A new DriveBC webcam has been added to Highway 4 at Taylor River, approximately 37 kilometres west of Port Alberni, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The camera, looking both west and east, provides views of Highway 4 conditions for drivers travelling to and from the west coast of Vancouver Island, including Tofino and Ucluelet, the ministry said Friday.
It’s one of the sixteen new cams and two of the 33 new views added to DriveBC’s webcam network in 2022, helping people plan for traffic and weather conditions on roads, officials say.
Leading up to Christmas, a large stretch of Highway 4 was closed in both directions Friday, Dec. 23 between Port Alberni and Tofino due to fallen trees on hydro lines, which also cut the power to thousands in the area.
“Webcam locations are based on needs identified by residents, contractors or weather experts,” according to the ministry in a news release.
Elsewhere in the province, cams were installed this year on Highway 99 at Valley Drive in Squamish, Highway 5 at Exit 366 in Logan Lake, and both the north and south bank ferry terminals at Francois Lake.
There are a total of 486 cameras delivering 985 real-time views of road conditions throughout B.C., and people can view them online here.