New webcam improves safety on Highway 4

Published on November 7, 2011

A new web camera at Sutton Pass on Highway 4 is now live on the Province's DriveBC Web site, providing a real-time view of highway conditions in the area and helping motorists plan a safe journey.

This is the second webcam on Highway 4 and the 13th on Vancouver Island. Changes in elevation along Highway 4 means winter weather can vary significantly along this route. This additional camera will help travellers "know before they go." The Province is adding 30 new web cameras to its DriveBC network this year, bringing the total to 200 by year end.

The new web camera is located on Highway 4, 45 km west of Port Alberni, looking southwest:

Since 2001, the ministry has invested approximately $39 million to improve safety on Highway 4, including $6.3 million this year for safety enhancements along this important corridor. Other work in the area has included upgrading 15 bridges, resurfacing, improving the road alignment, widening shoulders, and installing roadside barriers.

Two overhead message boards, located along Kennedy Lake between Tofino and Ucluelet, also improve safety by providing up-to-the-minute road and weather conditions.

DriveBC is the Province of B.C.'s most popular Web site. It provides timely road condition updates, travel advisories, road closure information for provincial highways, weather information and other important links to the travelling public, to help ensure easier, safer trips.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom said "The new webcam will make this section of Highway 4 safer for all travellers. This is a popular and scenic stretch of highway on Vancouver Island and the webcam is an important tool to help drivers plan ahead for a safe and enjoyable trip."