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Projects of the Week: Working Around the South Coast

Projects of the Week: Working Around the South Coast

Summer may be over but the project work completed throughout the Lower Mainland District this year will leave us feeling warm and fuzzy well into the winter. Here are some snapshots of the work as it happened. Bridge Deck Resurfacing Near Horseshoe Bay on Highway 1 We are proud to announce that Kingston Construction Ltd. completed the resurfacing of Eagle Ridge Drive underpass and Squamish underpass in March 2011 and Horseshoe Bay underpass in August 2011. These bridge surfaces...

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Working to Restore Highway 37

Working to Restore Highway 37 Photoblog on Flickr.

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Community + TranBC = Safer Intersection in 100 Mile House

Community + TranBC = Safer Intersection in 100 Mile House

You can find the Horse Lake Road intersection on Highway 97 in the District of 100 Mile House. And if you look south, you’ll see Seventh Street, where the local high school is located. This stretch of road remained largely unchanged for a long time, but over the years, as the community grew, traffic volumes gradually increased, and it became necessary to make some changes to keep things safe. One issue we had to address was how buses were...

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game…We’re Not Just Highways

Take Me Out To The Ball Game…We’re Not Just Highways

It’s a little known fact, but as a ministry we look after a lot more than just transportation. In 2008, we had “infrastructure” added to our repertoire, and with that we started managing grant money for all kinds of community developments. Together with municipal and federal governments, we’ve helped fund hundreds of projects throughout the province, including community and art centres, libraries… and ball parks. Back in 2010, Kamloops broke ground on their own field of dreams – Rayleigh...

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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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