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  1. Just wanted to let everyone know that K Town Auto in Kimberley is operating and doing mechanical work on vehicles WITHOUT ANY LICENCED MECHANIC OR INSPECTOR. This business laid off all employees two weeks ago and the owner (unlicensed) is doing all work himself. BEWARE

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    • Thank you for providing us with this information Jerry, we have local staff looking into this to ensure the shop is operating in accordance with Designated Inspection Facility requirements.

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  2. Hi there. I’m just wondering when the ministry expects the South Vancouver Island Multi-Modal Transportation Plan to be completed and released? Thank you.

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  3. A large truck bearing sign advertising space for sale is parked on the grassy slope adjacent the northbound side of Highway 19 just before the Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach exit. Just wanted to make you aware, if you didn’t already know. It has been there for at least 2 days and it is not within the boundaries of the Town of Qualicum Beach.

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  4. Good morning,

    Consider something like this statement on the overhead highway message boards found around BC:

    ‘6 feet apart or 6 feet under’

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    • Thanks for your suggestion for COVID-19 messaging for the dynamic message signs, Craig. It’s extremely clear — as well as being succinct. I’ll relay that to our people involved with those communications.

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  5. Tour buses are still operating. Several have overnighted in Salmon Arm since the 18 March. This is not essential travel and I have a hard time believing it is compatible with social distancing. I have e-mailed the Minister’s Office and the Passenger Transportation Branch about this but have had no response yet. Are you going to take action to stop this?

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    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your comments about tour buses visiting Salmon Arm.

      We expect that private bus companies and passengers are closely monitoring instructions related to COVID-19, that have been issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada. There are protocols in place in B.C. for maintaining a clean vehicle and appropriate physical distance measures while traveling on commercial passenger vehicles. We ask that drivers and passengers practice good hand hygiene before entering a vehicle. If passengers or drivers are feeling ill, they must stay home.

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  6. Hi there. So on Highway 14 (Sooke Road) in the Eastbound direction, a “No Left Turn” sign was recently installed at the Edward Milne Road intersection which forces vehicles to use the formal signalized intersection at Sooke River Road. Although this makes sense, there is no advance warning prior to the Sooke River Road intersection informing people that they must use the signalized intersection to access Edward Milne Road. The current situation leads to vehicles turning left despite the signage. I hope that an extra “No Left Turn” sign could be installed on the opposite side of the highway to provide greater emphasis on the left turn restriction and some advance warning signage prior to Sooke River Road instructing vehicles who are heading for Edward Milne Road to turn left at Sooke River Road. Thank you.

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    • Hi Colton,

      Thank you for sharing your observation. I have shared your suggestion with our operations manager for review.

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      • Hi again. We will have our area manager go review the current sign layout, and provide recommendations as to improve the notification to the travelling public. Thank you so much for providing your concerns about the signage at this intersection.

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  7. Hey there,

    I was touring in Kootenay Pass this past weekend. As it so happened a friend of mine lost a ski in the southwest aspect of cornice ridge right in the avalanche control zone. I’m curious if I could be put in contact with one of the operators there to see if it’s at all possible to bribe them with some beer in order to retrieve it. I have an approximate knowledge of where it is.

    Cheers,

    James

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    • Hi James,

      Thanks for your question about whether a missing ski might be retrieved by avalanche control technicians while they are doing their regular work.

      I will forward your email to our Kootenay Pass team, so they can communicate directly with you. (No bribes would be accepted).

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    • Our Kootenay Pass avalanche team leader replied to your request, with “Unfortunately we won’t be able to retrieve your ski for you. I would suggest you try and find it in the summer.”

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      • Highway 7A was returned to the Cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam in 1999. Highway 7A was not considered as a corridor that supported provincial traffic, but more so inter-regional traffic. The municipalities are responsible for the operations, maintenance and rehabilitation of Highway 7A with financial assistance from TransLink, as this road forms a part of TransLink’s Major Road Network.

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  8. Since 2001 the province has spent $702 million on 4 laning the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta Border (this doesn’t include federal government contributions to the cost). You expect Kicking Horse Canyon phase 4 to cost the province $386 million, Chase West $144 million, Salmon Arm West $114 million, Bruhn Bridge $133 million, and Quartz Creek $71 million. Even after all that the Kamloops to Alberta Border program won’t even be half completed. Does the Ministry have any estimate, even an order of magnitude guesstimate, of the cost of completing the program?

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    • Hi Nick,

      Four-laning the TCH will takes decades to complete and the timing of projects is dependent on a number of factors. This scenario makes it difficult to predict the cost to fully four-lane the remaining sections.

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      • Well I’ll give you my lowball estimate (again just provincial costs, I’ll assume federal government makes similar contributions to future costs). The work completed so far cost $10m/km, although that included many of the easier and cheaper sections to upgrade. Nothing, except perhaps Three Valley, is likely to cost as much as the $80m/km of Kicking Horse Canyon phase 4. Salmon Arm West is $19m/km, Quartz Creek is $16m/km and Chase West $12m/km. So the average cost of the rest of the program is very unlikely to be less than $15m/km, probably more like 20m/km allowing for the expensive sections. There is about 200km left to 4 lane (not including the federal sections in the national parks!) so I make that a nice round $4 billion, though I wouldn’t be surprised if a better estimate came to twice that much.

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  9. OK. I called CVSC and they said only need one as I have a light trailer. If you have a heavy trailer you may need 2 just because of the strength of one chain (cable) may not be enough.

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  10. I can’t find the requirement for trailer safety chains. I am talking about the safety chain to connect the trailer to the vehicle. Is one chain (cable) ok or are two crossed required. Any brochures or legislation I looked at did not seem clear on this issue. Trailer is light and under 1400 kg

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      • this is a cop out. Its a general question that many people may be interested in an answer.
        What is the rule. Is CVSE the agency i should contact. Not a weigh scale. Its a broad question.

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        • Hi KPC – we sent your question to the CVSE and they informed us that contacting the operators at the weigh scales (also CVSE officers) to confirm was the best approach. Thank you for sharing the response you received. We are sure someone else will appreciate the information and we do try to share information here for everyone as a rule. Safe travels.

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    • Hi Sharon!

      Please contact our local district office directly with your concerns.

      Lower Mainland District Coquitlam, BC
      (604) 527-2221 (M)

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    • Thanks for your comment and question Harry! We think a quick call to the local area office might be in order for the answers to these questions.

      Here’s the link with that contact info:

      Courtenay Area
      550 Comox Road
      Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
      250-334-6951
      Email Operations
      Operations.Courtenay@gov.bc.ca

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  11. You don’t seem to understand my question. I am talking about the sagfety chain to connect thetrailer to the vehicle. Please read my comment again

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    • Hi Kevin – we’ve done a search for your original question and can’t seem to find it – our apologies. Could you resend – sorry about that.

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  12. I can’t find the requirement for trailer safety chains. Is one chain (cable) ok or are two crossed required. Trailer is light and under 1400 kg

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  13. Drive BC has ‘no events found’ AGAIN. This started this winter by happening during weather events when there would be a high volume of requests – but I can’t imagine that is the case this morning. What is the Ministry doing to ensure Drive BC is a reliable service?

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    • Hi Nick. Sorry for the inconvenience. The random and short-term nature of this makes diagnosis really difficult, but we have our technical people working on a resolution.

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  14. Hello,

    I was travelling south of highway 99 between Whistler and Squamish.
    We ended up a few cars behind a snow plough.
    After it had finished clearing from the left lane, it merged over to the right lane so the cars behind it could pass safely.
    As I was passing in the left lane the plough started to drop salt and rocks as it was doing 90km/hr!
    Once my truck was nearly next to the plough my i was overcome by what i can only describe as “meteor shower” which inevitably ended up cracking my windshield and leaving rock chips through the front of the truck.

    Had I realised the plough would be dumping rocks and salt i certainly would not have tried to pass it. I am wondering if perhaps the plough should not have been going 90km/hr when dropping materials like that?

    I live in a snow town and have never seen ploughs going that fast while dumping salt or clearing snow. We have the licence plate of the plough and am wondering whether we can file some type of complaint to help replace our broken windshield.

    Thank you for any help or information you can provide.

    Warm Regards,
    Amanda

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    • Hello Amanda – thanks for connecting with us here to share your concerns – that sounds like a scary experience!

      Claimants are responsible for taking steps to address their own damages, so please consider going through your own insurer to allow for repairs to be done immediately. Your insurer can then follow up on the claim on your behalf, and can include your deductible into the claim total.

      Here is a link to more information on this process:

      https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/licensing-and-insurance/highway-claims

      We are also sharing the contact information for the maintenance contractor on this stretch of highway, so you can share your concern with them.

      Service Area 4 – Howe Sound (West Vancouver)

      Miller Capilano Highway Services Ltd
      1 866 918-1010

      All areas except the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) from Horseshoe Bay to Function Junction in Whistler
      Website: millercapilanohs.ca
      Twitter: @MillerCapilano4
      Facebook: N/A
      Instagram: @millercapilano4
      YouTube: N/A
      Email: info@millercapilano.ca

      Miller Capilano Maintenance Corporation
      1 866 918-1010

      Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) from Horseshoe Bay to Function Junction in Whistler
      Ministry contact:
      Lower Mainland District Office – 604 527-2221

      We hope that this information is helpful!

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  15. I want to notify you of a SERIOUS HAZARD in traffic flow on Hwy 97 at the new Coral Beach packinghouse area, Jealous Fruits. We, at Turtle Lodges had our southbound bus stop across the hwy removed when Coral Beach built their packinghouse because the area was deemed “too dangerous” for southbound buses to stop at.
    Now we have a more urgent, potentially disastrous situation. I contacted Coral Beach Farms today and spoke to Sandra, the accountant and she intends to put out an email to manager. To access Turtle Lodges, southbound, it’s necessary to signal left at the crest of the hill, and ease into the center turning lane when the hwy is clearly visible down the hill. Note, the crest of hill must be reached in order to see oncoming traffic.
    At the same time, vehicles heading north attempting to turn left into packinghouse driveway also drive into the center lane, foolishly, before they can see over the crest of the hill. The accountant at Coral Beach told me they are not supposed to turn left from the highway.
    The result is me, southbound, and other vehicle, northbound, are both accessing the center turning lane with traffic travelling 90 kilometers per hour beside us in both directions. They can’t see me until I’m over the crest of hill and I can’t see them. This puts both vehicles at extreme risk for a head on collision.
    Today was the worst of all the occasions, and many similar events have been dangerous for residents of Turtle Lodges. Heading south from Winfield, I accessed the center lane, which was clear, with left turn signal on and was in position to turn into Turtle Lodges. Suddenly a vehicle, heading north, clearly visible to me, accessed the center lane and stopped with left signal on, directly in front of me. There was very limited visibility for each vehicle. We couldn’t see around each other to turn. I finally ended the standoff by gunning my vehicle and turning left when I thought the road was clear, narrowly missing oncoming traffic.
    The vehicle facing me in center lane should have at the very least, passed me first, then went into center lane…but that is not safe in any event either. He can’t see over the hill and should not have turned left AT ALL.
    By the grace of God we’re alive today, but we have to be more proactive. We need a yellow caution light in the area and NO ONE turning left from the Hwy 97 into Jealous Fruits packinghouse. Thanks, and please fix this problem as soon as possible.

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    • Good morning Lou – and thanks for your comment. We have sent your concern forward to our local staff in the area to review and will let you know what we hear back. Thanks!

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    • Hello again Lou,

      Here’s what we heard back. Direct access to Highway 97 was included in the list of conditions to be reviewed and addressed through the Central Okanagan Planning Study and subsequent option selection. Information on this study can be found at the following link:
      https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-reports-and-reference/reports-studies/okanagan/central-okanagan-planning-study

      The painted median is not intended for refuge to allow left hand turns, for the reasons you describe. All access permits issued for this section of Highway are restricted to right turns in-to and out of each access.

      If you have further comments or concerns regarding the Planning Study, please feel free to reach out directly to the study team via their website.

      Thank you again for your feedback.

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      • If access permits are restricted to right in access only is this clearly and unambiguously signed on the highway? This is particularly necessary if there is a painted median as I think MOST drivers would assume that it is permitted to use the median for left turns. I just had a look at this stretch of highway 97 on google streetview and couldn’t see any no left turn signs. However there is a tourist information sign for northbound traffic indicating that ‘the Jammery’ is accessed by turning left!

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      • Thank you for your feedback, but MANY driveway accesses and communities are located to the left and right of the painted meridian. The problem should have been addressed when the cement meridian was installed from airport north to Duck Lake a few years ago. How are 100’s of residents supposed to access Turtle Lodges if we don’t turn left from the meridian? It should be repainted to a dotted line for us and a solid line for no left turns to Jealous Fruits packinghouse. This is not an expensive fix.

        You imply that an accident occurring during a left turn on this meridian would be the FAULT of the driver making the turn. How are we to get home if we drive south from Winfield? The only option would be travelling 12 more kilometers to the airport and turning around there, which would cause unacceptable congestion.

        Are we ignored because Turtle Lodges is Indian Band Land, although Hwy 97 is not Band Land? For your info all residents of Turtle Lodges are City of Kelowna tax payers as well as leaseholders from the Okanagan Indian Band for our rights to live in condos there. I am Caucasian and paid the same amount to purchase my condo as any other Kelowna taxpayer paid for ownership of a condo in Kelowna.

        As well, we need a blinking yellow CAUTION light at Hwy 97 at the access to driveway of Turtle Lodges, where hundreds of cars turn every day. The speed limit is too high as well, at 90kph. Rear end collisions are hard to avoid when we drive north and slow down to turn right. Speed limit SHOULD BE REDUCED. The traffic has become a major issue during rush hours in the summer, with cars lined up on Hwy 97 all the way from Winfield Beaver Lake Rd to Turtle Lodges and beyond.

        It’s totally unacceptable to ignore this problem any longer and imply “turn at your own risk”. The fixes I suggest are not cost prohibitive. You cannot expect people heading north or south in that area not to use the meridian to turn. Besides the unfair liability imposed on drivers in case of accidents, it’s just terrible road management. Please heed this information, because I refuse to accept your answer. We DON’T have time for another planning study. Please act now. Thank you.

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        • Hi Lou – thanks for getting back to us with your concerns. We have shared them back to our local area staff and will let you know what we hear back.

          Thanks

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        • Hi again Lou – sorry for the delay in this second response. We are currently conducting the Highway 97 Lake Country Planning Study to investigate and identify the future transportation needs of Highway 97 between Duck Lake and Lodge Road in Lake Country, which includes the access to Turtle Lodges. The study will recommend both short-term and long-term solutions to improve safety and traffic flow along this segment of Highway 97. All long-term options that have been identified include changes in access to the Turtle Lodges area to address current safety concerns. The study is anticipated to be completed spring/summer 2020. We hope that this information is helpful.

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  16. Road maintenance is very very poor!!! NDP was to improve this BUT have failed miserably to apply sand/salt and other materials to keep roads clear. Transport drivers are fed up with the poor maintenance on all BC roads. The crews are very slow to attend to bad areas then when they do they don’t drop sand!!! What are we paying for???

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    • Hello Tim – sorry to hear your concern. Is there a particular stretch of BC Highway you are concerned about? We would like to share your concern with our local area staff and maintenance contractors for follow up.

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  17. Can someone look into the traffic signal timing at hwy 97 and Fairview road in penticton….. dangerously backed up with people trying to turn left onto the highway at rush hour

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  18. Road base erosion under hwy1/ Hunter creek overpass is concerning. It also won’t let me post a photo of the damage. I am worried that this years freshet will cause a collapse.

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    • Thanks for your message Adam – we have shared your concern with our local area staff and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Good morning Adam – further to our last message, we have heard back from our local area staff who have confirmed that they aware of the situation. There was some fill slope erosion at the east abutment of the Hunter Creek bridges both east and west bound, however, there was no “road base erosion”. Crews have been working 12 hrs a day 6 days a week for the last two weeks at this location repairing the scoured area. Repairs should be completed by the end of this week, there is no risk of collapse. Thank you for your message and for connecting with us here. We hope that this helps!

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  19. Hi there. I just have a concern with the traffic signal timing and lack of signage on the Highway 1 Southbound off-ramp at the McKenzie Interchange. The left-turn phase for turning from the off-ramp onto McKenzie Ave during non-peak times on weekends seems to be too short as there tends to quite a bit of queueing on the off-ramp. A few times I have noticed the queueing getting close to or extending into the highway through lanes which is obviously not ideal and is a safety concern. Another concern that relates to the queueing is the lack of lane signage at the off-ramp. Although there are dual left-turn lanes there is no signage or lane markings that indicate both lanes turn left. There leads to a long line of cars in the leftmost lane and no vehicles in the other lane. I hope that some overhead lane signage indicating that both lanes turn left can be installed and that the traffic signal timing can be reviewed. Thank you.

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    • Hi there Colton – thanks for this comment. We have shared it forward with the project manager and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello Colton – The ministry and the contractor are monitoring the operation of the signals. The temporary nature of the signal means that queues and delays may exceed what drivers normally expect. It is exciting that the highway is open, but the area is still under heavy construction and it is important that drivers respect the lower 60km/h construction speed limit to ensure the safety of both workers and the travelling public while construction continues. Hope that this is helpful. We are still waiting for information about your other, pending comment. Thanks!

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  20. I was reading a technical article on coatings for storage tanks. The nanotech product, similar to a paint, makes the surface hydrophobic, and consequently, also icephobic. Network Rail in the UK has apparently been using this product to reduce problems of ice buildup on bridges & tunnels. If someone contacts me by email, I can forward a copy of the brief article for consideration for use in BC – on bridges, snow sheds, tunnels, etc. I have no association with the product, the publication or anything else – it just seems something worth a few minutes consideration if nothing else.

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  21. Hello there.
    is there available to download real-time streaming webcam surveillance on Mar 6, 2020, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM in Hwy 19 at Willis Rd BC Highway Cam South and North?

    I really want to watch the bc highway cam traffic on the computer.

    Thank you.

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    • Hi there Harry – our cams don’t stream per se, but we can have a look at the time you’ve noted and let you know what we find. Can we send a response to the email you’ve listed here with us?

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      • Thank you for Reply.

        Yes, you can send a response to the email.

        The picture I noted for 12:48:32 PM
        also, do you have a time picture for 12:48:38 PM, 12:48:36 PM and 12:48:40 PM on March 6, 2020

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  22. Early in 2015 I contacted Mike Lorimer, Regional Director – Southern Interior Region, Kamloops, B.C. The concern i brought to Mr. Lorimer’s attention was the Clearwater Village Rd/Hwy 5 intersection. At that time, and still today about five years later, the only traffic control are stop signs for traffic on Clearwater Village Rd approaching the highway. This can be a very busy intersection increasing throughout the milder season months. Mr. Lorimer replied to me on 04/08/2015 stating, in part, the following:
    – ministry is aware of concerns at this location
    – we have started initial planning work to determine the best solution for improving safety
    – a detailed planning study will be initiated this fall
    – a variety of intersection configurations will be considered
    – we will also be reaching out to the public … to further discussing plans
    Mr. Lorimer further commented that “…the ministry’s 10-Year Transportation Plan, identifies Highway 5 from Kamloops to Tete Jaune Cache as a key corridor for improvements over the next ten years. A website URL was provided to access that document but it is not bringing up the site in 2020.
    My Question: After five years of a “planning study” to improve the Clearwater Village Rd/Highway 5 Intersection, what safety features and intersection configuration is planned to take place and when will this happen?

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    • Hello Lloyd and thank you for your comment. We asked our local area staff for an update on this and they have advised that the planning work was done to identify potential large scale improvements for the intersection; however, at this time the ministry does not have funding, nor a timeline to move forward with these improvements.

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  23. On Marh 4th, 2020 I was traveling west on Hwy #3. About 20 kms east of Salmo I seen a loader clearing snow from the shoulder of the east bound side of hwy I t was about 9pm and I had looked over at the loader and when I looked up there was a huge block of ice or possibly a rock in my lane. It was dark and I had no time to avoid it I hit it with my car on the front drivers side. I was surprised I stayed on the road as it lifted my car right off the road. Everrthin on the dash and inthe console ended up on the floor but I was able to keep control and stayed in my lane. I coasted for a fw Kms as I tried to determine if the car had been damaged. It seemed to be fine and I carried on. Within a few more kms when I stetted on the gas my car reved up but had no acceleration. I pulled over and looked under and seen that there was oil spread all over the undercarraige. I could see where the object had it the front bumper and damaged the bumper as well as the bottom corner of the radiator and transmission cooler puncturing a hole where the transmission fluid had ledked out. There was no cell servise so I flaged down a vehicle and they aggreed to call a tow truck. I waited about 45 minutes and no one came so I caught a ride into Salmo. Just then I got a call from the tow company and a driver came an picked me up and we went and loaded my car. I had BCAA and he towed me home. Itsan older car and Im not sure if its worth repairing. The object was a dark grey color and was hard to see, could have been a rock or a large lump of ice. Not sure what my options are but this object had definately rolled onto the road and the loader was clearing it or it fell off his bucket. My call appears to be a right off but the incident could have been much worse. I could have rolled or have been pushed off into on coming traffic. Not sure what to say or do about it but that operator should have immediately removed the object or at least blocked the lane with his machine and flashing lights.

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    • Hi Dale – glad to hear you are okay! Thanks for connecting with us here. We encourage you to share this issue with the local maintenance contractor for the area. Here’s their contact info:
      Service Area 10 – Central Kootenay (Nelson – Creston)

      Yellowhead Road & Bridge (Kootenay) Ltd
      1 888 352-0356

      Website: yrb.ca/yrb-group/kootenay
      Twitter: @YRBKT
      Facebook: @YRBKootenay10
      Instagram: @yrbkootenay

      Ministry contact:
      West Kootenay District Office – 250 354-6400

      Claimants are responsible for taking steps to address their own damages, so please consider going through your own insurer to allow for repairs to be done immediately. Your insurer can then follow up on the claim on your behalf, and can include your deductible into the claim total.
      Here is a link to more information on this process:

      https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/licensing-and-insurance/highway-claims

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  24. Good evening,

    The congestion on Second Narrows is constant, this neighbourhood needs this rapid transit in Vancouver East.

    Option #4, next to the newly planned PNE theme park, makes the most sense for the new transit line to the North Shore, the other three options are for West Vancouver–which already has transit options–the North Vancouver (North Shore) Second Narrows bridge is the most congested on a consistent, daily basis; and option #5 and #6 are in Burnaby.

    The new amusement park will also need the rapid transit option, even Uber when it first came to Vancouver–and could only include certain areas– included the PNE location due its many functions, concerts, and the amusement park component. This location has ample area at the Hastings & Renfrew Streets junction with vacant 4-block-square lots on each southeast and northeast corners at the PNE entrance within close proximity the highway and Second Narrows Bridge.

    https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/playland-redevelopment-theme-park-pne

    https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/playland-redevelopment-expansion-update-april-2019?auto=true

    https://globalnews.ca/news/6620094/metro-vancouver-north-shore-transit-study/

    Thank you. 🙂

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    • Thank you for sharing this feedback with us David – we hope that you will continue to follow as the next phase of the study and plan unfold.

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  25. Hi there. Just wondering if this is a good avenue to address concerns over the traffic light system on hwy 97. If it is. It could you direct me to a place that is. My concerns are that the lights are not needed all 24 hours of the day and that I think 90% of them could be flashing green lights through with red lights going across. When traffic is not that heavy at night or middle of Th e day there is no reason someone turning left onto the highway can’t wait for a gap in traffic.

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    • Hi there Scott – could you tell us where on Highway 97 you are concerned about specifically? That will help us know who we should send your concern to. Thanks!

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  26. The street lighting at the intersection of Hwy 97A and Lansdowne Rd. is total inadequate and needs to be upgraded. This is a very busy intersection. I have been in touch with the Municipality of Spallumcheen and they advise that it is a Dept. of highways problem. Please advise when this deficiency will be rectified.

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    • Hi Dan – Thanks for your message. We have shared it forward with our staff in the area and will let you know what we hear back

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    • Hi there!

      Thanks for reaching out to us here. We suggest you connect with our staff in our local Kamloops office.

      Here’s their contact info:

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

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  27. I want to express my gratitude for the recent highway cam additions on Highway 1 at Millstream Rd and Goldstream. These new views are extremely helpful. Thank you so much!

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  28. I own a property on Quadra Island that fronts onto a road that BC Ferries uses as the waiting line for cars to get on the Cortes Ferry. The frontage is a 4 ft embankment with many trees, and I’m wondering who is responsible for ensuring those trees don’t fall on the waiting cars (yikes!) or interfere with the overhead power lines?

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    • Hi there Ramona,

      We have sent your comment to our staff in the area and will let you know when we hear back from them.

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    • Hi again Ramona,

      Our local area manager, Ashley, has informed us that she has connected with you regarding your question. We hope that this helped answer your concern!

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  29. Yet another wreck on the curve at the bottom of Three Valley Hill on the Trans-Canada Highway today. That curve, and the ones on the other side of the hill see an awful lot of wrecks. With modern earth moving equipment it wouldn’t seem to be an impossible task to reduce the grades and ease the curves. Has any consideration ever been given to prioritizing upgrading this section of highway? If not why not?

    Maybe the Kamloops to Alberta Border Program will get round to upgrading this section some time this half of the century. Perhaps it is well past time for that program to prioritize accident black spots like this one.

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    • Good afternoon Nick – thanks for your comment. We shared your concern with our local area staff who confirmed that the incident on Feb. 22 was the result of excessive speed. The ministry installed a curve warning sign upgrade on this curve last year, as per traffic engineering recommendations, which has helped to reduce the number of incidents we typically see at this location. Regarding your comment about 4-laning – there is nothing planned for this particular section at this time.

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  30. I live in Eagle Bay in the Shuswap. I’m in my 70’s, have a heart condition and I am a widow. This is the second complaint letter I have written in my life. The first was also to you and about the same issue. My driveway was filled with snow from both banks by the grader this morning, narrowing the entrance so badly that only a narrow vehicle can get through. I have a pile ice 4’ tall and 8’ wide on each side of my driveway. If this problem continues I will have to contact my lawyer and my brother who is a Supreme Court judge.

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    • Good morning Kristina,

      Thanks for your comment. We understand that our area manager has been in contact with you directly regarding your concern. If you continue to have questions or concerns about maintenance, or anything else in your area, let us know!

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  31. I have a concern with the construction zone speed limit on Highway 1 at the McKenzie Interchange project. Currently it is 60 km/h as it has been for last several years during construction. The 60 km/h was reasonable when the alignment was adjusted to the temporary ramps for the last year but now that the alignment has been shifted to the new permanent alignment and traffic is free-flowing I find that 60 km/h is unnecessarily restrictive. Traffic is usually flowing 70-80 km/h during non-peak periods and the few people who choose to drive 60 km/h often get tailgated which creates a less safe driving environment for everyone else. Also the restrictive nature of the speed zone can create antagonism toward police as it would be seen as an easy speed trap due to the few motorists who drive 60 km/h. I am hoping that the construction speed zone can be re-evaluated to determine if a increase is warranted. Thank you.

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    • Hi again Colton,

      While we are all excited that the highway is open and we are starting to see how the project will look once finished, it is still an extremely active construction site with workers and equipment near the roadside. Workers may be in different areas at any time, and normal safety features such as lighting and barriers may not be in final position. For that reason, the speed limit is a lower 60km/h to keep everyone safe.

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      • I also want to mention a safety hazard with the lane markings when heading southbound between the southbound on-ramp from McKenzie Ave/Admirals Rd to the Burnside Rd off-ramp. There are sections where the lane markings have completely disappeared which can be quite dangerous when there’s poor visibility due to weather or night time. Also when heading northbound on the highway just past the on-ramp from McKenzie Ave there is a section with no lane markings.

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        • Thanks for this info Colton, we will share this back with the project manager, but a reinforcement for the lowered speed limits in place in construction sites as the road markings can be in a state of flux and extra caution and reduced speed help navigate those uncertain spots.

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          • Thanks for sending my concern to the project manager. I don’t want to make it sound like I don’t support construction speed zones. Obviously lower speeds are necessary in most construction zones but I was more referring to what the right construction speed limit is. Perhaps 70 km/h would better meet drivers expectations. Even in the Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways it states “Speed zone speed limit too slow: Driver disrespect of the construction speed limit leads to heavy queuing, improper passing or tailgating. The construction speed limit should always reflect the actions of a reasonable driver. A reasonable speed limit builds respect for all traffic control, improving overall safety through the work zone” (Section 2.4.6). Since the construction speed limit is to be retained at 60 km/h I think a 70 km/h transition zone or additional speed warning signs when heading southbound on Highway 1 before the 60 km/h zone would be helpful in better managing driving speeds as the current significant drop to 60 km/h from 90 km/h leads to aggressive braking from some drivers who are caught off guard by the significant decrease in speed.

  32. Hi there. I just noticed that the ministry had a hot-in-place resurfacing project for Vancouver Island Highways 1, 14, and 19 up for tender (Project No. 16867-2020). I was pleased to see this as the road surface particularly on Highway 1 near Colwood is quite bumpy with all of the patch work over the years. I am just curious if the ministry has a timeline for when construction is expected to start? Thank you.

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    • Good morning Colton – thanks for your message. These projects have a rough estimated date of start in the month May but this date is subject to the award timeline, weather timelines, etc. Sorry we couldn’t be more specific.

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  33. Hello. I am currently licensed as a Class 2 School Bus Driver Improvement Instructor,
    (S Endorsement), in Alberta.
    I am moving home to B.C. this year, and would like to know if I will retain this qualification to instruct in B.C., or if I would have to be re-certified to be an instructor for British Columbia. And if I should be asking a different department, would you kindly re-direct me?
    Thank you.

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  34. Well far from retrieving the comments you lost from ‘Tell TranBC’ you have now lost everything before Feb 16th! There might be 1730 comments but the public can only see 2 of them!

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  35. I have an issue with the Shaughnessy and highway 7A intersection in Port Coquitlam. It backs up every day in both ways of my commute and also the entrance from Shaughnessy to 7A west has no merging lane. So it’s flat out dangerous to merge with traffic flowing at 80-90kmh. Even when there is a big gap in the right lane of West heading traffic I have merged and had someone in the left lane (in their attempt to pass on the right) almost drive in to me when they attempted to change lanes. There is no solid line between lanes like there should be to protect drivers from merging cars.

    On top of that the highway 7a east left turn heading north on to Shaughnessy only has 1 left turn lane and backs up into Highway traffic every single work day between 3pm and 7pm. It usually backs up passed United Blvd and causes multiple accidents a year.

    Ideally this intersection needs to be replaced with an overpass and proper entrance and exit lanes on and off highway 7a and Shaughnessy.

    At the bare minimum we need some painted solid lines between lanes for the west bound traffic and a longer merging lane for drivers entering highway 7a westbound at this intersection. 2 lanes for the eastbound left turn lane and an extension to allow more cars would help with traffic and safety.

    Please let me know if this is the correct forum for this comment. Thanks.

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    • Thanks for your question Kris. We have sent it forward to our staff in the area for review and will let you know what we hear back.

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    • Hello Kris – here’s what we heard back.

      The ministry is currently undertaking a Mary Hill Bypass Corridor Study for the entire corridor between the Cape Horn Interchange and the Pitt River Bridge. The study is expected to be completed summer 2020. The study will focus on current restraints as well as for volume increases moving into both the near and longer term future. There are many stakeholder considerations being taken into account as the corridor is also a significant goods movement corridor with there being an industrial area as well as the CP Intermodal Yard in the area. Additionally, the ministry will need to consider other modes of transportation, such as cyclist and public transportation. All intersections along the corridor are at grade. We are not aware of any discussion to construct grade separated interchanges. Timelines for anything flowing from the findings of the study are unknown and there is no current plan in place for future construction activities. Regarding your comments around lane changes and request for a solid line – we shared your concern with our Traffic Engineering group and they advised that they will review the intersection to determine how long a line should be and where it should begin. We hope that this information is helpful. Thanks again for connecting with us here.

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  36. Hi There. Is the DriveBC site for Load Restrictions working? I have been trying for 2 days to checkout updates for the Cariboo Region and get an error message
    500-internal server error. There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed

    I have tried to access on an iPad and Samsung tablet

    Thank you

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    • Good morning Leanna – thanks for your message. Friday and again Saturday there were technical issues with the Seasonal Strength Loss Program postings for restrictions. Subscribed email users were receiving empty emails, and those going to the site were encountering a “internal server error” message.

      We believe these issues are now resolved. We are investigating further as to root cause and our response to this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have cause you.

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  37. Good (very early) morning TranBC,

    I just wanted to express my appreciation regarding the recent installation of emergency vehicle pre-emption signals (for people unfamiliar with them, they are the small rectangular signals with blue and white/clear lenses that are typically seen near the traffic signal heads themselves) at intersections along the Patricia Bay Highway. I was wondering if they would ever be installed given the location of Saanich Peninsula Hospital (plus the fact that the Beacon Avenue intersection has had them for a long time now), and I am glad that your contractors have gotten around to doing it! I presume (and hope) that these new signals will help save lives by reducing the likelihood of emergency vehicles having to wait or be endangered at intersections while responding to emergencies, which will be very important given the demographic trends of the Saanich Peninsula.

    Keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing what you plan to do next.

    Thank you and I hope you have a good Family Day!

    Regards,

    David Pedersen

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