Series GR-1146 - Transportation and Highways library files

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Transportation and Highways library files

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  • technical drawing

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  • 1907, 1933-1957 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Highways

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20 cm of textual records and 2 technical drawings

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The Dept. of Highways was established in 1955 with the enactment of the Department of Highways Act (SBC 1955, c. 33). Prior to 1955, the Highways Branch of the Dept. of Public Works was responsible for all functions relating to the management of highways. The mandate of the Dept. of Highways included the construction and maintenance of all government roads, bridges, ferries, wharves, and other works with respect to provincial highways. In 1961, the department was divided into four branches: Construction Branch, Location Branch, Materials Testing Branch, and Traffic Branch. In 1975 the functions of both the Dept. of Highways and the Dept. of Public Works were merged to form a new agency with the Dept. of Highways and Public Works (OIC 3842/75).

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The records were transferred to the BC Archives in two accessions from the BC Transportation and Highways Library in 1982.

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The series consists of files created by the Dept. of Highways (and its predecessor body, the Dept. of Public Works, Highways Branch) in 1907 and between 1933 and 1957. Most of the files refer to the First Narrows Bridge Company and seem to have been transferred to government when the British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridge Authority acquired the shares in the company and took over the First Narrows Bridge (also known as the Lions Gate Bridge) in 1955. The files concern trust deeds, articles of association, correspondence and various other documents about the company and include two technical drawings of the bridge and its approach through Stanley Park (box 2, folder 4).

The series also includes two files of invitations, received and declined, of the opening of the King George VI Highway in October 1940, a single file with a partial transcript of a 1954 hearing before the Committee of Forestry and Fisheries and a single file from 1907 regarding a proposed bridge at Second Narrows, Burrard Inlet.

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The files are a miscellaneous group that were probably pulled from larger series, either by the Dept. of Highways or by the Ministry Library. They have been kept in the physical order that they arrived in with accession G82-048 in container GR1146-0001 and G82-101 in container 913432-0798.

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Accession number(s): G82-048, G82-101

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