Road Maintenance

Updates and background on the work we do to maintain and rehab BC bridges and highways during the spring, summer and fall.

Smooth Move: 3 Common Ways to Resurface B.C. Highways

Smooth Move: 3 Common Ways to Resurface B.C. Highways

If you’ve ever slowly cruised by paving projects in your community, you’ve probably noticed there are different types of paving processes. Turns out, there’s more than one method our contractors use depending on the amount of TLC required. The majority of projects we work on aren’t straight from scratch paving. By “straight from scratch”, we mean the kind of paving where we start with a gravel road instead of an existing paved road, such as with the expansion of...

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Peace Flooding Repairs: Round 2

Peace Flooding Repairs: Round 2

It’s 227 down…53 to go. That’s the score for how many sites on B.C. highways have been repaired from last year’s extreme flooding in the Peace Region, and how many are up for fixes this year and into next. When epic rainstorms last June and July pummelled and soaked 40,000 square kilometres of the area, people from all over B.C worked to re-open 150 flood-damaged roads. Between the widespread destruction and northern B.C.’s short construction season, it wasn’t possible...

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble: A Story of Rumble Strips

the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is installing more rumble strips this summer, along Highways 16, 29, 39, 49, 97 and 97A

Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. You might have heard that noise and felt a vibration while driving on a highway and thought: “What is that noise? Do I have a flat tire?” While you may be startled, what you experienced was likely a rumble strip, designed to help keep motorists travelling safely on our highways. Rumble strips are shallow grooves milled into the centreline and the shoulder of a roadway. If your vehicle crosses over the rumble strip, you will feel and hear...

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Paperwork Popularity: Our Top 15 Forms

Paperwork Popularity: Our Top 15 Forms

We like building: roads, bridges, overpasses…we’re in our element when we’ve got shovels in the ground. But we know sometimes the pen can be just as mighty when it comes to getting things done. For most transportation and infrastructure related ventures, there are also guides to help you and paperwork to make your work official. If you’ve ever worked with us and filled out a form or two, you’re probably familiar with the process. Beyond the specific paperwork you’ve...

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Return of the Cone Zone – Making the Road a Safer Place to Work

Last year about this time, we posted a story about the Cone Zone – a campaign designed to raise awareness about the safety of the thousands of folks who spend their days working on or next to the road. They might be traffic controllers, emergency crews, utility workers or any one of dozens of different occupations, which share a common hazard – traffic. Like everyone else who uses our roads, we need to make sure these people are as...

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Understanding Highway Maintenance on Vancouver Island

Understanding Highway Maintenance on Vancouver Island

From Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the extreme west coast conditions of Ucluelet and Tofino, you will find ocean, rain, rushing rivers, sunshine, dense rainforest, snow – even glaciers! The island has it all. Along with such a diverse landscape comes a broad range of road and maintenance issues. It’s National Road Safety Week: let’s take a closer look at the ways one of our maintenance contractors help to keep our highways safe for...

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A Salute to Salt – How Our Maintenance Contractors Make Roads Safer

Salute Salt Road Maintenance

Have you ever been behind one of our maintenance contractors in the winter and watched as they sprayed liquid on the road? It’s often mistaken for water, but it’s more than that. It’s actually salt water, or “brine,” and it’s very useful when trying to keep snow and ice off the road. If there’s just a light skiff of snow, the brine will help to melt it and prevent it from freezing again, keeping the road nice and clear....

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Maintaining Safety – Winter on the Coquihalla

Coquihalla Summit

Set in the rain shadow of the Coastal Mountains, the Coquihalla is an awe-inspiring drive any time of year, but it can also be a demanding one, especially in the winter. The highway climbs about 1,200 metres before reaching the summit, and it’s subjected to many different micro-climates along the way. What starts out as a dry, powdery snow can quickly turn wet and slushy as you head south approaching the coast. And it’s not just the different types...

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