Resource road safety information
Resource roads are not built or maintained to the same standards as public highways. Many resource roads are not maintained for vehicular traffic. Most resource roads have rough, loose gravel surfaces and are narrow (often one lane wide).
Last updated: July 6, 2021
Resource roads do not have signs or barriers identifying all hazards or dangers. Common hazards include:
- Rough, loose gravel surfaces
- Sharp corners
- Steep grades and drop-offs
- Soft shoulders
- Poor visibility due to brush
- Dust, fog or smoke
- Changing road surface conditions
- Freezing rain or snow
- Large industrial vehicles
- High traffic volumes
- Passing or being passed on narrow roads
- Others failing to follow traffic control procedures
- Rocks and boulders
- Other unmarked hazards
Where avalanche paths exist the roads may be partially covered with residual debris. As always, caution is advised on all roads and back-country travellers should be aware of rapidly changing weather and stream flows which may affect road conditions.
Please read road safety, road use regulations and road policy information before travelling on forest service roads. Please note that Forest Service Road Use Regulations including speed restrictions and insurance requirements are in effect and enforced.
Road safety resources
- Video: Resource Road Orientation (YouTube)
- Video: Radio Use and Road Calling Procedures (YouTube)
- Pamphlet: Resource Road User Safety Guide (PDF, 1.2MB)
Road closures and information for driving on Forest Service Roads
A Forest Service Road may be closed to vehicular access for safety or environmental reasons. These closures may be temporary in nature, so check back regularly for updated information. Be advised that there may be instances where an event on a road or bridge has not yet been identified. Those using Forest Service Roads and other resource roads should do so with caution.