Highway operations/maintenance and Intelligent Transportation Systems

The 10-lane Port Mann Bridge and the 37 kilometres of Highway 1 that connect Vancouver and Langley make up the most important economic corridor in the region. Not only does the corridor connect parts of the Lower Mainland, it connects us to the rest of Canada.

Ensuring traffic moves smoothly along this vital corridor is a big job. Drivers choose the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 because it is fast and reliable, and keeping it that way is the job of TI Corp’s Operations and Maintenance team.

Highway operations and maintenance

Time savings are up, and collisions are down. This is because the Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1) corridor is operated with the highest safety standards in mind. TI Corp’s operations and maintenance team makes sure drivers are receiving value for their toll on a day-to-day basis, by monitoring and patrolling the bridge and highway to ensure traffic is flowing smoothly for commuters, visitors and drivers transporting goods.

Working with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the PMH1 corridor is monitored from the Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC). In order to get the most up-to-date information on road conditions, RTMC operators monitor multiple sources like news radio and Twitter, and receive alerts from E-COMM 9-1-1.

Our highway operations and maintenance partner

TI Corp works closely with its highway operations and maintenance partner, Mainroad, to keep the PMH1 corridor safe, fast and reliable. The Mainroad team provides a variety of operations and maintenance services, from cleaning debris and assisting stalled vehicles to providing coverage for motor vehicle incidents and police incidents. Mainroad also assists with responding to adverse weather conditions and conducting routine maintenance work, like line painting, sweeping and mowing.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

The improved Port Mann/Highway 1 corridor makes use of the latest Intelligent Transportation Systems to help keep the highway safe, efficient and fast for customers.

Technology and sensors along the corridor monitor live traffic conditions. They gather information about traffic flow that can help responders reach drivers and passengers in need, and help drivers get to where they need to go quickly and safely.

140 sensors along Highway 1 between Langley and Vancouver measure speed, traffic flow and density. This information gets compiled, real time, and is used to calculate travel times, which are posted up on the overhead message boards.

This system can help drivers plan their routes. On a typical morning, it might take 19 or 20 minutes to get from Cape Horn to Hastings Street, for example. If the info boards show it’s taking longer, that might mean there’s a back-up somewhere along the route. A driver can look at the travel times to Grandview, or earlier exits. If those travel times look typical, the congestion is farther along and the driver might choose to exit there and avoid the congestion.

In addition to the sensors and signs, every section of the highway is monitored by camera. This allows operators to monitor traffic flow and quickly detect incidents so crews can be dispatched.

Seismic sensors on every improved bridge and overpass along the Highway 1 corridor monitor structure strength. Following an earthquake, the sensors feed into the BC SIMS (Smart Infrastructure Monitoring System), an important piece of British Columbia’s post-earthquake response program.

These intelligent systems and teams work together so TI Corp can monitor and manage traffic on the PMH1 corridor, and make evidence-based decisions to improve operations.