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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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Clearing the Way after Mountain Pine Beetle

Yellowhead Highway in Smithers

The removal of Mountain Pine Beetle-killed trees from areas along the right of way on highways and other routes is now part of our annual project regime. This year approximately 40 kilometres of roadway along Highway 16 near Smithers BC were identified as having Mountain Pine Beetle-killed trees. Local hired equipment and hand fallers, hired to complete the work through the Ministry’s day labour program target and cut down identified dead and diseased trees. Trees are removed by machine...

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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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And the Customer Satisfaction Survey Says…

Listening to the public on BC Transportation

What do you think is important about highway services? Hold that thought and complete our 9th Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. The survey is extended until August 12th, so you still have time. Help us create the future of highway safety in the province by telling us your opinion of our services this year. Our Customer Satisfaction Survey is sent directly to all of the people that we have worked with over the past year, and asks for feedback on...

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New Signs Communicate Border Waits

information on your border wait times

The car is packed, and you’re on the highway heading to the States. But which crossing should you take? The Peace Arch and Pacific crossings are usually pretty busy, but what about Aldergrove or Sumas? Up till now, it was difficult to know, because delay times weren’t reported for those locations. However, thanks to an expansion of the Advanced Traveller Information System (also known as ATIS), travellers can now keep up to date with wait times at all four...

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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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Building Barriers to Boost Highway Safety

You’ll often hear it said that safety is our top priority. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s true. Regardless of whether we’re designing, building or maintaining our roads and bridges, we want to make sure people can get where they’re going safely. We have a lot of different ways of doing that, but barriers might be one of the most familiar. You’ve seen concrete barriers and guard rails lining our highways, but cable barriers are also gaining...

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