Posts Tagged ‘ highway16 ’

The Return of the Garbage Gobbler to BC Highways

Do you remember the Garbage Gobbler? Created in the 1950s and placed across the province in B.C. Parks and at points along BC highways in order to “Keep Beautiful British Columbia, Clean and Beautiful,” Garbage Gobblers were a truly cool piece of transportation history. Sadly, Garbage Gobblers proved to be as popular with bears as they were with people and eventually they had to be replaced in favour of bear proof cans (which were not as artsy, but much...

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A Glimpse at the Many Faces of Spring on B.C. Highways

Spring has finally sprung! Or has it? While today marks the official arrival of spring, a quick glimpse around our beautiful province through the eyes of DriveBC HighwayCams reveals many different kinds of roads to be travelled – all depending on your location. Spring does not treat all B.C. drivers equally. After all, it’s a transition period, and weather conditions can bring a little bit of everything. No matter where you live, it’s important to be aware of the...

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Winter Driving Through the Eyes of… Highway Maintenance

Perhaps no group monitors winter on B.C. highways more vigilantly than the ministry’s maintenance contractors. They are on call around the clock, ready to battle the ice, slush and snow that can threaten travellers’ safety at a moment’s notice. This is Part 2 of a Shift Into Winter interview series exploring how people, representing various professions, experience winter driving in B.C. We began by talking to paramedics, and continue here with Interior Roads Equipment Supervisor Rob Schwartz. Here are...

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Four Ways to Make Sense of our Highway Numbers

Four Ways to Make Sense of our Highway Numbers

Ever wonder what’s up with highway numbers? You’ve got Highway 1 in the south, Highway 2 in the north, Highway 3 even farther south than Highway 1, and then Highway 4 connecting rural communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Just looking at those examples, it’s easy to see they’re certainly not related geographically, chronologically or by any other obvious connection.Both even and odd-numbered routes can run either east/west or north/south, so that’s not a distinguishing feature, either....

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The Trans-Canada Less Travelled – Highway 16

  While celebrations for the Trans-Canada Highway’s 50th anniversary were a big event in 2012, and the highway still gets most of the attention, don’t overlook the Trans-Canada’s northern B.C. stretch…Highway 16. Also known as the Yellowhead Highway, Highway 16 travels from B.C., to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and was designated part of the Trans-Canada Highway system in 1970. In B.C., the route covers about 1,300 kilometres from Masset in Haida Gwaii, to Mount Robson near the Alberta border,...

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Bridging the Week: Planes, Highways and Ferries

Another week has zipped past us and is now settling into our rear view mirror. If you blinked you might have missed the news about exotic YVR arrivals and milestones on the Port Mann Bridge / Highway 1 Project. Or you might not have heard the word about road resurfacing in the Kootenays and improved mobility on Highway 16. Want the scoop? Here’s the list for more information: YVR welcomed the first direct flight linking North America and China’s...

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Pedal Power Projects Help Commuters Bike to Work: Part 1

Pedal Power Projects Help Commuters Bike to Work: Part 1

In celebration of Bike to Work Week, we’re taking a look at some of the exciting trail blazing projects that are supporting cycling in the province. So grease your chain, hop on the saddle and start cruising all around the province on trails made possible by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Bike BC program and cost sharing with federal and local governments. PHOTO CREDIT: Capital Regional District We’ll start our “Tour de BC” on Vancouver Island in the...

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Pulling for Heavy Haulers on BC Highway 16

Pulling for Heavy Haulers on BC Highway 16

Handling extra large and heavy loads has become easier for truckers entering B.C. on Highway 16, now that they can stop at a roomy, new pullout. The ministry built the paved pullout, 500 metres west of the Alberta border, this summer, to give drivers of oversize and overweight loads lots of space to do what they need to do. That might be to meet up with a pilot vehicle, check that their load is secure, get off the road...

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