Posts Tagged ‘ ministryoftransportation ’

Unleashing the Snowcats: Clearing the Terrace-Kitimat Blizzard

How do you clear the roads when the amount of snowfall over 36 hours amounts to the height of the average Canadian adult? You get creative, and look to the ski hills. When 168 cm (5’6”) of snow fell in the Terrace-Kitimat area between February 5 and 7 (4pm-4am, 2015), local maintenance contractor Nechako Northcoast brought in heavy equipment from outside, such as graders, loaders, and three snowcats. Typically used on ski hills, these cool cats are designed to...

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Dig into the Work of a Geotechnical Engineer

Highways and bridges are earthy matters and a geotechnical engineer is just the kind of person to delve into the deep subject of what’s below ground. We spoke with a geotechnical engineer, one of our four types of engineers, during National Engineering Month to find out about his work on B.C. highways. Meet Warren Lemky, regional geotechnical design engineer, based out of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Prince George office. Warren, what’s your role as a geotechnical engineer?...

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Ride the BC Road Trip Time Machine: Highway 1 and Port Mann Bridge 1966

By now, you may have already experienced what it’s like to go back in time through our BC Road Trip Time Machine series. Using an old 16 mm reel from our Photolog program archives, we started by recreating the drive along the Malahat (and Trans-Canada Highway) in 1966. We had a good hunch people would like it, and we weren’t wrong. Whether reliving the experience from your youth or seeing it for the first time and being shocked at...

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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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How Well Do You Know the Coquihalla?

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The Coquihalla is one of the most popular highway mountain passes in BC. You’ve probably driven it a few times, whether as a commuter or a BC traveller, or TONS of times as a commercial driver. But how well do you know this stretch of highway?

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7 Types of Traffic Signs on BC Highways

BC highway traffic signs come in many shapes, colours and sizes. Here is a guide to the different types of traffic signs, and their purposes.

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6 Paths to Peace and Winter Safety on the Alaska Highway

Pass only when you are 100% sure it’s safe. This isn’t the best time. If you live or drive in the Peace region, you know that extra care and attention are needed in winter, when driving from Mile 54 (13 kilometres north of Fort St. John) to Mile 83 of the Alaska Highway. This section, considered a part of Highway 97, is a busy Peace Country route. Carrying local folks and truck traffic from the region’s busy oil and...

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4 Types of Transportation Engineers

March is National Engineering Month, a celebration of all Canadians who invent, design, build, maintain and improve. What better time to reflect on our own Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure engineers? There are approximately 230 staff members in our Engineering Branch, representing four areas of expertise. Each type of engineer is vital for building and maintaining highways that are safe, reliable and have a minimal impact on the beautiful environments they run through. So, without further ado, here is...

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