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    • Thanks for sharing with us Ken! We have seen it and are so thrilled that folks are inspired enough to recreate these journeys 🙂

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  1. The Nanaimo Parkway has seen several crossover collisions over the years, where vehicles cross the centre grass median and enter the oncoming lanes. The Pat Bay Highway has seen a few crossover collisions over the years as well. On a recent road trip to the Lower Mainland, I encountered the use of cable barriers on several divided highways including Highways 1 and 99. So my question is why cable barrier isn’t used on the Nanaimo Parkway and Pat Bay Highway? The installation of these barriers is no doubt expensive, but when I see a more than 30 km installation of cable barrier on Highway 99, I don’t see why a 10 km installation on the Nanaimo Parkway or a 5 km installation on the Pat Bay Highway couldn’t be afforded.

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    • Thanks for your suggestion Colton – we will send it to our local district engineer for their consideration. Safe travels!

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  2. Hello. I am a resident in Agassiz and live adjacent to Highway 9. I called Monzera Kazini ( that’s what I heard on my answering machine). He responded to my voicemail, and said he would look into the engine breaking on Highway 9 in residential areas. I just tried to call him back, and his number is no longer in service. 604-795-8205. Can you please have him contact me again, as I am now in the process of preparing a petition for both noise and commercial vehicles using excessive speed in this area, looking to reduce the speed limit to 70KMH, to match the speed between McDonald road and the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge. Please have him call 604-491-4914.

    Thank you.

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    • Thanks for your comments, Steven. I have forwarded them to Maziar Kazemi and asked him to call you at the number you have provided.

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  3. I would like to request a trash barrel be added to the rest spot on eastbound highway 3 – located 1.2 km south of Braunagel Road near Moyie. The other pull outs have trash facilities, but this one doesn’t. Let’s keep BC beautiful.

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      • Hi Brenda,

        Thank for your request for a trash barrel to be placed at the pullout along Hwy 3, 2.5 km south of Braunagel Road.

        I will check in with our person responsible for that area and get back to you here.

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        • The ministry does not provide garbage bins at every pullout on our highways. There are garbage facilities six kilometres north and three kilometres south of this location.

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  4. We live on a gravel road (actually dirt road as there is no gravel left) outside of Clinton BC. We get graded when it’s pouring. They do not remove the potholes so within a day they are back. We have flooded and they still haven’t removed the debris from the road reducing it to one lane. We have had mini landslides which has diverted water from the ditch to cross the road. They dust controlled before they graded. We are one access to the big bar slide so we have more traffic than ever. There is a spring in the road which has caused deep potholes yet there is no signage and you can’t see it till it’s too late. Yes we are a d class road. Still a public road though. If a road is done properly it will last a long time. Oh well logging trucks are coming soon.

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    • Hi Heather. Sorry to hear of your road troubles. Please confirm the name of your road and I will share your concerns with our local operations manager.

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  5. Just wondering why Ktown Custom Auto in Kimberley still has it Licensed Inspection Facility sign up, when the only licensed mechanic quit and moved on over a week ago?

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  6. Hello,
    Is it a consideration to put a median on Highway 97 in Penticton in the Sun Leisure Trailer park area(from the channel parkway west to Wright’s Beach Camp) to prevent left turns onto highway 97? It seems it is so busy there during the summer tourist season there are too many collisions from people attempting left turns from either side of HWY 97. Would this a better alternative to traffic lights which some locals are calling for?

    Thank You!

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    • Hi Rob. We are constantly looking at the best application for different areas with our engineering staff. Median barrier will generally result in the fewest accidents, but it’s also more restrictive on the turning movements, which is an important consideration, especially within municipalities. Safety is the first priority but we always consider the need to balance mobility, especially in low speed urban areas where crash severity is generally lower than high speed rural areas.

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  7. I have a question regarding “Slower Traffic Keep Right” and “Keep Right Except to Pass” regulatory signs. Both signs enforce the same law, but obviously the “Keep Right Expect to Pass” sign is much more definitive. However, both signs are still used and installed on B.C. highways. What is the rationale behind continuing to install the less definitive “Slower Traffic Keep Right” signs? Also, is there any criteria for choosing which sign is installed on a particular highway?

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  8. The Sea to Sky corridor could be a cycling Mecca but is probably one of the most dangerous places to ride. It is hard to understand why cycling safety is not on the radar. The bike lanes between Vancouver and Whistler are deplorable. Whistler is a recreation area and yet the bike lanes on the highway are almost a death trap. Why is that?

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  9. The combination of the summer traffic resuming on Highway 1 and the covid restrictions has highlighted the shortage of public toilets accessible to travelers on the highway passing through Revelstoke. Recently on social media there have been complaints reporting that travelers were urinating in the open in Woodenhead Park (adjacent to the highway bridge over the Columbia River).

    Clearly, with the roadside businesses restricting numbers of customers and doing additional cleaning of their toilets this limits access to their toilets. Yes, there are two Ministry of Transportation toilets in the truck pull out on the west side of the river. However, they are basic ‘long drop’ facilities and despite being frequently cleaned are not exactly attractive – even if people know they exist (there is no signage on the highway!).

    I wonder if the Ministry of Transportation could contribute to funding the temporary installation of portapotties in the area of Woodenhead Park? Also could the Ministry contribute to the costs of providing a permanent public toilet? If this was provided it would be mainly for the befit of highway travelers. Such a facility would also be very useful during highway closures when many travelers park in the area as well as during the summer traffic peak period.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Nick. District staff have been in discussion with the City of Revelstoke regarding this issue. In the short term, the city is working with the local businesses and are exploring options for the park. Longer term, permanent facilities would be the responsibility of the city to plan, construct and maintain.

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  10. The barriers on the highway between Kelowna and Vernon are good but could be improved. I am pleased to hear that there are more on the way for other areas of this highway. https://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/306759/Median-barriers-to-be-added-on-Hwy-97-in-North-and-South-Okanagan#306759

    One improvement that should be considered would be to put “paddles” or “panels” on top of the barriers to block the headlights of vehicles from the on coming traffic. I have seen them in other areas. Many vehicles have higher headlights with greater intensity. When going around corners you get the headlights from the oncoming traffic right in your eyes that makes it difficult to see especially when there is a large embankment off the shoulder.

    Please consider adding these headlight blocking panels to the top of existing concrete barrier between Vernon and Kelowna as well as with the new installation along hwy 97.

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  11. Why are big trucks not governed at 105/kmh? It’s ridiculous and very dangerous having these logging trucks barreling down the road at 120.

    Why are you so bad at maintaining road sign visibility?

    Why are mudflaps not law for trucks? 20 years of driving I’ve had one windshield crack.. I moved here and have replace my windshield twice in 18 months.
    All of these very obvious things would lower ICBC claims, make the roads safer. Why are you not doing them?

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    • Hi J. Stakeholder engagement wrapped up recently on topics that will help to modernize safety regulations for commercial vehicles: implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs), National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 13 – Trip Inspections and speed limiters. We’re currently reviewing the results of this engagement to inform government decisions, policy and legislation around these topics.

      As for road sign visibility – specific location(s) you’re concerned about?

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  12. Also there appears to be a missing speed limit sign on McKenzie Ave near Rainbow St. In the eastbound direction, the speed limit reduces from 60 km/h to 50 km/h. However in the westbound direction, there is no “60 km/h” speed limit sign even though the speed limit technically increases to 60 km/h.

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    • P.S. On the Pat Bay Highway between Vernon Ave and Haliburton Rd, the highway is divided by a grass median. However, there is no 80 km/h speed limit signage in the median which seems odd as typically it is supposed to installed in the median if space is sufficient. I hope this can be reviewed and hopefully have speed limit signage installed in the median to raise more awareness to the 80 km/h speed zone.

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  13. On Blanshard St heading southbound, between the intersections of Ravine Way and Saanich Road, there is a pedestrian-activated traffic signal. Crossing here, I routinely notice vehicles in the right turn lane for the Uptown parking lot access running the red light. I suppose some people think that because they are in the right turn lane, they can proceed through the red light when pedestrians have finished crossing as “they are turning right”. However the stop line is well in advance of the parking lot access, so vehicles wouldn’t be allowed to proceed. I hope some signage could be installed such as “only proceed on green” can be installed to ensure right-turning vehicles don’t proceed on the red signal.

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  14. Hello.

    Kingsgate Moyie River Bridge, Curzon Bridge on Hwy 95 and Curzon Junction Bridge on Hwy 3 Doesn’t Have Clearance overhead metres sign installed and lot of semi truck crossing the bridge and What is the Clearance overhead metres for that bridge?

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Harry. The clearance on these through truss bridges is approximately 5.5 metres and therefore do not require clearance signage. The nearby Curzon CPR Underpass is the most limiting clearance in the same general area, and is posted at 4.6 metres. Hope this helps.

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  15. Also I hope to get some clarification on the Highway 1 – Leigh Rd to Westshore Pkwy 4-Laning/median barrier project. In the press release issued today (July 29) regarding the project, it says “Paving will take place from early August to September”. Does this mean 4-lanes will be opened in the Fall or Winter 2020? Or will all 4-lanes not open till Spring/Summer 2021? Thank you.

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    • Hello Colton – thanks for this message. The news release states that the project is ahead of schedule and is slated to be complete before summer 2021. Hope that this helps!

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  16. I would like to see the historical markers on the Coquihalla between Hope & Merritt restored,for example Shylock,Lear etc. They remind us of the great history of this area. Thank You

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  17. Today, driving the SFPR from Highway 1 to the Highway 99 junction, nearly every vehicle was exceeding the 80 km/h posted speed limit. I understand that the posted speed limit is set to the design speed which is 80 km/h but I think the speed limit needs a re-evaluation based on current 85th percentile speeds. Also what is the rationale behind the current 50 km/h zone on the SFPR? The 50 zone is obnoxiously slow. I don’t see why it couldn’t be posted at least 60 km/h.

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    • Hi Colton. I shared your comment with our engineering department. The 50 km/h zone in on approach to the Pattullo Bridge, where there is a bridge support “bent” that restricts horizontal sight distance. There is also a dip in the highway to provide clearance for commercial vehicles between the road surface and to the overhead Pattullo Bridge span that lies overhead of the SFPR. There is also an at-grade intersection, an at-grade railway crossing, and vertical alignment changes through this zone – so, quite a bit going on to warrant the reduced speed limit.

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      • Thanks for the reply. Also, what is the plan to address the several bumps past the Hwy 91 connector? Maybe the highway can be renamed the “Rollercoaster Highway”? Okay, I’m just joking with the second question!

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        • Yes, we are aware of the “bumps” and have work scheduled along this route to make various improvements. Scheduled completion date is late summer 2022.

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  18. DEAR MINISTER:

    I live on Cortes Island, am collecting
    Old-Age Pension and am lightly physically-
    challenged.

    I have been stashing money away in
    my savings account for over three years,
    and will soon have enough money to buy
    an electric-assist tricycle.

    I just learned, to my dismay, that I will be required to pay PST on my purchase — an annoyingly-steep extra charge on my $5,000 + investment.

    Pedal-powered bicycles are exempt from the tax; transit riders do not pay the levy; buyers of new electric cars are exempt or/and can apply for a substantial rebate.

    Why don’t purchasers of e-bikes enjoy
    this exemption, and WHEN are you planning to change legislation or regulations to accommodate this common-sense change?

    Thank you for your attention.

    Arnold Martin,
    Whaletown (Cortes Island )
    B.C.

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    • Hello Arnold,

      Thanks for your message.
      As part of CleanBC, we’ve introduced Move.Commute.Connect. – B.C.’s first-ever Active Transportation Strategy – which aims to make walking, cycling, scootering, skateboarding and all other modes of active transportation more safe, convenient, and accessible for all users.

      Electric bikes (E-bikes) have become increasingly popular and the BC Scrap-it program includes an incentive that offers an $850 credit towards electric assisted bicycles, purchased from participating retailers. Further details are available at: http://www.scrapit.ca

      Keep in mind that the BC Scrap-it program provides incentives for people who voluntarily retire automobiles early in favour of more environmentally friendly choices, like E-bikes.
      There may be opportunities to build upon the success of rebate programs like BC Scrap-It, and we are committed to looking at these. We hope that this information is helpful.
      FYI – We’ve pulled this information from a recent information bulletin released by the ministry on E-bikes; however, if you would like to reach the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure directly on this matter, please send your message to her at: Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca

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  19. Who do we contact about having “refrain from using engine brakes ” signage put NB on hwy 99 at the Delta side of the Deas Tunnel. The truckers are using their jake brakes 24 hours a day now going through that area.

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    • Hello Kirsten,

      Thanks for your message. Please connect with staff in our nearest area office here:

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

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

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  20. Major oversight at this new route. 3rd time coming from the ferry terminal heading to Vancouver via the tunnel. The only signage I can see is the big ones AT the interchange, making it too late to make a safe change to that route. This time I was ready for it, sort of, and had to advance across the painted median to get onto that route. Better, and advanced signage please! If you are going to say that it exists already then it simply isn’t noticeable.

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    • Hi Paul – thanks for your comment. Just to clarify – are you referring to the new section of Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road) on the Lower Mainland?

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  21. Hello,

    The cycling ‘sharrow’ markings on Northwest Marine Drive at UBC are all faded significantly and are in need of repainting.

    Thank-you,

    Clarence

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    • Hello Clarence – thanks for reaching out to us here. We have sent your comment to our staff and will let you know what we hear back.

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  22. Hi,
    I’m not sure if this is the appropriate place to voice this, but I (and most of the 20,000 residents of Squamish) have major concerns about the dangerous intersection at Highway 99 and Alice Lake Road/Squamish Valley Road. This is an extremely busy intersection as it provides access for everyone visiting Alice Lake Provincial Park (a huge amount of recreational sport users, Park day users, as well as campers) or accessing the popular Squamish and Paradise Valleys. Mountain bikers and pedestrians frequently attempt to cross the highway at this intersection, and cars are frequently lined up, battling to turn left out of Alice Lake Park through the constant flow of high-speed traffic travelling to and from Whistler. Currently there is only a flashing yellow light here, which is ignored by many drivers and does not help with crossing or turning. People take chances here as they try to dart into a space that’s too small, misjudge the speed of the approaching cars, become confused by the many people and vehicles working at cross-purposes in the intersection, and feel pressured by long lines behind them. We need a proper traffic/pedestrian activated light here as soon as possible, before a fatality occurs. Thank you for your help with this.

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    • Hello Shannon – thanks for your message. We shared your concern with our local area manager who confirmed that they are aware that traffic into and out of Alice Lake Provincial Park is problematic. A traffic signal would not work at this location, given the highway speeds and grade of the highway at that location; however, our engineers are currently reviewing to determine what measures can be taken. We thank you for taking the time to connect with us here to share your concern.

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  23. The merge from Burnside Rd West onto the Old Island Highway (Colwood exit) lanes seems outdated. The merge is a “taper-style” with yield signs in place. Sightlines of approaching traffic are not adequate, especially with the relatively high-speed traffic coming from the highway. A handy dart facility is slated to be constructed nearby at Burnside Rd W and Watkiss Way which will mean a significant number of buses will have to use this merge which is already an issue. A relatively easy way to improve this merge would be to remove the second WB lane for the Colwood exit such that traffic merging from Burnside Rd W would get its own lane. The View Royal Transportation Master Plan recommended this solution in 2008 but for unknown reasons it has not addressed yet. I hope this solution can be considered to improve traffic operations in the area. Thank you.

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    • Hello Colton,

      Thanks for this message. We have sent it to our local area staff for their consideration. Thank you!

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    • Hello again Colton,

      We heard back from our staff advising that the ministry is currently undertaking a study looking at the section of Hwy 1 between the Helmcken and Colwood interchanges. The study area includes the off-ramps into View Royal and Colwood. Much of this study will transit focused, but we are looking at traffic patterns as well. The results of the study will help the Ministry in planning for any potential changes to our infrastructure.

      The Province recently announced the construction of a new HandyDART facility along Burnside Road West. This facility is much needed for the expansion of the Victoria Regional Transit System as existing facilities have reached their capacities. Expanding the transit service is a crucial step to addressing congestion in the region by encouraging more people to use sustainable travel choices, rather than relying on single occupancy vehicles. As part of this initiative, BC Transit, along with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are considering improvements to Burnside Road West to serve the operation of the facility on the other users of the network. BC Transit has committed to extensive consultation through the lifecycle of the project.

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      • Can the length of the 60 km/h construction speed zone for the McKenzie Interchange project be adjusted in the Northbound direction at the west end of the project? The speed limit remains 60 km/h nearly 350 m after the work zone area despite no obvious hazards. As such, most drivers speed up to 90 km/h which creates aggressive driving behaviour when other motorists continue travelling at 60 km/h. I understand that the construction speed limit will be removed in the coming months when the project wraps up, however in the interim, I hope the following can take place. Either move the “Work Zone Ends, Resume Speed” and “90 km/h” signs back roughly 300 m. Or instate a 70 or 80 km/h “transition” construction speed limit in the area.

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  24. Several times this week the left-turn lane on Westshore Pkwy to turn left onto Highway 1 NB has backed up significantly, past the Amy Rd roundabout sometimes to as far as Langford Lake Road which is nearly 2 km away. A lot more traffic in recent months has been using Westshore Pkwy to bypass the Highway when traffic is stopped for blasting activities. I assume this is as a result of the acceleration lane removal at the Leigh Rd on-ramp which is the “typical” bypass route. The City of Langford has tried to alleviate these issues by placing a Digital Message Sign instructing vehicles to not block the roundabout along with installing “No Parking” signs for the left-turn lane to ensure the lane doesn’t get clogged up. However, the issue still persists. I hope the signal timing can be reviewed to ensure enough time is allocated for this left-turn movement along with other mitigating measures to try to alleviate this issue to the best possible extent. Thank you.

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    • Good afternoon Colton – thanks for your message. Any addition of time to a particular signal, also impacts the time given for other signals (in this case, the NB and SB traffic movement on BC Highway 1). Our staff continue to monitor traffic volumes and flows in the area and will make any adjustments as required.

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      • Also, since the plan is the increase the current 80 km/h speed limit between Spencer Rd and Westshore Pkwy to 90 km/h in 2021 once construction is complete, why not replace the 80 km/h signs with 90 km/h signs in the southbound direction between Leigh Rd (where the Work Zone Ends) and Spencer Rd?

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