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Information of interest to commuters, tourists and recreational drivers in rural and urban BC.

In a Nutshell: What We Do for BC Transportation

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With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Some of the work we do is probably pretty obvious, but some of it may surprise you. To help clarify our raison d’être, we thought we’d compile some of the ways we serve you. Our Way is the Highway When it comes to the ministry, the...

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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 16th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from June 28 to Sept. 3, 2019. Last year, we received more than 3,800 responses from folks across the province,...

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How to Join the BC Road Trip Photo Quest!

The road trip. The time-honoured tradition of getting in your vehicle, turning up the tunes and heading out on the highway. There’s nothing quite like travelling the open road, soaking in the sights, sounds, and getting to know the communities along the way. Now, there’s a “road trip,” and then there’s a BC ROAD TRIP. From coastal mountains to Interior deserts and northern lakes, there’s so much diverse terrain to cover across BC. Whether you’re travelling solo, with friends...

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Innovative Rockfall Netting System Aims to Improve Safety at Three Valley Gap

About 20 kilometres west of Revelstoke lies a short stretch of BC Highway 1 with a unique geography. Running in-between Three Valley Lake and the Monashee Mountains, Three Valley Gap is, quite literally, located between a rock and hard place. In fact, next to the Kicking Horse Canyon, this may be the most technically challenging section of the Trans-Canada Highway, in the entire province. We love technical challenges, but not nearly as much as we love keeping the travelling...

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Have you Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

BC HighwayCams, dynamic message signs, weather stations, reversible lane control… Any idea what these things have in common? If you guessed they’re all Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), you’d be right! With the advancement in technologies, this field has grown and is getting a lot of attention these days (connected/automated vehicles, smart cities, and more). ITS also helps support some of our key priorities: mobility, safety, and the efficient transportation of our road users. What is ITS? It’s the application...

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Why You Should Bike to Work (and School)

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What’s your excuse NOT to bike to work or school? “It’s cold out.” “I’m tired.” “I don’t want to arrive all sweaty.” It’s easy to come up with excuses — until you’ve tried it — that is. That’s part of what Bike to Work & School Week, which runs annually the last week of May, is about — encouraging newbies to try commuting from a saddle while celebrating the benefits that can only be understood with experience. This year...

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A Brief History of the BC Highway Traffic Patrol

A Brief History of the BC Highway Traffic Patrol

Most folks born in the 1970s or earlier will probably remember the smash television hit, CHiPs. The show followed the adventures of two California highway patrol officers as they kept state highways running safely and smoothly. If you didn’t get a chance to experience it then – don’t fret – you can get a sense of that super seventies magic here  (you’re welcome). Did you know that BC also had its own highway patrol enforcement? Not many folks do....

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Road Safety in Action at the Cloverdale Rodeo

You’re invited to have some serious fun with the Cone Zone BC work zone safety awareness campaign. Come on down to the Cloverdale Rodeo Go-Kart Experience, May 17-20, 2019. The Work Zone Safety Alliance is inviting kids ages 10 to 16 to learn about roadside safety while driving a Go Kart around a large circuit, complete with real world work zone hazards. In addition to the Go Kart circuit for children aged 10 to 16, there are electric three-wheel...

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