Why We Are Making a Bed for 200 Snakes

February 7, 2018

Workers discovered about 200 snakes settling in for winter, in a den of shale layers.  The environmental monitor for the project identified two types – the Common Garter Snake  and the Western Terrestrial (Wandering) Garter Snake. Both are common in BC, but the size of the nest was unusual for this part of the province. The snakes were in harm’s way and a solution needed to be found.

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Imagine what Safer Travel to Tofino, Ucluelet Looks Like

January 25, 2018

When a tsunami warning prompted evacuations to community muster stations in Tofino and Ucluelet this week (the event happened in the early morning of Jan 23, 2018), it highlighted how vital Highway 4 is as an emergency and supply route. Coincidently, the alert happened the same day we were hosting a public open house in Tofino about the Highway 4 Kennedy Hill safety improvements. The project includes upgrading 1.5 kilometres of steep, curvy road along Kennedy Lake by: Widening...

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Adding Drains to the Floodplain to Keep Motorists Safe

January 16, 2018

At the March 2016 project open house, many local folks voiced concerns about the volume of water that sometimes saturates the area. When we tested different high water scenarios, using a hydraulic model, we recognized that the new section of road would actually need 11 large flood relief culverts, and the bridge would have to be five metres longer to accommodate the Tsolum River when things got extra wet.

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BC Highway History Alert! More Snapshots in Time Revealed

January 9, 2018

Are you a BC Highways history nerd? If so – GET READY! We promised you more amazing historical images after our first historical snapshots blog  and we are delivering on that promise. Don’t consider yourself a highways history nerd? Don’t worry – you will be after you take a look at some of the images below. As some of you might already know, we’ve been going through our old photos and sharing our favourites with you. These pictures were...

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Kickstart Your Career: Apply to be a 2018 EIT or TELP Now

January 5, 2018

 *UPDATE* We’ve updated this blog post to reflect the 2018 intake. Please note this if reviewing the comments. Recent grad? Now is your chance to get that career started. The Engineer-in-Training Program (EIT) and Technician-Entry-Level Program (TELP) recruitment has begun again for 2018. We are hiring for multiple positions in each program, in various locations right across the province. And follow those links below. They lead to a great deal of information , including qualifications, application process, position...

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Back Home on the Range: Restoring Roosevelt Elk in BC

December 13, 2017

Wildlife and highways in BC often cross paths. We do our best to keep both everyone safe and sound on their journey, and our work with Roosevelt Elk on Vancouver Island and on the Sunshine Coast of BC is no exception. Did you know the majestic Roosevelt Elk could once be found roaming around what is now Science World along the shores of False Creek in downtown Vancouver? Sadly, unregulated hunting for meat and hides during the gold rush...

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BC Highway U-Turns Don’t Necessarily Mean YOU

December 5, 2017

  The lure of making an illegal U-turn on a BC Highway can be tempting. You might think it’ll save you a bit of time. Or it’s just convenient. Or it’s a quick fix when going the wrong way. Just don’t. It’s unwise, unsafe and illegal. You might see what looks like a pull through in the middle of the road and think it’s your perfect window of opportunity to back track. STOP! It’s not for you! (Except if...

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