Moving the Economy

Information and background on how we import, export and move goods across our province to driving the economy, including the Pacific Gateway program and the work of commercial vehicles.

Current Emergency Highway Advisories

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Delays Ahead on the Coq Kinda Suck but It’s for a Good Reason

Planning on heading over the Coquihalla this summer? Head’s up! A couple of construction projects may slow you down a bit. That’s because we are working on improving parts of BC Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt from April to October, 2017. It sucks. We know. But it’s for a good reason. We appreciate your patience. Here are the details: First up – Box Canyon Chain Up Area Expansion Northbound commercial vehicle traffic on the Coquihalla Highway is often...

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How to Avoid Being Pranked by Spring on the Coquihalla

How to Avoid Being Pranked by Spring on the Coquihalla

Warning! Don’t let spring play an April Fools’ prank on you. Roadside signs state passenger vehicles are required to have winter tires, and commercial trucks must carry chains, on most BC highways between October 1 and March 31. However, that doesn’t mean winter tires and chains are never needed beyond those dates. Sometimes spring lets Old Man Winter outstay his welcome, especially on high elevation routes such as the Coquihalla. Professional truck drivers who travel BC’s high mountain passes...

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Why Beloved Barlee Would Smile at New Stop of Interest Signs

What would a high-profile historian say about the 75 new BC Stop of Interest signs to be created? We asked Bill Barlee’s daughter, Veronica Barlee, a senior policy advisor with the provincial government. Veronica graciously agreed to talk with us about her father’s role in preserving and sharing BC’s colourful history, and how new Stop of Interest signs will help to continue Bill Barlee’s work. Barlee passed away in 2012, at the age of 79. He remains a beloved figure...

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What You Need to Know About Winter Weather on the “Coq”

We’ve heard from a few folks recently asking how they can travel the Coquihalla safely during the winter.  Apart from our usual recommendations for proper tires, checking DriveBC, keeping a full tank of gas and driving to conditions, we thought we could help travellers make better decisions around their travel by identifying some of the winter conditions found on the Coquihalla and explaining how they might impact travel. So, we asked our Weather Services Specialist, Simon Walker (who worked...

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Highway Work That Will Keep You on the Move in Northern BC

As our economy has grown, so too has the need safely connect people and cargo in Northern BC with the Interior. Here is a sampling of three projects, one in the preliminary stages and two in progress, of BC on the Move in the Northern Region. Bunce Road to Blackwater Road, Highway 16 Extending the continuous four-laning of Highway 16 that begins before the Highway 16 and 97 intersection to within the Prince George city limits will reduce congestion and provide...

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How We Make BC Highways Better for Everyone Who Travels Them

You’ve driven over, under or through countless examples of our efforts to make BC highways better for everyone and you might not have even realized it. You might have wondered – what’s that bridge overhead going from nowhere to nowhere? Or, why are those goats running around in that gravel pit? BC highways travel through some of the most amazing environments on earth. You already know that these roads connect our communities and country and that a BIG part...

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How to Keep Traffic Moving in Avalanche Country

  It looks like something out of Star Wars. Large metal towers dominating a vantage point over a frozen cliff face that suddenly drop explosives charges, triggering a wall of snow that cascades down the mountain. But this isn’t science fiction. It’s a new technology designed to make roads safer and cut down on traffic headaches. It’s called a Remote Avalanche Control System, or RACS, and this winter we’re piloting it along a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway called...

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Four Stages of a Mega Project – An Insider Perspective

Transportation mega projects mean mega activities behind the scenes. From the first inkling of an idea to project close-out, here's what goes on.

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Highway and Track Separation a Beautiful Way to Boost Safety

Question: What do you get when you cross a railway track with a highway? Answer: A place that requires extra motorist attention to avoid a deadly encounter; and in the case of Mile 28 on Highway 16, a stretch where drivers must slow from 100 km/h to 40 km/h to cross safely. But the scenario is poised to become a whole lot safer and smoother, at this last remaining spot on BC Highway 16 where traffic and trains meet....

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