Posts Tagged ‘ Lower Mainland ’

How the Lions Gate Bridge Counterflow Works

Ever wonder how we manage the Lions Gate Bridge lane control system? Let us explain. Watch our animated explainer video on YouTube:  WHO IS INVOLVED? Miller Capilano Highway Services, our local maintenance contractor, monitors more than 40 cameras on the bridge and surrounding roads and manages the lane control operations, all from the Transportation Management Centre of British Columbia (TMCBC). Two crew members are also stationed at either side of the bridge between 6 am and 10 pm,...

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High Friction Surface Treatment Sticks Up for Quick Stops

High Friction Surface Treatment Sticks Up for Quick Stops

  Drivers are getting a serious grip at 14 high-collision locations throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island with the application of high friction surface treatment. High friction? Yeah, basically the roads at four interchange off-ramps and 10 intersections are getting coarser to reduce skidding, and thus, decrease braking distances. Here’s how it works: using an automated truck-mounted machine, crews lay down specialized aggregate overtop a resin binder. The type of aggregate is called calcined bauxite, which is extremely...

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Celebrated Highway Sign Spreads to Fight Fender Bender Congestion

A rare, but celebrated, highway sign is popping up around highways in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The “FENDER BENDER” sign, originally introduced on Highway 91’s Alex Fraser Bridge in 2016, is being installed along some of the busiest corridors in the south coast region, including the Port Mann, Lions Gate, Iron Workers’ Memorial, and Oak Street bridges. The move coincides with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’ s announcement of changes to motor vehicle incident...

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Winter Safety on Alex Fraser and Port Mann Bridges Explained

Rope Access Technician on Port Mann Bridge

Winter doesn’t mess with the Lower Mainland all too often. But when it does, our maintenance efforts go beyond the standard plowing and sanding of highways. Our attention is also drawn skyward to the cables on the Alex Fraser Bridge and Port Mann Bridge. Snow and ice can build up around the cables that support the bridges, becoming a safety hazard to traffic below if left to freeze, melt and potentially fall. To combat the risk, we developed cable...

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Why Pile Driving is a Powerful First Step for Massey Bridge

If you’ve driven north on Highway 99 towards the George Massey Tunnel lately, you may have noticed a crane working on Deas Island. Crews were collecting geotechnical data as part of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The crane was equipped with a large pile driver, which pounded five piles into the ground to determine the maximum load a single pile can hold in that particular soil. The information will be provided to designers bidding on the contract to...

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Welcome to Fall in BC (as Seen on BC HighwayCams)

It’s official. Summer is gone and autumn is upon us. A quick look around our BC HighwayCams on DriveBC confirms it. What does the first day of fall look like in BC? It looks like gold at the Peace View Rest Area (above). Stay gold Peace View, stay gold… Fog has settled in at Wire Cache. Yes, that is snow at Heckman Summit in the Southern Interior. (Don’t sweat it – make the Shift into Winter now and you’ll...

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Winter Driving: How Not to Need a Tow Truck

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A roadside expert generously shared his knowledge with us recently, to help drivers #ShiftintoWinter, and keep everyone safer on B.C.’s roads. Larry Styba rescues vehicles as part of his job as a tow truck operator, trainer and public relations person with Maple Ridge Towing. A WreckMaster Level 6/7 certified towing and recovery operator, Larry sees and hears how people end up in mishaps that require his help. He also knows what’s needed to drive large vehicles in winter’s most...

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Can You Guess the #1 Cone Zone Violation?

The Vancouver Police Department, RCMP and CVSE helped kick start the Cone Zone roadside worker safety awareness campaign by setting up undercover enforcement operations at work zones around the province in May. The #1 violation in Vancouver? Mobile phones. Of 30 violations caught by police at 500 West Georgia Street and 700 Richards Street, 27 were for distracted driving involving mobile phones. At the Burrard Street Bridge, 44 offences were ticketed, mostly involving mobile phones and speeding. “Some motorists/drivers...

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