The BC Ministry of Transportation has recently started a blog, following in the footsteps of others, like, "The Fastlane”, the blog of the US Secretary for Transportation, Ray laHood. One of my favourite recent posts shows the importance of following spring road limits, with these two photos (click on the photos for a link to larger copies, and the associated post and story behind them):
Asphalt roads are termed “flexible pavement” and require particular care in conditions where snow melt and wet conditions alter the strength of the base and sub-base courses, particularly in areas where freeze thaw cycles are prominent. In the case above, the asphalt behaved in a brittle manner due to the underlying weaker saturated layers that no longer provided adequate support for the heavily laden truck.
This blog TranBC, along with the Living Watersmart Blog, are two from the BC government that are in my feed reader and provide interesting information about the services and programs of the ministries. I’d like to see some discussion on the TranBC site on government policies and direction on peak oil, transit and alternate energy sources for transportation.