Posts Tagged ‘ ministryoftransportation ’

How to Prevent Vehicle Fires While Travelling on BC Highways

We’ve noticed more vehicle fires on BC highways lately – especially heading up mountain passes such as the Coquihalla. That’s the bad news. The good news is most fires can be prevented with adequate maintenance on your car, truck or recreational vehicle. Here are a few things you and your mechanic should keep an eye on. Vehicle Weight It is extremely important to know (and adhere to!) how much weight your vehicle is designed to handle. That means being...

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How Information is Updated on DriveBC and Why You Might Notice a Delay

When it comes to resources for the travelling public to inform them what’s happening on our BC highways, DriveBC is pretty great. Whether it’s info on construction (current or planned), rock slides, avalanche, maintenance, special events, vehicle collisions, inland ferry delays, or updates on when our roads will open or services will resume …basically anything that could impact your travel plans is shared on the website. But how does the information go from “in the field” to on the...

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How You Can Protect a New Mother on BC Highways

Alyssa Ursel is one of the many people whose job is to safeguard fellow roadside workers by guiding drivers through highway work zones, or “Cone Zones.” She is a flagger, also known as a traffic control person. She is also a new mother. Like many new moms returning to work after maternity leave, she has mixed emotions. Excited to be working again at a job she enjoys, but also nervous about being away from the little one she loves....

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Ask Drive BC: Your Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions

If you drive BC, we want you to “know before you go” by making DriveBC a regular part of pre-trip planning. Whatever we can do to make using the traveller information system easier, we’re all for. That includes answering your questions. We noticed some common questions, so we thought it would be a good idea to put them together as a helpful resource. Got a question about DriveBC? Good chance you’ll find the answer here: Q: How do you...

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Before and After: Watch Transit Transformed in Your Community

The Transit Minor Betterments Program is improving how British Columbians get around in a major way. Ministry staff partner with local governments, BC Transit and TransLink to identify and deliver between 30 and 40 transit infrastructure upgrades every year. Some projects are small, others are big – but all go to providing people with better access to this affordable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. “Overall, we’ve delivered more than 150 projects over the last seven years,” says the...

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What is Sealcoating and Why Are We Doing it on BC Highways?

No, we aren’t making jackets for cold little seals, although that is a nice thought – isn’t it? Sealcoating is actually a common type of road resurfacing done on BC highways. It involves the application of a special mixture to the road that protects the road base from additional wear and tear. So it’s kind of like a little jacket, but for roads. When it’s applied over existing pavement, sealcoating is a really cost-effective way of resurfacing that extends...

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What You Need to Know about the Deep Creek Slide on West Fraser Road

UPDATE: West Fraser Road will be reopened at Deep Creek Hill beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday (May 8, 2015). The road is reduced to some single lane sections and we’ll continue to monitor slide activity. There will be signage alerting drivers to yield to oncoming traffic (no traffic control on site). If safety becomes a concern again, the alternate route (Garner and Webster Lake roads) will go back into effect with a closure, so please be prepared for that...

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B.C. Driver Alert: When the School Bus Stops, You Stop

Do not pass when lights flashing

From September to June, parents in rural areas send their children off to school on the big yellow school bus, trusting that their child will get to class and back home safely each day. They are counting on motorists to do the right thing (the law-abiding thing) by coming to a complete stop when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing. Sadly, not everyone does stop when the school bus lights are flashing and kids could be...

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