July 27, 2006

B.C. adds 40 new highway webcams

Vancouver, British Columbia – The number of web cameras that offer live views of what is happening on provincial highways in British Columbia has more than doubled, announced the BC Ministry of Transportation.

“From Lions Gate Bridge to Fort St. John, the expanded network of webcams will help travellers across the province check the latest conditions so they can plan their trip and arrive safely,” said British Columbia Transportation Minister, Kevin Falcon.

Over 40 new webcams are now online, in addition to the 16 that existed previously. The webcams are set up at key transportation locations around British Columbia. They send real-time images that can be viewed from the Drive BC road reports site at www.drivebc.ca or the Ministry of Transportation’s website at www.th.gov.bc.ca.

The web camera images range from rural highways, where weather and highway conditions may change quickly, to Lower Mainland highways, where motorists may check traffic volumes before leaving on their commute. The webcams are a joint initiative of the Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada.

The Highway Webcams website includes several new features to help travellers and other users:

  • a “My HighwayCams” feature that allows you to build your own web page of the cameras you view most often;
  • clickable maps with camera locations and directions; and

  • a new information page, to answer some of the most frequently asked webcam questions.

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