Going Green

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

Abrasive, Pervasive and Invasive – Taking On B.C.’s Foul Flora

Abrasive, Pervasive and Invasive – Taking On B.C.’s Foul Flora

Baby’s Breath, Black Henbane and Giant Hogweed. No, we’re not in Harry Potter’s potion class, and we’re not casting spells. These are just some examples of the invasive plants growing along our roadsides. We’ve talked a bit about invasive plants in a previous post, but we’re adding something new to our arsenal. Signs. It may not look like much, but these signs (like the one in the picture) warn our maintenance contractors not to disturb the site until it...

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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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Licking Mineral Mitigation

You hear a lot about how we’re trying to make the roads safer for people. But what about animals? Well, it turns out we’re doing a lot there, too. It’s a challenge, but it’s one we take seriously, and we work with university professors, wildlife biologists and other industry leaders to come up with new ideas. Like fencing off mineral licks, for example. These licks are just areas in the soil that have high levels of minerals like sodium,...

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Buffered Bike Lanes Make Cyclist Commuting a Joyride

Buffered Bike Lanes Make Cyclist Commuting a Joyride

We all know that riding your bike is a good thing. It helps your health, your pocket book and the environment. So, what stops you from choosing your bike on a daily basis? Some of you may say it’s the weather, while others may say it’s the challenge of commuting with cars. A recent grant from The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Bike BC Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program – has helped the District of North Vancouver to install a...

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Wildlife on Highways: Be Bear Aware

Many areas around the province have seen a notable increase in bear activity recently due, in part, to the late arrival of spring. Snow is slow to melt on the mountainsides and many of these hungry giants are now lumbering downhill to search for their spring greens. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is constantly looking for ways to be bear aware and reduce danger to wildlife, big and small, along our highways. Here are some ways we help...

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Spring Cleaning: Why Wash a Bridge?

spring maintenance bridge

Just as people regularly maintain their vehicles, to extend their vehicle’s life, the ministry looks after its bridges to ensure they perform safely, for as long as possible. Over the winter, bridges get dirty from the sand, gravel and anti-icing chemicals that are spread on icy roads. So, when spring comes, it’s time for annual bridge cleaning. As with vehicles, the longer dust and road salt sit on painted bridge metal, the more it wears and fades paint. Even...

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Weigh in Motion – It’s Building Momentum

Weigh in Motion – It’s Building Momentum

We have all heard of the Man in Motion, but have you heard about Weigh in Motion? The Weigh2GoBC program is a network of Weigh in Motion (WIM) and Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) technologies which allow commercial vehicles to keep moving while being weighed, helping them to achieve faster, more efficient travel times. The Weigh2GoBC program began across the province in October 2010 and has been gaining in popularity ever since. All you have to do is register in...

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