Posts Tagged ‘ bchighways ’

BC Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 3A, Nelson to Balfour

The Kootenays. No tour of BC would be complete without a visit to this special corner of the province, especially a Road Trip Time Machine tour. So, get in, strap on your seat belt and take a trip back in time as we drive Highway 3A from Nelson to Balfour circa 1966. Spoiler alert: You won’t see the elusive Sasquatch but you will travel over the Nelson Bridge, better known as the Big Orange Bridge (or BOB to those...

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Know When to Slow for Weather With Variable Speed Signs

If you are unable to view this video, click here to watch on our YouTube channel. We’re big fans of the maxim: “drive to conditions.” Highway travellers improve their safety dramatically by following those three words, especially in winter. Our highway engineers set speed limits based on IDEAL driving conditions – think bare, dry roads and warm, clear weather. Once factors mess with these conditions – be it fog, rain, snow… whatever – drivers should adjust by slowing to...

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A Winter Reminder: Don’t Pass Snow Plows with Flashing Lights

It’s early in the winter driving season, and we’re all getting used to the white stuff again, but we’ve had a couple incidents lately where travellers have tried to pass snow plows on the right hand side while the plows are actively working. Don’t do this. Not only is passing an active plow dangerous for you, it’s dangerous for the plow operators and drivers around you. Be patient. Snow plow operators will pull over and let you pass as...

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3 McKenzie Interchange Options: What Would You Pick?

APRIL 26, 2016 UPDATE: The new McKenzie interchange will be built as a partial cloverleaf reflecting the preferred option of 75% of those who participated in the public consultation, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced today. Here they are: three concepts for the future McKenzie Interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway. We’ve determined that all three concepts are technically doable and meet the project goals of reducing congestion, improving safety and increasing reliability. What do you think is the...

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How to Pack Your Vehicle Emergency Kit in 15 Seconds

We all wish we had ultra-handy skills like MacGyver, right? Right. But let’s face it – we don’t. We cannot fashion a flashlight out of a pop bottle. Nor can we craft winter gloves out of the fluff between the seats. It’s just not going to happen. But an emergency on the road might happen, and you don’t want to be stuck in the cold wishing you had packed a winter emergency kit. It doesn’t take much effort. In...

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How Cyclists Can Avoid Stanley Park Causeway Construction

Crews are busy turning Stanley Park Causeway into a safer, more enjoyable route for people to walk and bike. In the meantime, you have a couple options – to detour or not to detour? That is the question (for cyclists, mostly). Stay on the Stanley Park Causeway cycle paths – northbound and southbound are open for use; however, you may experience short delays from construction. If you choose to use the causeway, please obey all construction signs and traffic...

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What Does YOUR McKenzie Interchange Look Like?

The wait is over – idle no more. It’s time to get moving on the McKenzie Interchange Project. The planning stage starts with you, and a public consultation process focused on collecting your ideas for a new interchange that will relieve what is known as the province’s most infamous bottleneck outside of the Lower Mainland. What now? Well, a few things are beginning in order to collect public feedback on the design of Victoria’s new Highway 1 interchange: We...

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Watch the Old Port Mann Bridge Disappear in 30 Seconds

It’s official. The old Port Mann Bridge has been completely dismantled and demolition work is now done. Built in 1964 as a key part of the Trans-Canada Highway, this iconic bridge spanned the Fraser River between Surrey and Coquitlam and served traffic moving in and out of Greater Vancouver for many, many years. Construction of the new 10 lane Port Mann Bridge required dismantling the old bridge, which began in December 2012. Why Couldn’t We Keep the Old Bridge?...

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