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Rising Above the High Water Mark on Highway 14

Rising Above the High Water Mark on Highway 14

It should come as no surprise that life on the west coast of Vancouver Island can get pretty wet sometimes. Take Highway 14 near Sooke, for example. This community knows water. Subject to a unique trio of geographical influences, it’s situated in a valley bottom, at the mouth of a river, and prone to tidal flooding from the Pacific Ocean. Winter storms and runoffs can bring large amounts of the “wet stuff”, which can happen so quickly, that flooding...

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Mona Lisa or Modern Art? New Arts Centre Comes to Saanich

Mona Lisa or Modern Art? New Arts Centre Comes to Saanich

Creating safer highways is a large part of what we do, but being involved in developing infrastructure gives us an opportunity to build for future success. In other words – roads help connect communities, but infrastructure gives us a real destination. Some of our recent infrastructure projects include the Port Mann Highway 1 Project (PMH1) and improvements to playing fields in Metro Vancouver. That list also now includes a new place to explore your creative side. If you live...

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The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey

The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey

The Sea to Sky Highway stretches north from Vancouver, along the edge of Howe Sound and into the breathtaking Coast Mountain Range, which include peaks such as “Black Tusk” and “The Chief.” The Squamish Nation has lived on the land surrounding this corridor since time immemorial. To integrate First Nations perspective back into the landscape surround their traditional territory, The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey was created. It is a unique initiative of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations which...

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Projects of the Week: Volunteers Improve Parks and Parking

We’ve been talking lately about some of the volunteer projects our maintenance contractors have been working on with ministry staff. Together, we’ve helped improve trails and infrastructure in many B.C. communities, and today we’re taking a look at park and parking projects. Here’s what we’ve been up to: On Galiano Island, we worked with Mainroad South Vancouver Island to improve the access and parking lot at Bluff Park. The project included the supply and placing of gravel, grading, and...

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3 Ways Fish and Fowl Will Love the Colony Farm Restoration Project

3 Ways Fish and Fowl Will Love the Colony Farm Restoration Project

Fish and fowl in the Lower Mainland can flip, flop and flap for joy because of habitat enhancements being done at the Colony Farm Regional Park, one of many projects being undertaken as part of the Port Mann Highway 1 Project (PMH1). Although our focus is highway safety, the PMH1 project has given us some special opportunities to ‘branch out’ beyond the highway. The Colony Farm Restoration and Enhancement Project aims to restore tidal flows in the Wilson Farm...

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Thinking Bear Smart to Protect Wildlife

Thinking Bear Smart to Protect Wildlife

You might have heard us talk about bear awareness before, but today we have some breaking bear news to share with you. Two new initiatives have been put in place to increase the safety of motorists and wildlife on Highway 99 ( also known as the Sea to Sky). This year saw a large increase in the number of bears foraging for food near our roads due, in large part, to the late snow melt and this activity has...

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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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Sea-to-Sky Highway – Award Winning Safety

The Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project finished a couple of years ago now, but it’s still attracting attention. In fact, the project just received a Gold Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. This isn’t the project’s first award either. This recent addition brings the total to 15 national and international awards, making it one of the most celebrated public private partnerships in North America. But why all the fuss? What...

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