Road Maintenance

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

Projects of the Week – Busy Season on the South Coast

Projects of the Week – Busy Season on the South Coast

Projects! Get your fill on the latest projects here! This week, we are focusing on recently completed work in the South Coast Region of the province. Yes, crews have been hard at work to keep our roads safe and sound. Highway #7 Hatzic Pumps Bridge Deck Replacement The Hatzic Pumps Bridge, near Mission, underwent our version of an extreme makeover. The old wooden deck of the bridge was resurfaced with concrete, widened to accommodate cyclists and new railings were...

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Building Barriers, Not Obstacles to Safety

improving driver safety

We’ve talked a bit about barriers in a previous post. The focus there was mostly on cable barriers, as they’re relatively new on the scene. But there are many other types we use to separate traffic and keep travellers safe, like CMB – that’s engineer shorthand for concrete median barrier – that low concrete wall you often see in the middle of a highway. These barriers last a long time and require little maintenance, even through a collision. They’re...

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Projects of the Week – Upgrading Southern BC

Projects of the Week – Upgrading Southern BC

This week, we continue our last instalment of southern interior projects. We’ve got construction, rumble strips and paving updates from around the region. Highway 1 – Hilltop Road to Balmoral Road Highway 1 has seen a lot of improvements, just north of Salmon Arm. Brentwood Enterprises Ltd. has finished upgrading the road to four lanes and making intersections and highway accesses safer. Thanks to their efforts, travelling between Sorrento and Salmon Arm is easier and more reliable than ever....

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Why are Some Roads Plowed More Than Others?

Why are Some Roads Plowed More Than Others?

When winter hits, we need to make sure we keep our roads as clear as possible. That usually means we focus on high priorities, like the major routes, because those are the ones used by emergency services and the majority of traffic. Sometimes when the snow is falling fast, it can build up quickly again right after the plow passes. In those cases, it’s not uncommon to see those higher-priority routes plowed several times before we can turn our...

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Community Safety Enhancements

Coming To A Community Near You! If you have recently driven through Kiskatinaw you may have noticed a welcome addition to the rest area, new toilets; or the improved intersection lighting on Highway 16 at Lower Mud River Road; or perhaps the many, many new reflectors along Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley… to name just a few. These improvements are part of our new Community Safety Enhancement program. This is a new program aimed at improving the little...

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“Golden Oatmeal” Glows for Safety

new technology supporting safety

Some stretches of B.C.’s foggiest, rainiest, snowiest highways now have extra “glow,” due to the latest in pavement marking technology used by the ministry. Recently, a 5.3-kilometre stretch along Highway 16, 32 kilometres east of Prince Rupert, which is prone to particularly challenging weather, was chosen to receive the special treatment. It was given coatings of methyl methacrylate resin to mark the route’s solid yellow centre line and white dashed truck passing lane. Methyl methacrylate is a two part...

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Working to Restore Highway 37

Working to Restore Highway 37 Photoblog on Flickr.

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Community + TranBC = Safer Intersection in 100 Mile House

Community + TranBC = Safer Intersection in 100 Mile House

You can find the Horse Lake Road intersection on Highway 97 in the District of 100 Mile House. And if you look south, you’ll see Seventh Street, where the local high school is located. This stretch of road remained largely unchanged for a long time, but over the years, as the community grew, traffic volumes gradually increased, and it became necessary to make some changes to keep things safe. One issue we had to address was how buses were...

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