Road Maintenance

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

TranBC vs. The Mountain

Rock Stabilization Program

B.C.’s mountains offer spectacular scenery, but they can also make building and maintaining our roads a lot more challenging. One of the reasons for this is rock fall. Rock fall occurs naturally and has many causes, including water pressure, ice jacking, tree roots growing in cracks, erosion and even animal activity. And while rock fall can occur any time, we generally see an increase between February and April when we get lots of rain and frequent cycles of freezing...

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Crack Sealing

Smoothing the Cracks of Age Water is a road’s worst enemy and crack sealing is our first defence against pavement deterioration. Each year we perform approximately 2 million lineal metres of crack sealing, enough to fill a crack between Vancouver, BC and Thunder Bay, ON. Crack sealing extends the life of pavement by preventing water from getting below the surface and causing damage. Liquid asphalt filler is applied in the spring to seal cracks that developed from winter wear...

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Sweeping Away Winter

Street sweeping

Making Way for Spring Spring cleaning isn’t just for home; we do it on our roads too! Over the past six months, winter abrasives have accumulated along the shoulders of our roads. We’re hoping winters done with us but there may yet be a few more weeks to come – depending on where you live. We are watching the weather and as soon as spring firmly takes hold, crews will be out sweeping away the reminder of how cold...

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The Tow Plow – Clearing More Lanes in Less Time

A tow plow being pulled behind a plow truck

If you’re driving in the Castlegar or Golden during the winter months, keep an eye out for tow plows being used by our maintenance contractor in the area. A tow plow is a trailer that attaches behind a traditional plow truck. The plow truck driver can angle the tow plow into the next lane, making it possible to clear two lanes in a single pass. While the trailer may look wide and difficult to handle, the tow plow is...

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