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.

Why Building of the Alaska Highway is Still an Epic Feat 75 Years Later

Driven by wartime urgency, the building of the Alaska Highway remains an epic accomplishment, 75 years later. The heroic efforts by US soldiers who in only eight months, built a 2,400-kilometre route through wilderness while enduring extraordinary hardships, will always be the foundation of this storied route.

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Behind the Scenes: Train Crosses Major Milestone, Highway 97

Can’t you hear the whistle blowing? This summer (June 2017, to be exact), the first train went over the new CN Rail crossing at the Stone Creek to Williams Road project. This is a significant milestone for the project, which is upgrading 3 km of Highway 97 from two lanes to four lanes as part of the Cariboo Connector Program. With the new bridge now operational, crews are now turning their attention to decommissioning and removing the old bridge....

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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

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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 (or to April 30, depending on the highway). 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...

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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 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 safer opportunities for merging,...

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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? 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 of our job is to maintain these highways, but did you...

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