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  1. Rick Nichol on November 15, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning. I would like you to check the road grit applied to Hwy97 Monte Creek towards Vernon. It seems to me to be more clay based than sand . When the road is wet our vehicles are covered with mud. Never saw this on winters before.

    • tranbceditor on November 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Hello Rick and thanks for your question. We shared your comment with our local area staff and they let us know that winter abrasive is audited three times during its production. Once by the crushing company, again by the maintenance contractor, in this case Acciona Road maintenance, and on as required basis by the ministry to ensure specs are being met on the final product. The winter prep audit for this area is next week and we will as for winter sand size analysis for compliance with the specs and they will get back to us when they have more information. Stay tuned.

  2. Mark Hutchinson on November 11, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Please remove the barriers on the Highway 1 HOV just west of the 200th exit. This barrier is serious safety hazard for the HOV drivers.
    I was informed that the barrier is to force HOV drivers to merge with rest of traffic earlier, to help with traffic flow during rushhour.
    However my HOV exit is east of 200th, so the barriers force me to join traffic that I want to exit out of.
    Most HOV drivers are driving the speed limit. During non rush hour traffic the freeway fast lane is often used by drivers greatly exceeding the speed limit. So your barrieris are forcing slower moving HOV traffic to merge right to join the lane with excessive speeding traffic.
    Since little is done to stop drivers driving at excessive speeds, and often these drivers do not allow adequate car to car safety distance to allow cars from other lanes to merge, as an HOV driver I have found safety margins a concern when just being forced to merge due to the barrier on the HOV lane at this location.

    • tranbceditor on November 12, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Hello Mark and thank you for your message.

      This barrier is meant to move drivers over and also allow for eastbound egress off of the highway at 202nd. An earlier question asked around further restricting the length of the opening to 202 St – however – there needs to be some flexibility in the length of the opening to account for emergency vehicles and drivers making a late decision to use the exit ramp. Unfortunately, this is also a driver behaviour issue and we recommend that drivers exit the lane sooner, in order to have more time to safely make the merge right. Hope that this helps. Our local area staff have advised the project will be wrapped up very soon and the lane will be removed and no longer causing any concerns.

  3. Niki on November 9, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Highway 97 from Chetwynd BC to Prince George BC has always needed the roads widened. The sides of the pavement ends on the white line. Each side of the highway is only one car wide. This is a hazard and the highways have been this way for years. We need the shoulders extended and rumble strips put in so we know where the edge of the highway ends when it is snow covered. It is not maintained well sometimes. Many of us travelling this highway have had accidents because our tires have caught the edge of the pavement when a transport truck hogs the middle of the road which causes a wreckage or fatality. In the winter we have low visibility due to accumulation of snow. The Willow Creek mine is situated enroute via highway 97. We have a lot of people commuting to and from work. This needs to be rectified before the winter months in future. People travelling on this highway need to get home safe!

    • tranbceditor on November 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Niki – thanks for your comment and concern. We are sending it to our staff in the area for review and response. Stay tuned.

  4. Courtenay W on November 7, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I hope this is an appropriate place to leave this request and that it gets directed to the appropriate resource(s). Location: Victoria, BC. Intersection location: https://goo.gl/maps/sJM7r2GRqQAPGmzE8

    I believe this intersection needs to be reviewed for safety purposes, primarily in regards to the traffic lights/their angles. An individual almost hit my car and I in the middle of the intersection; that individual had a red light and mine was green. However due to the multi-direction intersection, it can be confusing.

    Thanks!

  5. Anonymous on November 4, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Who is responsible for leaf removal on the Stanley Park Causeway bikelanes? It is very dangerous.

  6. Gord Van Dyck on November 4, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Thicke Rd. in Saltair is a short gravel road leading to a park gate and parking lot for Stocking Creek Park. Several times each year, this road develops deep pot holes. This creates a very unsafe situation for cars turning off Chemainus Rd. onto Thicke Rd. Chemainus Rd. has a 60 km speed limit at this point and cars turning onto Thicke Rd. need to slow down to a crawl in order to avoid damaging their vehicles. This is pretty scary when you have another vehicle approaching from behind at 60 km/hr. The pot holes are bad now and need to be filled again. However, I think this short stretch of road should be paved. It is heavily used for both access to the park and access to the apartment building at this location. I imagine paving the road would be less expensive than filling the pot holes three or four times a year.

    • tranbceditor on November 5, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Good morning Gord! We reached out to our local area staff about your concern and they informed us that the portion of Thicke Road leading to Stocking Creek Park is classified as an 8F road, which means it is technically unconstructed and unmaintained by our maintenance contractor. They suggested that because there is a park at the end of this road and a gate it is very likely that there is a permit to the local regional district for this road, which includes maintenance of the road. We suggest you contact the local regional district to confirm. Hope that this helps!

  7. Lis on October 31, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Why do I have to go to the end of the page to reply?
    Here it is Sept 2018?.
    Anyway, who is responsible for the signs near, on and at YVR.
    They are crazy.
    2signs, “airport” and “SW marine dr.”
    There should also be, “south terminal” and “Richmond “.
    When the sign for Richmond shows up the road has a solid, do not cross, line. It’s a bit late.
    Along the route, the, “car return” sign is in the right lane. Car return is from the left lane.
    The signs keep changing and confuses most drivers.
    So they all change lanes multiple times.

    • tranbceditor on November 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Lis. It sounds like you are referring to Grant McConachie Way, which is under YVR jurisdiction. I suggest connecting with them:
      Direct: 604-207-7077
      TTY (TTD): 604-207-7070
      Email: customercallcentre@yvr.ca

  8. Sherry McIntyre on October 28, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I live on a dark stretch of highway just a few km’s outside of Lytton. There are elk, bear, and deer hit so frequently here it must be causing a lot of ICBC claims. I think streetlights would prevent a lot of them and would save a lot of money in damages, not to mention the wildlife and human life that is impacted by this issue.

    • tranbceditor on October 29, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for connecting with us here Sherry – could you tell us which highway you are on? We’d like to send to our environmental group for review.

  9. Colton on October 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Hi there. I just had some concerns with some speed limits on southern Vancouver Island.
    First one is the Malahat (Hwy 1), particularly the 80 km/h zone between Tunnel Hill and Bamberton, most drivers are going 95-100 km/h and honestly those speeds aren’t dangerous, especially on the newly divided sections of the Malahat, assuming conditions are ideal. I think 90 km/h would be acceptable to at least align with the rest of the Highway, except maybe the Goldstream Park segment. Also the 70 km/h zone near Tunnel Hill should also be investigated as although 70 km/h is reasonable when going around the curves, once the highway straightens the limit still remains 70 km/h for almost a full kilometer.
    Second is the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17). The 80 km/h zones seem to be far too slow. The freeway section from McKenzie Avenue to Elk Lake Drive could easily be increased, I would believe 100 km/h would be appropriate as there are no signalized intersections which would allow the limit to be higher than 90 km/h and the 85th percentile is roughly about 100 km/h according to the ministry’s traffic data program webpage. The 90 km/h zone I feel should also be investigated.
    Also the freeway segment of Highway 1 between Spencer Road and Helmcken Road is currently posted at 90 km/h, but again, as it has no signalized intersections, it seems 100 km/h or higher would be more reasonable.
    I know my post was lengthy but I think it is important that speed limits reflect the safe speeds that most drivers are driving at. I hope you would consider reviewing these segments. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on October 24, 2019 at 9:13 am

      Hi Colton – thanks for your suggestion.

      We have sent it to our traffic engineering group for review and response. Stay tuned!

      • Colton on November 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm

        Thanks for your response and I am pleased that the engineers are looking into. There was also another highway that I recently came across that I feel should also be investigated. When heading west on Sooke Rd (Hwy 14) about a kilometer west of Humpback Rd the speed limit drops from 80 km/h to 60 km/h when the highway is still 4-lanes and relatively straight. The reduction to 60 km/h should be closer to Kangaroo Rd.

        • tranbceditor on November 8, 2019 at 10:45 am

          Thank you for this further note Colton – we will share it along as well.

          • Colton on November 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm

            Thank you!

  10. Harry Payne on October 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Hello.

    1. N Island Highway & Coulter Rd Intersection White crosswalk need to be repainted. White crosswalk are fading out.

    2. Woodburn Rd to Coulter Rd on N Island Highway yellow painted island need to be repainted.

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on October 16, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Thanks for letting us know Harry!

  11. R on October 10, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Hi. I’d like to make you aware of a particular dangerous section of highway 6 E, between slocan and silverton. A couple of things: first, the section of hwy 6 know to locals as silverton hill which is a chainup area in winter, should be improved. A double lane from top to bottom and most places it is do-able because there is room for widening. Ive had too many people pass me in a double solid corner because of impatience, its going to get someone killed. Large trucks are slow up that windy section. A highway camera at the top by the brake check because in a snowstorm, the elevation difference is quite significant, where it might be raining at the bottom it could be snowing at the top. Second: the section of highway by enterprise creek on the south end closest to slocan side needs tree removal. The last right hand turn before exiting the creek has trees obstructing view and the corner is too narrow, large trucks have no choice but to cross the yellow line to avoid trailers riding up on the barrier causing a rollover, and the zero line-of-sight there is very dangerous, quite often people cut corners there and are surprised when they see me coming too late. Third and most importantly: further down the highway above slocan lake on what’s known as cape horn bluffs, in wet conditions the moisture along with the rapid temperature fluctuations at that first corner heading south can become so thick with fog it is impossible to see anything day or night. I’ve never in my life seen fog that dense anywhere. Most times you can only see opposing traffic when they are right beside you. And this is only for about 50 meters, after that it’s gone. You’re driving along and you hit a wall of fog and you cant see anything, which is bad because the road is 150 meters from the lake straight down. I’m requesting lit up LED chevron signs on that corner that are only activated during extreme fog and are bright enough to be seen in that fog. And/or installed lights on the cement barrier that can be seen in thick fog. Most times i’ve found myself in the other lane because the road lines are not visible there because the fog is so dense.

    • tranbceditor on October 15, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Hello Riley and thank you so much for this thorough comment. We have sent it to our local area manager for review. He is going to go through it in better detail and we will get back to you shortly.

    • tranbceditor on October 16, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Hello again Riley. We just heard back from the local area manager and here’s what he had to say.

      It is possible to construct a second lane on the Silverton Hill, but the geography there make its very expensive and is not something that we currently have planned due to competing priorities. We encourage you to report impatient drives to the RCMP.

      A highway cam would work in that location and will be considered when resources become available. We have shared your idea with our HighwayCam team for review. In the meantime, drivers should prepared for quickly changing weather and drive to conditions.

      We will ask the maintenance contractor to take a look at the section between Enterprise Creek and Slocan to see if there are any opportunities to improve sight lines.

      The installation of chevrons, whether lighted or not, requires traffic engineering approval to ensure they meet warrant and are placed correctly. Our warrants exist so drivers can expect to encounter the same conditions anywhere in the province when they see standard signs. The intent of chevrons is to warn drivers that there is a corner that immediately follow a straight section. The section of Highway 6 through Cape Horn does not have any straight sections so installations would not be warranted.
      We advise all motorist to slow down and drive to conditions whenever there is reduced visibility.

      We hope that this helps answer your concerns. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  12. Harry Payne on October 5, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Hello.
    I Have a Suggestions on Highway 19 Buckley bay Rest area

    1. Replace the old hand dryer to Xlerator Eco Hand Dryer or Dyson Airblade V that will dry your hand faster.

    2. in the paper towel only sign why it’s say Emcon service and should to be replaced to mainroad contactor because Emcon service is no longer service in the island.

    Thank You.

    • tranbceditor on October 7, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Great suggestions Harry – thank you. We have sent them forward on your behalf.

  13. Nick Thomas on October 5, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I have a question about the contract with Western Pacific Marine to operate the Kootenay Lake ferry. Do they get paid in full even though crossings are being cancelled because of industrial action?

    • tranbceditor on October 7, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Hi Nick – thanks for your comment. We do have a contract management program in place and we are continually monitoring all aspects of our agreements, including service delivery.

      • Nick Thomas on October 7, 2019 at 11:39 pm

        That doesn’t even attempt to answer my question. It seems that the public don’t have a right to know. I guess even if I put in a freedom of information request to see the contract it will be denied or redacted as commercially confidential (not to mention delayed until well after the dispute is resolved).

  14. jaleen on October 4, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I am an avid driver travelling between the okanagan and columbia shushwap region probably 200 times a year. I am presently sitting at the site of ANOTHER OVER TURNED SEMI TRUCK ACCIDENT near mara. I have seen so many of these accidents. These accidents all look the same – always on a corner be ause they were travelling too fast for the road. This happens much more frequently during the winter and rainy seasons. When is the Ministry going to put the lives of non semi truck drivers seriously and start addressing this issue?!?!?! I am constantly stuck behind these accidents or having semi trucks racing past me or even another semi truck at well over 120 km/hr in EVERY passing lane opportunity to the point where I feel unsafe. This must be addressed!!! The consequences for us in comparatively little vehicles is so great, not to mention the travel delays were are constantly forced to endure. Please tell what how you plan to address this major safety issue on our BC highways.

    • tranbceditor on October 7, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Hello Jaleen,

      Thank you for your message. The BC RCMP and CVSE are on the roads every day enforcing driver behavior and inspecting vehicles, and in fact CVSE did conduct a concentrated road safety blitz within the Okanagan and Shuswap corridors mentioned this past summer. When drivers see or record unsafe actions on our roadways, we encourage them to call 911 if there is a public safety risk, otherwise please report to CVSE through our tip line. Here’s the number: 1-888-775-8785

  15. David Searle on September 22, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    On highway 19 through the Nanaimo area the “skip” lines have been allowed to wear away so when you are in a two lane turn, many people drift into the wrong lane. These are important, especially during inclement weather, The City of Nanaimo’s feeder roads also have this problem. Thanks

    • tranbceditor on September 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      Hi David. Thank you for reporting your concern about Highway 19 line markings. I’ve relayed to our local road area manager for review.

    • tranbceditor on September 24, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Hi again David – these locations are on the to do list of our contractor for the area. They are struggling to get a window of dry weather to get them painted, but they are scheduled and should be done very soon. Thanks for your message. Hope that this helps!

  16. Trish Kirkman on September 21, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Hi I see the tree is now gone. Thank you for listening and actioning.

  17. Nick Thomas on September 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    When I try and look at the ‘Ministry in the news’ page I get the following warning from my browser (Firefox). This only happens on that page so I believe the problem is with your website. I did send an e-mail to TRAN.WEBMASTER yesterday but didn’t get a reply.

    Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead

    Firefox detected an issue and did not continue to http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca. The website is either misconfigured or your computer clock is set to the wrong time.

    It’s likely the website’s certificate is expired, which prevents Firefox from connecting securely. If you visit this site, attackers could try to steal information like your passwords, emails, or credit card details.

    What can you do about it?

    Your computer clock is set to 9/19/2019. Make sure your computer is set to the correct date, time, and time zone in your system settings, and then refresh http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca.

    If your clock is already set to the right time, the website is likely misconfigured, and there is nothing you can do to resolve the issue. You can notify the website’s administrator about the problem.

    • tranbceditor on September 20, 2019 at 10:52 am

      Thanks for reporting this to us, Nick. I’ve forwarded this on. Your email to TRAN.WEBMASTER would also have been logged, and is likely being processed.

  18. Norm Ryder on September 16, 2019 at 9:00 am

    In the news release re southern VI and Emcon will be required to provide higher maintenance standards. Will this require more attention to sweeping the paved shoulders which in most places are defacto cycling lanes. After a recent cycling trip from Victoria through Port Renfrew and back through Lake Cowichan it is clear sweeping the shoulders is seldom if ever done. This is particularly a problem adjacent to rumble strips where after the rumble strip and outside perimeter of a vehicle are considered the majority of “good” riding in the pave shoulder is lost to cars. Another example of Active transportation words not being action on the ground. In a few days expect to see a series of videos of much of the ride posted through my web site

    • tranbceditor on September 19, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Hello Norm,

      We shared your comment with our local area staff who informed us that the new maintenance contract for the south sisland area starts on October 1st. In the new contract there are provisions for additional sweeping. Our maintenance contractors do have time frames, when the initial sweeping must be completed after winter, as well as the frequency of sweeping through urban areas; however, the additional quantities will allow for improved service for active transportation priority locations, or locations where shoulder erosion has covered the bike lanes. Hope that this information is helpful, thanks you for connecting with us here.

  19. Harry Payne on September 15, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Hello MOT

    We Cross the Capilano River Bridge on Trans Canada Highway which need deck resufacing because pot hole everywhere.
    is there any plans to resuface the bridge deck in Capilano River Bridge on Hwy 1?

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on September 19, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Hello Harry – we have sent your question to the local area manager and will let you know what we hear back.

    • tranbceditor on September 25, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Hello again Harry – we spoke with the local area manager who confirmed that the ministry is aware of the ongoing issues with the deck of this structure and are working hard at developing a plan to achieve the desired outcome for all parties. Fully resurfacing this bridge deck is one of our priorities for the North Shore. There are significant challenges when planning bridge deck rehabilitation works on a structure such as the Capilano Canyon Bridge. While safety remains our number one priority, we also look to balance this with providing a reliable highway network and the impact of reducing capacity on the Upper Levels Highway to a single lane in one direction would be very disruptive to the travelling public.

      Our maintenance contractor, Miller Capilano, is also aware of the challenges with the Capilano Canyon Bridge and have been diligently making repairs to the deck surface as required while we work to develop and move forward with a more permanent solution. We hope that this information is helpful.

  20. kan on September 11, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Hi
    This is the Highway 17 problem near Highway 91 connector west side, first time reported was in June, Problem is still there and getting worse everyday. Please FIX THIS HIGHWAY. Thanks
    *******************************

    I drive everyday from North delta to Til bury area on Highway 17, There is big hump near 92 ave on highway 17. It is almost there since highway 17 was built. It has been fixed few times but it appears back after few months. Putting sign for few months will not solve the problem It needs repair. Every year they put hump sign, then another sign to reduce speed, but this is not a solution. It is very dangerous because big semis don’t slow down, Please fix this before anything happens. Thanks
    Reply

    tranbceditor on June 25, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Hi Kan and thank you for your message. We have sent this forward to our staff in the area for review.
    Reply
    tranbceditor on July 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Kan,

    Ministry staff have been working with the concessionaire (Fraser Transportation Group) since the winter of 2014, to address bumps on the Highway 17 corridor.

    Sections of Highway 17 around 80th St., west of the 91 Connector, are experiencing post-construction settlement — creating bumps in the pavement. This section is in the landfill closed area, where soils are known to be of a concern. Pavement remediation work has involved grinding or placing pavement overlay to smooth out the bumps. There have been several rounds of pavement remediation at two of the three zones of the sites.

    To manage driver behaviour through these areas, electronic speed reader advisory signs and static ‘bumps’ signs have been installed to remind drivers to drive to the conditions of the road and the legal posted speed limit of 80 km/h.

    The ministry, along with the concessionaire, continues to closely monitor the corridor to ensure it remains safe for the public, and to implement long-term solutions once the soil settlement is completed. There is no risk to the driving public, and individuals are encouraged to drive the legal posted speed limits.
    Reply
    tranbceditor on July 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Kan,

    Some further information…

    Minor grinding to smooth out the bumps will take place soon, to address two of the problems areas that have gotten worse recently. This work is expected to be finished within the next several weeks.
    Reply
    kan on August 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Hi

    Thanks for your reply, But the problem is still there and it is worse now, if you slow down before the Big Semi trucks, it can be very dangerous. You can see the marks of tyres of big semis when they suddenly apply brakes to slow down. temporary solution may be reduce speed to 60 KM through the stretch.Thanks
    tranbceditor on August 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for this suggestion Kan. We will forward it along to our local area staff for review.

    • tranbceditor on September 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      Hello Kan – thank you for following up with us.

      Sections of the Hwy 17 corridor around 80th St., west of the 91 Connector, are experiencing post-construction settlement – creating bumps in the pavement surface. This section is in the landfill closed area where soils are known to cause settlement issues. The ministry, along with the concessionaire, continues to closely monitor the corridor to make sure it remains safe for the driving public and to implement short and long-term solutions when the soil settlement is completed. Ministry staff has been working with the concessionaire (Fraser Transportation Group) on acceptable mitigation strategies since the winter of 2014, to address the bumps on the Highway 17 corridor. As a result, there have been several rounds of pavement remediation at two of the 3 zones of the sites. Some settlement was anticipated, as the project had geo-technical challenges due to the soil composition at this location. The pavement remediation work to date has consisted of grinding or placing pavement overlay to smooth out the bumps. To manage driver behaviour through these settlement areas, electronic speed reader advisory signs and static ‘bumps’ signs have been installed to remind drivers to drive to the conditions of the road and legal posted speed limit of 80km/h. The area is continuing to be monitored for pavement settlement rates, for a more innovative long-term solution to be developed once the settlement is complete. The ministry continues to monitor the corridor for pavement settlement and other issues to ensure the road remains safe for the public. There is no risk to the driving public, and individuals are encouraged to drive the legal posted speed limits.

      We hope that this helps answer some of your concerns.

  21. Tony on September 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Hello. I drive Hwy 3 regularly and am confused at the 80 kph speed limit on the stretch of road as you approach the Mine Hill Truck Brake Check, 19 km west of Princeton. At Sunday Creek, about 9 km west of the brake check the speed limit is posted at 80 kph even though the road is wide, clear and in some cases 3 or 4 lanes. It appears that the 80 kph is a leftover from the earlier construction that took place a few years ago and that the speed limit should be 100 kph similar to the stretch of road as you approach Princeton.

    • tranbceditor on September 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Tony – we’ve sent your question to our local area staff for review. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on September 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Hi again Tony – we shared your comment with our local area staff and they have looped in our traffic operations engineers to review the stretch and determine if the speed limit is set to an appropriate speed. This may take some time to determine, but we will let you know when we hear back.

      • Tony on October 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm

        Thanks for your September 16 update. I just returned from Osoyoos on October 14 and I noticed a big sign on that stretch of road which stated that the project is now complete. If the 80 km/h speed limit was related to the construction, then it should be reviewed to see if 100 km/h is appropriate. BTW I cruise at 80 km/h and the rest of the traffic routinely passes me at 90 – 110 km/h.

        • tranbceditor on October 22, 2019 at 12:36 pm

          Good afternoon Tony – thanks for following up. We have, in turn, followed up with our traffic engineer who had noted the site for further review. We will let you know when we hear back (he is currently out of the office).

  22. Colton on September 7, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    The Nanaimo Parkway (Hwy 19) on Vancouver Island this summer has been the worst I’ve seen it in years in regards to the traffic congestion due to delays caused by the several signalized intersections on the highway. I wish these intersections were built as interchanges like they were supposed to be when the highway was originally built in the 90’s but it unfortunately didn’t happen due to “cost overruns”. The intersection of Hwy 19/Hwy 19 SB Exit 29: Hwy 19A is honestly ridiculous as the exit part is already built however it just turns into a jug handle and exiting traffic has to traverse across the highway at grade. Delays are only going to continue to worsen as traffic demand increases. Does the ministry have any future plans to improve traffic flow on the Nanaimo Parkway by replacing signalized intersections with interchanges? Also could the ministry look at signal coordination on the Nanaimo Parkway, especially at intersections in close proximity? Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on September 10, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Hello Colton,

      We recognize that as Nanaimo grows the traffic volumes grow with it. That’s why we upgraded two of the intersections; Jinglepot south and Jinglepot North, in recent years,adding dual southbound left turns on the highway and related changes. We have no immediate plans to upgrade to interchanges but we are protecting the needed land for the future. The ministry will continue to monitor the intersections.

  23. Charlene on September 7, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I’m wondering how Trans BC can get away with their blinking electronic warning signs along Hwy #1 to DISTRACT people from safe driving only to ask them to “Take the Survey on Drive BC.com”! Or to blink loudly at people ‘warning’ what they already know: “Don’t (BLINK) Drink and (BLINK BLINK) Drive” while they’re trying to drive safely! I went to the website to complain, and there isn’t even a survey link there. I would like Transportation BC to PLS STOP ADVERTISING AND LECTURING ON THE paid for-by-tax BC TRANSPORT NEON BLINKING SIGNS ALONG THE HIGHWAY:  IT LEADS TO DISTRACTED DRIVING!!

    Every summer I drive the Hwy #1 and #5 between Vancouver, BC and Red Deer, Alberta and am so highly annoyed to be distracted from my driving and forced to read ADVERTISEMENTS and stupid DRIVING SAFETY TIPS on your very large blinking notice boards that I believe should be reserved for, of course, REAL SAFETY NOTICES — not rules that I already had to prove I was aware of WHEN I PASSED MY DRIVING LICENSE TEST, and not legal reminders that go without saying, such as “Don’t drink and drive/ “Seatbelts are the law”/ “Drive safely,” etc., etc.!  

    When I am trying to drive safely and respectfully on BC highways, I am looking out for other drivers and paying attention to posted signage and my vehicle, and DO NOT EXPECT TO BE DISTRACTED by you blinking “TAKE THE SURVEY” at me when I am thinking it’s going to tell me something really important I must immediately be aware of, something else for which to take my eyes off the road.

    Go ahead and blink large signage lights at me for Construction, Wildlife, Accident, Unexpected Safety and Hazard warnings at me, but PLEASE DO *NOT* distract me from safe driving by advertising your disappointing website or repeating over and over again common knowledge rules.  If I am a person that is drinking and driving or not following other rules — do you really think your ‘reminders’ are making a difference, anyway?

    On one hand, the Ministry is using its manpowered electric technology to warn drivers of the DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW, yet on the other hand, it is DISTRACTING our driving to do it.

    Please stop.

    • tranbceditor on September 9, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Hi Charlene – thanks for letting us know your feelings about the Changeable Message Signs. We appreciate your frustration and have shared your concerns with the staff who update them for review and consideration. Safety is our absolute priority – and we thank you for your efforts to travel safely.

      • Anonymous on September 13, 2019 at 7:07 am

        thats funny i 100 percent agree with charlene…the blinking signs saysing “is the sign helping” is a huge JOKE…LOL…

  24. Nick Thomas on September 6, 2019 at 8:33 am

    At last Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4 is being put out for tender. However the contract isn’t going to be signed before August 2020 (according to the information on BC Bid) so very little construction will be possible before winter 2020.

    I note that media reports are still quoting the 2023/4 completion date that was based on construction starting this summer. I also couldn’t find any mention of a completion date in your Ministry’s news release or backgrounder.

    Can you please confirm what the planned completion date is for this project?

  25. Brenda McBlain on September 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I would like to bring up the major problem with vehicles over 5ton. These trucks feel that it is alright for them to take up both lanes of a road, stopped at a light, with a large hill just on the other side of the lights. They are the MAJOR cause of the traffic jam at the George Massey Tunnel every afternoon. They also contribute huge to the problems crossing the Port Mann Bridge eastbound because they will take up all lanes even though they can’t pass each other going up Johnson Hill. When did the truck drivers become so rude. Why have we not given trucks a lower speed limit on ALL highways so they are forced to remain in the right lane? Why do we not fine them for impeding traffic flow in town by taking up all available lanes? In parts of Europe, they are not allowed to be on the highways during the morning or evening rush hours. We need some Transportation and Hwys vehicles to actually investigate these issues. The truck drivers think that they are important so they don’t have to abide by any edicate. This needs to stop. I would like to know if there is a process that civilians can take to petition for changes to some of these laws? Where would I go to find out more about this?

    • tranbceditor on September 5, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Hello Brenda – thanks for your comment and concern. We have recently begun a pilot project restricting commercial vehicle travel in the passing lane on BC Highway 5 and if the project is successful, we will consider implementing it on other stretches of BC Highway as well. That being said – the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) is your best point of contact to voice your concerns and suggestions. You can email them directly at Commercial.Transport@gov.bc.ca

      You can also visit the CVSE’s website to get more information on regulations governing commercial traffic and any other initiatives underway. Thanks again for your message, we hope that this helps.

  26. Trish Kirkman on September 4, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    HI My question is in regards to the road treatment done on the Pat Bay. I’m curious as to why the southbound lanes at Sayward weren’t done and Island View, especially the northbound lanes on the Pat Bay, that hill is treacherous on a good day and horrible when wet/icy/snowy and many people have ended up over the side. So doing road treatment from the top of the hill down and from Island view up to Keating southbound would be extremely beneficial. O(exit from North) (south bound) that is partially leaning to towards the highway, wouldn’t it be pro-active to take it down before it falls down on a car, before the storms start?

    • tranbceditor on September 5, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hello Trish,

      We sent your comment to the staff responsible for the project and they let us know that in selecting the locations for this pilot project MOTI teamed up with ICBC to select the highest collision locations that would benefit from the treatment. The work is now complete, however the ministry will be monitoring the applications so that it’s use can be considered at more locations in the future. We would like to look into your concern about something leaning toward the highway – but can’t quite make out what is leaning or where exactly it is from your message. Any more info on this concern would be greatly appreciated – thank you!

      • Trish Kirkman on September 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm

        Hi Thank you for looking into it, I’m still surprised about island view on that hill, but we’ll see…About the tree leaning onto the highway. If you are southbound into town, and on the right before east Saanich is a tree that is leaning toward the highway. I don’t know how else to describe it to you. it would be best if someone took a drive and scanned along the side of the road between island view and east Saanich road where it meets the highway. It should be obvious. I’ll try and get a picture if I can.

        • tranbceditor on September 9, 2019 at 10:15 am

          Thanks for this Trish – we have shared it with our local staff for review.

        • tranbceditor on September 10, 2019 at 3:02 pm

          Hello again Trish,

          Just a follow up note to confirm that the Saanich office received a similar email from you about the tree, has notified our maintenance contractor who will visit the site to review and remove the tree. Thanks for looping us in on this!

      • Trish Kirkman on September 8, 2019 at 10:05 pm

        HI as per our earlier conversation regarding the tree on the Pat Bay, how can I send you a picture

        • tranbceditor on September 9, 2019 at 10:34 am

          Hi Trish!

          Please could you send me the picture directly? Kristen.Reimer@gov.bc.ca

          Thank you 🙂

          • Trish Kirkman on September 23, 2019 at 11:12 pm

            Hi, I see the tree has gone. Thanks for listening.

          • tranbceditor on September 24, 2019 at 8:56 am

            Glad to hear it has been taken care of Trish. Thanks for looping us in on your concern!

  27. Ian W on September 4, 2019 at 2:07 am

    According to the: Manual of Standard Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings

    DEFINITIONS
    OVERHEAD SIGN: A traffic sign mounted with 5 metres of vertical clearance and
    preferably located over the lane or lanes to which the sign applies.

    1.9 OVERHEAD SIGNS
    An overhead sign may be required:
    · Where the message is applicable to a particular lane (or lanes), over which the
    sign is placed.

    “Overhead” signs have recently been placed to mark the future Hwy 1 Exit 21 Eastbound – Mountain Hwy. None of these are actually “overhead” of the right-hand lane. They are not even consistent in their offset or arm lengths. I can’t say I have seen any other “overhead” signs that are not “over” travel lane, at least none that are glaringly wrong and inconsistent.

    One of the sign columns appears significantly too close to the existing roadway so to impede a vehicle from pulling completely onto the shoulder, a regular occurrence with trucks or broken down vehicles. A long jersey barrier has even been erected to protect the misplaced sign column. I can’t believe the highway “improvements” would extend so far as to make the mal-alignment “correct” in the final layout. I would urge MOTI to review to ensure the comply with provincial standards.

    Let’s see how the rest of the design works out.

    • tranbceditor on September 4, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Hello Ian – thanks for your comment. We shared your message with the project manager and he let us know that these are actually destination signs for the Mountain Highway project. Generally, these signs are shoulder mounted where space is available and good visibility however due to tight space we put them on an overhead to improve visibility to the signs. The sign is not meant to be positioned to line up over a lane. We hope that this helps to clarify. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  28. Nicholas Thomas on August 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    What is the difference between the provincial highway upgrade projects that the federal government announced funding support for on the 3rd July and the one announced on the 26th August? In both cases the provincial government’s contribution for the project(s) is pending approval from Treasury Board. However the provincial government only participated in the announcement and issued a news release for the project announced on the 26th August. Does that indicate that the government is much more supportive of the latter project – and if so why?

  29. David Pedersen on August 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Good evening TranBC,

    I just wanted to offer a comment on the bridge immediately before (or after, depending on the direction) the George Massey Tunnel along Highway 99 in Delta. While dining at a nearby restaurant, I noticed that the bridge in question is rather close to the water in terms of its vertical clearance, which I suspect is why none of the boats on the (upstream?) side of the bridge have masts or other high structures on them. Given the talk about replacing or upgrading the George Massey Tunnel, I was wondering if there are/were any plans to raise the bridge (while ensuring it remains a fixed span) so taller ships are able to access the marina. I think it could lead to benefits for Delta as a whole by allowing a greater variety of ships to access the marina and maritime facilities upstream.

    I was just wondering what plans (if any) TranBC has to increase the vertical clearance under the bridge so higher ships can pass under without needing to install a moveable span that would lead to serious traffic disruptions and rear-enders. In addition, I look forward to seeing the eventual plans for the upgrading and/or replacement of the George Massey Tunnel.

    Thank you for your time and attention and I look forward to continued correspondence in the future.

    Regards,

    David Pedersen

    P.S. is there a “technical publications mailing list” that I could subscribe to so I could keep up-to-date with all the latest technical publications and technical circulars/bulletins? I enjoy reading them and they have taught (and continue to teach) me a lot of neat stuff!

  30. bullied biker on August 14, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I started bicycling to work over the lions gate bridge Northbound (although i am sure the same applies to southbound) i commute from richmond to North Van and the ONLY part of the journey i hate is crossing the bridge. The lanes are wide enough, even on the bridge deck, the problem i think is the signage….and the people. Im slow, i admit that. riding the causeway (not the deck itself) i keep to the right in the pedestrian lane and its pretty uneventful. The problem is the bridge deck. Its a bit narrow admittedly , not much more can be done. In the beginning i kept to the right and people did pass on the left, but a few people were OUTRAGED i was not in the bike lane as it is clearly marked the left hand side is the bike lane. This did make sense, so i rode on the left hand side in the bike side, some people were OUTRAGED i was so slow in the left hand bike lane and expected me to move to the right because they wont pass on the right. If your going to keep the bike lane on the left i think you need big signs that say BIKES PASS ON RIGHT, or NO PASSING or something. OR swap the bike lane to the Right hand side ?…….thoughts?

    • tranbceditor on August 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Hi there bullied biker – thanks for sharing your thoughts with us here. We are sending your comment to our local area staff for review.

    • tranbceditor on August 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Hello bullied biker,

      We asked the local area manager to review this concern. They confirmed that it is a shared used path for pedestrians and bicycles with separate lanes which both parties may use to pass within. There is signage installed that says “Bell or Yell” where the purpose is those passing at their discretion should notify any slower moving cyclists that they are coming behind them and passing with the use of the pedestrian laneway on the right when safe to do so. We hope that this helps clarify the intended use of the lanes.

      • Anonymous on September 13, 2019 at 7:37 am

        Thanks, that clears it up…..im keeping to the bike lane..abeit a bit slower than most… and they can pass on the right with a yell and a bell!

        • tranbceditor on September 13, 2019 at 10:50 am

          Glad to hear it! Safe travels 🙂

  31. Kristine on August 8, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Hello, I have a question about Commercial Vehicle Inspection Officers. I was travelling through on Hwy 1 on July 18, 2019 between Golden and Revelstoke. I was travelling behind a commercial vehicle inspection truck for several km’s (60 kms?) and went through a few passing lane areas. During this time, several vehicles were passing both of us at various speeds. A longer passing lane came up and I had my cruise set at 106, speed limit is 100. The passing lane was long enough that I did get in front of the commercial vehicle inspector. He did trail behind me for about 5 minutes and then put his flashers on and pulled me over, my speed had not increased. I was in my car. The officer didn’t appear to be in full uniform, I do think he had a vest on, he approached my car on the passenger side so I rolled the window down. He didn’t identify himself and asked me how fast I was going. I said 106, he said he had his cruise set at 103 and that I was speeding, which I was.There was several questions that I wanted to ask but I didnt as I didn’t want to provoke anything being by myself on the side of a Hwy. He asked for my drivers license only, went and set in his truck for 5 minutes. When he returned to my car, he asked several questions, like how far I had driven that day,where I was going, is my home address correct on my license, was I on vacation etc.A few times throughout the conversation he told me that ” you don’t pass cops, it isn’t smart”. Once I pulled away he followed me for about 30 minutes, I had now reduced my speed to 90, well under the speed limit, hoping he would continue on to the other vehicles and heavy haul trucks that were still continually passing us, several at significant speeds. Eventually (30 minutes) he pulled over to the side of the road and turned around and went back the other direction. I am still unsettled by the situation, I fully admit that 106 was speeding but it was a very uncomfortable and strange encounter, the vehicle doesn’t look like a police vehicle, and the officers conduct seemed strange. Does the commercial vehicle inspection officer have the authority to issue a speeding ticket and/or pull someone over under these circumstances?

  32. M on August 5, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    The website for DriveBC is beyond terrible. Google Maps is a better source of information than the Drive BC website – how is that possible? I’m on Vancouver Island on Highway 19 with google reporting a significant delay due to an accident and Drive BC makes no mention of it. I also called the 1800 number, no mention and a message “no major incidents reported” for highway 19. Your email contact button starts an email properly but there is no email address in the “to” box. In 2019, how is all this possible???! How is it possible that this website is not maintained? I encountered the same issue of out-of-date information coming down from Whistler a month ago and there was a fire on the Sea to Sky Highway. Again, no up-to-date information on Drive BC. Again, only Google is reliable. Looking at the “About” page on DriveBC it’s mandate is clear to report on major incidents and events to help motorists plan their trip. With that mandate, I expect – whether weekday, weekend, holiday – that I will get up-to-date information. What a terrible service.

    • tranbceditor on August 6, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      HI Maya,

      Thanks for your comments about DriveBC.

      We regret that there can be incidents that do not get reported on DriveBC. There can be a variety of reasons for this. Often it is simply that our operators aren’t aware of an incident and require the information from an authoritative source who hasn’t sent it on.

      We agree and regret that there can be incidents that do not get reported on DriveBC. There can be a variety of reasons for this. Often it is simply that our operators aren’t aware of an incident and require the information from an authoritative source who hasn’t sent it on.

      Google can be a good source, but not enough for us to rely on!

      We do make our best effort and apologize for missing the occasional problem. In this case we will forward your observation to district staff for their information.

      We will look into the email button issue right away.

      Google can be a good source, but not enough for us to rely on.

      We do make our best effort and apologize for missing the occasional problem. In this case, we will forward your observation to district staff for their information.

      We will look into the email button issue right away.

      • Ian W on September 4, 2019 at 10:02 am

        I would like add to Maya’s frustration. You say, “there can be incidents that do not get reported on DriveBC”, ” Often it is simply that our operators aren’t aware of an incident and require the information from an authoritative source who hasn’t sent it on”.

        Is there any requirement that your maintenance operators report in a timely manner, the incidents to DriveBC such that they can be posted on the website or other social media – ie: when they get the call or arrive on scene?. While the first priority is clearly saving lives and safety, it just takes the operator to advise the dispatcher of details (which they should be doing anyway) and the dispatcher can post.

        Also, it seems MOTI and its partners have gone social media nuts; there’s so many accounts that no one knows where to look! There’s @DriveBC, @TranBC, @DriveBC_LM, @TranBC_LMD, @MillerCaplano4 (where’s 1 thru 3 ?), @capilanoteam, @MainroadLM, and I don’t even think that covers the entire Lower Mainland! There seems to be tremendous inconsistency in what / where notifications appear. Does everyone follow each other or do we have to follow them all? Maybe you should have a “Social Media Coverage map” to help us! Is there a repeater/escalation communications chain procedure in place?

  33. Jim Grayson on August 4, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Lochside Trail, 1.7 km paved pathway between Island View Road and Mount Newton X Road, is sub-standard width. Most of this 2014 project is 2.6 metres wide, with one small portion of only 2.4 metres width.

    Are there any plans to properly upgrade this five-year-old project to an absolute minimum 3.0 metres width with a reflective, dashed centre-line?

  34. Resident on August 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Are there any plans to put in a crosswalk between Wright rd and Skyler Circle on Shawnigan Lake Rd? If not, what are the steps to take to request that your traffic engineer do an evaluation on the need of a crosswalk in this increasingly busy area?

    • tranbceditor on August 7, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for your question about putting in a crosswalk on Shawnigan Lake Rd between Wright Rd and Skyler Circle.

      You could make a written submission (via email) to the current area manager Jake.Roder@gov.bc.ca to start the process.

      Please be advised that we rarely approve mid-block crosswalks and look to put them at intersections wherever possible.

  35. Stan on August 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    With regards to the use of studded snow tires:

    Is there any exemption available for short term use of studded snow tires on a passenger vehicle travelling outside of the allowable period? I will be travelling from Vancouver to Kelowna over the Coquihalla, on Sept 15, and will be driving on interior highways throughout the winter, so I need these tires on my car throughout the winter. My problem is that I don’t have room in my car to take both summer and winter tires with me. Is there an exemption available( I would be willing to pay for this ) for the 2 week period from Sept 15 to Oct 1?

    • tranbceditor on August 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Stan,

      Thanks for your question about using studded tires outside the allowable period of Oct. 1 to April 30.

      No, there aren’t any exemptions contained the MVA Regulation, for vehicles to operate with studded tires before Oct. 1 or after April 30.

  36. Harry Payne on July 29, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Hello There.
    is there any plan to upgrade wider sidewalk in french creek bridge highway 19A?

    I have found the news about cyclist is too narrow to cross.

    https://www.pqbnews.com/news/cyclists-now-have-options-on-french-creek-bridge/

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on July 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Harry,

      No changes are planned for the immediate future, for the sidewalk on French Creek Bridge.

      Cyclists can either cross the bridge knowing that motorists have been advised to share the road, or dismount from their bicycle and use the sidewalk.

  37. Nicholas Jerimiah Sappington on July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I was wondering how many times the transcanada highway was closed between Revelstoke and Salmon Arm in 2017 and 2018. I am doing a report on this and can’t seem to find the data of closures or delays on this section of the highway. Any help is appreciated.

    • tranbceditor on July 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Nicholas,

      Thanks for your interest in Highway 1 closures between Revelstoke and Salmon Arm, in 2017 and 2018.

      This information can be extracted from data available at DataBC. You will find information about partial and full closures here:
      https://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/historical-drivebc-events

      • Nick Thomas on July 30, 2019 at 5:48 am

        Not every event on the highway gets reported on Drive BC. Nearly all closures are, but I wouldn’t discount the possibility that some short closures, especially at night and on weekends, didn’t get reported.

        • tranbceditor on July 30, 2019 at 5:16 pm

          Hi Nick,

          You are correct that in the case of short closures at night, the incident may already be resolved by the time we are informed of it, and a notification on DriveBC can be posted.

  38. Nick Thomas on July 27, 2019 at 7:33 am

    On the Ministry’s website the pdf copies of its Service Plans and Service Plan Reports are configured so that it is not possible to copy text. Is that deliberate? If so why is it considered appropriate to prevent copying of information from these important public documents?

    Of course it would be possible to either retype the text or to print the document and scan it but both introduce the risk of introducing errors.

    • tranbceditor on August 12, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Hi Nick,

      Are you referring to this document?

      https://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/sp/pdf/ministry/tran.pdf

      We tried it out, and seem to be able to right click to copy. Please let us know if you cannot and we can try to get it to you another way.

      • Nick Thomas on August 18, 2019 at 7:11 am

        That was one of the documents. I still can’t right click to copy. When I look at the document info on my pdf reader (TWUNI – the default reader in Windows) it shows that copy is NOT allowed.

        • tranbceditor on August 19, 2019 at 11:39 am

          Hhhhhm. Strange stuff. And you cleared your cache, so that the computer was reloading old info?

      • Nick Thomas on August 18, 2019 at 8:16 pm

        Probably not much point sending me the pdf documents as I’m sure the problem is in the settings within the file itself. I don’t have the same problem with other pdf documents downloaded from your website.

        • tranbceditor on August 19, 2019 at 11:42 am

          We have replaced the document in question and can now right click to copy, etc. We suggest you might want to clear your cache, so that your computer isn’t reloading old info?

          • Nick Thomas on August 20, 2019 at 3:08 pm

            Tried clearing the cache. Still the same problem after downloading it again. Never mind, not that important, thanks anyway.

          • tranbceditor on August 21, 2019 at 1:32 pm

            Hmmmm, dang it! Let us know if you want us to send you any sections Nick – we are happy to help.

  39. Colton on July 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Hi there, I just had a concern with the left turn signal timing at Douglas St (Hwy 1) and Saanich Rd in Victoria. The green phase for the dual left turn lanes from Douglas St onto Saanich Rd only lasts about 4-5 seconds which is not nearly enough time for the left turning queue to clear, in many cases only about 4 cars can get through during the green phase. Also as the current timing is so short many drivers still proceed on a late-yellow and red light which is obviously not safe and impacts oncoming through traffic. However i’m not sure if the traffic lights are maintained by MOTI or Saanich so i’m not sure who I should be contacting with this concern. I hope you could help me with this. Thank you!

    • tranbceditor on July 26, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Colton,

      We have sent your concern to our traffic engineers for review. Stay tuned for more.

    • tranbceditor on July 29, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      UPDATE: We have our Electrical Contractor Raylec checking Hwy 1 at Saanich and will pass info to our engineers for review.

      • Colton on September 5, 2019 at 10:05 pm

        Hi again, i’m just wondering what the status is on the review of the signal timing as it has been a bit over a month now and I haven’t heard anything.

        • tranbceditor on September 9, 2019 at 10:19 am

          Thanks for following up Colton – we have reached out to our staff to find out what’s happening. Stay tuned.

  40. Nick Thomas on July 25, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I note that your service plan report shows that Ministry spent less than half its budget for Kamloops to Alberta Border upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway this year (as it also did last year). I also note that the report shows major delays to the Chase West and Salmon Arm West projects from the dates published in February’s service plan. So can you please explain exactly what the Minister is referring to when she says in the introduction to the service plan report that “We are delivering… the continued acceleration of Highway 1 upgrades from Kamloops to the Alberta border”?

    • tranbceditor on July 25, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Nick. As we’ve mentioned to you before, upgrading of Hwy 1 to the Alberta border is a priority for us. We’re working through our normal processes to secure provincial funding for a number of projects, including Ford to Tappen and Jumping Creek to MacDonald. This includes the recently announced $121-million Quartz Creek Bridge replacement and four-laning near Golden, and $224-million Bruhn Bridge replacement and four-laning project in Sicamous. Construction is ongoing near Golden, and work is expected to get underway on Illecillewaet east of Revelstoke in the coming weeks. Other projects are in the design and consultation stages, and ministry staff will continue to work closely with local and Indigenous communities.

      • Nick Thomas on July 26, 2019 at 8:48 am

        In the last 17 months the completion date of the first phase of Salmon Arm West has slipped by 4 YEARS and the completion date of the first phase of Chase West has slipped by 2 3/4 YEARS. Illecillewaet Brake Check is just starting two years late and there is no hint of Kicking Horse Canyon phase 4 being close to starting this year as was promised. Can you be surprised if I don’t believe anything the Ministry says about future plans?

  41. Ulrike Busbach on July 24, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Hi,
    I tried to find information about the use of german child booster seats while visiting Canada. Unfortunately I could not find an email address of the ministry to send some pictures (the safety-labels of our booster seats.) We want to be sure they are allowed to use in Canada. They both do not have the NSM Label, but the European ECE R44/4. Can you please help me? We start our trip at August 8th 2019 and our sons are 11 and 9 years old.
    Thanks and kind regards,
    Ulrike Busbach

    • tranbceditor on July 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Hello Ulrike,

      As child seat safety regulations actually falls under our federal government, we encourage you to connect directly with Transport Canada. Here is their contact info:

      Motor Vehicle Safety
      Telephone: 1-800-333-0371 (toll-free), 613-998-8616 (Ottawa-Gatineau region)
      Email: mvs-sa@tc.gc.ca

  42. Steve on July 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Hi

    Is the ministry of transportation looking at adding a ‘report a problem’ form somewhere on this or the main ministry website so people can report non emergency problems with provincial highways via a contact form? Right now the only way to do it is to phone. Almost every municipality these days has an online reporting option and I think it’s high time the ministry of transportation had the same. A simple form with a drop down list of all the maintenance contractor areas accompanied by a linked map showing these service areas would be all that is needed.

    Thanks

    • tranbceditor on July 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Hi there Steve and thanks for your comment. Our Tell TranBC blog certainly can work in this regard, but our Report a Problem feature on DriveBC is probably what you are looking for. Here’s the link:
      https://www.drivebc.ca/rahp/

      • Steve on July 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

        I was thinking of something similar to the see-click-fix or VanConnect apps where one can take a picture of the problem and send it along or just a simple contact form that removes the need to get a hold of someone and talk them through the issue.

        thanks

        • tranbceditor on July 29, 2019 at 3:37 pm

          Thanks for your further suggestions Steve for reporting issues on our highways, via email (including an option to provide a photo).

          I will send your comments to our people who are responsible for overall highways maintenance, for their consideration.

          Safe journey!

  43. Carrie Flint on July 17, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Good morning.

    I’m curious as to why the camera feeds on drivebc.ca are always taken offline when crashes occur in the area? I used to rely on these periodic still shots to tell me (1) exactly where the crash occurred, since most news reports vary from slightly mistaken to downright false, and (2) when the scene is clear and traffic is moving again.

    For the last several months, the cameras in question are always unavailable for hours, putting me in the unfortunate position of leaving for work knowing I know absolutely nothing about the scene I will encounter or how long it will take to get there.

    I can understand needing camera feeds for crash investigations, assuming you have access to actual feeds and not the intermittent still shots the public sees. However, the feed clearly stretches for 24 hours (and possibly longer), so why not wait and pull the feeds well after the scene is cleared, when the public has little need for them, assuming the physical feed needs to be pulled in order to obtain the needed video?

    If this is some sort of sensitivity issue, where authorities feel potentially gruesome crash sites shouldn’t be seen by the general public, that’s an inane reason. Firstly, the resolution is awful so nothing sensitive could actually be seen. Secondly, the public as a whole is demonstrably horrific at driving (hence, all the crashes), and maybe seeing the results of that lack of skill would actually benefit the few of them who are capable of learning from others’ mistakes.

    Thank you for your time. I do appreciate this site immensely.

    Carrie

    • tranbceditor on July 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Carrie – thanks for your comment and question.
      There can be a few reasons why cams go down during an incident, we’ve compiled a list below:

      Bad Weather
      Wind, rain, snow, ice, all the same weather that makes it difficult to operate a motor vehicle can make things challenging for our webcams, too. Many of our cams use hydro power, satellite and cellular signals, both of which can be easily disrupted in bad weather. So sometimes when a cam goes down and an incident has just happened, it’s just a coincidence.

      Cam a Casualty
      If there’s been a serious incident near a traffic cam, it’s possible the cam could be directly affected by it. Its power could be cut, the supporting pole for the camera could be broken, or any number of things could happen to affect its ability to show what it’s supposed to.

      Cam Needed to Monitor
      Some of our cameras are PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom). These kinds of cameras can be controlled remotely by operators, who monitor traffic conditions, allowing them to move the cameras around to get a better look at what’s going on. This can be a really important tool, allowing us to monitor how events are unfolding. If this happens, the public may find the camera turned off, as the cam won’t be behaving as they expect it to.

      Respect for Privacy
      Sometimes the camera is working fine and staff doesn’t need to use it, but we’ll still turn it off. Why? Well, a big part is out of respect for privacy. If people are seriously hurt or killed, we don’t want to showcase that for everyone to see. That said, if it’s a minor fender-bender, and the accident is just affecting traffic, we’ll probably leave the camera on to keep people informed.

      All this being said, our webcams do provide road condition information for each camera – even when the camera isn’t active. You can view the weather forecast, current temperatures, and even replay the day up to the time of the event in order to get a sense of road conditions leading up to the camera going offline. You can also reach out to our local maintenance contractors to get a sense of road conditions in their areas. Here’s a list of our contractors (you can also find this through our “Report a Highway Problem” on the DriveBC website) https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/contracting-to-transportation/highway-bridge-maintenance/highway-maintenance/contacts

      We hope that this helps clarify some of the reasons why a cam might be offline during an incident. If you have any other questions – let us know. We are happy to help!

  44. Adam Reid on July 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    I recently took the Whistler Rides bus service from Whistler to Vancouver and was forced to stand since they oversold the bus. Is it safe and legal to travel this way on the highway? Are there any laws around passenger rights like there are for airlines?

    • tranbceditor on July 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Good afternoon Adam and thank you for your message. We sent your question to the good folks in the CVSE and they let us know that:

      In order to have passengers ride on a bus, where the passengers are not in a designated seating position, the bus must meet specific requirements that are set out in the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. In order to have a bus with standees permitted, it must be authorized under the Passenger Transportation Act to specifically allow this type of activity. The bus also must be equipped with a sufficient amount of handholds, straps, rails or other equipment to support this type of activity in the bus. It is not legal to have people riding on the floor of a vehicle as there are issues with emergency exits being blocked, passengers without having handholds, straps or other safety devices that are accessible and being used.

      Attached are the 2 of the specific Divisions of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations that show the requirements

      Standees in passenger vehicles
      10.03 (1) Where a licence or permit under the Passenger Transportation Act authorizes standees to be carried in a commercial passenger vehicle, the vehicle shall be equipped with a sufficient number of handholds, straps, rails or other equipment to provide support for the number of standees authorized.
      (4) No person shall drive or operate a commercial passenger vehicle with more than the maximum number of standees allowed.

      Exceptions
      39.03 (1) Despite sections 39.01, 39.02 and 39.021, a person may stand while a vehicle is being operated and a driver may operate a vehicle in which a person is standing if the vehicle is being operated in accordance with section 9 of the Passenger Transportation Regulation.
      (1.1) Despite sections 39.01, 39.02 and 39.021, a person may stand while a bus is being operated and a driver may operate a bus in which a person is standing if both of the following conditions are met:
      (a) the bus is
      (i) operated by or on behalf of
      (A) British Columbia Transit under the British Columbia Transit Act, or
      (B) the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority under the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act, or
      (ii) operated by or on behalf of a person, municipality or treaty first nation as part of an independent transit service approved by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority under section 5 of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act;
      (b) the number of passengers standing does not exceed the lesser of
      (i) the number determined by applying the calculations set out in section 10.03 (2) and (3), and
      (ii) the number of handholds, straps, rails or other pieces of equipment available in the bus to provide support for standing passengers.

      We hope that this helps answer your question. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know.

  45. Les on July 16, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I live in Abbotsford & commute west into the Lower Mainland every day. The westbound Hwy 1 asphalt surface desperately needs repaving! Potholes galore! It is getting rougher than a forest service road in many places. The slow lane right through Abby westbound, I notice, is the worst and has not been repaved for several years. Can you please tell us when this is scheduled to be repaved?

    • tranbceditor on July 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Les. Paving is scheduled for next year; meanwhile, we will be patching this year prior to winter.

  46. rich on July 14, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    The (ATIS?) sign on the 99 southbound to the USA border, that is supposed to display the current wait times at the borders, is so very very wrong wrong so often. Example, it says 20 minutes at both Truck and Peace Arch, but in reality it was 5 mins at truck and 45 mins at the Arch. The sign is doing more harm than good if it keeps being so wildly inaccurate.

    • tranbceditor on July 15, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Hello Rich and thanks for this message. We have sent your comment to our ITS folks in the area for review.

    • tranbceditor on July 16, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Hello again Rich,

      We’ve taken a look at the diagnostic output of our system and we can tell you is that everything is functioning as per the design at this moment of time for that specific crossing. That being said, the time to cross information is an estimate only. Even though the algorithm behind the scenes is a sophisticated one it is not invulnerable to a number of variables.

      Here’s a scenario as an example – imagine a driver going by our sign sees the “30 MINUTES” for the 99 crossing. At this very time all of the gates are open at the border. The information is reasonably accurate at this moment in time.

      As the driver approaches the queue two of the gates close for reasons only known to the border security. This instantly changes the time to cross. The sensors will detect the slow down and the algorithm will catch up, but unfortunately the driver in question will not be aware of this change.

      We also have construction on Hwy 13 with as many as half of our sensors being down, so until the construction finishes you can expect some errors in the reported time for that specific crossing. All others are operating as per the specifications. We hope that this helps with your question. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

  47. Patrick Gayler on July 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    There is an old motorhome which appears to have been abandoned adjacent to Highway 97 (west side) approximately 0.5 kilometers north of Soorimpt Park (a few kilometers north of Penticton). I has been there for a least 3 months.

    • tranbceditor on July 12, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Patrick,
      We’ll pass this along to the local district.

  48. andy on July 9, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    hello,
    please re-open the west side bike lane on the alex fraser bridge. My access to the east side is not safe, as I have to dodge angry cars on the cliveden overpass. Please finish whatever maintenance you are doing under the bridge deck, and remove the scaffolding.
    thanks.

    • tranbceditor on July 10, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Andy,

      The Alex Fraser Bridge construction activity is related to:
      1. In the southbound direction – under deck girder reinforcement and sidewalk improvements. This work should be complete by the end of July.
      2. The sidewalk in the northbound direction will be closed at the beginning of August through to the end of August for under deck girder reinforcement.

      There are currently signed detour routes in place for cyclists wishing to cross the Alex Fraser Bridge in the southbound direction. There will be signed detour routes set up for cyclist detours resulting from the August under deck work.

  49. Gordon Everest on July 8, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    This summer I will be driving a rental car from the US. Two years ago, while driving on Highway 1 east of Vancouver I saw a fleeting sign about a toll (probably a bridge). There was no way to pay for it, no toll booths, so I just drove on. Two months later I received a bill from the rental car company for the toll plus a surcharge of $30! I understand that you bill people for the toll, but in this case the US license plate number would send you to the Rental car company. How can I pay the toll and avoid the $30 fee?

    • tranbceditor on July 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Gordon. That toll was for using the Port Mann Bridge, which connects Coquitlam and Surrey on BC Highway 1. This toll, along with the Golden Ears Bridge toll, were removed in September 2017, so you won’t have a similar experience next time you visit.

  50. Anonymous on July 7, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I would like to cross over Delta Port Way on my horse using the Farm Overpass on 46A ave Ladner BC. Is this something a horse is allowed to do or is 46A Ave and the Farm Overpass only for local farm motorized vehicles to use? All the farms in the area are very friendly and welcoming, but I don’t want to break any official rules. Where can i find the answer if you are not the appropriate source? Thank you

    • tranbceditor on July 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      Hi,

      Thanks for checking with us about riding your horse over Delta Port Way, using the farm overpass. I am checking into your question and will get back to you here.

    • tranbceditor on July 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Hi there. The 46A Avenue farm overpass of Deltaport Way was constructed to provide north to south access to one farmer’s field. It was constructed for farm vehicle use and was never intended as a crossing for pedestrian or livestock, so there could be safety concerns.

  51. L Fraser on July 4, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I contacted YVR at least a year ago. They said they would look into it.
    The first sign on the Arther Lange Bridge is, “airport” and “southterminal”,
    The sign for “Richmond ” is AT the solid line, where cars are not suppose to cross.
    Half way across the bridge should be a sign, “Richmond, south terminal.”
    Further along, the “Car rental return” is in the Right lane. Later is in the correct left lane. People are changing lanes unnecessary.
    No one seems to know what, “Cell phone Waiting area” means. They either wait on the side of the road, or at the gas station.
    Someone needs to patrol the gas station and tell them to move.
    At peak times the traffic backs up because the taxis are straddling the line and other cars do not know to go around them. If the taxis put their 4way flashers on, it might help.
    Arrivals also needs 2 lanes, one for international and one for domestic.
    The new speed bumps only slow down traffic heading to departures and arrivals, I don’t see them helping the construction.
    When it is busy there is no control at departures, people keep walking , 2 and 2 and 4, there needs to be a person to let the cars through.
    In the 80’s there were Commisionarres that controlled everything.

    • tranbceditor on July 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Hi L. Fraser,

      Thanks for your comments about signage and traffic control at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

      Most of these concerns are related to YVR’s operations, and as such, are within that organization’s jurisdiction. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure does not have authority over YVR.

      I suggest that you follow up with YVR on your concerns, via the email/phone numbers provided here: http://www.yvr.ca/en/contact-us

      I will forward your comments to our people responsible for the area around YVR, for them to review your concerns with YVR-related signage on ministry lands.

  52. Baldeep on July 3, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Hi,

    I recently took a trip down south and driving on their freeways and driving on our highways one thing was blatantly obvious. Our highways are less developed in every way. Each year it seems like there are more and more people driving to and from wherever they have to go yet the speed limits are still the same, the number of lanes are still the same, and the bad habits people have developed are all still the same. I have taken the 91 to and from UBC and work for the past five years and the amount of people tailgating, slowing down the left lane, not viewing the left lane as the passing lane, and not merging properly has only gotten worse, not better. That leads to my following questions, are there any future plans or proposals for infrastructure improvement (ie more lanes or anything like that) and what measures are being taken to educate drivers on proper driving etiquette. I am aware, from reading the above comments, that the city is updating books for new drivers but that does nothing to educate the current drivers who are primarily responsible for this behavior.

    Thanks,
    Baldeep

  53. Colton on July 1, 2019 at 12:50 am

    I have a concern with the McKenzie Interchange construction zone. When heading northbound on the highway there are signs indicating the work zone ends and to resume speed, however there are no speed limit signs indicating what the actual speed limit is. This seems to create confusion as some drivers don’t speed up to the proper speed limit, which leads to other drivers becoming frustrated and tailgating. I assume it happens as the limit just before the construction zone is 70 km/h then the speed limit drops to 60 km/h for the construction zone but when the construction zone ends, drivers resume 70 km/h even though the actual limit is supposed to be 80 km/h. I hope the ministry would consider installing speed limit signs just after the construction zone ends to eliminate driver confusion and improve safety. Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on July 4, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Colton,

      Thanks for your question about speed limit signage just after the McKenzie Interchange construction.

      I’m checking in with the project managers and will get back to you here.

      • Colton on July 8, 2019 at 10:05 pm

        Sounds good!

        • tranbceditor on July 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm

          Hi Colton,

          I’ve been told that that a traffic audit has been done for the project. Speed signs will soon be installed immediately after the construction zones.

          • Colton on July 9, 2019 at 4:51 pm

            Great, thanks!

  54. Collin Heuman on June 25, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I ride my bike everyday across the intersection of Highway 17 (Pat Bay Highway) at Islandview. In the afternoon when I ride home I haven’t experience any negative consequences of the lack of Bike detection, but in the morning there are often no other cars to activate the lights. My only safe option currently is to push the pedestrian button and cross as a pedestrian, but this leaves me on the wrong side of the road to then make my way to the Lochside Trail system. Would it be possible to either have bike detection in the area close to the curb when crossing, or to mark out where the loops are so that cyclists can also be allowed to cross at low volume time?

    • tranbceditor on June 27, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Hello Collin,

      We have sent your comment forward for review. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on June 27, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Hello again Collin,

      We shared your message with our local staff who let us know that we do not normally provide bike detection at our intersections, although sometimes, if the loop sensitivity is high enough, a bike is enough to produce a current for detection. The vehicle loops are usually easy to see, as they’re cut into the asphalt after a paving job, and this usually results in a tar “diamond” pattern on the asphalt.

      Further to this, a cyclist can press the pedestrian button and still use the intersection as a vehicle. The green phase on the side street will always be called with the pedestrian phase, so you are free to press the button to call the green time, but use the intersection as a vehicle to proceed through the intersection.

      We hope that this helps!

      • Collin Heuman on June 28, 2019 at 8:15 am

        Thanks for the reply. I am a signal tech so I’m aware of the operation. But in this case the loops are covered by chip and can’t be seen. There are no pushbuttons are on the side street in the direction I need to cross (only two crossings have pushbuttons [N/S on the West side, and E/W on the North Side]), so at some point I have to make an illegal/unsafe maneuver to get to the correct side of the road I’m allowed to cycle on. It would be nice to include a pushbutton on at least one more of the legs so that all corners could be accessed safely by a pedestrian or cyclist if required.

        • tranbceditor on June 28, 2019 at 9:40 am

          Thanks for getting back to us with this information Collin. We are sending it forward to our local staff and they will review and advise.

        • tranbceditor on June 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

          Hello again Collin,

          Our traffic and electrical folks will be looking into what we can do for bike detection, however; we won’t be able to provide a second pedestrian crossing on the south side of the intersection , as it affects mobility through the corridor. We thank you again for bringing this issue to our attention. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know.

  55. kan on June 25, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I drive everyday from North delta to Til bury area on Highway 17, There is big hump near 92 ave on highway 17. It is almost there since highway 17 was built. It has been fixed few times but it appears back after few months. Putting sign for few months will not solve the problem It needs repair. Every year they put hump sign, then another sign to reduce speed, but this is not a solution. It is very dangerous because big semis don’t slow down, Please fix this before anything happens. Thanks

    • tranbceditor on June 25, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Hi Kan and thank you for your message. We have sent this forward to our staff in the area for review.

      • tranbceditor on July 3, 2019 at 4:59 pm

        Hi Kan,

        Ministry staff have been working with the concessionaire (Fraser Transportation Group) since the winter of 2014, to address bumps on the Highway 17 corridor.

        Sections of Highway 17 around 80th St., west of the 91 Connector, are experiencing post-construction settlement — creating bumps in the pavement. This section is in the landfill closed area, where soils are known to be of a concern. Pavement remediation work has involved grinding or placing pavement overlay to smooth out the bumps. There have been several rounds of pavement remediation at two of the three zones of the sites.

        To manage driver behaviour through these areas, electronic speed reader advisory signs and static ‘bumps’ signs have been installed to remind drivers to drive to the conditions of the road and the legal posted speed limit of 80 km/h.

        The ministry, along with the concessionaire, continues to closely monitor the corridor to ensure it remains safe for the public, and to implement long-term solutions once the soil settlement is completed. There is no risk to the driving public, and individuals are encouraged to drive the legal posted speed limits.

        • tranbceditor on July 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

          Hi Kan,

          Some further information…

          Minor grinding to smooth out the bumps will take place soon, to address two of the problems areas that have gotten worse recently. This work is expected to be finished within the next several weeks.

          • kan on August 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

            Hi

            Thanks for your reply, But the problem is still there and it is worse now, if you slow down before the Big Semi trucks, it can be very dangerous. You can see the marks of tyres of big semis when they suddenly apply brakes to slow down. temporary solution may be reduce speed to 60 KM through the stretch.Thanks

          • tranbceditor on August 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm

            Thanks for this suggestion Kan. We will forward it along to our local area staff for review.

  56. S. Singh on June 24, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I drive Hwy91 between Surrey and Richmond/Vancouver (including Knight St. bridge) quite frequently during the afternoon rush hour. I see many big semi trailers and trucks driving in the left lane. In many places, that would be illegal because the left lane is the fast lane but in BC that’s not law so these big truck drivers will drive in the left lane. I’ve almost been run over in my car by a few that, it seems, are trying to rush or make up time. Rush hour for us also seems to be rush hour for the big trailers. So, my question is – is there a solution for big semis on the roads during rush hour (they are slower and take up more room) and/or is there a solution to restrict them to the right lanes on highways/roads as a safety precaution?

  57. Colton on June 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Hi there. I was just wondering when construction is expected to begin and complete on the 4-laning/median barrier project on Highway 1 (Vancouver Island) between the Leigh Rd Interchange and Westshore Parkway?

    • tranbceditor on June 24, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Colton – thanks for your question. We have just tendered this construction contract, and anticipate construction starting sometime this fall pending contract award later this summer.

      • Colton on June 30, 2019 at 9:54 am

        Great, thank you!

  58. John OBrien on June 21, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    John O’Brien on January 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm

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

    I gave an answer to your January 12, 2019 question, but I received no response after waiting 6 months:

    Again..

    The exact area where lines are not visible during heavy winter rains on Highway 99 occurs from where the inlaid recessed paint begins near Eagle Ridge Exit 2 towards Lions Bay in the north and beyond. It occurs when a puddle forms in the inlaid recess.

    The inlaid paint might be more visible through the puddle for drivers of trucks similar to those used by Miller Capilano because the sight angle when driving a truck is steeper whereas for low compact cars the sight angle is more flat. I don’t drive a truck, so I wouldn’t know.

    The portion of Hwy 99 from Exit 2 to Lions Bay is not an area where there is a lot of snow. The only time I have seen a snow plow on this stretch of the Sea-to-Sky was in 2010 during the Winter Olympics when Miller Capilano parked one near Ansell Place as a precaution. It didn’t move because it wasn’t needed.

    • tranbceditor on June 28, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      Good afternoon John and thank you for following up with us regarding your concerns.

      Our Operations, Maintenance and Rehab technician travelled the Sea to Sky highway today and stopped at the following locations:
      • Ansel
      • Lions Bay
      • Doodson Corner
      • Furry Creek
      • Alice Lake
      • Function Junction

      He did not see any issues with the inlay depth. He also took photos of each location, which we will be sending to you at the email address you have provided.

      As with all roads, very heavy rain can sometimes create temporary pooling on the asphalt markings. This temporary pooling may sometimes reduce their visibility.

      Miller Capilano’s pavement marking contractor is planning a refresh through the corridor (Concession area, Horseshoe Bay to Function Junction in July). They will also be starting the summer paving program in July on the concession corridor.

      The ministry will be completing a pavement marking audit (using a stripe Master 3000) after this paving season to ensure that MCMC works meet the ministry retroreflective specification for pavement markings.

      If you have any further concerns, our operations technician is happy to speak with you directly. We will also share his email address with you at your email address provided. We hope that this helps to resolve some of the concerns you have raised. If you have any further issues about this, or anything else we do here in the ministry, please let us know.

      Thanks again and safe travels.

      • John OBrien on July 11, 2019 at 1:40 pm

        I have not yet received attachments of the photos you promised to email to me. Please resend.

        On an other issue you said if I have any further concerns, your operations technician will be happy to speak with me directly. You said he will share his email address with me at my email address provided.
        I would like to speak with your operations technician directly; please provide his phone number and email address.

        • tranbceditor on July 15, 2019 at 9:39 am

          Hi John,

          We sent an email with photos attached and contact information for you. This would have come from a government email address to the email you used here to comment. We have resent again to the email used here to comment (@shaw.ca). If there is another email address to use, kindly send along and we will forward the information to that address. Thanks!

  59. Alex on June 21, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Hello! I realize this is a pretty bizarre question that might have no answer, but thought I’d give it a shot here anyhow!

    Basically, it’s my mother’s birthday in a couple months, and she drives the upper levels highway a lot for work and pleasure and has been driving it her entire life. There’s this one sign that she thinks is so unique and lovely, and for the past 20 odd years every time we’ve driven past it in the car together, the same old remark comes out about how it’s her favourite road sign, that she just loves it, and that it’s so cool.

    In short, I’m trying to get my hands on a copy of the sign to give to her as a little art piece, but I CANNOT find a record of it existing anywhere!

    I have searched all of the provincial registries (like this one):

    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/driving-and-transportation/transportation-infrastructure/engineering-standards-and-guidelines/traffic-engineering-and-safety/traffic-engineering/traffic-signs-and-pavement-markings/standard-traffic-signs/standard-traffic-signs/information_signs.pdf

    and come to the conclusion that it was a custom design piece (which was of course what I suspected as it is truly unique).

    So I was just wondering how/where I could find a record of the graphic design for this sign, OR who you think I could contact to ask the same question?

    ———–

    Here’s the sign in question:

    https://goo.gl/maps/UD5eB7HyMjYxeGvn8

    (Kind of Bow-y with the Highway 99 insignia, “Marine Drive”, the Ferry symbol, and the Highway 1 leaf)

    Thank you SO much in advance! 🙂

    • tranbceditor on June 21, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Now that’s our kind of birthday gift! Nice idea, Alex. I’m reaching out to staff at our sign shop to see if an image is available. I’ll let you know what I hear back.

      • John OBrien on June 21, 2019 at 3:33 pm

        I’m sure everyone who drives highway 99 north in West Vancouver is amazed that the Ministry of BC Highways incorrectly painted highway sign at Caulfeild Exit No 4 hasn’t been repainted or replaced this

        It goes to explain why so many other things that are done wrong on Highway 99 are never fixed

        Like the invisible highway lane markings drivers experience during winter nights during a frequent downpour.

        • tranbceditor on June 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

          Hello John,

          Please contact our maintenance contractor directly with your concern about the sign condition. Here is the contact information: Miller Capilano at 1-866-918-1010

          Regarding your concerns about the line markings on the Sea to Sky, we are sending you a response speaking to the concerns you have in just a moment.

      • Alex on June 25, 2019 at 4:41 am

        Awesome, thanks again! Can’t wait to hear back, here’s hoping!

      • Alex on July 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm

        Hiya! with the bday approaching, just wondering if you managed to get a hold of them these past 2 weeks? (Or if not, again, could give me a lead).

        Thanks,

        Alex

        • tranbceditor on July 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm

          Hi Alex,
          I just connected again with our sign shop. They looked long and hard for this graphic file but were unable to find anything as it may have been created too long ago. Apologies from our end. Sorry we couldn’t help more.

  60. Matthew T on June 17, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Ministry of Transportation (MoTI),

    I commute to UBC by bike via SW Marine drive through the University Endowment lands. There are areas along SW Marine Drive that are in need of road maintenance in the bike lane, as well as areas that I fear are becoming unsafe due to pot-holes in the road near the bike lanes. I was not sure to whom to address my concerns, but the Municipal Clerk of the University Endowment Lands suggested I reach out to MoTI. I unfortunately could not find another means of contacting the MoTI.

    My primary concern is for the region on SW Marine drive at the bottom of the hill near the SW Marine Drive Viewpoint headed towards UBC. Cleaning would be appreciated for the bike lane. On the side of the road, there is a shoulder, but over the winter, this shoulder is full of debris. While most of the painted bike lane is clear, the debris does come into the bike lane at one point. Last year, I biked on the shoulder, but the debris is forcing me into the regular bike lane. If there is a question as to why I would like the shoulder cleared, its because this hill occurs on the bend as cars drive on SW Marine drive. Their visibility around the corner is not the same as a straight stretch. Combine this with the pot holes in the road near the edge of the lane and the >100 km/hr that some drivers drive at, I am sometimes concerned for safety. Regarding the speeds of the cars, I don’t have a radar gun, but I occasionally drive on this stretch of road, and its not hard to guess the speeds seeing how fast I am passed.

    The area starts approximately here:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/49%C2%B014'22.7%22N+123%C2%B013'07.4%22W/@49.239631,-123.2209057,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!1m6!3m5!1s0x54867727c646a1e1:0x5e7f47fa2fd5a543!2sMap+Immersive+Photography!8m2!3d49.2602063!4d-123.0127468!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.2396311!4d-123.2187173
    And continues up the hill.

    As a secondary issue, with the speeds that some people are driving in this stretch, I would also like to ask MoTI to consider the installation of concrete barriers along the entire length of the road in both directions, or anything really (guard rails, bollards, etc.).

    Sincerely,
    Matthew T

    • tranbceditor on June 18, 2019 at 10:01 am

      Hello Matthew and thank you for contacting us here.

      Regarding your concern about the debris in the cycling lane on SW Marine Drive, please contact our maintenance contractor for the area (Mainroad) at this number: 1-604-271-0337

      We will also share your comment about barriers with our local area staff for review. Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Safe travels!

    • tranbceditor on June 27, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Hello Matthew,

      Our local staff has reviewed maintenance activities in this area and can confirm that they have surpassed the contractual obligation stated for both sweeping and road surface maintenance. For your reference, the contract has a 120 day sweeping cycle, which may allow debris to accumulate during the winter season. We are discussing additional sweeping through the area as well.

      The posted speed limit of 80 km/hr is consistent with other similar urban highways. Vehicle speed in excess of that limit are an enforcement issue and should be reported to the local RCMP detachment. That being said, our staff will bring the issue of speed to our traffic engineering group to review if any additional signage enhancements might be appropriate.

      Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We appreciate hearing from you and hope that this answers your questions and concerns. Safe travels!

  61. Melissa Borgerson on June 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Hello,

    I am wondering where the records are held for the Kelowna-Westbank ferry service? I see that the BC inland ferry service operates many ferries still, but have been unable to find contact information for them. I am doing family history research and my grandfather was a Captain on the Rosedale-Azassiz ferry in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I believe he may have also worked on the Kelowna-Westbank ferry in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I am looking to find any documents that will prove this fact. And if he did indeed work on the Kelowna-Westbank ferry I would love to know what vessels he specifically worked on. Any information that will help me continue my quest would be very much appreciated! If you can’t help, are you able to direct me to someone who can?

    • tranbceditor on June 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hello Melissa,

      We have sent your question to our folks in the Inland Ferries branch. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on June 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Hello Melissa,

      We heard back from our folks with the Inland Ferries and they told us that they suggest the following:

      1) Make a search on this link: BC Archives with keywords as “ferry Rosedale”, “ferry Kelowna” but such records will be related to newspapers and other public records. Ministry of Transportation requested to return own files from BC Archives due to following reason:
      “These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the Ministry of Transportation to determine the access status of these records.”
      2) Taking in mind above information, we would suggest to contact Information Management Branch, Records Analysts at MTIRIM@gov.bc.ca
      3) Here are series which could help to narrow search. Here is file list for period 1909-1963

      We hope that this helps. Happy hunting!

  62. D on June 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Hi, can you please give a real timeline of the completion of Alex fraser barrier and lane increase. Seems it is running a year behind schedule with no end in sight and no press release since October 2018.

    • tranbceditor on June 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Deepak and thanks for your question.
      We spoke with the folks responsible for this project and they confirmed that the inter-changeable lane barrier project will be complete late summer 2019.

  63. David Pedersen on June 11, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Hello TranBC,

    I’m starting to see L.E.D. roadway luminaires at many of the newer infrastructure projects being done in B.C. and so I was wondering: are there any plans to undertake mass L.E.D. retrofits along any of B.C.’s major routes? I know many municipalities have already done such conversions (e.g. Victoria and Penticton) and so I was wondering about any province-wide plans. I think L.E.D. luminaires are much safer than their H.I.D. counterparts since the L.E.D. models seem to produce more light with a larger coverage area as well.

    Thanks!

    • tranbceditor on June 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Hello David,

      Thanks for your question. We asked our engineering folks your question and they let us know that at currently, HPS lighting is replaced at specific installations as/when funding is available and new lighting installations are LED. The ministry is examining options to facilitate a province-wide replacement of HPS roadway lighting with LED, but there is no completion date target at this time. We hope that this helps answer your question. Thanks again!

  64. Mike on June 11, 2019 at 12:22 am

    How do I contact someone about a road that is so full of pot holes I feel it is dangerous? Thanks.

  65. Harry Payne on June 9, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Hello TranBC

    1. Do you know what years Original Malakwa and North Fork Bridge built on Highway 1

    2. I watched BC Road Trip Time Machine Horseshoe bay to Taylor Way they used to be 2 lane highway what year the upgrade to four lane?

    3. What year about Little Qualicum River Bridge Built on Highway 19A and is there height restrictions on this bridge.

    • tranbceditor on June 10, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Hello Harry!

      Thanks for your questions – here’s the scoop.

      Malakwa Bridge was built in 1953
      North Fork Bridge was built in 1958
      Little Qualicum River Bridge was built in 1956 and has a clearance restriction in place for 5.14 metres.
      The Upper Levels Highway construction project was completed in 1974 and at this time the route between Horseshoe Bay and Taylor Way was widened to two lanes in each direction.

      Hope that this helps! Have a good day 🙂

  66. Ralph Schweitzer on June 5, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Hello where can I report a dangerous situation on the highway? At 5751 Trans Canada Hwy NW, Salmon Arm, (Club Shuswap Golf Club), there is clearly a no left turn into the business parking lot if you are heading East yet on a daily basis someone tries and almost gets T boned by a semi truck barreling down the hill at 100 Km per hour in a 90 zone. Also coming from the parking lot onto the hwy there is a no left turn sign that everyone ignores. On a daily basis there are close calls. Someone will get killed there soon. thank you.

    • tranbceditor on June 6, 2019 at 9:38 am

      Hello Ralph and thanks for connecting with us here to share your concern. We encourage you to connect directly with our staff in the area for review.

      Here is the contact information for the office:
      Salmon Arm Area
      850c – 16 Street NE, Bag 100
      Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4S4
      Telephone: 250 503-3664

      • Nick Thomas on June 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm

        That is just one of many locations on the Trans-Canada highway where there is a serious hazard of accidents because there is no turn lane for traffic turning left off a very busy high speed highway which has many transport trucks and HD pickups towing big trailers doing well over the speed limit. For example, although there have been several serious accidents at the popular Enchanted Forest tourist attraction, which prompted some improvements, there is still no left turn lane. Another bad spot is the turn into Greely Road east of Revelstoke that is at the bottom of a steep hill with a curve half way down so it can’t be seen from the top. It really is a scandal that such obvious and serious hazards as these remain on the main transportation route from BC to the rest of Canada long after the start of the Kamloops to Alberta Border upgrade program.

  67. Allison Rutherford on May 22, 2019 at 9:47 am

    As a concerned British Columbian with over 30 years of regular driving trips on our interior highways, I’d like to share my suggestions for improvement. I have also had years of experience driving on major European autoroutes, and believe what they are doing in Europe, could easily be applied in BC for the safety of British Columbians. I look forward to TranBC’s replies to each of my comments:

    1. In Europe, all trucks are required to travel in the slow lane, and most have a circle with “90” painted on the back of the truck – they are not allowed to travel more than 90km/hr, and must stay in the slow lane. I have witnessed numerous accidents on the Coquihalla resulting from speeding trucks that lose control, and as a driver to have trucks barrelling down in the passing lane behind you is both intimidating and dangerous.

    BC should mandate trucks stay in the slow lane and have their speed limit maxed to 90 km/hr. Does the transport of goods outweigh the safety of others traveling on the road?

    2. Speed limits should be reduced due to weather conditions. In Europe, the speed limit sign is posted as “130 km/hr”, and directly underneath is “110/km in rain”. The first time I have ever seen the Coquihalla’s “variable speed limit” electronic sign posted at 100 km/hr (instead of 120/km) was an hour after the fatal accident south of Merrit on May 16th.

    BC should post permanent signs that say 2 different speed limits – why not remind drivers that in rainy conditions, the speed limit is slower?

    3. Enforce speed limits. The Coquihalla is too large a highway to expect that RCMP officers can patrol all speeding. In Europe, there are photo-radar cameras that automatically catch all speeders and mail them tickets. I would think an investment in even just a few of these between Vancouver and Kamloops or Kelowna would slow drivers down and increase safety. Surely this would be cheaper, more effective and increase safety?

    4. Rest stops – there are not enough rest stops on the Coquihalla between Vancouver and Kamloops or Kelowna. Rest stops are vital, they: (1) allow drivers to have a break and return to the road in a better frame of mind (2) they allow trucks an opportunity to rest (3) they encourage tourists and drivers to admire beautiful BC. In Europe (UK, France, Spain) there are rest stops very frequently, offering coffee, food, showers, places for a short nap…. they are called “Welcome Breaks”, and offer dining services, etc.

    BC should implement many more rest stops on our highways – picnic sites, toilets, food services (which could be contracted out to a company like White Spot who would take the risk in the profitability). In poor conditions, drivers want a place to pull off for safety. Rested and refreshed drivers are safer for everyone on the road.

    5. Better management when there is an accident. On May 16th, we sat for 4 hours on the Coquihalla due to the accident south of Merrit. Two years ago we had a 6 hour stop on the highway after a tourist bus accident. It is unacceptable to have drivers sitting on the Coquihalla, unable to get off anywhere for this period of time. People who have illnesses, people with young children, cannot be delayed like this. There are no bathrooms! I have never experienced this type of delay in Europe – accidents are cleared quickly and there is a system of moving traffic out of the area immediately.

    BC needs to close highways immediately when there’s an accident to prevent more drivers from backing up at the accident scene. On May 16th, we saw the sign that said “highway 5 closed check Drive BC” posted on the highway, but when we checked Drive BC online, the details hadn’t been posted (and we knew the highway had been closed earlier in the day due to another accident, and assumed that was the notification). The Drive BC site hadn’t been updated with the most recent accident, and wasn’t for some time, and so the transportation ministry allowed cars to keep driving right up to the accident backlog which had us there for 4 hours sitting. Is it true that cars were sitting on the highway totaling 10km’s worth of traffic?!! I believe it – and it’s totally unacceptable.

    I look forward to your feedback on each of my comments. Could you also please advise when the results of the 2018 survey will be provided? Please also let me know if there’s any where else I can provide my feedback to the ministry.

    • tranbceditor on May 22, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Hello Allison and thanks so much for connecting with us here to share your comments and concerns.
      We will do our best to give you the responses you are looking for, however; we also encourage you to send your letter to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure at:
      Honourable Claire Trevena
      Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure
      PO Box 9055 Prov Stn Govt
      Victoria, BC V8W 9E2

      Here is a link to the minister’s mandate letter, outlining our ministries current focusses and commitments
      https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/government/ministries-organizations/premier-cabinet-mlas/minister-letter/trevena-mandate.pdf

      In response to your first question:
      We have recently begun a pilot program on the Coquihalla to restrict commercial vehicles from travelling in the left lane. We will review the effectiveness of the program and determine how/where else in the province we can apply it. Here’s a link with more information about the pilot: https://www.tranbc.ca/2018/11/13/why-were-keeping-commercial-trucks-out-of-the-left-lane-on-the-coquihalla/

      In response to your second question:
      Thanks for your suggestion. Our variable speed limit system is now in place on three major corridors in the province and uses a variety of road sensors to detect condition information and adjust the posted speed limit accordingly. Here’s a link to more information: https://www.tranbc.ca/2015/12/02/variablespeedlimitsigns/

      In response to your third question:
      The BC RCMP are responsible for enforcing speed limits on BC highways. We work closely with them to improve legislation as required to assist them, however; we are not responsible for the actual enforcement. Photo radar was implemented in the province during the 90s, was very unpopular with the public and raised a number of concerns about legislation and enforcement. There are currently approximately 140 red light cameras at high risk intersections in the province being operated by ICBC, at this time, the government does not have plans to re-instate the provincial roadside photo radar program.

      In response to your fourth question:
      The ministry has recently begun a rest area revitalization program which aims to increase and improve rest area facilities across the province. While we do not have commercialization at rest areas, and many of our rest areas are too remote for some features (such as hot showers or Wi-Fi connectivity); we have recently begun to roll out Wi-Fi at certain areas, in an effort to encourage drivers to take a break. Drivers are also allowed to take a short nap – under four hours – at our rest areas. Here’s a link to more information on our rest areas: https://www.tranbc.ca/tag/rest-areas/

      In response to your fifth question:
      We do everything we can to close highways following an incident, communicate to the travelling public about potential delays (DriveBC.ca, Drive BC on Twitter, our overhead message boards and staff on the road) and get the road back open as soon as possible. We can’t speak for protocols in Europe, but if the incident on the BC highway involves a fatality, the road becomes a crime scene and it becomes very important for the RCMP to collect as much information as possible prior to opening the road to traffic again. This is often the only chance they will have to document the scene and while, it is frustrating for travellers to experience the delay, we are sure that everyone would appreciate the same attention to detail if it were their loved one involved. We recognize there is frustration and inconvenience for travellers when our provincial roads and highways are closed during police investigations. As part of B.C. on the Move, our 10-year transportation plan, we have committed to working with provincial policing agencies and our other incident-response partners, to reduce the duration of highway closures after crashes and other serious incidents. We encourage drivers travelling any BC highway to be prepared for the unexpected by packing food, water, having a full tank of gas and other emergency supplies. While stopping on the highway isn’t ideal, we hope that this helps explain the situation that likely unfolded on the Coquihalla recently. Here’s a link to more information on incident closures on BC highways: https://www.tranbc.ca/2015/10/19/crashes-and-highway-closures-why-the-delay/

      Regarding the results of our 2018 Customer Satisfaction Survey results, you can find the results summarized here:
      https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/impact/transportation-satisfaction-survey-results

      We hope that this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. Safe travels.

  68. Matthew on May 21, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Has the MoT ever considered using orange line paint in construction zones. I have seen this in other jurisdictions and makes it a lot easier to ascertain that you are actually in a construction zone.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=orange+line+marking+paint+construction+zone&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwju3KCD_K3iAhUPv54KHYv7CDIQ_AUIDigB&biw=1600&bih=757#imgrc=zvXg8B-euiuKsM:

    Thanks.

    • tranbceditor on May 22, 2019 at 9:36 am

      A great suggestion Matthew. We will share this forward on your behalf and let you know what we hear back.

    • tranbceditor on May 22, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Hello again Matthew – Currently, we do not use this type of treatment, however, we are always monitoring practices in other jurisdictions.

  69. Anthony Ryder on May 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    How can a person obtain a Login Accreditation with Tranbc? seems no obvious procedure on your web site?
    Question your Education on overtaking and then pulling over to allow others to pass has hit the spot BUT especially on the Coquihalla and other highways. They pass and immediately pull in within a car to 2 car lengths. Da !!!!! cars are travelling at 100 to 120 km /hr tell the drivers to pull in at least 5 to 10 cars ahead your first part of the puzzle worked, now it requires further Education, in Winter they pull in and bingo slush rocks onto the windshield. The Coq again when will the people stuck on the Coq for any where from 6 to 8 hours in recent history be able to switch and Return to their original starting point by movement of central barriers?

    • tranbceditor on May 21, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Hello Anthony,

      Thanks for your comment. Sounds like these questions are best suited for the CVSE. Here’s their contact email so you can connect with them directly and get the answers to all of your questions: commercial.transport@gov.bc.ca

  70. Nick Thomas on May 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Whoops, I missed a zero in my last question. It should read:-

    The BC coroners service has just reported motor vehicle incident deaths in 2018 by Health Authority area. I have converted the figures to a rate per 100000 people in those areas

    Interior 14.1
    Fraser 4.1
    Vancouver Coastal 2.7
    Vancouver Island 5.9
    Northern 14.9

    Clearly the highways are much more hazardous in the North and the Interior. What does the Ministry think about this?

    • tranbceditor on May 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your comment. The safety of the travelling public is always our top priority and we work towards improving all roads and policies which govern the roads to improve safety, as do other safety agencies such as Road Safety BC and ICBC.

      Is this the report you are referring to: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/birth-adoption-death-marriage-and-divorce/deaths/coroners-service/statistical/mvi-incident.pdf?

      We continue to remind drivers to drive safely at all times, and this includes driving while intoxicated and/or using seatbelts as identified in the report.

      • Nick Thomas on May 22, 2019 at 5:58 am

        Yes, that is the report I was referring to.

        BC has a higher rate of MVI fatalities than the Canadian average and much higher than some developed countries. Clearly the north and interior fatality rates are WAY higher than the Canadian average. Is the best that politicians and civil servants in Victoria and the Lower Mainland can offer us is advice to wear your seatbelts and stop drinking and driving?

  71. Michael Labonte on May 10, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    who do we talk to about monitoring traffic flow and the poor light sequencing in Maple ridge . When heading north or southbound over Golden ears bridge in rush hour often times traffic backs up on Golden Ears way from Lougheed highway and over to Dewdney Trunk Rd and to Abernathy way from 203 st . When I contact maple ridge muni they say its the responsibility of Miller Capilano Highway Maintenance in Squamish and when I call them they say I have to go to Ministry of Transportation . So where do we go and whom should we contact .

    • tranbceditor on May 13, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Hello Michael,

      Please contact our area staff in the Coquitlam office:
      Suite 310 – 1500 Woolridge St.
      Coquitlam, BC V3K 0B8
      604 527-2221

  72. Fire Chief J. Caldbeck on May 9, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Our rural Fire Department wants to use your great poster about dialling *5555 if you see someone tossing a butt out of a car. Where can we get the sign? We want to replace our aging Smokey the Bear sign with it.
    Many thanks for your help and keep getting the word out.
    TIVFD

    • tranbceditor on May 9, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Hello Sir,

      Please contact one of our area manager through our Saanich office:

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

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

  73. Cindy Miller on May 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Hello this one might be hard to spot. 3.25km east on Kane Valley Road from the Coldwater end, the hill
    On The property is sluffing if that’s the right word. Viewed the slide from the south side of creek.
    Beavers effected a major change in creek 3 years ago and in spring 2018 heavy runoff
    ,cause the dam to break. The slide was not there in October.
    It is a fair distance from the road but may need to be addressed.

    • tranbceditor on May 6, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Cindy – thanks for connecting with us here. We encourage you to share this concern with our local staff in Kamloops/Merritt

      They might be able to send out someone to determine if there is an issue that could impact the roadway.

      Thompson Nicola District
      #127 – 447 Columbia St.
      Kamloops, BC V2C 2T3
      250 828-4002

  74. Harry Payne on April 30, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I Have a suggestions on Highway 19A

    1. Paved Shoulder need to be Widening Hart Creek Bridge to Buckley Bay Intersections so more room for cyclist and pedestrian.

    2. Install BC Highway Cams in Miracle Beach Drive intersection and Oyster Bay.

    Thank you.

    • tranbceditor on April 30, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Harry. Thank you for sharing your Highway 19A suggestions with us. I have relayed to our local district staff and our highway webcams manager.

  75. Bern on April 29, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    What’s going on with the Cayoosh Pass highway cam? It’s been down for many weeks now. Are there plans to bring it back online?

    • tranbceditor on April 30, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Bern. Thanks for the question. We are aware the Cayoosh Summit camera is down. We are planning to replace, although I don’t have a specific timeline at the moment. I will post when I learn more. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  76. Shoshona Freedman on April 12, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Ok, here’s a different one for you. 🙂 I’m an author doing research for my latest novel, and I’m wondering if you can answer something about the BC Highways 24-hour loop cameras? (I’m looking specifically at the Needles-Fauquier ferry camera). I’m wondering if the video is erased or saved after the 24 hours? And if it’s saved, for how long? I have a detective who wants to see if a murder suspect took that ferry. 🙂 If you’re not sure of the answer, could you perhaps direct me toward someone who would know? I would be so appreciative. 🙂
    S.M. Freedman
    http://www.smfreedman.com

    • tranbceditor on April 12, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Hello Shoshona,

      The ministry has an internal website that saves display images for up to one month. Image files are overwritten after one month, and so unobtainable. Our webcams are not surveillance webcams, and the resolution is very low. The HighwayCams Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) states that the webcams cannot be used for law enforcement, but police often consult them in an investigation. I don’t think they would be admissible in a court of law (personal opinion). The images are not video, but still images taken at regular intervals. The intervals vary from 2 to 30 mins. The variation depends on available bandwidth for the location. Again, because the resolution is set very low, the likelihood of identifying someone accurately is very low. I hope that this helps in some small way. Best of luck to you in your novel!

      • Shoshona Freedman on April 13, 2019 at 11:13 am

        I can’t seem to reply to your answer, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for the information you provided on the BC Highway Cams. It’s a huge help! 🙂

        • tranbceditor on April 16, 2019 at 9:49 am

          Yay! Glad to hear this Shoshona – thanks for letting us know 🙂

  77. Madison on April 8, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    There is a collapsed culvert on a commercial property off Hwy 16. Who would I report it to to get it replaced? The water is running over the road now

    • tranbceditor on April 9, 2019 at 9:13 am
      • Nigel R Messmer on April 23, 2019 at 11:10 pm

        There are two things in this email: 1/On a “road requiring attention note”: on the stretch of Highway after the merge lane that takes you from Cliveden Avenue Westbound, onto the highway that comes off the Alex Fraser Bridge north-bound, AND AFTER you take the left fork to go onto the 91, close to the end of the left-hand curve, the road surface is sinking creating a hazard because of the depression in the road surface and consequent forcing of vehicle suspension. The problem is worse in the right lane, but the left lane is noticeably worse over the past few months. Who should I tell? Thanks

        • tranbceditor on April 25, 2019 at 1:57 pm

          Hi Nigel,

          We checked in with our people responsible for that area.

          They say they looked at the area in question at Cliveden and cannot find any issues.

          Could you possibly provide a more detailed description of the location — maybe a map?

          Thanks!

  78. andy on April 8, 2019 at 7:24 am

    hello,
    I need to ride my bicycle across the alex fraser bridge on the west side. Right now, it is closed and I have to detour in an unsafe way to the east side. I know that my safety is your biggest concern, so finish the winter work, and open the west side. Your contractors have done nothing in the past two months. All those chains could be lifted up to the tower in one week end, so get it done! Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.

    • tranbceditor on April 8, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Hello Andy – our contractors are working to have this work completed by June, 2019.

  79. Georgia Smyth on April 1, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Hello,

    I am hoping that you can help or put me in contact with someone who can. I work on an engineering TV series called Impossible Engineering, Discovery Science Channel’s global engineering innovation series that looks at impressive engineering feats and explores how they were built and the historical discoveries that made them possible.

    In one of our episodes, we feature a story about avalanches and their control system. I was wondering if you had any information as to who owns the rights to the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MinistryofTranBC/search?view_as=subscriber&query=avalanche and if I could be possibly put in contact with them. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Georgia

    • tranbceditor on April 1, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Hello Georgia,

      That would be us. We recently approved use of our footage for twofour.co to use. We are wondering if this might be a repeat request, and someone in your organization has acquired the file footage already?

  80. Nicholas Sebastian on March 31, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Hello – at 715pm on Sunday March 31st I noted maintenance crews cleaning Highway 99 near Spruce Grove Way in Whistler. First thank you for this work, but I noticed they were in a large plume of dust which engulfed most of the east side of the intersection as they were using a leaf blower and a broom. Neither of the maintenance crews were wearing respiratory protection. I was wondering what your silica awareness training for your crews are and if this is standard practice? I have significant concerns for the safety of these workers.

    • tranbceditor on April 4, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Good morning Nicholas and thanks for your comment and question. We sent your comment to our local area staff for review and they let us know that our maintenance contractor does have a silica plan included in their safety manual and all crew members have access to the plan and are expected to follow it. This particular crew was using new equipment, which might have created a dust cloud. Our maintenance contractor has discussed this issue with the crew to make sure they are aware of safety requirements and obligation to use the proper PPE. We hope that this helps.

  81. andy smith on March 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Hello,
    Please finish your work on the west bike lane of the Alex Fraser bridge, and open it up to bike traffic again. I bicycle commute every day over this bridge and it is MUCH SAFER to ride south on the west side of the bridge.
    thanks,
    Andy

    • tranbceditor on March 29, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Hi Andy,
      We’ve sent your comment to our local area staff for review. We will let you know what we hear back.

    • tranbceditor on March 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Hi again Andy – the cyclist lane is expected to be complete in June 2019.

  82. Harry Payne on March 21, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I Went to Oyster Bay Rest Area in Summer 2018 to spend time on the beach.
    but the speed bump need to be repainted.

    • tranbceditor on March 22, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Harry – thanks for this message. We will share it forward on your behalf.

  83. Paul on March 21, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Hello, I’m trying to find out if my city, Penticton, allows NZEV’s (Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles). I’m referring to vehicles with a top speed of 40km/hr as discussed here:
    https://www.tranbc.ca/2015/04/10/what-are-nzev-zones-and-why-do-they-matter/
    The vehicle type I’m referring to is something like this:
    https://canev.com/might-e-truck/
    I’ve tried to contact bylaw services, under the assumption that if the Ministry had authorized a designated zone for NZEV’s in Penticton, that someone at City Hall would be able to tell me. They referred me to someone else, so I thought I’d ask here.

    • tranbceditor on March 21, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Hello Paul,

      Please contact our local area staff here:
      300 – 1358 St Paul St
      Kelowna BC
      V2Y 2E1
      250 712-3660

      They will be able to let you know if there is/or could be an NZEV zone in your area.

  84. Martin Kafer on March 15, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I have a complaint and please correct your info on the DRIVERS MEDICAL EXAMINATION form – page 2
    INSTRUCTIONS
    “If you do not wish to retain……and your driver’s licence AND A SECOND PIECE OF ID !!! to the nearest ICBC….

  85. AW on March 12, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Kelowna desperately needs a second bridge. Kelowna/West Kelowna/Lake Country are the only metropolitan cities that forces highway thru-traffic through downtown. Semi trucks and travellers clog the routes making local access a nightmare. A new bridge should span between Carr’s Landing to Fintry, over to the connector. It would not only solve the problem, but provide access to the airport and other areas in minimal time. Thank you

    • tranbceditor on March 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Hello Amanada and thanks for your message.

      The ministry has been reviewing feedback and studies in recent years to determine the next best step in this regard as a part of the Okanagan Lake Second Crossing Planning Study: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/okanagansecondcrossing/

      This site has the most up to date information on the strategy as well as links to other local engagements underway.

  86. Kevin MacArthur on March 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I have a concern about the sign stands that are placed on the Pedestrian/cycle way on the Alex Fraser Bridge. It appears that when the actual signs are removed ( I’m guessing the the signs are only used when necessary) the stands are left in place. The unsigned stands have support structures that extend out fully halfway into the pathway. As the stand is tall and unremarkable without it’s sign they pose a safety risk for cyclists descending the pathway. Is it possible to attach some kind of warning colours similar to the warning plates on concrete barriers to alert cyclists approaching these structures.
    I have images that show the issue but can’t upload them here.

    • tranbceditor on March 12, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for your message. We have shared it forward with the local area manager for review. We will let you know what we hear back.

    • tranbceditor on March 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Hello Kevin,
      We have advised our contractor to take down the sign stands daily or position them in such a manner so as to not create a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge sidewalks.

  87. Jessica on March 6, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I wrote you a month ago about HWY 3, near BOMBI summit after my partner and I slid off the road over a 75ft embankment. Nobody got back to me and now one month later two people are dead. WHY wasn’t this looked into promptly? I am beyond disappointed in the communication between YRB, TransBC, and the News. SHAME on you.

    • tranbceditor on June 20, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Hello Jessica,
      We are so very sorry for the delay in our response to you. Our IT team cleared out our spam folder yesterday and found both of your messages. We sincerely apologize for this and we are so also sorry to hear about the incident you described. Are you still seeking information on this issue? Or has it been resolved?

  88. David Smith on March 4, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I want all bicycles to be licensed, with a sizeable plate that’s easy to read from about 50 feet(approx. 25 metres), by persons with reasonably good eyesight and the riders of those cycles be required to be insured against personal injury to amounts similar to auto drivers.
    Also strict enforcement with respect to establish laws related to cycling, eg: no bikes on sidewalks, hand signals when stopping and turning, staying in the marked bike paths(lanes), wearing of helmets and working head and tail lights, night visible vestments.
    This to apply to minors as well as adult cyclists.

    • tranbceditor on March 7, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Hello David – thanks for your comment. We chatted with our engineers and policy folks about your concerns and they agreed that because no jurisdiction in North America requires pedestrians or cyclists to be licensed to operate on roadways (because for the most part they are not as not classed as a motor vehicle) this sort of initiative would likely need to be brought forth by the government of the day in accordance with their own philosophy, rather than pushed by an internal driven policy. They also noted that insurance is costly as moving to a licensing structure requires extensive training programs not to mention the overall cost structure required to administer it. Given the current climate towards encouraging as many folks as possible (from the very young to the very old) to ride bikes, it is unlikely that a licensing structure for bicycles will happen in the near future. We do understand your concern, and wanted to point out that today’s children do receive informal cycling school training at the elementary level, which will cultivate road safety skills and responsible cyclists for the future as well. Thanks again for your comment. We hope this helps somewhat.

  89. David Pedersen on March 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Hi TranBC,

    I have one quick question about the new Fraser Valley Variable Speed-Limit System that’s being installed: what are the large rectangular black panels designed for? Are those changeable message signs that will be used to warn motorists of congestion ahead and/or explain why the speed limit has changed?

    Thanks!

    David

    • tranbceditor on March 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hello David,

      The purpose of the two Gateway Dynamic Message Signs (one in each direction at the start of the corridor) are to advise motorists of the downstream conditions throughout the entire corridor.

      Whereas the smaller Dynamic Message Advisory are to advise motorists of conditions immediately downstream of their current location.

      Hope this helps.

  90. Harry Payne on February 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I was on the highway today and i have founded a bent railings in oyster river bridge in highway 19A.

    • tranbceditor on February 27, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks for your message Harry – we have sent your comment to the local area staff for review.

    • tranbceditor on March 1, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Hello Harry,

      Our local Bridge Area Manager visited the bridge and has no safety concerns. Thanks again for checking in with us on this!

  91. C Simms on February 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    I regularly travel between the Okanagan and Calgary in a commercial truck and have to use the brake check outhouses. Being female this is my only option. The outhouses are getting progressively worse!! There is fesses on the seat!! At the Yoho brake check both outhouses now have fecces on the seat, urine all over the place! They are disgusting! I have to hover to use them! This weekend after using the Yoho brake brake check I have been sick all weekend! I am sure I have a stomach flu bc of the health hazard these outhouses are!! What are you going to do about this!

    • tranbceditor on February 25, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Hello Pinky and thanks for letting us know – sounds yucky. Unfortunately, the Yoho Brake Check is a federally operated site (being in the park boundaries and all).

      Here is the information to contact Parks Canada with your concern:https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/visit/services

      We are also including a tool to help you look up our maintenance contractors across the province in case you notice anything else unsettling on your travels. Directly contacting our contractors makes sure the issue is resolved more quickly and any calls they receive are tracked and logged for ministry audits.

      http://drivebc.ca/rahp/identifyRegion.html

  92. 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!

  93. 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.

  94. 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

  95. 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!

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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

  99. Robert Jensen on February 10, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    I am writing concerning the posted speed limit on a short section of Hwy 97 South Okanagan.

    The area of concern is the Vaseux Lake bird sanctuary The protected bighorn sheep area, and the Provincial Campground location all which are very close to Hwy 97 S.

    This 1.5 km stretch of 2 lane highway has seen many collisions, some resulting in death. Many motorists are being distracted by the gathering of numerous Big horn sheep that graze right next to the highway, either by taking their eyes off the road, or by slowing or stopping on the small shoulder of the highway to observe the animals.

    If the motorists are not looking at the sheep, then they are trying to see if there is a vacant spot at the provincial campground, if its not the campground, then its the entrance to the parking lot for the bird sanctuary, not to mention the 40 kph blind curve near the middle of Vaseux Lake,

    all the while doing 80 + kph.

    The semi truck traffic along with the cars headed south are trying to come down from a posted 80 kph, (located next to the provincial campground,) to 40 kph,all this happens in approx. 0.2 of a km, and I can guarantee you they are doing faster than 80 kph. The constant use of engine brakes from semi’s is a sure tell sign of them travelling too fast. We hear the brakes constantly, even though there is a posted “excessive noise prohibited” sign.

    The R.C.M.P. are of no help, as they are too busy catching speeders going through the Gallerger lake 4- lane, (approx. 2 kms south of Vaseux Lake) which is a straight section of road, with none of the hazards Vaseux lake area has.

    For an area that has :

    #1-A Protected bird sanctuary,

    #2-A Protected Big horn sheep area,

    #3-A Provincial campground,

    #4-A Residential neighbourhood of 40+ homes,

    #5- Hundreds of marathon / recreational bicyclists

    #6 And a main 2- lane Hwy 97 going through the middle of it all

    If I remember correctly, I do believe the posted speed limit was 60kph in the late 70s, early 80s, why it was raised to 80 is anyone’s guess,

    because there is a hell of a lot more traffic now, compared to then.

    Please consider lowering the speed to 60 kph, maybe then the motoring public would at least slow to 70 kph

    Speed Kills, My wife and I know this personally.

    I ask again for your help on this matter.

    Thank-you for your consideration, I anxiously await your reply.

    Robert / Terri Jensen

    • tranbceditor on March 6, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Hello Robert and Terri,

      Thank you for your message. We shared your concerns with our staff in the area and they let us know that the posted speed limit on this section of the highway has been 80 km/h since year 2000. Prior to that our record shows 50 mph (80.5 km/h) since year 1974.

      Typically, speed limits are established during the road design to maintain the safety and mobility of the travelling public. If a different speed is to be considered the following need to be reviewed:

      • The 85th percentile speed of the travelling public
      • Land use adjacent to the roadway
      • Existing roadway geometrics
      • Historical collision stats (safety)

      Collisions along Highway 97 near the Vaseux Lake area (approximately a 5 km section) in past 5 years show total of 21 collisions with no fatal incidents.

      • Approximately 30% due to driver cause
      • Approximately 25% due to wild animal cause

      The “excessive noise prohibited” sign is an information sign for the commercial vehicles asking for their curtesy. Unfortunately, this sign is not a regulatory sign.

      Due to above reasons, arbitrarily reducing speed limit is not recommended but existing signing can be reviewed and improved if deemed appropriate.

      The CVSE can be consulted to review “excessive noise” of commercial vehicles due to driving over the speed limit. Also the advisory speed sign can be reviewed for further enhancement to forewarn the commercial vehicles so that they reduce speed without the use of engine brakes. Wildlife warning signs can be considered to increase awareness of the drivers and as well as consultation with RCMP to provide more enforcement. Our district office is reviewing each of these options. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

  100. Jessica on February 9, 2019 at 8:41 am

    It has come to my attention the TranBC, DriveBC and Castlegar News are not reporting road conditions. No one is listening to the tow truck dispatch nor police. If they had been listening they would have reported how many people were affected on hwy 3 near the Bombi Summit. I know of half a dozen vehicles that were towed between Feb 2nd and Feb 6th 2019 because ours was one of them. I have contacted YRB with my concerns, they are investigating.

    Saturday (Feb 2nd 2019) was a beautiful day. We delivered firewood and headed over the Bombi (Hwy 3) to Castlegar. The sun was shining, snow was melting and running across the road. We were a little late heading home to Nelway. It was dusk and our truck was empty. About 2 km from the summit, the streams of water had become ice sheets. There was no warning, no slip, we lost traction, skated across the road, flew off the side of the highway over a steep embankment rolling, flipping on our roof and coming to rest on our side on the edge of the pond about 75 ft below and out of sight of the road. No one saw us go over.

    We didn’t loose consciousness and I was able to open my window with the button. We got ourselves out, climbed up the bank over meter deep snow and boulders. We walked up the road away from the ice where it would be safe to flag a ride. The road has no shoulder, the plough did not move the snow back far enough. The sand truck passed us and we flagged a ride and got home safely. We are resting, bruised sore and mildly concussed but recovering.
    My main concern is that someone could die because they are undiscovered and unable to get out on their own. Please help make our roads safer, be proactive, be prompt and improve your service delivery.

    There should be temporary signs indicating where the ice is and extra surveillance, one snow fall and tracks are lost. Plough the road so a shoulder remains where folks can walk safely and pull over. Add Rumble strips and Guard Rails are necessary where a vehicle could disappear and there is a high risk of fatality. I hope our loss will serve to save someone else.

    • tranbceditor on June 20, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Hello Jessica,
      We are so very sorry for the delay in our response to you. Our IT team cleared out our spam folder yesterday and found both of your messages. We sincerely apologize for this and we are so also sorry to hear about the incident you described. Are you still seeking information on this issue? Or has it been resolved?

  101. 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. 🙂

  102. 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

  103. 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.

  104. 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

  105. 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.

      • Ken on February 25, 2019 at 7:25 am

        Thank you! I did notice the light in question has been aimed differently this morning, much less jarring in the dark of night. Small thing makes a huge difference that I’m sure other drivers in the area will appreciate.

        • tranbceditor on February 25, 2019 at 10:08 am

          Glad to hear it Ken!

          • Ken on April 10, 2019 at 6:18 am

            Uhoh…their shield and or aiming is back to blinding drivers on 3B again! Can I just ummmm ermmm bump it around with my truck? hehe!

          • tranbceditor on April 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

            Hi Ken,

            I see that this signage on 3B Avenue was a concern to you in late January.

            Comments from back then, indicate that our ministry folks in the area brought your concern to the Township of Langley, who was to approach the business manager to adjust the lights away from the roads. (And eventually the situation was remedied).

            As this is an issue in the Township of Langley and with the business (and is outside our jurisdiction), I recommend that you contact the Township and/or business directly with your concern. (You may also want to mention that this is the second time this hazard has been a concern). You can contact the Township of Langley at 4700 – 224 Street phone: 604-532-7300 or email: opsinfo@tol.ca

  106. 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?

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. 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.

  121. 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.

  122. 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.

  123. 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

  124. 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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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.

  128. 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.

  129. 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.

  130. 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!

  131. 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!

  132. 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.

  133. 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.

  134. 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?

  135. 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!

  136. 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.

  137. 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.

  138. 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!

  139. 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.

  140. 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!

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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?

  150. 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.

  151. 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?

  152. 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.

  153. 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

  154. 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!

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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/

  158. 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.

  159. 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!

  160. 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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