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May 11, 2012

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Anthony van Osch

Try driving at night on B.C. Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland highways. They're paved with very smooth asphalt that turns into a black, featureless mirror when wet. Compounding this is B.C.'s transport ministry's complete inability to engineer a road surface that sheds water, guaranteeing inch-deep puddles (often in the left lane) after even a light sprinkle. Used to be a time when one could use the cats-eyes to determine lanes, but some genius got the idea to sink them below the road surface in ground-out divots, presumably because we cannot train snow-plough drivers to do their jobs more carefully. Driving in the rain in B.C. is hellish enough with the general incompetence of B.C. drivers, mqny of whom cannot seem to get their rear lights to work (large trucks are equally guilty) but at night it's even worse.

Greg Dixon

The orange lines are made of plastic and cost about 12$ a meter. Shiny because they're new and they have a higher retro-reflectivity than normal white plastic lines because they're temporary and they force you to pay attention.

Contact The International Municipal Signals Association for more mind numbing details.

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