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UPDATE: Malahat Safety Improvements Nearly Complete

As you may have already heard (or noticed firsthand while travelling) the anticipated completion date for the Malahat safety improvements has been pushed from June 30 to the start of August. So, what’s left to do? Crews are now putting the finishing touches on widening. If the weather cooperates, widening will be completed by the Canada Day long weekend (June 28). That means there will again be two lanes open northbound for weekend travellers with only one single-lane restriction...

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Getting in the Cone Zone to Protect Roadside Workers

Road construction and maintenance season is here again, which means there are even more roadside workers out there. They perform their work within the Cone Zone – an area marked by signs and traffic cones – to warn approaching drivers of their presence and possible lane closures. Respecting the Cone Zone is vital to keeping these workers safe. That’s why the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure teams up with the rest of the Work Zone Safety Alliance to encourage...

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Cool Tools for Highway Safety – The Danger Tree Destroyer

Picture this: A steep, unstable slope next to the highway. We need to get crews up there to stabilize it and make sure there’s no risk to the travelling public, but there’s a problem. Dozens of dangerous trees are in the way, and they need to be cleared before our rock scalers can do their thing and fix the slope. But because of the steep terrain, we can’t get people in to remove the trees safely either. That’s exactly...

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Urban Planning, Overpasses and Rest Areas – Your Questions Answered

Recently, we asked you to Tell TranBC what you wanted to know about our work. You responded with some excellent questions. Here are the answers. How does the ministry work in conjunction with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to solve problems and plan projects? The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure meets with municipalities and Metro Vancouver to discuss ideas and concerns about transportation in the region and across the province. With provincial highways and municipal routes all connected, each affects...

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Watch Trans-Canada Highway Transform Before Your Eyes

Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Trans-Canada Highway. The long road (nearly 8,000 kilometres, actually) stretches from coast to coast, connecting communities and allowing goods to flow. It’s a pretty big deal when it comes to travelling the province and beyond, whether you’re a trucker, commuter, or road tripper. Wouldn’t it be cool to see the Trans-Canada transform right before your eyes? Well, you can. That’s right – it’s time lapse video time, and we’ve got...

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Making Scenic Safer: Sombrio Bridge Time Lapse Video

Have you ever cruised along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island? Highway 14, which connects the city charm of Victoria with the crashing surf near Port Renfrew, is one of the Island’s most scenic drives and a regular route for surfers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.  While the drive has always been beautiful, it covers some pretty rugged coastal terrain. For years (55 to be exact), drivers had to navigate some very tight switchback turns near the old...

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Protecting Sea to Sky Highway, Strachan Point, from Erosion

Highway creek crossings often go unbeknownst to the average traveller you usually cruise over them without even noticing. There are nearly 2,800 provincial highway bridges, and most are not eye-catching landmarks like the Port Mann and Lions Gate bridges. Sure, these lesser known bridges may not be as big, but they still cross waters that can pack a real wallop, especially when the spring melt sends waters surging from the mountains. Such is the case at Charles Creek,...

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Bridging the Week: Recipe for Successful Transportation

Bridging the Week: Recipe for Successful Transportation

A quick review of transportation news around the province this week, gives us a pinch of this and a handful of that. When you combine it all, we think you get a recipe for successful transportation moves, no matter where you are. Decrease in assaults a step in the right direction We were happy to hear that assaults on transit operators reach seven-year low in 2012 in an announcement this week by Translink. Since 2006, pro-active steps have been...

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