BC Travellers

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

10 Breathtaking Photos to Inspire Your Next BC Road Trip

Carpenter Lake, Road 40

Ready to relive your BC road trips? One of the ministry’s biggest responsibilities is helping travellers reach their destinations safely and efficiently, whether it’s a daily commute to work or a journey exploring somewhere new. Come summer, many of you are doing the latter. And we love that. For the past few years, we’ve been celebrating your thirst for adventure by inviting you to share your road trip photos in, what we call, the BC Road Trip Photo Quest....

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How the Lions Gate Bridge Counterflow Works

Ever wonder how we manage the Lions Gate Bridge lane control system? Let us explain. Watch our animated explainer video on YouTube:  WHO IS INVOLVED? Miller Capilano Highway Services, our local maintenance contractor, monitors more than 40 cameras on the bridge and surrounding roads and manages the lane control operations, all from the Transportation Management Centre of British Columbia (TMCBC). Two crew members are also stationed at either side of the bridge between 6 am and 10 pm,...

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What is the TMCBC and What Makes it Cutting Edge?

 What is the Transportation Management Centre of BC (TMCBC)? Well, for starters, think of it as the nerve centre for road/weather conditions and traffic information across BC. Based in Coquitlam, the TMCBC is the hub for collecting transportation information and communicating it to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via DriveBC and Twitter. Your Eyes on the Road The TMCBC is equipped with more than 200 live-streaming video feeds, and 750 cameras strategically located...

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High Friction Surface Treatment Sticks Up for Quick Stops

High Friction Surface Treatment Sticks Up for Quick Stops

  Drivers are getting a serious grip at 14 high-collision locations throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island with the application of high friction surface treatment. High friction? Yeah, basically the roads at four interchange off-ramps and 10 intersections are getting coarser to reduce skidding, and thus, decrease braking distances. Here’s how it works: using an automated truck-mounted machine, crews lay down specialized aggregate overtop a resin binder. The type of aggregate is called calcined bauxite, which is extremely...

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Back in the Day: Time Travel from Victoria to Sidney in 1966

Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal 1966

Hey Victoria! Are you ready for your time travel close up? That’s right folks, we’ve pointed our BC Road Trip Time Machine at Highway 17 on Vancouver Island and captured the provincial capital as it was in the spring of 1966. We know you are eager to see it so, hop in and get ready to roll down memory lane. About Highway 17 (Patricia Bay Highway) This busy corridor actually consists of two separate highways, one on southern Vancouver...

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12 Practical Steps to Repairing Flood Damage in the South Peace

We’re working as hard as we can to repair roads in the South Peace region, after major flooding in mid-June 2016 damaged more than 300 sites. Restoring roads takes some or all of 12 steps.

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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

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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