Going Green

Updates and behind the scenes information around our environmental initiatives, projects and programs, including wildlife mitigation, biking, Adopt-a-Highway and more.

Bridging the Week: Thanksgiving Style

This week we welcomed the month of October, the time of year when we start to wind down our summer maintenance activities and gear up for winter. Such is the ebb and flow of life in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. This long weekend, many of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, the gift of sharing and being grateful for the things we have at hand. We are grateful to work with countless people across the province...

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TranBC’s Adopt a Highway Quiz

Adopt a Highway Program

Have you ever driven down the road and noticed folks carrying large orange garbage bags and picking up trash along the side of the highway? If so, chances are pretty good they’re volunteers with our Adopt a Highway program. Adopt a Highway is a roadside maintenance and enhancement program that’s entirely volunteer-based, and it’s something individuals, groups and non- and for-profit organizations can be proud to be a part of. Curious to learn more about the program? Try taking...

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Crane Crossing Contributes to Green Energy Project

Crane Crossing Contributes to Green Energy Project

Q. Why did the cranes cross the road? A. To build the wind farm on the other side. The cranes in this instance are two colossal pieces of machinery. Each weighs 680 tonnes (equal to 200 adult elephants or almost 1.5 million pounds), and has a boom that looms 117 metres up (longer than two Olympic-sized swimming pools). They’re being used by Eagle West Wind Energy to erect wind turbines for Capital Power’s Quality Wind Project, near Tumbler Ridge,...

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Test of Humanity – A Race to Build Lives

Test of Humanity – A Race to Build Lives

What do you get when you take two people with tons of determination, add a maintenance contractor with volunteering spirit, sprinkle in competitive cycling and surround it with the desire to change lives? Answer: Test of Humanity. If there’s one thing Avalanche Technician Nic Seaton and his wife Sheilagh love more than travelling, it’s helping those less fortunate than themselves. Over the last few years they journeyed to Ethiopia as volunteers with Canadian Humanitarian, a non-profit organization that works...

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Bridging the Week: Translink, Trails and Time to Drive the Port Mann

Vancouver Bridge

Another seven days, another blog catching you up on all things BC Transportation from the last week. Hard to believe it’s September already, with summer almost in the rear view mirror and thoughts of winter, and what that entails, ramping up. (I didn’t forget autumn, we just have a lot of prep for those chilly months). But that’s in the future, right now there’s work happening on rapid transit in Coquitlam, some plans for Kettle Valley Trail and a...

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Bus Stops, Bridges and Smoother Surfaces Ahead: Bridging the Week

What have we got going on in transportation news for you this week? How about bus stops, cycling lanes and cycling fences, centreline rumble strips, enhanced delineation, completed paving on the Patullo Bridge, new contracts awarded and resurfacing underway. Throw in some numbers from BC Ferries and transit service updates and you have yourself all the elements of a good read, if you ask us. So, grab your coffee and settle in . Cycling for Highway 4 Port Alberni...

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Toads On The Road II – The Migration Returns

toad wildlife on bc highways

We’ve talked about a mass migration of toads that had to cross Highway 19 north of Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Events like these are actually not uncommon in BC, and in some areas they can happen several times a year. Like near Summit Lake on Highway 6, just southeast of Nakusp. Having to cross this highway just once would be challenging enough, but these toads actually make the trip three times in their life. They spend the winter in...

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Bridging the Week: When it Rains, It Pours

While there was a steady stream of sunshine across the province last week, there was also constant flow of transportation news afoot. Faregates were put in place in Metro Vancouver, safety improvements began at Sayward Road, and the Abbotsford Airshow got official. In the northern region of the province, plans were unveiled to upgrade the Hagwilget Bridge near Smithers and Coleman Creek Road north of Dawson Creek. A report outlining the findings on the BC Transit Independent Review was...

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