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  1. Hi there.
    Is there is an updated timeline for the McKenzie Interchange project completion? As it is now beyond the “Fall 2020” completion.

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    • Hi Colton. We’re working with the contractor to clean up the site. Landscaping is nearing completion with trees, shrubs and seeding to enhance the interchange’s appearance. We expect work to be wrapped up in the first few months of 2021. The construction speed zones will remain in place as long as the contractor is actively working around the site to ensure safety of the workers and the travelling public.

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  2. When designing new highways or upgrades to existing ones is any allowance made for the fact that road markings will often be totally invisible because they have faded or are covered with snow or sand?

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      • The question is do your planners even think about what happens on the newly designed sections of the highway if there are no visible road markings? Is the layout such that drivers will stay in the lanes? What about turn lanes when the markings are obscured? How will drivers react?

        I guess the answer is that the roads are designed for perfect conditions and no account is taken of usual winter conditions.

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        • Is there a particular stretch of highway you are concerned about, Nick? (or newly designed stretch of highway?) Highway planning is a key business function in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and our staff carry out planning from headquarters, the three regions, and some districts. Planning staff work closely with other business areas including engineering (design, traffic, bridge, environmental), property, rehabilitation, project management, and others. Here’s a link to more info: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/transportation-planning

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          • I wasn’t thinking of a specific location, more of a general question. But here is one for you – the existing Illicellewaet Brake check was always a problem when road lines were obscured, especially for drivers unfamiliar with the location. Difficult to know where exactly the traffic and turn/acceleration lanes were, partially because the road has a slight curve to the right at this point. When designing the new layout that is being built now was any thought given to how it would look to drivers when road lines can’t be seen because they are obscured or have faded? (The usual condition for much of winter and well into spring). This might be particularly confusing as it will be almost immediately after the transition from the old 2 lane section to the new 4 lane one. (One thing that makes me wonder if planners think about winter was the solar powered light that was put on the new median at Clanwilliam – apart from the solar panel often being covered by snow that spot got no direct sun for most of winter because it was shaded by the mountains!).

          • Hi Nick,

            Thanks for clarifying. Most of the roads the ministry operates can get covered in snow and ice and as such, we don’t rely solely on line markings as an absolute. What is always used , and what is considered of greatest importance, is the use and installation of signage. If you have concerns about the signage which supports this area, we are happy to connect with our local area manager to clarify if any steps need to be taken to improve the situation.

    • Hi there Jennifer – thanks for your message.
      We have shared it forward with our staff. If you ever notice any thing on BC Highways that causes you concern, we encourage you to connect directly with our maintenance contractors, as this ensures a faster response time.
      Here’s the contact information for Emcon, our south island maintenance contractor:
      EMCON Services Inc
      1 866 353-3136

      Website: emconservices.ca
      Twitter: @EmconSouthVI
      Facebook: @emconservicesinc
      Instagram: N/A
      YouTube: N/A
      Email: N/A

      Ministry contact:
      Saanich Area Office – 250 952-4515

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  3. Hi I was involved in a car accident in the intersection of 192street and highway10. How do i obtain the video footage or due to confidentiality reasons, have you send the footage with the time stamp to ICBC? The bus driver that hit me said they will review onboard exterior cameras, but now theyre telling ICBC that due to “technical difficulties” they don’t have any bus footage. ICBC said I need to try contacting you directly before they can step in and talk with DriveBC. The city of Surrey will not release highway 10 related footage due to it being owned by the provincial government. Please help me, I’ve been dealing with this issue for over 2 months now. Incident occured on Nov 11 at 5:00-5:30. I am willing to pay for the service provided thank you.

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    • Hello Cary,

      Thank you for your request for images from the BC HwyCams.

      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.

      Unfortunately in this case the images are no longer available because it falls out site the retention period.

      FYI:
      The webcams are not surveillance webcams, and that the resolution is very low. Police often consult camera images in an investigation, although I don’t think they would be admissible in a court of law (personal opinion).

      The ministry will provide DriveBC camera images on request, however this is an unofficial service provided on a “best effort” basis. We can usually respond within a week. The following terms and conditions apply:

      • 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.
      • None of the BC Highway Cameras capture or store video.
      • We manage DriveBC highway webcams only, not red light webcams (that’s ICBC).
      • The ministry has an internal website that saves display images for up to one month. Image files on ministry servers are overwritten after one month, and are unobtainable through this service.
      • The cameras are intended to provide road condition and traffic volume information to drivers and to the ministry’s traffic management centre for response to incidents/events on highways. They are not intended for surveillance.
      • These are low resolution images, generally taken from a distance so that license plates and faces are not identifiable.

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  4. Hello.
    I know I Did watch the 1966 BC Time Machine and the Englishman River Bridge in Parksville was built 1948 and Little Qualicum River Bridge built in 1956 on Highway 19A which used to be original overhead and structural steel was first painted to silver.

    How much is cost to build that old truss bridge?
    What is the year did the Modify the overhead, last resurfacing, and painted the bridge?

    Thank you.

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    • Hello Harry,

      I am sorry – but we don’t have that information easily accessible. We recommend you connect directly with local area office staff to see if they can give you more information, but they may also have to request you file an FOI to research and collect it.

      Sorry we couldn’t be of more help!

      Vancouver Island District Office – 250 751-3246

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  5. Re Hemlock Valley Road
    I know it’s been a crazy year of finances and staffing amd everything due to Covid. But we have a permanent residence on the Mountain in Hemlock BC and I’m not the only one. It’s not a homestead in the middle of no where it’s a community, and the conditions of the roadway to the mountain are ridiculous. The amount of pot holes have increased so much this year, with what feels like little to no repair has caused my son to have anxiety and fear every time we drive in and out of town. One of us has to sit there calmly with him reassuring him he is safe and it’s ok the ENTIRE ride on the road. And he is 11! Hemlock Valley Road NEEDS more attention immediately and consistently. My son should NOT have to be stricken with fear to go back and forth to his own property

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    • Good morning Tamara – we’re sorry to hear this. Last years washouts probably lent to the concerns as well. Our maintenance contractor has been working diligently to widen the side roads after several heavy snowfalls since November. Warmer weather and rain has made the snow heavy and difficult to manage. While two lanes have not been achieved on all side roads, there have been significant improvements on Edelweiss Rd, Snowmist Dr and Enzian Way. The maintenance contractor will continue their efforts and look to achieve two lane access to more side roads in the coming week with additional equipment being brought in.

      The maintenance contractor has also been very active grading and reshaping the gravel portion of Hemlock Valley Rd. However, freeze-thaw cycles, warm wet weather, and heavy traffic tend to produce potholes rather quickly. The Maintenance contractor will continue to monitor the road closely and implement repairs when weather is favorable.

      Any local resident who wants to be added to the maintenance contractor’s stakeholder email list for Hemlock Valley Rd is welcome to contact EAM at eamreport@eac.bc.ca. Progress reports and updates are being distributed on a regular bases to inform the local residents of the work EAM has been accomplishing.

      We hope that this is helpful.

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  6. As a permanent resident up at Hemlock Valley I’ve several concerns about the recent road conditions (since at least late November).

    1 – The state of the road itself. If you drive up, you’ll likely notice the road conditions, including the gravel portions, are in great shape up until Anderson’s Maintenance Yard. Then it goes to hell in a hand-basket.

    The potholes, washboard, and other lineal breaks in the surface continuity lead me to believe the work being done is not daily. As a resident I see vehicle movement, and know that throughout the weekend little work seems to be conducted and it’s only Tuesday any work repair begins through to Friday.

    2 – Recent drainage work done on the road shows areas that cause concern for another slide similar to 2019. Ditch rain/snow runoff is not fluid, water retention in ditches and culverts are concerning especially considering the ground dirt/gravel was not done in a timely manner to ensure a strong foundation. Water collecting high side on the roadway is extremely concerning and needs to be looked at and repaired immediately.

    3 – Dangerously, roads in the village are not being plowed to two lanes; for at least the last week most of Hemlock Village was limited to single lane only, causing great concern in the event of an emergency. (Note: as a Hemlock Valley Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter, I have expressed my concerns to our Chief about movement though the village in an emergency).

    The potholes, washboard, and lineal lines throughout are all extremely hard on vehicles and equipment, and more importantly put vehicles at risk (even those driving to conditions) of being involved in an unnecessary accident.

    Please, don’t respond with a response that sounds like “the current road is being monitored”…the concern is very real and everyone from visitors, to residents, to Resort owners unequivocally agree the complaints are legitimate and need more than platitudes in response to our concerns.

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    • Hello Nathan, thanks for connecting with us here to share your concerns. Our maintenance contractor has been working diligently to widen the side roads after several heavy snowfalls since November. Warmer weather and rain has made the snow heavy and difficult to manage. While two lanes have not been achieved on all side roads, there have been significant improvements on Edelweiss Rd, Snowmist Dr and Enzian Way. The maintenance contractor will continue their efforts and look to achieve two lane access to more side roads in the coming week with additional equipment being brought in.

      The maintenance contractor has also been very active grading and reshaping the gravel portion of Hemlock Valley Rd. However, freeze-thaw cycles, warm wet weather, and heavy traffic tend to produce potholes rather quickly. The Maintenance contractor will continue to monitor the road closely and implement repairs when weather is favorable.

      Any local resident who wants to be added to the maintenance contractor’s stakeholder email list for Hemlock Valley Rd is welcome to contact EAM at eamreport@eac.bc.ca. Progress reports and updates are being distributed on a regular bases to inform the local residents of the work EAM has been accomplishing. We hope that this is helpful.

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    • Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for your message. We spoke with our local area staff regarding Hemlock Valley area roads and they let us know that our maintenance contractor has been working diligently to widen the side roads after several heavy snowfalls since November. Warmer weather and rain has made the snow heavy and difficult to manage. While two lanes have not been achieved on all side roads, there have been significant improvements on Edelweiss Rd, Snowmist Dr and Enzian Way. The maintenance contractor will continue their efforts and look to achieve two lane access to more side roads in the coming week with additional equipment being brought in.

      The maintenance contractor has also been very active grading and reshaping the gravel portion of Hemlock Valley Rd. However, freeze-thaw cycles, warm wet weather, and heavy traffic tend to produce potholes rather quickly. The Maintenance contractor will continue to monitor the road closely and implement repairs when weather is favorable.

      Any local resident who wants to be added to the maintenance contractor’s stakeholder email list for Hemlock Valley Rd is welcome to contact EAM at eamreport@eac.bc.ca. Progress reports and updates are being distributed on a regular bases to inform the local residents of the work EAM has been accomplishing.

      We hope that this is helpful.

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  7. As an owner up at Hemlock I can honestly say this road has NEVER been this bad. All we hear from you is that the contractor is working diligently. BS, we have had to replace so many parts on our vehicle from them being damaged on this road. Perhaps if they actually used the proper material on the road they could keep up with the grading. The gravel portion has potholes for at least 3/4 of the gravel section, and the other sections have small rivers running down them. This is not acceptable at all! I’m thinking it’s about time to call the news and let them have at it perhaps before someone is seriously injured on this road. Or another section washes out like it did last year taking out someone this time.
    I’d include a picture of the potholes but seems you don’t want anyone to see just how bad this is.

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    • Hi there Tammy – thanks for your message. We have heard from some local residents about the road this year and shared these concerns with our staff for their review. They let us know that our maintenance contractor has been working diligently to widen the side roads after several heavy snowfalls since November. Warmer weather and rain has made the snow heavy and difficult to manage. While two lanes have not been achieved on all side roads, there have been significant improvements on Edelweiss Rd, Snowmist Dr and Enzian Way. The maintenance contractor will continue their efforts and look to achieve two lane access to more side roads in the coming week with additional equipment being brought in.

      The maintenance contractor has also been very active grading and reshaping the gravel portion of Hemlock Valley Rd. However, freeze-thaw cycles, warm wet weather, and heavy traffic tend to produce potholes rather quickly. The Maintenance contractor will continue to monitor the road closely and implement repairs when weather is favorable.

      Any local resident who wants to be added to the maintenance contractor’s stakeholder email list for Hemlock Valley Rd is welcome to contact EAM at eamreport@eac.bc.ca. Progress reports and updates are being distributed on a regular bases to inform the local residents of the work EAM has been accomplishing.

      Emil Anderson Maintenance Co Ltd
      1 800 667-5122

      Website: eac.bc.ca/eam
      Twitter: @EAMOperations
      Facebook: @eac.bc.ca
      Instagram: @eac.bc.ca
      YouTube: Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc
      Email: info@eac.bc.ca

      Ministry contact:
      Lower Mainland District Office – 604 527-2221

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  8. How dare you allow our hemlock valley road be in such poor condition. Did you not learn last season with the wash out? People could have lost their lives and now people could again. It is in atrocious condition. Our son is petrified of travelling on the road and he is only 4 years old. Hemlock valley is supposed to be a place of happiness and recreation. Please repair the damaged road so we can sleep better at night knowing our loved ones will make it home safely from the ski hill. You are our government after all? Isn’t this your job?
    What about our vehicles and the wear and tear the damage is causing? Blown out tires, snapped shocks? Is this really what should be happening when we try to go enjoy a day of skiing as a family? Please fix this problem before the media becomes aware of the failing of our government once again as they did last season with the wash out. Do we really need people to be injured or even lose their lives before you will step in?

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    • Hello Kate,

      Thank you for your message and we hear your concerns. The maintenance contractor has been working diligently at grading and reshaping the gravel portion of Hemlock Valley Rd. However, freeze-thaw cycles, warm wet weather, and heavy traffic tend to produce potholes rather quickly. The maintenance contractor will continue to monitor the road closely and implement repairs when weather is favorable.

      Any local resident who wants to be added to the maintenance contractor’s stakeholder email list for Hemlock Valley Rd is welcome to contact EAM at eamreport@eac.bc.ca. Progress reports and updates are being distributed on a regular bases to inform the local residents of the work EAM has been accomplishing.

      We hope that this information is helpful.

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      • Ok. So why not perform the work on off peak hours? Like Monday and Tuesday nights? I am very concerned as the pot holes do not seem to be being addressed?
        I will most definitely add myself to the distribution list.

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        • Thanks, Kate. We encourage you to connect directly with EAM for updates and to share any concerns you might have. Here’s their contact info:

          Emil Anderson Maintenance Co Ltd
          1 800 667-5122

          Website: eac.bc.ca/eam
          Twitter: @EAMOperations
          Facebook: @eac.bc.ca
          Instagram: @eac.bc.ca
          YouTube: Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc
          Email: info@eac.bc.ca

          Ministry contact:
          Lower Mainland District Office – 604 527-2221

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  9. Hello
    I am writing in regard to the road conditions of Hemlock Valley Road. We are owners on Sasquatch mountain and know the ongoing issues with this road. However, last week we had a tire wall separated. The canadian tire technician that replace (what ended up being all 4 tires) said it was damage done typically from pothole damage.
    We had just driven off hemlock.
    The road is almost impassable at some points.
    It’s completely dangerous and the highways needs to do something to fix this asap!
    Thank you for your time and here is hoping for improved roads.
    Sheila Hicks

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    • Hi there Sheila – thanks for looping us in on your concerns. We have shared your comments with our local area staff for their review.

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    • Hello again Sheila,

      Here’s what we heard back.

      The maintenance contractor has been working diligently to widen the side roads after several heavy snowfalls since November. Warmer weather and rain has made the snow heavy and difficult to manage. While two lanes have not been achieved on all side roads, there have been significant improvements on Edelweiss Rd, Snowmist Dr and Enzian Way. The maintenance contractor will continue their efforts and look to achieve two lane access to more side roads in the coming week with additional equipment being brought in.

      The maintenance contractor has also been very active grading and reshaping the gravel portion of Hemlock Valley Rd. However, freeze-thaw cycles, warm wet weather, and heavy traffic tend to produce potholes rather quickly. The Maintenance contractor will continue to monitor the road closely and implement repairs when weather is favorable.

      Any local resident who wants to be added to the maintenance contractor’s stakeholder email list for Hemlock Valley Rd is welcome to contact EAM at eamreport@eac.bc.ca. Progress reports and updates are being distributed on a regular bases to inform the local residents of the work EAM has been accomplishing.

      We hope that this is helpful.

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  10. On Highway 1 Southbound on the Millstream Rd off-ramp, there is a 50 km/h speed limit sign just after the 60 km/h exit advisory speed. I have never a regulatory speed limit sign on any other similar type of highway off-ramp before. The off-ramp is straight with good sightlines so there is no technical reason for the ramp to have a regulatory 50 km/h speed limit. It also is not fair to have a low 50 km/h speed limit right after people exit the highway at 80-90 km/h. I hope this 50 km/h sign could be removed from the off-ramp for the reasons I mentioned above. Thank you.

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  11. Trans Canada Hwy…..Sorrento to Salmon Arm…..35km of pot holes. The highway is worn out, and the expectation of four landing isn’t going to happen in the near future!
    Yes, this year’s weather and the increased transport truck traffic play a major role, but Carlin dip and between Sandy Point Road and the entrance to Salmon Arm are a year round never ending hazard!

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  12. I note that it now seems to be standard practice NOT to mention the planned completion dates of projects when the contracts are announced. For example today’s announcement of the Quartz Creek project on Highway 1. This also happened when you announced the contract for phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon project.

    This is important information which the public has a right to know and you are failing in your duty to inform us.

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    • Hi Nick and thanks for your comment. Quartz Creek construction is expected to begin Spring 2021 and planned completion target of 2024.

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  13. Hi this question is regarding the wildlife detection systems that were installed on Highway 3 back in 2016. Is there any before and after statistics on wildlife collisions on those corridors the systems were installed on? Statistics that may or may not support the effectiveness of those systems?

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    • Good morning Don and thanks for your question. We have sent it to our engineering group and will let you know what we hear back. Stay tuned.

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  14. Hello, I just love these early pictures of the Fraser Canyon Hwy and construction. I sent my dad the link, and he shared many stories of when he was young and took family trips from Kamloops to Vancouver that took used to take two days plus. What an adventure that would have been!

    Being that he was in the RCMP, a few years ago, I sent him a link with some older film footage from inside of a patrol car that made a trip from West Van or Squamish area (not quite sure), but went all the way through to New Westminster if I recall correctly? Is this type of footage something that you are familiar with or might know where I could find it again? I thought it was from a government source. Thank you for your time.

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  15. Again I am sending a message to the ministry in regards to my property I want to build a shop bordering a provincial park parking lot which has been gifted by M.O.T.I
    I need your permission to widen my driveway from what I understand I don’t wanna break any laws or bend any rules if you could please contact me I don’t care who sees this my phone number is 604-883-2066

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  16. Yesterday (Sunday January 3rd) highway 3 around Kootenay Pass was plowed and in excellent driving condition. However, the parking lots were not plowed. This includes the two parking lots near Stagleap Park and the pullout near the Camel’s Hump. Why weren’t these parking areas plowed?

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      • I was in the area at 9am and again at 4pm. Facilities were still not plowed. It was not snowing during the day. Why did it take so long?

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        • Hi there Daniel, thanks for this information. We agree that these facilities are important and our maintenance contractors do everything they can to clear them in a timely fashion; however, following a significant snowfall event their first priority is clearing primary highways for travel. Once those routes have been brought to spec, they move on to other areas needing attention. Hope that this helps clarify!

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  17. Tonight I blew out a tire on a pothole heading southbound on highway 5. I noticed last week on the northbound route just how many potholes I was having to dodge, but tonight’s pothole was deep and got the better of me. I am hoping it’s just a tire change and not something more sinister. Who is responsible for maintaining this stretch of highway? Can a claim be filed for the resultant damage?

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  18. Hello, I was wondering why there were 1 Hour Parking signs put up at Zopkios rest area along Highway 5 (Coquihalla). That area is used regularly for winter recreation and the closure of that parking area effectively cuts off all winter access to several well-defined and well-maintained trails. There needs to be a better system where highway maintenance can still do their job and recreation users can still access that area. This current solution creates more problems than it solves.

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    • Hello Josh,

      Thanks for your question and our apologies for the delay in this response. The primary reason for Zopkios Brake Check is the safe operation of commercial vehicles travelling the Coquihalla. This area is critical in maintaining snow clearing activities during winter storms and ensures the Coquihalla is safe for all users; However, we do try to maintain as much parking as possible for people wanting to enjoy the back country. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure highway maintenance contractor, Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB) recently replaced and cleaned ‘limit your stay to 1 hr’ parking signs at the Highway 5 – Zopkios Brake Check. The ‘limit your stay to 1 hr’ parking signs at Zopkios were installed several years ago and the signs are opened during the winter to prevent commercial vehicles from blocking winter highway snow removal operations within the brake check. Although there are 1 hr parking signs to prevent trucks and commercial vehicles from parking overnight, vehicles enjoying the back country are permitted to park in the area longer. Enforcement of parking for passenger vehicles isn’t planned, as long as parking does not impede traffic or winter maintenance activities. No new parking restrictions have been established, and the signs are not installed at the Falls Lake Interchange or Boston Bar parking areas. There are several locations along the corridor that our contractor plows to support parking and access to the back country. In light of the increased demand, our staff are working with BC Parks to explore long term parking and access options at the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. In the meantime, YRB and local operations staff are looking for additional safe areas that can be plowed to allow parking. We ask that those looking to park in the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area do so safely and don’t impede winter maintenance activities and wish everyone a safe and pleasant experience as they explore the Coquihalla Recreation Area.

      Thank you and if you have any questions, just shout. Happy New Year!

      B.C. Parks has also updated their website to address the parking situation: https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/coquihalla_smt/

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  19. Just want to say that whoever responsible for maintaining highway 3 between princeton b.c and headley b.c should be fired ! They are NOT doing their job and are putting 1000s of drivers lives at risk on this stretch of road every day I fear I will not make it home from work. Somebody please do something about this

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  20. Hello,
    I just travelled Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton, coming through the Skagit #1 bridge around 7:30pm. There were 3 tractor trailer units spun out chaining up to climb the small hill westbound. The road was extremely slick with little to no sand. Nowhere near pavement. The temperature was approximately -6 in that area and it was well over the 24 hour mark since the snow event ended. EAM had one plow truck travelling east when I went past it at Sunshine Valley, not another piece of equipment operating between there and Sunday Summit which is where the road improved and AIM took over. Very poor road conditions for a almost 48 hours after the storm and almost no equipment working!

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  21. Dec 22, 2020
    Hi… DriveBC has been showing an event on Highway 5 since around noon today and it is now 6:15pm.
    The text of the event says “Expect one hour delay”. This event has been updated about every 2 hours and has now gone on for more than 6 hours. I’m questioning why the text was never updated to provide a warning to travelers that they may be looking at a much longer event than “one hour”?
    Is there some way this could be reported more accurately to help travelers make decisions on taking alternate routes or waiting for the event to clear? It was very misleading today. The information was helpful but didn’t do far enough to be of real help.
    Thanks.

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    • Hello Gary and thanks for this thoughtful feedback. We have shared this message with our staff who update the site. Safe travels!

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  22. Hi… much appreciate your highway webcams, they are so helpful because they are real-time. Thanks so much for setting them up and keeping them working. Not a trivial job I’m sure !!

    Today I was viewing the Coquihalla cams and trying to relate the name of each cam to the location on the map. To assist I clicked on the DriveBC “Map View of Webcams” to get the names of the various cams. When I zoomed in on the map I could see the position of the cams on the highway but when I “hovered” over them the name of the cam did not show.

    So… could I pass on a suggestion ?? Could you please consider enhancing the “Map View of Webcams” so that if someone hovers the cursor over a cam, the name will show? This would be really helpful and make your site even better.

    Cheers and Thanks.

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    • Good morning Gary and thanks for your suggestion. We have shared it forward with our DriveBC and webcam crew for their consideration. Best wishes for the new year and safe travels.

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  23. On cable bridges like the port Mann, rather than manual cable chains, why not install an automated salt brine system ? There would be no more need for workers to climb the structure to take chains from bottom back up to the top. This system seems totally ridiculous. Automated dispensing could be set up based on weather and salt brine is cheap

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  24. Over the last week, I have seen numerous occurrences of hitchhiking in the NB direction on the shoulder just north of the Westshore Pkwy intersection on Highway 1. Hitchhiking isn’t new here, however it is a greater safety concern now. Before the second NB lane was added, a very wide shoulder was present. But now with the new NB lane, the shoulder is narrower which results in the person hitchhiking on the shoulder being very close to highway traffic. Also, if a motorist were to pick up the hitchhiker they have little room to pull over safely, which would impede traffic. I hope some signage could be installed near the intersection, like the “No Hitchhiking, Pickup is Illegal” signs that are on the Nanaimo Parkway. Thank you!

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    • Hello Colton,
      Thanks for your question. We have sent it to our traffic engineers and will let you know what we hear back.

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  25. The proposed multi story high-rise to be built on the corner of 7th Ave and 6th St Uptown New Westminster.
    Any one present, or watching the TV coverage of that last Council Meeting on this subject, about 2 years ago would come to the same conclusion (as I and many other residents have,) that this Council obviously unfairly, and blatently, favours the potential increase in finances for the members of the local Commercial Property Association, as compared to the rights and health and safety of the Citizens of Uptown New Westminster, and also goes against the Traffic plans that the Provincial Goverment expects each Municpality to follow during ANY expansion of reidentual population.
    That past desicion about 2 years ago by our current City Council to allow construction of this new 33 story High Rise on Uptown 6th Street to proceed, blatently goes against most of the current Provincial Laws and Regulations that deal with this type of property development request in The Greater Vancouver area. The Cities proposed traffic plan changes, and resulting air quality, noise polution and the general health and safety of the Up-Town general population, all SHOULD have to be closely reviewed by Provincial Goverment regulators “BEFORE any permisssion to proceed is given to the Comercial Property Developers in question by City Council. If that detailed Provincial Goverment investigation had taken place, then this development proposal, in it’s current state, would not have gained any approval from the Provincial Goverment to proceed nor the general population now residing in this area.
    These reviews are more critical when Municipal Goverments decide to make significant Property Development expansions, as is happening at this time in Uptown New Westminster.
    One of the most critical challanges that the Provicial Goverments face, is to ensure that any new Municipal Development follows strict Provincial Air and Noise quality, Traffic Density, and the General health and safety regulations for the overall well being of the citizens of that communty. Therefore I will ensure that this document will be forwarded onto the Provincial Goverment so that they may be aware and carry out their own investigation, as I am sure they will be wise enough to do.
    1: Traffic Plans:
    Municipal Trafic plans are regulated and policed by the Provincial Government to advise Municipal Governments on how to proceed with future Comercial, Residential and Traffic corredoor expansion projects in their respective duristrictions. These regulations are in place to prevent past traffic problems in the Lower Mainland from re-occuring, and to ensure the efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness of future traffic corredoor developments are either maintained or prefferably improved. These Traffic plans are neccessary, to consistently maintain the most cost effective and safe mode of transportion for the General Public and Corporate Industry in the Lower Mainland. Continuous uncontrolled increases in Municipal populations in the Lower Mainland over the past decades, has taxed the existing road, bridge and highway infrastructure transportation corredoors to their limits, and caused the need to expend Billions of Provicial Govermant Dollars (our Tax money) to continally build more and more safe and healthy transportation corredoors. Highway expansions, tunnels and new bridges, and Sky Train and West Coast Exprees network, just to mention a few examples, not including expensive water and sewer nework expansion and maintenance projects to mmet the ever growing GVA population.
    This has locally resulted in building nearby Highway 1 expansions, Sky Train bridge and several stations and expanded tack networks, and more busses polluting our streets. The Provincial Goverment Traffic Plan guidlines to all Municipalities in the Lower Mainland have to be consistently reviewed because every City in the Lower Mainland is constantly expanding. As an example, The City of SURREY’s ongoing population expansion, as just one example, seems completely uncontrolled and it’s ongoing population increases is just one example why us GVR taxpayers will be requested to pay more and more Property Taxes until this Provincial/Municipal traffic and polution situation, is put under any sort of control. As an example, every new home or apartment built in Surrey puts approximately 1-2 more vehicles on the roads and highways and also require ongoing expansions in the noisy, polluted bus networks. Much of the daily comute traffic from Surrey to Vancouver must pass through New Westminister. This is causing worsoning taffic log jam and traffic polution issues for New Westminster. Does New West have any say in Surreys ongoing population increases. Is not the Provincial Goverment supposed to control and deal with this! Why should New West suffer like this without some control authority, mainly The Provincial Goverment, constantly monitoring and policing these ongoing Municipal expansions. One of the ways the Provincial Goverment attempts to control this ongoing problem, is by ensuring that ALL Municipal Traffic Plans meet The Provincial Regulated Plans and Laws. After all, it is Provincial Goverment dollars , your tax dollars, that are spent continually building new high-ways, bridges and sky train networks in an effort to deal with the above ongoing expansions..
    If you take a quick look at the Provincial Government regulations and guidlines, you will find that currently the Province is continually expanding the Sky Train network in an effort to get as many vehichles, (cars,trucks and busses,) off the roads as possible. This population expansion is ongoing and does come with basic guidlines for all Municipal Goverments to follow. The Provincial regulations CLEARLY STATE that if any GVRD City wants to increase its general population, the Province will quite willingly build addditional sky train stations DIRECTLY ADJACENT to the new highrises and shopping malls that have to be built to meet the general populations expansion needs in that area. You just have to look at the current GVRD sky line, and you will see new clusters of High-Rise Towers and Shopping Malls, ALL of which are directly adjacent to a Sky Train Station. So in summary, the Provincial Government says to Municipalities, if you want to expand, we will build for you an extra sky train station. but your new development and our new sky tain stations must be built on existing Sky Train rail track networks and corredoors. So looking at the Sky line you will see that this rule is consistently followed by nearly every Municipal Govenement who is trying to inrease its poulation because they are greedy for the additions tax dollar revenue new residential and comercial development will bring.
    So above is the big picture of existing Provincial Traffic Planning Laws and Regulations, which the Province expect every GVR Municipal Goverment to follow.
    So let’s get right down to the issue now effecting New Westminster in particular. For some reason, the Council is continually building new High rises in the Uptown area, including this latest new poposed 33 story High rise development request on 6th St. I would seriously encourage you all to stand at the taffic lights next to the “New West Bowling Green” on Canada Way, and 7th Ave, and look in a North and East direction. You would be shocked to see a solid mass of multi story apartment buildings. From this angle you will not see even one gap between each one of those contrete block towers, and very little light is managing to creep through to help maintain the health, mood and well being of all the adults and children living in this area. The new proposed highrise, will greatly decrease current existing poor and scanty sun/sky light and will increase traffic volumes, not only on 6th St and 7th Ave , but also on Hamilton St as well. This very small street width on Hamilton ST, cannot possibly meet traffic safety regulations, especially when the expected traffic volume from the new tower, would add hundreds of additional vehicles on this already VERY busy trafffic corredor per day. Add to that the huge “Save On” and “Walmart” 18 wheeler supply/delivery trucks constantly, (many times each day) using Hamilton St, which again is not of a leagal width. To accomodate the future increase in traffic volume on Hamilton, 6th St and 7th Ave, will require additional traffic lights on their junctions with 6th St and also at the 8th Ave Canada Way junctions. When or if this happens, you will be amazed by how many traffic lights we will end up having on 6th St, from 8th Ave to 5th Ave and also the extra ones that will be needed on Canada Way due to the guarenteed increases in traffic from Hamilton and 7th Ave. The proposed 33 story High-rise is estimated to put an additional 200-300 vehicles on the adjacent road-ways mentioned above. Always remember that additional traffic lights results in increases in trafffic log jamb, reduced air quality from ideling/slow moving vehicle exhaust, and addditional noise polution which is made worse by the high numbers of Comercial Business supply trucks and public transport busses in that small area. I ask all citizens , please just count the current and the additional 4 or 5 traffic lights this high-rise proposal will permanantly disable us with. Add to this the contruction traffic lights which WILL appear during and throught the 3 year proposed construction period leaving us with one way traffic in this area for about 3 years in the 6th St, Hamilton St and 7th Ave already busy trafic cooredoors. Then try to figure out how the City Coucil is getting away with this. Where else in the Vancouver area would you find about 8 traffic lights, + 3 pedestrian crossings in a 100 yard stretch of Uptowns main Shopping Street, 6th St. If you would count the amount of traffic lights we will have in a one mile radius, it would be not only un-feasible but entirely stupid. Just count the traffic lights already there and the pedestrian walk overs. Add to this the need for extra busses in this area, to get commuters to the nearest SKY Train Station on their daily comute to their work places, usually in down town Vancouver. Traffic Pollution rates will sky rocket and traffic volumes will be reduced to a crawl even deadlock, especially during the three year construction period of the New High Rise which will require one of the two 6th st. lanes being closed for that period. When busses, cars and trucks are jammed in traffc deadlock, they just sit there and not move for long periods of time. Exhaust gas emmissions and noise levels will dramatically increase during and after the High Rise construction. This issue HAS to BE pre-calculated and should be monitored before and after construction begins, especially by an independent Provincial Government Department who are experts in this field. To compound this future nightmare, this area of 6th ST is already completely surrounded by high-rise buildings, which have already reduced the amount of sunlight and natural air flow along the 6th St. These tall buildings in turn, also natuarally amplifies traffic noise levels, and leaving the increased volume of exhaust fumes with nowhere to go. The previous facts must be measured by the Province not the City, as the City Council has completly ignored all existing Provincial Health and Safety, Climate regulations, by already giving pre- approval to the Developers construction request 2 years ago.
    HOW CAN THIS CITY COUNCIL GET AWAY WITH COMPLETLY IGNORING PROVINCIAL ATMOSPHERIC and TRAFFIC VOLUMe & POLLUTION LEVELS EXISTING REGULATIONS.
    I also had previously personally asked City Hall, to do a study on why there are no sleeping policemen, (painted raised tarmac bumps) across the entire width of the road on 7th Ave, because of it’s exisitng very high traffic flow and very large population of children and elderly residents living in this and surrounding area’s. This Avenue has also been chosen to be the local Drag Strip for the Cities, high powered and noisy motor bike and sport car owners, who please us with their presence, throught the evenings and early mornig periods. It is also the currrent short cut for rush hour traffic to by pass the log jambs at Canada way/8th Ave and 8th Ave and 6th St. I have investigated where other sleeping policemen have been placed near by, such as on Edinborough Ave and surrouning residential roads. This avenue and all the ones surrounding it, all have sleeping policemen. These rersidential Avenues are thinly occupied with small reseidential homes, Compare this with 7th Ave as an exanmple, which has multipal high rise buildings with very high children and Senior Citizen populations. The city did put down a cable ocross the street for several weeks to measure traffic numbers. When I asked for results of the traffic volume test, the City replied in writing, that there was not enough traffic on 7th Ave to meet the standard of City Hall requirements to install sleeping policemen. WHAT??????
    All the above information and City Council decision making practices, leave me with a feeeling that this City Council’s relationship with the Commercia Building Association, is too close to be healthy for making correct and UNBIASED decision making on population traffic and air and noise polution density issues in Uptown New West. SPECIFICALLY the additional (not yet approved) NEW 33 story HIGH RISE DEVELOMENT on 6th st and 7th Ave, whose additional new residents should significantly increase the traffic through local shopping malls and street-side shops the majority of which are all rented out by the Comercial Property ASsociation. If you need visual proof of the already huge concentration of high rises, on 7thAve and Hamilton between Canad Way and 6th St. where the additional new high rise tower is proposed, please just stand next to the Bowling Green on the Moody Park side of 8th Avenue at the 7th Aveneue junction. You will be amazed or disgusted as I was, by the sky line you will see from that position. You will find infront of you a visual solid wall of ugly, aged, unpainted concrete residential multi story apartment buildings which are so numerous and highly condensed into a single mass, that you will visually see no gaps at all between each Apartment building. It is just a solid wall of high rise buildings in a very concentrated mass which reduces air flow and sun light to an unhealthy minimal. People living in that area will probabluy have the lowest level of sunlight, and one of the lowest levels of air quality in the GVA. To conclude, I believe that certain skilled members of the Provincial Governemet Regulation Department, should be asked to phisically walk through this area and have them tell our City Council the facts; “That they observed the worse traffic plan, or high multi story building concentration density, or poorerst sun light, air quality, and lack of pedestriam safety and noise control that can be found any where, not just in New WEST but the Greater Vancouver Area. And on top of this, you, “City Council” are about to make it many times worse by allowing more multi story appartment buildings in this adjacent area, especially a new additional 33 story monster high-rise, which will block most of the sunlight which resident in this area are left with. “City Council, What are you thinking about! Do you care more about the Commercial Building Association financial needs, instead of your citizens quality of living. Theyse residents rely on you to improve this, not make it 10 times worse. “City Councils main responsibilities and priorities are the citizens of this City and their health happiness and well being.” Put this statement on a big banner in City Council Chambers where each councillor can easily read, BEFORE you vote on anything that effects the civilians who you should be honoured to represent.
    AS mentioned above, before any Municipal revised air/noise quality and traffic plans are approved and put in place, the Provincial Goverment and the New West Citizens all have to give their approval before any further road and building expansion plans can be implimented in this City. This means that no new comercial, residential buildings and roads projects cannot be pre approved by City Council, until the Province and the Citizens have all had time to read about them and then approve them.
    The FINAL thing you The “Council”might want to look into, is the Provincial Governments traffic plans for the Lower Mainland in general. This plan is basically a Provincial Goverment Law, which is in-place in an effort to guide Municiple Councillors in your decision making when dealing with potential traffic grid lock, atmospheric pollution increases, increased volume of big noisy busses and pre financial planning for highway expansion, bridges and tunnels etc. It exists, and it basically tells every Municipality in the Lower Mainland, that any new construction like huge high-rises and shopping Malls, HAS to be adjacent to a nearby SKY TRAIN STATION. and has to be fully inspected and APPROVED BY THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT BEFORE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPROV any NEW DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR CITY OF THIS SIZE.
    To see this common sence regultion in practise, Just look at the sky line of the Lower Mainland today. Every town is building more and more high rises and shopping malls, and they are correctly being clustered and easily accessible to the nearest Sky Train Station. The Province go on to say in their regulations and guidelines, that if any Municipality who want to increase the size of their population by building high rises etc. then the Province will build a new Sky Train station to handle the future high traffic in that area, “as long as the new high rise construction follows the existing Sky Train track network corredoors, which the Province have committed to and continue to build as Population expansion takes place in the GVA.
    Therefore the new traffic plan that this City Council ammends, will have to be made public, and has to follow and be passed by the Provincial Government before any construction contracts are signed to build more high rises in Uptown New West. The traffic on 6th street during the three years High-rise construction period, will be one lane only and will definitely bring total grid lock to the area and a resulting decrease in air and noise quality to the main shopping area of Uptown New West. The Province would never approve such a future traffic plan. WE need to ensure that this City Council does not approve the high-rise, before the traffic plan is fully investigated by the Province, Uptown Business owners and the General public.
    Finally, there is another deterrent worth implementing on behalf of the local property owners specifically those in “Charter House on 7th Ave, which sits right on the property line of the new proposed High Rise construction site. This area is surrounded by old and crumbling old multi story buildings all approximately 45 years old. They have all naturally developed many concrete cracks caused over the time by the climates freez-thaw cycles. In Charter House, there is currently a major problem of cracking concrete as the 47 year old building ages. Repair costs to contol these cracks are growing every year, especially in our under ground parking lot. What do you think will happen if you build a 32 story high rise within a few feet of our underground parking lot wall which is already inundated with structural cracks. The heavy equipment necessary to excavate a multi level under ground parking lot and 32 stories of apartments on top of that, WITHOUT a doubt, will create new hair line concrete cracks, throughout our building , especially in our adjacent underground parking lot. By us deciding to install Stain Gauges across a few existing cracks, we will without a doubt see the width of those cracks widen caused by vibrations during the high- rise construction period. As you may know, strain gauges can measure a change in width of concrete cracks by thousands of an inch. If we were to get a professional engineer (before the High-rise construction goes ahead,) to be iindependently in full control of this strain gauge installation and crack width monitoring, it is without a doubt that the owners of this building will be able to build a very strong legal case very quickly which could potentially stop construction of the high rise in progress, until a solution is provided. The trouble is, there is no solution to this type of problem known to man. Severe ground vibrations are a reallity during this sort of contruction.The Developer knows that our parking lot concrete underground walls will be LESS THAN 2 feet away from huge heavy equipment which will be excavating a huge High-rise underground parking lot.
    This above issues should be made public as soon as possible especially to City RESIDENTS before final approval of this proposed project is even discussed, never mind approved. I will be sending a copy of this document to the Provincial Goverment Municipality Planning and Regultion Department and to the local News Paper and by hand mail to all the residents within a 500 yard radius of this proposed construction Project.

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    • Hello Kevin – thanks for connecting with us here to share your concern. We can share this forward to our Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure engineering group for their review but we first wanted to confirm that you have shared these concerns with the City of New Westminister directly as well?

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  26. Has the ministry ever considered redesignating Highway 5 (Coquihalla Highway) as Highway 1? It would also be interesting to know why the Coquihalla Highway wasn’t designated as Highway 1 in the first place. Obviously, it would be a complex undertaking to change a highway designation. However, from a wayfinding perspective, it would make a lot more sense for the Coquihalla Highway to be designated as Highway 1 since it is the main route and most direct route between Hope and Kamloops. Current Highway 1 between Hope and Cache Creek could be designated as Highway 1A, then Highway 1/97 between Cache Creek and Kamloops could either be designated as Highway 1A/97 or have it’s Highway 1 designation removed to just make it Highway 97. Regardless of the complexity, it would still be interesting to know if the MoTI has ever considered changing the Coquihalla Highway designation. Thanks!

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    • Hello Colton,

      We asked around with your question and heard that there has never been any real interest in making this road part of the federal system, like Highway 1. The funding for construction of the Coquihalla was a provincial undertaking, and as such the route has always been strictly a provincial one, as compared to the Trans-Canada – Highway 1, which was delivered with some funding from the federal government and which still has portions which are under federal jurisdiction. Hope this is helpful.

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  27. I have a question regarding the design of passing lanes. In B.C. when passing lanes end, the right-lane has to merge left. The issue with this is that on highways where the operating speed is higher than the posted speed, drivers who are doing the posted speed limit have to merge left into the “fast” lane which is doing 15 km/h-20 km/h faster than the posted speed. This situation can prove to be problematic. For example, a few months ago I was doing 80 km/h (posted speed) on the Malahat heading southbound just prior to Shawnigan Lake Rd, the passing lane was ending so I prepared to move over, however, a car decided to pass me at the end of the passing lane which forced me into the shoulder. Since the onus of responsibility would be on the driver in the lane that is ending, it means that a driver in the right-lane who is not breaking the law by doing the speed limit now has the onus of responsibility of merging while the passing lane with drivers breaking the law by exceeding the speed limit doesn’t have any onus of responsibility. Why doesn’t the MoTI make it so that passing lanes on highways are designed such that the left-lane ends and has to merge right? This type of passing lane design is used in other jurisdictions such as Washington State and Oregon. Thank you.

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  28. Having driven the new lane configuration for the last few months on McKenzie Ave through the Burnside intersection towards Highway 1, it has really helped traffic on McKenzie having the 2 right turn lanes onto Highway 1. However, the current transition from 2-lanes to 3-lanes seems to be causing conflicts. So the third lane begins on the right-hand side of McKenzie Ave, which causes people who are in the left lane in the 2-lane section to have to merge into the right lane prior to Burnside so that they can make it onto Highway 1 as the left-lane eventually goes over the overpass towards Admirals Rd. This is rather inefficient and increases the likelihood of crashes since many people have to change lanes. The lane configuration that would make more sense is if the third-lane begins on the left-hand side of McKenzie Ave, such that the majority of traffic bound for Highway 1 can use either lane over the Interurban Bridge and not have to change lanes while the minority of traffic bound for Admirals Rd would have to move left into the “new” third-lane. I hope this can be considered to improve efficiency and safety. Thank you.
    Here is a link to a photo album that includes the current and proposed lane design to better explain what I mean: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0JGY8gBYGZAy37

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  29. I’m looking for the phone number or email for the department responsible for right-of-ways in the East Kootenay Region. There are a number of roads in our area with trees growing on right-of ways that are presenting problems.
    Thanks for any help you can provide

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  30. Hello,

    I’m looking for information regarding staffing and equipment levels for maintenance contractors for service areas per yard. Specifically what the contractors committed to in their RFP service proposal. It it on line or is a FOI required. Please advise. Thanks

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  31. New traffic lights at the east end of the Haney Bypass. The new left hand turn lane going eastbound is a long lane. Today there were 17 cars in that turn lane. 5 cars get through on the short light and that is the only opportunity to turn. Previously there was an advance green that turned into a normal green and cars could advance when there was a break.
    I get that this needs to be safer but why with a 17 car lane would the light be so short. Since it parallels the westbound advance green on to the Haney Bypass which is much longer why can’t he light be longer? Traffic eastbound and westbound was about equal at 2 o’clock this afternoon. Can you look into adjusting this to reflect the traffic load?

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    • Hello again Darryll,

      Thanks again for reaching out to us and sharing your concerns about the Haney Bypass signal timing.
      Our ministry traffic engineers will review and adjust the signal timings at this location as merited. We will continue to monitor the intersection once it is fully opened for any other issues causing concern. We hope that this is helpful. Safe travels.

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  32. I note that the mandate letters of the new Minister of Transportation and the new Minister of State for Infrastructure make no mention whatsoever of the Kamloops to Alberta Program or the Trans-Canada Highway east of the Fraser Valley. So should we expect that the upgrades to the 2 lane sections of the highway will be on the back burner for the next 4 years?

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    • Hello Nick – thanks for your comment. Work to four-lane between Kamloops and the Alberta border will continue to be a focus of this new government, despite no direct mention in the recent mandate letters.

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  33. I wonder, does the new Minister of Transportation have any personal experience of the highways beyond Hope? Particularly in winter conditions.

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  34. I live in Victoria BC, in the neighborhood of Gordon Head. There is new traffic light that has been installed at an intersection where it feels like it takes forever for the light to change so the non-main road traffic can go. So far, there have been some backups on the non-main road and the light stays red even when there is no oncoming traffic from the main road. I am wondering, if it is at all possible, if this light could be looked into? It is the corner of Shelbourne and Torquay right in front of a little market known as Mount Doug Market and Saanich Plaza. The closest address to the intersection would be the Market; 4104 Torquay Dr, Victoria, BC. Please let me know if you require further information.

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  35. The current transition from 80 km/h to 60 km/h on Sooke Rd in the Westbound direction near the end of the 4-lane section seems to occur too soon as most people usually continue travelling 75-80 km/h despite the reduction to 60 km/h. In the Eastbound Direction, the transition from 60 km/h to 80 km/h should be sooner as most people speed up to 80 km/h where the Eastbound passing lane begins despite the speed limit still being 60 km/h. To reduce the amount of lane changing and tailgating, I hope the transition between 80 km/h and 60 km/h in both directions could be moved west closer to where the highway changes from 3-lanes to 2-lanes. Or at the very least, move the 60 km/h to 80 km/h transition only for the Eastbound direction so that it occurs where the Eastbound passing lane begins. Thank you.

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  36. Traffic lights aren’t a good solution for intersections on the main transportation route to the rest of Canada, which carries thousands of transport trucks a day. Here is an example from Salmon Arm https://www.revelstokereview.com/news/video-semi-truck-running-red-light-nearly-collides-with-car-in-salmon-arm/?jwsource=cl
    Unfortunately, there is no prospect of the highway being upgraded to eliminate the need for traffic lights. However red light cameras might help reduce the problem. I note from the news report that the Ministry will think about Salmon Arm’s request for a red light camera some time in the future. Will it take a few fatalities to ‘justify’ their installation?

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  37. For driving from Vancouver to Vernon, bc is winter tire mandatory?
    Can I go with all seadon tires?
    Also is having a chain enough or must be just winter tire?

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    • Good morning Delnaz,

      Thanks for your question. A legal winter tire (on a standard passenger vehicle or a four-wheel/all-wheel vehicle) MUST have at least 3.5 mm of tread depth.

      A winter tire must be labelled with either of the following:

      The letters “M” and “S”, the minimum legal requirement (mud + snow/all season tires)
      The 3-peaked mountain/snowflake symbol (some manufacturers label with both the mountain snowflake and the M+S symbol)

      3-peaked mountain/snowflake tires offer better traction on snow and ice. We recommend drivers install 3-peaked mountain/snowflake tires for cold weather driving and, for extreme conditions, carry chains.

      Here’s a link to our official page on winter driving requirementS:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/seasonal/winter-driving/about-winter-tires

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  38. Transeditor

    I had just sent a message earlier today and must thank you for making a timely reply. In the reply you state that ” all three of our traveller information systems are down and are in the process of being fixed ” . I have to ask what are the three traveller information systems that are all down at the same time ? At this point with all systems being down would it be that the entire province is currently receiving broadcasts pertaining to Spring Conditions rather than Winter Conditions ?

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    • Hello Gordon – thanks for your message. This message refers to the other systems within the Kootenay region. We weren’t advised on the particulars of the issue, only that they were hopeful that the issue would be resolved shortly and in the meantime, any messaging around safe driving is considered better than none. Hope that this information is helpful!

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      • TranBCeditor
        It seems you did not understand the question I submitted ” what are the other traveller information systems ” When you say that you were not advised / are you saying not advised by TranBC or by another third party like a contractor / YRB ??

        Unfortunately your answer has really not provided any accurate information pertaining the the original question asked and has quite honestly raised many more questions.

        For you to point out any information is better than none you may want to consider the ramifications of providing inaccurate ( not even the correct season ) to the public as a governmental agency in today’s legal environment.

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        • Good morning Gordon – sorry if our response confused you. The other traveller information systems are the radio systems which broadcast pre-recorded safety messaging. We weren’t advised about what was causing the trouble with these systems – only that our staff are aware of the issue and working to fix it as soon as possible. Hope that this information helps to clarify. Thanks for your patience.

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  39. Good Morning:

    It is important to have timely and accurate information provided by the MOT / Drive BC.
    Currently in the Central Kootenay Area there is a radio broadcast that provides information on local highways. This information is broadcast on the FM Band at 96.7 on a continuous repeating loop and is stated to be provided by the MOT.
    The information currently being broadcast pertains to Spring driving conditions and gives suggestions for those conditions where in fact we have been dealing with serious Winter conditions for some time on the Kootenay Pass, the Bombi Pass and the Paulson Pass and most other roads in the area.

    A suggestion might be to change these types of announcements to point out Winter conditions to coincide with the regulations concerning Winter Tire use ( Oct 1 – April 30 ) and the Shift Into Winter awareness program. This change would provide more accurate and meaningful information than is currently being provided.

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    • Hello Gordon – thanks for your comment. We are aware of the issue. All three of our traveller information systems are currently down and are in the process of being fixed. We will continue to monitor this issue and make sure there are no future issues. Thanks again for taking the time to connect with us here and share your concerns. We hope that this is helpful.

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