Posts Tagged ‘ Highway97 ’

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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What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

What Lurks Beyond – The Untold Story of the McIntyre Passing Lanes

In many ways, the McIntyre Passing Lanes project is much like any of our other projects. We’re widening a section of Highway 97, just north of Oliver, so we can put in passing lanes and wider shoulders, and make things generally safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. It’s just another way we’re making it safer and easier for people to travel. But there are other parts of this project that make it stand out a little from the others....

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Bridging the Week: News in Review

Blinked and missed it? We understand. Some weeks are like that. Let’s bring you up to speed on BC Transportation news in review for the week. Better Safety at Bonaparte and Highway 97 Intersection A safety upgrade will be made this fall to the Bonaparte Road/Highway 97 intersection as part of the second phase of improvements to the Cariboo Connector. Northbound and southbound left turn lanes will be added to Highway 97 at the Bonaparte frontage road intersection. The...

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Bridging the Week: 50 Years of Trans Canada, Smooth Rides and Thinking Fiscal

Bridging the Week: 50 Years of Trans Canada, Smooth Rides and Thinking Fiscal

Last week it was one milestone on the Trans Canada Highway, and this week another but on the other side of British Columbia. We’ve been building up to this event for a few weeks now: The Trans Canada Highway 50th anniversary and we hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane (see what I did there?). We really want to thank those who helped clarify some of our historic photos on our Facebook page. Couldn’t have done it without...

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Peace Flooding Repairs: Round 2

Peace Flooding Repairs: Round 2

It’s 227 down…53 to go. That’s the score for how many sites on B.C. highways have been repaired from last year’s extreme flooding in the Peace Region, and how many are up for fixes this year and into next. When epic rainstorms last June and July pummelled and soaked 40,000 square kilometres of the area, people from all over B.C worked to re-open 150 flood-damaged roads. Between the widespread destruction and northern B.C.’s short construction season, it wasn’t possible...

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Bridging the Week: 5 Stories and 7 Days

Bridging the Week: 5 Stories and 7 Days

The biggest story of the week in B.C. for travellers was definitely around flooding. High water flow and mudslides have impacted B.C. communities and the travelling public, so we’re keeping all highway flood advisories in one place. For impacts to Highway 31, Highway 97A and inland ferries, check here for the latest. There’s also been a bit of good news this week, whether it’s salmon, borders or milestones (just not all at once). Here’s the week that was in...

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Cariboo Connector Part 2: The Broad Picture of an Expanding Corridor

Highway 97

What began as one of the most ambitious road building projects in British Columbia’s history is now a key highway connecting the northern region of the province to Vancouver and the coast. But while the old Cariboo Wagon Road broke new ground for slow moving mules, the Cariboo Connector strategy is all about allowing people and goods to travel smoothly in a fast-paced world. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure program is entering Phase 2 of its strategy to...

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