BC Projects

Shouldering for Safety – Making Highway 16 Safer For Cyclists

It’s becoming a lot more common these days to see cyclists on the road, and it’s easy to see why. Cycling is a convenient, healthy and relatively inexpensive way to get around. And with more people taking to the road on their bikes, we’re doing what we can to make things better for them. Take Highway 16 between Telkwa and Smithers for example. It’s a 15 kilometre stretch of road, which sees quite a bit of commuter traffic as...

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Getting Things Done on 101 – Work Continues on the Sunshine Coast Highway

Highway 101 is a spectacular stretch of sea-side scenic driving. Also known as the Sunshine Coast Highway, it’s actually the last leg of the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the longest routes in the world, reaching from British Columbia to Chile (about 15,000 kilometres). Along Highway 101’s 140 kilometres (160 if you include the ferry ride), it meanders between Langdale and Lund and connects many coastal communities. It crosses fords and inlets and offers travellers stunning views of the...

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Fast Forward to Cyclist Enhancements on UBCO Route

Fast Forward to Cyclist Enhancements on UBCO Route

Just because Bike to Work Week is over does not mean that we have forgotten about cyclists and other types of traffic in our transit planning. Our dedication to highway safety is not limited to motorists. Cyclists and pedestrians are high on our list of important people to please. Cyclists commuting to UBC in Kelowna will soon have safer access to their campus on a new multi-use pathway and bridge. Route enhancements will be jointly funded by the Province...

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Building a Better, Balanced Transportation Approach in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Building a Better, Balanced Transportation Approach in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Building a good transportation system is about balance. There are a lot of trucks and cars on our roads in some parts of the province, and we need to make sure there’s room for them. But we need to balance that pressure by using the space we have as best as possible. Sometimes we all just need a little more room! It means focusing on more opportunities for public transit and encouraging other options like carpooling. It means building...

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Cultus Creek Bridge Work Benefits Folks and Fish

Cultus Creek Bridge Work Benefits Folks and Fish

The Cultus Creek Bridge is on the Columbia Valley Highway, about three kilometers south of Vedder Mountain Road in Chilliwack. With a paved surface and wooden sidewalks supported by wooden piers, it’s like a lot of our other bridges throughout the province. But there are some things that set this one apart. For one, it’s the main public access for people headed to Cultus Lake, a great area for swimming, hiking and camping. It also crosses Sweltzer Creek an...

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Highway 101 is Making Room for Cyclists

Highway 101 is Making Room for Cyclists

The small communities of Sechelt and Davis Bay are nestled along the Sunshine Coast on Highway 101. The fair weather and beautiful scenery along this route encourage many residents and tourists to travel by bicycle. To support that interest, we have recently widened a popular portion of the highway to allow cyclists to commute in safety, while sharing the road with motorists. As an added bonus, the wider shoulders benefit transit users too, making it easier for them to...

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Sooke-tacular Improvements Come to Highway 14

Sooke-tacular Improvements Come to Highway 14

Highway 14 (known locally and colloquially as the Sookahalla), has seen a lot of work lately. The road connects Victoria with Sooke and many communities along the Island’s west coast. These areas have really been growing in popularity, with the inevitable result – more traffic. And by traffic, we don’t mean just vehicles. The number of pedestrians and cyclists using the road is growing, too. To make things safer for them, a major focus of our efforts has been...

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Over, Under and Through – A Fast Track into the Interior

In 1984, construction of the first phase of the Coquihalla Highway began. The highway would eventually provide drivers with a quicker route into the interior from Hope.The first phase, which was completed in time for Expo 86, was done in just 20 months. A project of this scale had never been done before in such a short time in North America. This section of the highway was the longest stretch at 120 kilometres long. To finish on time, over...

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