For those about to commute, there’s DriveBC.
The province’s website and toll-free phone service which provides traffic, road, and weather conditions for B.C. now has an eye on Highway 3B in Trail.
Last Friday a web camera went live in the Silver City near Devito Drive, looking east along the very busy commuter route.
Now highway users traveling back and forth every day between Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale will be able to check the weather and road conditions before they leave.
Priority for new web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, like the drive along Highway 3B.
“Highways in the Columbia and Kootenay regions of our province traverse some pretty challenging terrain, where weather can be unpredictable,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, in a provincial press release.
Two other West Kootenay DriveBC web cameras are also now live in Nelson—just inside the city limits, looking south on Highway 6 near Highway 3A and the Rosemont interchange—and in Creston near the junction of Highway 3A and Highway 3.
The Nelson webcam was installed to provide a resource in the winter season for the many travelers on their way to the ski areas of Whitewater along Highway 6.
The Creston webcam provides a south-easterly view of a key decision making location for travelers: Highway users may now choose to travel along Highway 3 over the Kootenay Pass, or to travel along Highway 3A on the lakeside route.
The three webcams are part of 30 new webcams installed this year on the DriveBC network, giving people a real-time view of weather and road conditions on provincial highways.
DriveBC has just over 250 total webcams across the province and receives an average of 2.9 million visits per month.
You can see DriveBC’s webcam images at: www.drivebc.ca.