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Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

Are you a commercial driver hauling freight in British Columbia? If so, we’ve got some great news for you. DriveBC has a new tool to make your life easier – the Commercial Vehicle Route Planner. If you’ve ever used Google Maps before, it’s the same kind of idea. You enter your starting point and your destination, and the planner shows you how to get there. So what’s the difference? Well, in addition to where you are and where you’re...

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Putting the “T” in Highway 97A Intersection Safety

If you’ve ever driven along Highway 97A towards Vernon, you might be familiar with the Eagle Rock Road intersection. Traffic has changed here over the years. For one thing, there’s a lot more of it. That posed a particular problem here, as Eagle Rock Road accesses a heavily-used industrial area, and people had begun to ask for a safer way to get on and off the highway. So back in April, 2012, that’s exactly what we set out to...

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Shift into Winter Message Sweetened for Skeena Motorists

Candies and cool freebies were delivered along with Shift into Winter safety information, to drivers at two safety checks, near Terrace on a recent Saturday. The candy sweetened the message to motorists, on Highway 16 east of town, and Highway 37 between Terrace and Kitimat, that winter is a time to be extra prepared and drive with care. Motorists received a DriveBC vehicle garbage bag full of information about how to prepare themselves and their vehicles for winter conditions,...

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Building the Evergreen Line: One Piece at a Time

Building the Evergreen Line: One Piece at a Time

Bit by bit and piece by piece, the Evergreen Line is starting to take shape. The construction of a new SkyTrain takes time and includes moving utilities, reconfiguring roads, building at-grade and elevated guideways, tunnels, stations, and installing train operating systems. Oftentimes this work unfolds behind the scenes, but recently a number of important “bits and pieces” for the Evergreen Line have taken the stage front and centre and we wanted to share them with you. Without further ado,...

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What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

In many ways, the McIntyre Passing Lanes project is much like any of our other projects. We’re widening a section of Highway 97, just north of Oliver, so we can put in passing lanes and wider shoulders, and make things generally safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. It’s just another way we’re making it safer and easier for people to travel. But there are other parts of this project that make it stand out a little from the others....

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Coming to a Highway 99 Near You: A Bridge to Replace Massey Tunnel

Bridge to Replace Massey Tunnel

Remember when we asked you your thoughts around replacing the Massey Tunnel along Highway #99, and what some of those alternatives might be? There was a consultation website, open houses… Well, you shared. More than 2,000 people participated in the on-line engagement and at open houses in Delta, Richmond and Surrey between November 2012 and April 2013. What we heard was summarized in two reports, the second of which was released today. And the results… you want a bridge....

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Micro Surfacing the Malahat: Up Close and Personal

Micro Surfacing the Malahat: Up Close and Personal

During the Malahat Safety Improvements project we have had some questions about the process we used to pave the corridor. It is called Micro Surfacing and we asked Project Manager Darren Englund to tell us a little bit more about it, so that we, in turn, could bring you up to speed on the subject. TranBC: Hi Darren, could you tell us what Micro Surfacing is? Darren: Micro Surfacing is a cold-mix paving system that begins as a mixture...

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Traveller Alert: Now Closer to a New Nakusp Inland Ferry

new Nakusp inland ferry

Ever driven the Arrow Lake Ferry? You had your choice of two 40-year-old ships that might not have had as wide of lanes or smooth boarding as you’d like. Well that’s on the way to being changed, and by “changed,” I mean the new ferry will transport 80 vehicles, 250 passengers, include wider lands and improved ramp transitions so loading and unloading is faster. All this is scheduled to be put into service between Galena Bay and Shelter Bay...

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Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Go ahead… hop on a bike (or just put your walking shoes on). South Vancouver Island’s Lochside Trail just got smoother with 1.7 kilometres of freshly paved pathway between Island View Road and Mount Newton X Road. “It’s like a super highway as far as I’m concerned,” said cyclist Chark Nipp with a laugh. The Lochside Trail runs 29 kilometres from the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, parallel to Patricia Bay Highway...

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Keeping Your Safety in Mind on Highway 5A

Travellers of Highway 5A might be interested to learn that the corridor will be getting a bit of a facelift this summer after a recent announcement that approximately 23 kilometres of the highway, between Nicola Lake and Stump Lake Ranch will be resurfaced. New delineators will also be added to this stretch of highway to improve visibility. Other safety improvements coming to Highway 5A include the installation of an additional LED curve warning sign, and a new roadside pullout...

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