Posts Tagged ‘ environment ’

Hydroseeding – What’s up with the Weird Green Stuff?

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Passing through new construction, you may have noticed an odd greenish-grey-coloured coating, alongside the road. What is that weird-looking stuff?  And why is it there? The answer is – hydroseeding – a mix of grass seed, mulch, fertilizer, water and a few ingredients to make all that stick together. (The mulch is coloured with a natural and biodegradable green dye to help see where the product has been applied.) This concoction is sprayed on newly excavated or filled slopes...

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Why BC is On the Alert against Mussel Invaders

BC is on guard against nasty invasive mussels that attach themselves to boats in freshwater. (Not to be confused with useful, attractive muscles attached to people.) Specifically it’s quagga and zebra mussels that we’re preventing from entering our province. That’s why on BC’s roads you might see signs for watercraft inspection stations.If you are transporting a watercraft in B.C. it is a mandatory to stop and report to all invasive mussel watercraft inspection stations along your travel route. Watercraft...

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Bear Jams: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

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  OK, choose your own adventure time… bear jams edition. Scenario: You and your kids are driving along one of BC’s picturesque highways (imagine the Sea to Sky, or Highway 4 to Vancouver Island’s west coast). All of a sudden, you notice a number of stopped vehicles ahead and people gathered around, their attention drawn to… what’s that?… a mother bear with her wee cub! Wow! Do you… A) Pull over slightly, tell the kids to sit put, and...

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What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 2

What it’s Like to Work in Transportation Engineering Part 2

  In Part 1 of our interview series, we introduced you to a traffic and safety engineer, an electrical engineer, and a highway design engineer. It’s time to round out our engineering team by getting to know what it’s like to work up high, down low, and where the wild things are. That’s right, today we talk to those who work with bridges, earth materials and wildlife. So, without further ado…   Zach Staples, Structural Engineer Explain what you do,...

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Three Ways We are Working to Protect BC Highways from Climate Change

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It’s no secret. Extreme weather is on the rise as a result of global climate change. What impacts will climate change have on our transportation infrastructure? Expect an increase in dramatic weather events like: coastal storm surges, extreme precipitation events and an increase in higher than normal temperatures. Across BC, there are thousands of bridges allowing motorists to travel over our many lakes, rivers and streams. Our roadways also have countless culverts to pass water safely and prevent flood...

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Little Hands a Big Help in Habitat Restoration at Oliver Creek

Students of Palsson Elementary School in Lake Cowichan, BC, got together recently to plant native trees at Oliver Creek as part of a two-phase restoration project led by our Environmental Management group. The first phase included restoring fish passage through a culvert crossing on Youbou Road. The second phase, scheduled to happen later this year, will include correcting another culvert at Grosskleg Way in Lake Cowichan, and restoring a side channel downstream. We didn’t do it alone however, some...

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Wildlife on Highways: Be Bear Aware

Many areas around the province have seen a notable increase in bear activity recently due, in part, to the late arrival of spring. Snow is slow to melt on the mountainsides and many of these hungry giants are now lumbering downhill to search for their spring greens. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is constantly looking for ways to be bear aware and reduce danger to wildlife, big and small, along our highways. Here are some ways we help...

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Spring Cleaning: Why Wash a Bridge?

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Just as people regularly maintain their vehicles, to extend their vehicle’s life, the ministry looks after its bridges to ensure they perform safely, for as long as possible. Over the winter, bridges get dirty from the sand, gravel and anti-icing chemicals that are spread on icy roads. So, when spring comes, it’s time for annual bridge cleaning. As with vehicles, the longer dust and road salt sit on painted bridge metal, the more it wears and fades paint. Even...

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