Five new highway web cameras will be added this year to the West Kootenay arsenal as DriveBC takes a little more of the guesswork out of highway travel in the region.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced it will be adding the new cameras to the DriveBC network giving motorists more opportunities to check real-time traffic, road and weather conditions as they plan their trips.
For Greater Trail drivers, the Bombi Pass will now be online, joining the other high passes in the region — the Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit — on the website. As well, Highway 3A at Devito Road in Trail will also receive a webcam.
Installations are scheduled to begin this spring, and it is anticipated all will be in operation before winter.
People will be also able to check traffic and weather conditions at the ferry terminals at Balfour (Highway 3A) and Galena Bay (Highway 23). A camera will be added to Highway 3A at Nelson.
These five new webcams, along with the addition of a number of construction cameras from around the province, will bring the number of webcam images available on DriveBC to over 250.
Priority for new web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, and for sites where there is not already a nearby webcam.
DriveBC is the Province of B.C.’s most popular website. Launched in 2005, DriveBC receives an average of 2.9 million visits per month.
To see DriveBC’s webcam images, check out www.drivebc.ca.