Ministry of Transportation issues traffic advisory, urges drivers to take caution

Jan 16 2020, 9:22 am

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a traffic advisory in effect for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Motorists in the affected area, including the Fraser Valley, are being reminded to “exercise caution and be prepared for winter driving conditions.”

“All motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and drive according to weather and road conditions, slowing down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility,” reads a statement from the Ministry.

Drivers are reminded that winter tire regulations remain in effect. Winter tires can be identified with a mountain or snowflake symbol or a mud and snow (M + S) symbol.

Motorists are also reminded to maintain enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them so they can stop safely when needed.

In addition, be sure to stay well back of all winter maintenance equipment on highways so that operators can perform their jobs safely.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s snowfall created major travel issues for drivers in the Lower Mainland, including heavy delays and congestion on key routes.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure warned that there was a chance of bridges and highways being closed due to the heavy snowfall.