More webcams make for safer highway travel

Just in time for the holiday season rush, motorists travelling across British Columbia now have more access to bird’s-eye-view webcams to help plan their travel ahead of time.

The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has added 11 new cameras and 40 new webcam views to the DriveBC highway camera network.

“Planning ahead and checking conditions before hitting the road is important for safe travel, and the DriveBC network is a tremendous tool for drivers,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena.

“These new webcams and views mean people have even more resources at their disposal, no matter where their travels take them, especially in the winter months.”

There are now nearly 700 highway webcam views at more than 380 locations throughout B.C. offering easy access to weather, road and traffic conditions with near real-time coverage, the province says.

That includes 27 web cameras along Hwy. 3 — including one located just east of Osoyoos on Anarchist Mountain and another in Keremeos.

Cameras also provide coverage for mountain passes along Hwy. 3, including Allison Pass and Sunday Summit west of Princeton and Eholt and Paulson east of Rock Creek.

A full list of webcams is available on the DriveBC website.

The website is the B.C. government’s most popular website, with an average of more than two million visits per month.

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