Posts Tagged ‘ Highway99 ’

Why Are Workers Doing the Safety Dance on the Sea-to-Sky?

No, the shoe-soaking shuffle displayed in the video above is not British Columbia’s answer to Gangnam Style. These moves make more sense. The crew is installing articulated matting where Charles Creek flows into Howe Sound as part of the final phase of erosion protection in the small community of Strachan Point, located between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. The project was completed in fall 2014, providing the final level of protection for a Sea to Sky Highway bridge, a...

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What’s up with the Duffey Lake Road Webcam?

*UPDATE November 19, 2014: Our Highway Cam Guy completed the installation of a new camera on Duffey Lake Road yesterday. The updated cam uses more advanced technology that has recently become available. This will eliminate our need to fly to the mountain top when things go awry as the equipment will be available for servicing at the road side. You love BC Highway Cams and so do we. Our network of more than 400 webcam views of BC highways...

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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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Protecting Sea to Sky Highway, Strachan Point, from Erosion

Highway creek crossings often go unbeknownst to the average traveller — you usually cruise over them without even noticing. There are nearly 2,800 provincial highway bridges, and most are not eye-catching landmarks like the Port Mann and Lions Gate bridges. Sure, these lesser known bridges may not be as big, but they still cross waters that can pack a real wallop, especially when the spring melt sends waters surging from the mountains. Such is the case at Charles Creek,...

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Get Your Art Fix on the Sea to Sky Highway

History has revealed some truly great partnerships in both the transportation industry and the art world. Think of the Wright brothers, who were the first ever to take flight. Then, of course, there are John Lennon and Paul McCartney, partners in rock who brought popular music to new heights. But what happens when you combine structural engineering with a passion for art and culture? Aesthetics and function collide at the new Squamish pedestrian overpass on Highway 99. The Ministry...

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Thinking Bear Smart to Protect Wildlife

Thinking Bear Smart to Protect Wildlife

You might have heard us talk about bear awareness before, but today we have some breaking bear news to share with you. Two new initiatives have been put in place to increase the safety of motorists and wildlife on Highway 99 ( also known as the Sea to Sky). This year saw a large increase in the number of bears foraging for food near our roads due, in large part, to the late snow melt and this activity has...

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Sea-to-Sky Highway – Award Winning Safety

The Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project finished a couple of years ago now, but it’s still attracting attention. In fact, the project just received a Gold Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. This isn’t the project’s first award either. This recent addition brings the total to 15 national and international awards, making it one of the most celebrated public private partnerships in North America. But why all the fuss? What...

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Repairing Routes to Recreation

Heavy rains damage roadway

Getting to Garibaldi Park has become safer, and reaching a popular recreation area near Smithers has become easier, due to recent road improvements by the ministry. Garibaldi Park Road is a former forestry road which leads to Garibaldi Provincial Park, a popular year-round site for outdoors enthusiasts. The road, which begins from Mamquam Road, off Highway 99 north of Squamish, also provides access to the Ring Creek Subdivision. Last year, several heavy rainfalls caused parts of a 15-metre stretch...

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