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  1. Hello,
    I am in the market for a ford bronco. I have heard that it is legal to remove the solid top and drive any bronco on the road. But I have also heard that in the fifth generation (1992-1996) it became illegal to drive with the solid top off. I was wondering if there was any truth to this? Is there a site where I could look up other laws such as this one that’s a bit odd.

    Thanks for all the help.

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    • Hi Nicolas – interesting question. We asked our folks in the CVSE and they advised that it would be best to ask Ford this question directly. Hope that this helps!

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  2. I am rather puzzled why the Ministry of Transportation would upgrade busy, accident prone, 100 km/h major highways to 4 lanes and sometimes NOT install median barriers. Head on, centre line crossing, collisions must account for a high proportion of fatal and life changing injury MVIs (and highway closures). I understand that it adds to the cost of construction (though it must be more expensive to retrofit them later as is currently being considered for some sections of Highway 97 in the Okanagan). I also understand there is an increase in maintenance costs – e.g. for snow removal and barrier repair. Does the Ministry do a cost-benefit analysis? If so what value does it put on a human life or a life degraded by permanent disability?

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    • Hi there Nick – thanks for your comment. We constantly monitor highway safety and improve high risk locations wherever we can. We also follow national design guidelines and practices that incorporate road and roadside safety features like travel lane width, shoulder lane width, and clear zones to minimize the crash severity if a vehicle leaves the roadway. If a site has limited width (a common issue in BC) we may not be able to add median barriers. Instead we will look to find alternate ways to improve safety in the area (reduced speed limit, warning signs, etc.) There are currently more that 2,400 km of concrete barriers in place across the province.

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  3. I would like to know how to add speed bumps into my neighborhood as the traffic has pick up. We are a strata and have good amount of kids in the neighborhood.

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    • Hi there Todd – thanks for your question. Where exactly are you located? That will help us determine if this is an “us” question or one that is better sent to your local municipality.

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    • Hello Joe! Are you referring to the Visitor Info Centres across the province or our Transportation Management Centre for DriveBC? If you are looking for employment with DriveBC (the provincial government) you can check our employment opportunities website here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/careers-myhr/job-seekers/current-job-postings
      If you are looking for work with a visitor info centre – we encourage you to contact the location you are interested in directly for more details. Hope that this helps – good luck!

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  4. Driving the Malahat the other day, it became clear that the speed limit is way off the speeds that people are travelling at. For context, I had my cruise set at 85 km/h in the 80 zone near the Malahat Village area and I was passed by virtually everyone. The fact that the Malahat used to have a speed limit of 60 mph (97 km/h) in the 1960s when the road was completely undivided, had no passing lanes, and had no roadside barrier in some spots as well as cars at the time being infinitely less safe than cars today. But now that the majority of the Malahat is divided with passing lanes and many more roadside protections, the speed limit is only 80 km/h. I hope a speed limit review could be conducted on the Malahat to ensure the speed limit is set appropriately.

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  5. Re: Project No. 24977-0000 Schedule T3 – Specific Reference Documents
    Bridge Deck Resurfacing – Athalmer Bridge No. 0517, Carbon Creek Bridge No. 0769, Fort Steele Overpass No. 2371, Little Fairy Creek Bridge No. 1191

    over the weekend i spent almost 3 hours stuck in a long line of cars on Highway three between the BC/Alberta boarder and Fernie. On Friday it took me 45 minutes to get into Fernie from Sparwood because the bridge is down to one lane and the only controls in place are a traffic light that gives equal time for each direction to cross the bridge. then on Sunday i spent almost 2 hours waiting to get a cross the carbon creek bridge. Traffic was backed up all the way to Sparwood (11 km away). There was no traffic traveling westbound on highway 3 yet the traffic light controlling traffic on that bridge was also giving equal time for both directions.

    Can you please do something about this? in this day and age there is no reason why traffic should be held up for 11 km in one direction and 0 km in the other.

    Further to this, why would you make the decision to kick off these projects the week before one of the busiest summer driving weekends in Canada? could you not have waited 1 extra week to shut down these bridges?

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    • Hello Joe – sorry for your frustration. We have heard from others on this issue as well. We spoke with our local area staff to determine what went wrong and they let us know that Little Fairy Creek Bridge, on the eastern edge of Fernie, and Carbon Creek Bridge, approximately 5km west of the BC/Alberta border, are currently undergoing bridge deck reconstruction. Since the project began single lane alternating traffic has been required for the duration with no opportunity to open the lane under construction, even when work is not in process. An approved traffic management plan was submitted by the project contractor which included automated traffic signals and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. The weekend of June 27th saw extended delays beyond the approved 20 minutes with the type of lights being used. This coincided with phase three relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions, the end of the school year and increased travel into BC. The original traffic signals were exchanged following June 27th to traffic signals with sensors that can better manage uneven traffic flow. Unfortunately, with extensive volume of long weekend traffic travelling east on Highway 3, the upgraded traffic signals were overwhelmed as well. Traffic control personnel took over at Little Fairy Creek Bridge in Fernie to aid in traffic movement, unfortunately the backlog continued and was experienced at Carbon Creek Bridge. Ministry staff have informed the contractor that the expectation is for the contractor to have traffic control personnel at the ready for weekend traffic management for both bridges until the project is complete. We understand that traffic volumes increase during the summer months; however, summer is also often the only time we are able to undertake some of our construction projects. Wherever possible, we aim to schedule work outside of busy times and again we apologize for the inconvenience. We hope that this information is helpful. If you have any other concerns, please let us know.

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  6. Hi,
    I was travelling eastbound yesterday from Sparwood at 6PM on Highway three. Although no work was being completed on the bridge resurfacing, traffic was limited to one lane with automated traffic control (portable lights). Highway three was backed up bumper to bumper for 21km, taking 2 hours to travel eastbound through the construction site. The westbound lane had THREE vehicles waiting at the automated light. This could be addressed with flag people or extending the eastbound lights on Sundays and Westbound on Fridays. Either way, there were several safety concerns such as; people passing on double solid lines, driving on the shoulder/ditch, increased response time for emergency services etc. It was unsettling to see this was all caused by a poorly timed automated traffic device. It was also concerning there was no police/traffic control to address a 21km back up.

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    • Hello Chris,

      Thanks for your message and our apologies for this delay. We reached out to our staff in the area to share your concern and they let us know that Little Fairy Creek Bridge, on the eastern edge of Fernie, and Carbon Creek Bridge, approximately 5km west of the BC/Alberta border, are currently undergoing bridge deck reconstruction. Since the project began single lane alternating traffic has been required for the duration with no opportunity to open the lane under construction, even when work is not in process. An approved traffic management plan was submitted by the project contractor which included automated traffic signals and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. The weekend of June 27th saw extended delays beyond the approved 20 minutes with the type of lights being used. This coincided with phase three relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions, the end of the school year and increased travel into BC. The original traffic signals were exchanged following June 27th to traffic signals with sensors that can better manage uneven traffic flow. Unfortunately, with extensive volume of long weekend traffic travelling east on Highway 3, the upgraded traffic signals were overwhelmed as well. Traffic control personnel took over at Little Fairy Creek Bridge in Fernie to aid in traffic movement, unfortunately the backlog continued and was experienced at Carbon Creek Bridge. Ministry staff have informed the contractor that the expectation is for the contractor to have traffic control personnel at the ready for weekend traffic management for both bridges until the project is complete.

      We hope that this information is helpful and again, our apologies for the delays.

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  7. Why is there not a sign like the one near Bear Mountain for one on one merging at the top of the Goldstream Tunnel area instead of the move left sign. It was an hour waiting in line to get back to Victoria. Needs some definite better planning!!!

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    • Hello Karen – thanks for your message. Just to better understand – was there an issue with the merge point at Tunnel Hill on the Malahat heading south into Victoria? This can be a pinch point for traffic as they are required to reduce to one lane moving down through the park and traffic volumes can exacerbate it. There is a merge sign at this location, but not a larger “Alternate when Merging” sign as seen at the Leigh Road interchange location.

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  8. Hi there,

    I am looking for some information on where sandwich boards are allowed to be placed and BC highways and what the regulations are regarding securing them to light posts along the highway.

    Thanks

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  9. The Duffy Lake road is a motorcycle destination and the road is dangerous! The road workers have put loose tar on the sides of the road and corners in good intentions however the trailers and trucks have cut the road causing the small rocks to go into the road. With the motorcycles riding through the corners it is so dangerous. This is a very poor decision on how to build up the sides of the road. PLEASE send a road sweeper or people to clear the road. This is before Joffre Lakes Provincial Park for about 7 km.

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    • Hello Cathy – thanks for sharing your concern with us here. We will send your message to our local area staff for review. You can report road condition concerns anytime, anywhere in the province by using our report a problem feature on DriveBC. You can choose your location and connect directly with the maintenance contractor responsible for the highway to report your concern. Thanks again!

      https://www.drivebc.ca/rahp/identifyRegion.html

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  10. How can we make a complaint to address a traffic issue?

    On July 6, 2020, we were driving east on Highway 3 and waited for two hours between Sparwood and the Alberta border. When we finally got to the front of the long line of cars, we discovered that the hold up was because traffic was down to an alternating single lane, being regulated by a stop light. The issue was that the stoplight was set for even time intervals for both directions of traffic. This was a poor planning decision, given that on a Sunday evening, the majority of traffic in that area is going east from Fernie back to Calgary. When we got to the stoplight, there was a single car waiting to go West, while traffic going East comprised a line of cars backed up all the way west of Sparwood. This seems an illogical planning decision. This traffic light should be set to reflect traffic realities in that area (heavy westward flow on Fridays, heavy eastward flow on Sundays). Is it possible to proactively address this issue to prevent future delays?

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    • Hello Lora. Thank you for taking the time to connect with us here to share your concerns. We shared your comment with our local area staff and they let us know that Little Fairy Creek Bridge, on the eastern edge of Fernie, and Carbon Creek Bridge, approximately 5km west of the BC/Alberta border, are currently undergoing bridge deck reconstruction. Since the project began single lane alternating traffic has been required for the duration with no opportunity to open the lane under construction, even when work is not in process. An approved traffic management plan was submitted by the project contractor which included automated traffic signals and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. The weekend of June 27th saw extended delays beyond the approved 20 minutes with the type of lights being used. This coincided with phase three relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions, the end of the school year and increased travel into BC. The original traffic signals were exchanged following June 27th to traffic signals with sensors that can better manage uneven traffic flow. Unfortunately, with extensive volume of long weekend traffic travelling east on Highway 3, the upgraded traffic signals were overwhelmed as well. Traffic control personnel took over at Little Fairy Creek Bridge in Fernie to aid in traffic movement, unfortunately the backlog continued and was experienced at Carbon Creek Bridge. Ministry staff have informed the contractor that the expectation is for the contractor to have traffic control personnel at the ready for weekend traffic management for both bridges until the project is complete.

      We hope that this helps and again, our apologies.

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  11. Hello.
    There is no Yield signs on Jubilee Parkway in intersection Dogwood St and Highway 19A, You should install that make it safer.

    What is the year of Jubilee Parkway built?

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  12. I had the terrible misfortune of coming through Fernie, and Sparwood, back to Alberta today. With the endless Bridge construction on the road, the traffic is incredible. It is easily less than three hours for me to do that trip, it took me four and three-quarter hours today. At one of the sites just out of Fernie, they had flag people they’re letting traffic through. All the other ones, there was no traffic flagging and the lights are set up but there was probably 50 vehicles going back to Alberta to every 1 coming in. It took me an hour to get through Fernie. Then, The traffic was backed up all the way from Sparwood to the construction near the Alberta border. That is normally about a 10 minute drive, I was in traffic for well over an hour, and then I started driving up the shoulder, because my vehicle was overheating from all the stop and go. I strongly suggest you shut construction down on the weekends, and have people flagging traffic. I’m sure this isn’t the first weekend you had problems there, because some of that construction looks like it’s been going on for quite a while. Maybe somebody better start paying attention to the traffic congestion before you kill a bunch of people in head-on accidents because people start driving in the oncoming lane, and in the shoulder, after sitting in traffic for an hour, and maybe only getting 1 mile.
    I don’t require a reply,

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    • Hello Dale – thanks for your comment. We did share your comment with our local area staff and they advised us that Little Fairy Creek Bridge, on the eastern edge of Fernie, and Carbon Creek Bridge, approximately 5km west of the BC/Alberta border, are currently undergoing bridge deck reconstruction. Since the project began single lane alternating traffic has been required for the duration with no opportunity to open the lane under construction, even when work is not in process. An approved traffic management plan was submitted by the project contractor which included automated traffic signals and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. The weekend of June 27th saw extended delays beyond the approved 20 minutes with the type of lights being used. This coincided with phase three relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions, the end of the school year and increased travel into BC. The original traffic signals were exchanged following June 27th to traffic signals with sensors that can better manage uneven traffic flow. Unfortunately, with extensive volume of long weekend traffic travelling east on Highway 3, the upgraded traffic signals were overwhelmed as well. Traffic control personnel took over at Little Fairy Creek Bridge in Fernie to aid in traffic movement, unfortunately the backlog continued and was experienced at Carbon Creek Bridge. Ministry staff have informed the contractor that the expectation is for the contractor to have traffic control personnel at the ready for weekend traffic management for both bridges until the project is complete.

      We hope that this helps!

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  13. Please improve the construction zones around Fernie! Travelers are delayed by 3-6 hours!!! This is unacceptable!!

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    • Hello Karen – thank you for reaching out to us here – we apologize for the delay. Little Fairy Creek Bridge, on the eastern edge of Fernie, and Carbon Creek Bridge, approximately 5km west of the BC/Alberta border, are currently undergoing bridge deck reconstruction. Since the project began single lane alternating traffic has been required for the duration with no opportunity to open the lane under construction, even when work is not in process. An approved traffic management plan was submitted by the project contractor which included automated traffic signals and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes. The weekend of June 27th saw extended delays beyond the approved 20 minutes with the type of lights being used. This coincided with phase three relaxation of the Covid 19 restrictions, the end of the school year and increased travel into BC. The original traffic signals were exchanged following June 27th to traffic signals with sensors that can better manage uneven traffic flow. Unfortunately, with extensive volume of long weekend traffic travelling east on Highway 3, the upgraded traffic signals were overwhelmed as well. Traffic control personnel took over at Little Fairy Creek Bridge in Fernie to aid in traffic movement, unfortunately the backlog continued and was experienced at Carbon Creek Bridge. Ministry staff have informed the contractor that the expectation is for the contractor to have traffic control personnel at the ready for weekend traffic management for both bridges until the project is complete.

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  14. Sorry for posting yet again but yesterday, July 3rd, I noticed a safety issue on Highway 1 near Cedar that I hope can be addressed. When driving northbound at about 11 AM at about the halfway point between Cedar Rd and Timberlands Rd there was what looked to be a barbeque food stand set up on the shoulder of the highway. Later when traveling southbound at about 2 PM, the stand was still operating there. From my understanding, they would need permission from MoTI to set up on a highway right-of-way. Obviously, setting up a food stand right on the shoulder of a busy highway presents several safety issues. Vehicles have to slow down significantly on the highway to be able to park on the shoulder to access the food stand, which could cause rear-end collisions. Vehicles leaving the food stand than have to merge back on the highway from a complete stop. I don’t travel this section of Highway 1 very often so I’m not sure if this was a one-day thing or not but I hope the ministry could check the area over the next few weeks to ensure that the stand isn’t set up again. If it is set up again, perhaps have the stand moved to a nearby side road to have safer ingress and egress for vehicles. Thank you!

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  15. Has Horizontal Directional Drilling equipment ever been used in BC to clear blocked highway culverts? Might be useful to have on call for incidents like the recent one that closed the Trans-Canada for 24 hours.

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  16. Feel free to observe drag racing with junky uninsured vehicles on Island Hwy and Victoria Street Nanaimo. Constant flow of dirty noisy cars fleeing McDonalds and the Shell station.

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    • Hello Kris – thanks for your interest in our EIT program. We typically launch our hiring campaign for the TELP/EIT/GIT program in late December or early January, so we encourage you to check back with us then. Best of luck!

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