

      As of May 1, 2019, AIM Roads has commenced the road maintenance contract for Service Area 08 (SA08): including Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Princeton, Keremeos and the Osoyoos area. Please use this number to report road-related maintenance and issues: 1-866-222-4204

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  7. Hello,

    I have a question regarding safety barriers for school buses. I just need to know if they are allowed to be installed? There is some confusion whether can be or not. I believe not because Transport Canada hasn’t yet. Please let me know. I’m a Director of Transportation for SD 64 (Gulf Islands), I have drivers that think they can be installed and want them installed but I’m reluctant to do so if nothing out there is approved and we are nit liable if they are in and not approved.. Thank you.

    Richard Frost 250 -537-6420

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  8. Hello,

    Very pleased to see the new 216th Street interchange in Langley has been opened along with the separated bike lanes. Could, however, the crossings be made into the ‘elephant feet’ variety so that cyclists don’t have to dismount twice to get over the overpass? Signage for vehicles suggests that these are cyclist/pedestrian crossings (white sign with a bicycle and a pedestrian over a crosswalk), but they are painted as zebra crossings and that means that cyclists are obligated to dismount and walk. I don’t know if this was the intent of the bike system design on this overpass. Some clarity on this or different style of crossing would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Clarence

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    • Hello Clarence. Thanks for your question. We sent it to our local staff who let us know that the islands are generally too small to safely allow cyclists to ride their bikes across the intersections, therefore signs will be added for them to dismount at the existing bollard locations prior to crossing the intersections and traffic signs will be updated accordingly. They intend to add bollards on each of the four approach ramps to the structure, with similar signs to dismount prior to crossing the intersection. We hope that this information is helpful.

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  9. I have a question regarding slow-moving vehicle pullouts, specifically on West Coast Rd. The signs for these pullouts state “Slower Vehicles Use Pullout.” The key intent for these pullouts is logging trucks and RV’s that are travelling well below the 80 km/h speed limit. However, if someone is travelling at the posted speed limit and a faster vehicle approaches from behind, would they be required to use the pullout (if available) to let the faster-moving vehicle pass? Usually, there aren’t very many people exceeding the 80 km/h posted speed limit, so it isn’t something that’s come up. But it would be nice to know just in case. Thank you.

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    • Hi Colton,

      Thanks for your question. While we don’t condone travel over the speed limit, it does happen. We encourage travellers moving at or below the posted speed limit to move over, either into the right hand travel lane or into a slow vehicle pullout. This prevents faster moving vehicle drivers from becoming impatient and taking risky moves to pass slower moving vehicles. The RCMP or local authority having jurisdiction is responsible for enforcing speed limits, not the travelling public. Make sense?

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      • Yes, it does make sense. I appreciate the clarification.

        Also, the ministry needs to work with the RCMP on a “Keep Right Except to Pass” education and enforcement campaign on multi-lane highways. The B.C. RCMP don’t seem willing to enforce the law, even saying that left-lane law enforcement is “not a priority” for them. This is despite “left-lane hoggers” being a top frustration for drivers across British Columbia. Even five years after the law came into effect and more definitive signage being installed, people still routinely ignore the law and frustrate many motorists who get stuck behind them in passing lanes. The ministry works with the RCMP on various other campaigns such as speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving. So why is the ministry so reluctant to encourage and work with the RCMP to create enforcement campaigns to deal with drivers disobeying the Keep Right Except to Pass law? Thank you.

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        • Thanks for this Colton. We continue to promote driver awareness of this law through our active and engaged social channel conversations (this blog site is one of them). While we do work closely with the RCMP on this and many other road safety campaigns, we cannot dictate their enforcement activities. We are only responsible for writing the legislation and the RCMP for enforcing it. If you would like to share your concerns about lack of enforcement on this issue specifically, we encourage you to share that concern directly with the RCMP.

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  10. I have class 1 driver licence from 2009, and I applied to Translink for bus-operator position. RH asked me to take knowledge test for class 2. Why do I have to take this test again if I finished all tests 2009 to get my class 1, which is hired than class 2?

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  11. I am wondering why the speed limit on the Hope Princeton Hwy starts out at 100 kmh even through some winding sections past the Hope slide and continues through Manning Park then reducing to 90 kmh past east gate and then unexplicably drops to 80 kmh through a newly renovated section that is double lanes each direction. Is that still a construction zone speed limit? It is a ridiculous speed limit and just seems to be a cash grab. I applaud the work that has been done over the last few years but the speed limit is not in line with the ease of navigating through that section.

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    • Good morning Dan,

      Thanks for connecting with us here. We have reached out to our traffic engineer and local area staff with your question and will let you know what we hear back.

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  12. I feel compelled to write regarding the wrong-minded nature of the winter tire regulations as they pertain to the Sea to Sky Highway.

    Winter tires are required north of Horseshoe Bay as on travels towards Squamish on Highway 99 from Oct 1. This does not make sense and is not consistent with the tire requirements on Highway 1 on the North Shore. Squamish is located at sea level. The highest point on the Sea to Sky Highway is about 140 meters above sea level (ASL). (Elevation above sea level is an accurate predictor of chance of snow). In recorded history, it has snowed once in Squamish in the month of October.

    Compare that to Highway 1 from Horseshoe Bay east to the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge. Large sections of that route are higher than 140 meters and the max elevation is over 170 meters near 21st Street in West Vancouver. As for steepness of grade, the portion of Highway 1 west from Mountain Highway to Lynn Valley Road (The Cut) is steeper than anything encountered on the Sea to Sky Highway between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish.

    The highest road in Squamish is 208 meters above sea level. In West Vancouver there are many roads above 300m ASL. Squamish is mainly flat and mainly at sea level. It has a very different topography than the North Shore which reaches steeply into the Coast Mountain Range. So if winter tires are required from Horseshoe Bay northwards starting October 1, consistency would require them from Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge westwards on the same date.

    The reason this is a big deal is that winter tires have a very limited life span that is dramatically shortened when they are used outside of their operational temperature range. (This is called the glass transition temperature). That temperature is 7 degrees Celsius. The average temperature on the Sea to Sky highway is significantly higher than 7 degrees Celsius during the entire month of October. The performance of winter tires drops off dramatically as they wear. The law requiring the use of winter tires as of Oct 1 is having a real detrimental effect on the efficacy and life span of winter tires and is not, in fact, enhancing public safety. I work as a ski guide and drive the mountain highways of BC all winter long. I invest in the best winter tires available but will not use them in October as it defies reason.

    A simple solution would be to move the October 1 signs north of Squamish, perhaps to Highway 99 at Squamish Valley Road. Place November 1 signs at Horseshoe Bay.

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    • Hello Martin,

      Thank you for your comment. We understand your concerns.
      There are two types of tires which legally qualify as winter tires in BC: winter rated snow tires (with a mountain snowflake logo) and Mud and Snow tires (with the M+S logo) both with at least 3.5 mm tread depth. The ministry allows these two types of tires to account for the unique weather situations found on the south coast of the province (such as the Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island). Due to the more temperate climate in these locations, many drivers in these locations choose to use M+S tires year-round. We also understand that winter rated tires perform better in winter conditions and as such, we encourage drivers who will be travelling outside of these areas regularly to consider investing in proper winter tires for their travels and to carry chains and know how to use them, should the need arise. If you are travelling to and from Squamish during the month of October, you might want to consider leaving your M+S tires on your vehicle until the colder, snowier weather of November begins, at which point, your winter rated tires would be the best option. We hope that this helps to clarify. If you have any further questions, let us know. Safe travels.

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  13. Hello,

    May I ask why the road over Hurley Pass between Pemberton and Gold Bridge is in such deplorable condition? I have driven this road most summers for 13 years and this year is by far the worst condition in that time period. I would be very upset if i owned a cottage at Gun Lake or Bralorne and had to endure that road beating down my vehicle and passengers every weekend.
    Since Covid 19 the BC backcountry has been busier than ever, people are travelling within the province rather than international destinations and the infrastructure requires maintenance. The tax payers deserve to have safe and good roads to travel on. I suggest you increase the maintenance schedule on this road. In these trying times of many being unemployed, a full time grader operator could be employed. But really the road is presently a disgrace to the Ministry of Highways and if I were a part of the organization I would be embarrassed. Come on, you can do better; please improve the quality of our provincial secondary Highways including Hurley Pass!

    Sincerely
    Tim Pochay

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  14. My understanding is that The Ministry has jurisdiction over Hwy. 97 within the boundaries of Kelowna. As residents we have an obligation to maintain the boulevard adjacent to our property .. business and residential. Along Hwy. 97 within the city boundaries there are many areas where boulevards are not watered, trees die and are not replaced and in general there is a poor aesthetic presentation from these business owners who are not fulfilling their moral and legal obligations.
    Please have an officer of your ministry address this problem.
    Thank you in advance for your timely response to this request.

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    • Hello Mac – thanks for your comment. We shared your concern with our local area staff who let us know that the ministry maintains the medians on Highway 97 that are NOT landscaped through Kelowna, they are either concrete or asphalt capped only. They also let us know that the ministry does not maintain anything beyond the concrete curbing on the side Highway 97 within city limits. The City of Kelowna maintains any medians that have any type of plantings or landscape treatment on them. We hope that this information is helpful!

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  15. What is required for a deer crossing sign to be posted in a neighbourhood? We live off a recently paved highway (thanks for that by the way – it’s so smooth), and we frequently see deer and bears in our yard and going over the highway to the other side. Is there a benchmark that needs to be hit for a sign to be posted? With the new paving cars and trucks are going very fast along this stretch and I feel it could cause a major collision which I don’t want to see!

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  16. I understand new lighting along B.C. hiways to be the number one priority.

    Number 2 needs to be Bus Routes.

    Start with Nanaimo!

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  17. I have a safety concern with Highway 1 at the Delourne Rd intersection. The SB left-turn often backs up beyond the length of the left-turn lane and into the highway fast-lane. The median appears wide enough that if the median barrier was simply shifted over that the left-turn lane could be extended to provide more vehicle storage.

    Also, I hope a 80 km/h speed limit sign can be erected in the northbound and southbound direction of Highway 1 between Shawnigan Lake/Mill Bay Rd and Kilmalu Rd to increase driver awareness of the posted speed limit. This is particularly important in the northbound direction to improve sightlines for drivers turning left onto Kilmalu Rd from Highway 1. Thank you for your consideration.

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  18. “Corridor management plans” are supposed to be significant documents in the Ministry’s planning process. The most recent one I can find by searching on the Ministry website for Highway 1 from Kamloops to Alberta Border is dated 1996. Is this really the most recent management plan for this section of highway? If so does the Ministry believe that a quarter century old document is still relevant?

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  19. In your news announcing the contract for the first phase of the Salmon Arm West project you don’t give a completion date for the work. What is the completion date specified in the contract?

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  20. Hi there, I’m not sure who to direct this to, but I feel inclined to acknowledge those responsible for bc’s outhouses. I am a female truck driver and I must say how much I appreciate the cleanliness of the Bc outhouses this summer. Thank you! Amazing job!

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    • Thanks for letting us know Wilma!

      This is the kind of feedback we love to hear and we will be sure to share it back with the folks in the field doing the work! 🙂

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  21. It’s probably due time you use our tax dollars to expand the Trans Canada between Vancouver and Abbotsford. Two lanes?? Ridiculous, the city has grown over the last 20 -30 years but the highway hasn’t. C’mon people.

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  22. In regards to a 4 lane highway through peachland. I believe a bypass road would make more sense. For a number of reasons. Another road would make sense due to congestion due to slides, accidents, emergency situations like wild fires, closer way to alternate route instead of going all the way around through through Princeton or back through kelowna Beaver dell and around to get to Penticton. A road going through 4 lanes would create the small town of peachland more noise and havoc this place does not need. We definitely can use another access road which would make much more sense.

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