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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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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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Unpacking a Big Bundle of Highway 16 Improvements in PG 

  A big bundle of highway improvements have been underway in Prince George to keep commuters, commercial vehicles and local traffic safely on the move. Here are some highlights of our package of PG projects. The Biggie – Highway 16 – Bunce to Blackwater This biggest project in the bundle has many pieces to it. The largest is the 3.4-kilometre expansion of Highway 16 to four lanes, west of the city, from Bunce/Gauthier to just east of Jensen Road....

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9 Fabulous Bridge Photos from TranBC Flickr

Every picture tells a story, and at the foundation of every bridge there is a saga. Our Flickr collection of photos and videos tells many stories – there are albums about bridge and highway projects, awards, educational events and community projects. We went through our albums and picked out some of the best bridge photos to share with you for National Engineering and Geoscience Month. Click on each heading below, and you’ll be transported to a Flickr album, for...

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Why We Are Making a Bed for 200 Snakes

Workers discovered about 200 snakes settling in for winter, in a den of shale layers.  The environmental monitor for the project identified two types – the Common Garter Snake  and the Western Terrestrial (Wandering) Garter Snake. Both are common in BC, but the size of the nest was unusual for this part of the province. The snakes were in harm’s way and a solution needed to be found.

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Imagine what Safer Travel to Tofino, Ucluelet Looks Like

When a tsunami warning prompted evacuations to community muster stations in Tofino and Ucluelet this week (the event happened in the early morning of Jan 23, 2018), it highlighted how vital Highway 4 is as an emergency and supply route. Coincidently, the alert happened the same day we were hosting a public open house in Tofino about the Highway 4 Kennedy Hill safety improvements. The project includes upgrading 1.5 kilometres of steep, curvy road along Kennedy Lake by: Widening...

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Adding Drains to the Floodplain to Keep Motorists Safe

At the March 2016 project open house, many local folks voiced concerns about the volume of water that sometimes saturates the area. When we tested different high water scenarios, using a hydraulic model, we recognized that the new section of road would actually need 11 large flood relief culverts, and the bridge would have to be five metres longer to accommodate the Tsolum River when things got extra wet.

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Behind the Scenes: Train Crosses Major Milestone, Highway 97

Can’t you hear the whistle blowing? This summer (June 2017, to be exact), the first train went over the new CN Rail crossing at the Stone Creek to Williams Road project. This is a significant milestone for the project, which is upgrading 3 km of Highway 97 from two lanes to four lanes as part of the Cariboo Connector Program. With the new bridge now operational, crews are now turning their attention to decommissioning and removing the old bridge....

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