Road Maintenance

Information related to road maintenance activities.

Hey! Don't Plow Me In!

Snow Plow TruckNo one likes to spend significant effort to clean the snow off of their driveway only to have the plow come by and fill in the highway end all over again. Most of us grumble and get to work, but an Errington man decided to stand in the way and prevent the grader from doing this with his driveway. In what almost became more ways than one, he didn't have a leg to stand on.

CASE LAW - Bayfield v British Columbia (Ministry of Transportation)

BC Courts Coat of ArmsChristine Bayfield was driving her van southbound on the Inland Island Highway in rainy and wet road conditions. She overtook a logging truck to avoid being sprayed by the water it picked up off the pavement. As she passed, she lost control, began to rotate and left the pavement, rolling over in the median. She was traveling at about the posted speed limit of 110 km/h. Aside from speed, a contributing factor to the incident was insufficient tire tread. Mr. Justice Affleck found her to be partially at fault because she was driving too fast for the highway conditions at the time.

VIDEO - Snowplow Safety

video iconFrom the video description: If you are travelling BC highways during the winter months please be prepared and be aware - drive to conditions and take your time to get where you’re going. Our maintenance contractors are out there clearing our highways and provincial roads to make it safer for those driving on them and so we are asking anyone who is on the road with a snow plow to please steer clear and let them clear the road. It is never safe to pass a snow plow on the right or weave between plows when they are clearing the road.

Blame the Road Maintenance

Road ConstructionI exchanged Tweets last week with a commercial truck driver who was less than impressed with the winter maintenance of BC's highways. There is no doubt in my mind that when your livelihood depends on being able to keep your truck moving road maintenance is a subject near and dear to your heart. My question is, was this gentleman speaking from emotion or was he being realistic?

RESOURCE - BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure Service Plan

TranBC logoAccording to the document, "This is our plan for keeping the province’s transportation network safe, efficient and reliable." The emphasis of the plan appears to be the expansion of highways in the lower mainland and four laning the Trans Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border to move goods and facilitate economic trade. There is also mention of the coastal ferry system, maintenance and rehabilitation as well as the expansion of public transit, cycling and other alternatives to single occupant vehicles.

Caution: Mower Ahead!

Mower Working SignI like to talk about road safety with people I meet because it often ends up producing a good topic for these articles. Yesterday I stopped to speak with the road maintenance contractor operating the mower clearing the shoulder of the roads in my neighbourhood. He was quick to offer three observations, heed the signs, keep your distance and wait behind when there is oncoming traffic.

RESOURCE - Winter Traction

Snow Plow TruckHave you ever wondered why road maintenance contractors spread a mixture of gravel and crushed stone on B.C.'s highways in winter rather than using just sand? At first glance, it would appear that sand would be the better choice as it does not damage windshields the way gravel and crushed stones will. However, it's not that simple, and this TranBC web page explains why.

BCAA - Help Pave the Way to Better Roads

Worst RoadsThe British Columbia Automobile Association is surveying drivers between March 27 and April 23, 2012 to find B.C.'s worst roads. They intend to compile the survey and take it to municipal and provincial governments to convince them to improve the condition of those roads.

Work in Progress

Wrong Way SignHey, that machine is driving on the wrong side of the road! Can that utility truck park like that while they fix the overhead wires? These are just two of similar questions that the public often ask. The answer is yes, as long as it is done safely.

CASE LAW - Billabong Road & Bridge Maintenance v Brook

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of Billabong Road & Bridge Maintenance v Brook is a B.C. Supreme Court appeal of a conviction that saw both parties found 50% at fault after a single vehicle collision. The provincial court judge found the road maintenance company partly at fault for the collision because it had not sanded the slippery roadway.

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