Posts Tagged ‘ BC Highways ’

What You Need to Know About Travelling During BC Wildfires

What You Need to Know About Travelling During BC Wildfires

BC wildfires are burning on a massive scale this summer, as a gloomy cloak of smoke is draped across the landscape from inland to coast. The sun has taken on a blood-orange tinge; the air is pungent and thick – so much so that morning can seem like night in communities closest to the worst of the nearly 600 fires blazing in BC. Wildfires are coming precariously close to side roads and highways; some are closed or with limited...

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How Our BC Highways Radio Service Has You Covered

BC transportation emergency communications

When spills, collisions, construction and nasty weather happen on BC highways, we need to tell you and others about them! But how can we do that when we’re out in the boonies somewhere on 46,000 kilometres of provincial highway, and there’s no cell phone service? Happily, in places without cellular coverage, our good old Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure radio network is there to transmit details and keep highways safe and people moving. It allows us to quickly transfer...

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See the Construction of the Fraser Canyon Highway in Historical Photos

History and infrastructure nerds rejoice! We’ve collected a stunning group of photographs documenting the construction of the Fraser Canyon Highway beginning in the 1920s, and moving into the 30s, 40s and 50s. We’re excited to share them with you here, along with a bit of Fraser Canyon route history to boot. Why all the Fuss about the Fraser Canyon? The Fraser Canyon was home to the first gold rush traffic in BC, which began in 1857 when gold was...

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How Survey Drones Make Transportation Better

When it comes to getting an accurate lay of the land, survey drones are indeed the “droids” we’re looking for. Also known as UAVs (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), drones are remote controlled flying devices equipped with cameras and various data collection capabilities. There are quad-copter drones (which move like helicopters) and fixed wing drones (which move like airplanes). Both of these make our work safer and more efficient, so it’s no surprise our engineering and field services departments are...

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See and Be Seen: How to Avoid Wildlife on Your Motorcycle

You probably know that May is Motorcycle Awareness Month – the time of year when we remind drivers to watch for motorcyclists who are back out on the road now that the better weather has returned. But did you know better weather increases another kind of risk for motorcyclists? It’s the risk of an unexpected encounter with roadside wildlife. There are many species of wildlife (big and small) in BC that are a real hazard for motorcyclists and, in...

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The Problem of Perennial Pothole Patching on BC Highways

Potholes

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the potholes are starting to show. What is it about this season that makes potholes so common, and how do we deal with the problem of perennial pothole patching? Let’s start from the ground up to get you the answers. How Potholes Form Our roads are built in layers – a base of earth and gravel, topped with asphalt – an excellent material for...

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Adding Drains to the Floodplain to Keep Motorists Safe

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

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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How to Get a Grip on Safe Winter Traction

How to Get a Grip on Safe Winter Traction

Have you ever seen overshoes, ice cleats or the old-style rubber covers people used to wear over their dress shoes to prevent slips and falls on ice? Did you know you can apply that same idea to your vehicle?   Here’s a rundown of some traction devices that can help keep you and your vehicle travel surely and smoothly along in winter. CHAINS FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES We recommend drivers install mountain/snowflake tires for cold weather driving and, for extreme conditions,...

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New Tool Shines a Light on Line Paint Brightness

Able to record 400 measurements per second into an internal computer and function wirelessly, a state of the art retroreflectometer is our newest tool for testing line paint performance.

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