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A New Sign of the Times: It Pays to Slow Down in the Cone Zone

“Please slow down in the cone zone.” You might have heard us say these words before and with good reason: Construction zones can be full of countless unexpected hazards for workers and for you. It is in everyone’s best interest to slow down in the cone zone, in case you need to suddenly stop. In order to “drive home” the understanding that speeding in construction zones is unacceptable, we changed the wording on our work zone speed sign to...

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How to Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow Truck

You could be anywhere when your vehicle fails unexpectedly. Whether it’s a busy freeway or a quiet neighbourhood street, there’s a sense of vulnerability when you’re left stranded. Tow truck operators like Larry Styba regularly come to B.C. travellers’ rescue. That’s their job. But their job puts them in vulnerable positions, too. We recently talked to Larry about how travellers can protect themselves and tow truck operators in cone zones on B.C. Highways. TranBC: Hi Larry. Thanks for joining...

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You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone

We thought of beginning this Cone Zone post with a play on the opening narration of the popular science fiction series The Twilight Zone. We decided against it. You see, the vulnerability of roadside workers is just too serious to be whimsical. The number of British Columbians injured or killed on the job shows that a major shift in driver attitude is needed to protect these workers, especially as we enter construction and maintenance season. The numbers are startling....

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What You Need to Know About the New Malahat Improvements

If you’ve been keeping up with our latest news, you’ve probably heard that we’ll be doing more work on the Malahat on Vancouver Island. We’ll be widening the highway and installing more median barrier to make the route safer. That construction will affect traffic, so if you travel to and from Victoria, here’s what you need to know: May: There will be periodic delays of up to 10 minutes for clearing and excavation. June: The Malahat Summit Rest area...

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Emergency Signs on BC Highways and What they Mean

We have an extensive inventory of signs in use along our highways – many of which you are familiar with. But let’s take a minute to highlight some of our emergency signs – signs which you might not see very often (or which you might notice, but not be familiar with the significance of), that could indicate a potential emergency situation for you while driving. For example, Road Flooded, Washout and Forest Fire signs let you know exactly what...

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Evergreen Line Progress Means Pedestrian Crosswalk Changes

Head’s up Coquitlam walkers (and drivers)! There’s a new pedestrian crosswalk on the Barnet Highway (just after the Lougheed/Barnet intersection) as a result of continuing work on the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line. Sidewalk closures and detours will be implemented next to active construction sites on Pinetree Way between the Coquitlam transit exchange and Town Centre Boulevard for the safety of pedestrians. These closures and detours will be in place until the spring of 2015. What does this mean to...

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Behind the Scenes with 6 Cone Zone Workers

We often urge people to respect roadside work zones (also known as Cone Zones), especially when summer highway construction season ramps up. But as much as we support worker safety, it’s the workers themselves who have the strongest messages to share. They’re the ones who have experienced what can happen when drivers lose focus. They’ve been injured, or know a colleague who has. They have the firsthand stories to tell – powerful perspectives on what it’s like to have...

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How You Can Help Save a Paramedic’s Life

Not all roadside workers are focused on building roads and managing traffic. In fact, some roadside workers aren’t protected by orange cones at all. Take paramedics, for example. These men and women are often required to tend to patients who have been hurt on, or near, roads. While their focus is on saving lives, ours should be on protecting theirs. That’s why “Slow Down, Move Over” legislation was introduced in 2009. We recently talked to paramedic Robbie Jai about...

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