Posts Tagged ‘ Highway97 ’

Cariboo Connector Part I: Unlocking the Northern Gateway

Wagon Road

While driving the Sea to Sky, Coquihalla, Cariboo Connector, or any other BC highway, have you ever been astonished that people were actually able to carve a clear path through the rugged Western wilderness? A bird’s eye view of the province shows a network of roads cutting between mountains, bracing cliffs-sides and crossing rivers – an impeccable display of human determination and ingenuity. A strong will to establish connections continues today with the many Pacific Gateway programs around British...

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Highway 97: Deer Dazzle for Safety

Most people in B.C. are familiar with the “leaping deer” depicted on provincial highway signs. But people travelling on Highway 97 south of Williams Lake and Quesnel may see deer signs with extra dazzle being tested in a pilot project by the ministry. Here, solar-powered LED lights that flash around the perimeter of six signs, are expected to make drivers extra aware that they are travelling through a stretch that’s highly popular with deer. The signs alert northbound and...

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Northern BC Roads on the Roster

Northern BC Roads on the Roster

From Raven Road on Haida Gwaii, to Highway 97 at Farmington Fairways in the Peace, there’s a lot in the works for northern B.C. highways. Here’s the highlights, in case you missed some of the recent announcements.   The Province is investing $25.8 million in highway infrastructure improvements in the Northwest to improve the ride, safety and efficiency of the highway network for residents, travellers and commercial drivers. Read more…   South Peace families will benefit from a provincial...

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The Pinnacle of Construction on Pine Pass: Realigning Highway 97

The Pinnacle of Construction on Pine Pass: Realigning Highway 97

In our business, road realignment can be relatively routine. We take a winding stretch of road, straighten it out and make it safer. It’s usually fairly… straightforward. But every once in a while a project comes along that’s a real challenge. Like the 11-kilometre realignment of Highway 97 through the Pine Pass. There were five sharp turns in this relatively short stretch of Highway 97, and each one required drivers to slow to 50 kilometres per hour. On top...

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From Saturated to Solid – Peace Roads Repaired for Winter

Peace River Flood

January 9, 2012 It was an epic rainstorm and a marathon recovery…but things have firmed up nicely in the Peace. After massive rainfalls damaged more than 140 roads in the Peace Region this summer, the highway system is now about 85 per cent repaired, thanks to the dedicated work of hundreds of people including ministry staff, maintenance contractor personnel, consulting engineers and construction experts, local equipment operators and labour suppliers. People arrived from all over the Province to get...

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Projects of the Week: Northern BC

Projects of the Week: Northern BC

Improving safety for pedestrians, alerting drivers to corners and smoothing and strengthening roads are some outcomes of recent highway projects in the North. The ministry couldn’t do it without our partners, so there’s a shout out to them here. Masset Lighting Project Residents of a new multi-unit housing complex in the Blue Jacket subdivision, about 1.25 kilometres south of Masset, can walk to town safely, along a new lighted path. The lighting was installed through a partnership between the...

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Community + TranBC = Safer Intersection in 100 Mile House

Community + TranBC = Safer Intersection in 100 Mile House

You can find the Horse Lake Road intersection on Highway 97 in the District of 100 Mile House. And if you look south, you’ll see Seventh Street, where the local high school is located. This stretch of road remained largely unchanged for a long time, but over the years, as the community grew, traffic volumes gradually increased, and it became necessary to make some changes to keep things safe. One issue we had to address was how buses were...

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Fast Forward to Cyclist Enhancements on UBCO Route

Fast Forward to Cyclist Enhancements on UBCO Route

Just because Bike to Work Week is over does not mean that we have forgotten about cyclists and other types of traffic in our transit planning. Our dedication to highway safety is not limited to motorists. Cyclists and pedestrians are high on our list of important people to please. Cyclists commuting to UBC in Kelowna will soon have safer access to their campus on a new multi-use pathway and bridge. Route enhancements will be jointly funded by the Province...

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