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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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The Whistle Stops at the 41B Overpass

The Whistle Stops at the 41B Overpass

Do you hear that lonesome whistle blowing? If you live in the community of Delta, you might not, thanks to the opening of the 41B Street Overpass on the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor. Construction has recently finished on this project, the first of nine scheduled to be completed along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) in the communities of Delta, Surrey, the Township of Langley and the City of Langley. Whistle cessation is only one of many benefits the...

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Lighter and Brighter at Any Age

Lighter and Brighter at Any Age

There’s no avoiding it – we get older. Sorry, can’t be helped. As we change over time, so does our driving ability. A person’s pupils decrease in size as they age, letting in less light, and adjusting more slowly to changes in light. As well, the lens, which is clear earlier in life, yellows and thickens. This means a 60-year-old receives only about 40 per cent of the same light as a 20-year-old. To provide the best visibility for...

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Projects of the Week: Tales of Volunteering and Trails

Projects of the Week: Tales of Volunteering and Trails

Walking trails connect people to recreation, services and each other in a healthy, active way. Fresh air is nice too. The ministry and its maintenance contractors have been building these connections over the last few months by volunteering their time, equipment and materials for 10 projects that support community trails. These, and 18 other projects, are enhancing life in B.C. communities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and feel good about making a difference....

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Volunteering Spirit Boosts McBride Boating

Volunteering Spirit Boosts McBride Boating

A park – coincidentally named after a past provincial transportation minister – is the site of a volunteer transportation project, in McBride. At Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Regional Park, the ministry and maintenance contractor Lakes District Maintenance Ltd., constructed a parking area for a future boat launch. The project emerged from discussions with the Village of McBride, the Fraser River Boating Association and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George about how the ministry and contractor could boost community...

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Little Qualicum Bridge: A River Runs Through It

Little Qualicum Bridge: A River Runs Through It

The Little Qualicum River has been hard at work recently, scouring away the river bank near the bridge of the same name. This means that we have also been hard at work to stop the erosion, because, if the river was allowed to continue on its course, it would eventually hit the Oceanside Route on Highway 19A near Qualicum. Just because a river runs through it, doesn’t mean the river should also rule the road; at least, not where...

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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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