July 15, 2005
Road weather information systems stations upgraded in B.C.
Vancouver, B.C. – David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and co-Senior Minister responsible for British Columbia, on behalf of Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre, along with British Columbia Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, today announced an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for the upgrade and installation of environmental sensor stations in the province.
Under the agreement, the federal government and the province will each contribute $271,400 for necessary upgrades to 36 of the 54 existing road weather information systems stations and the installation of one new station along the National Highway System in the province. The work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2006.
Road Weather Information Systems are automated weather reporting stations with special sensors embedded in and below the road, and on nearby towers. These systems collect detailed data on weather conditions at and near the road surface, which help weather forecasters predict potentially hazardous pavement conditions such as icing and help road crews make winter highway maintenance decisions, among other things. Cameras on selected stations will also provide visual data on highway conditions, which the public can access through the Internet.