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.

What it Takes to Keep Bridges Upstanding and Safe

Bridge Area Managers keep 2,973 bridges (plus tunnels, retaining walls, culverts and overhead signs) upstanding and safe, in British Columbia. The job offers a great deal of autonomy but that comes with a far greater responsibility, as bridge failures are almost always a catastrophic event. The work requires bridge area managers to get wet, to work in enclosed spaces or from high ledges and to clamber, climb and crawl in all sorts of weather conditions. Documentation and deductive reasoning...

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Rutting Season is Here: Watch for Deer

No one likes falling into a rut – unless you’re a male deer that is. Why do bucks enjoy being in a rut so much? Well… the rut, or ‘rutting season’ as it’s also known, is the annual mating season for deer. During the rut, male deer show increased interest in female deer, as well as increased aggression toward other male deer. To secure the object of their affection, bucks will often challenge and fight other males – often...

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Artificial Intelligence Has Arrived in Rogers Pass Snowsheds

“Hey Google! Dim the lighting in our Rogers Pass snowsheds.” Talk about smart lighting! The outdated halogen lighting systems in the Jack McDonald, Lanark and Twin snowsheds in Rogers Pass on BC Highway 1 have been replaced with energy efficient LED lighting systems. But that’s not all… the new lighting is part of an intelligent system that automatically measures the ambient daytime lighting outside the snowsheds and mimics it inside providing: consistent lighting for drivers moving in and out...

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In a Nutshell: What We Do for BC Transportation

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With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Some of the work we do is probably pretty obvious, but some of it may surprise you. To help clarify our raison d’être, we thought we’d compile some of the ways we serve you. Our Way is the Highway When it comes to the ministry, the...

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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 16th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from June 28 to Sept. 3, 2019. Last year, we received more than 3,800 responses from folks across the province,...

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Innovative Rockfall Netting System Aims to Improve Safety at Three Valley Gap

About 20 kilometres west of Revelstoke lies a short stretch of BC Highway 1 with a unique geography. Running in-between Three Valley Lake and the Monashee Mountains, Three Valley Gap is, quite literally, located between a rock and hard place. In fact, next to the Kicking Horse Canyon, this may be the most technically challenging section of the Trans-Canada Highway, in the entire province. We love technical challenges, but not nearly as much as we love keeping the travelling...

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Have you Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

BC HighwayCams, dynamic message signs, weather stations, reversible lane control… Any idea what these things have in common? If you guessed they’re all Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), you’d be right! With the advancement in technologies, this field has grown and is getting a lot of attention these days (connected/automated vehicles, smart cities, and more). ITS also helps support some of our key priorities: mobility, safety, and the efficient transportation of our road users. What is ITS? It’s the application...

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A Brief History of the BC Highway Traffic Patrol

A Brief History of the BC Highway Traffic Patrol

Most folks born in the 1970s or earlier will probably remember the smash television hit, CHiPs. The show followed the adventures of two California highway patrol officers as they kept state highways running safely and smoothly. If you didn’t get a chance to experience it then – don’t fret – you can get a sense of that super seventies magic here  (you’re welcome). Did you know that BC also had its own highway patrol enforcement? Not many folks do....

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