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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:07 AM   #2021
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How do people on here judge their highways? Like what constitutes a good highway in your mind? Amount of lanes? Materials used? Attention to detail?

The highways in BC are severely lacking in the "attention-to-detail" category.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:23 AM   #2022
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The highways in BC are severely lacking in the "attention-to-detail" category.
Depends on where you are. There's a few places around Kamloops that need work, and/or expansion.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:50 AM   #2023
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Depends on where you are. There's a few places around Kamloops that need work, and/or expansion.
There is no attention to detail on BC highways. Not to the degree of highways in the US. I base a lot of my judging of highways on aesthetics. The overall look of a highway which includes the cleanliness of it, the median barriers, the materials used on the road, the shoulders/barriers, signage, the straightness/flatness of the road, the plants/foliage/grass past beyond the shoulders (if there is any). BC fails because they don't put attention into these details
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:00 AM   #2024
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Anyways, here is an update by me regarding the Port Mann Bridge:

Here are a couple pics I took, they are nothing great, the light was fading too fast on my way home from work.

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This is a really hard project to photograph because there are very few decent vantage points, especially concerning the cape horn interchange. Many of the ramps are taking shape and are in interesting stages of construction but there is no where to park (safely) and take some pics.
Here's the same shot at night behind my house. Looks kinda ominious, reminds my of the tower of Mordor. I drive by the interchange everyday and there really aren't many safe places to park although I know a few I'd just have to find a little time, I drive by the section of Lougheed with the ramps going up.

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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:44 AM   #2025
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There is no attention to detail on BC highways. Not to the degree of highways in the US. I base a lot of my judging of highways on aesthetics. The overall look of a highway which includes the cleanliness of it, the median barriers, the materials used on the road, the shoulders/barriers, signage, the straightness/flatness of the road, the plants/foliage/grass past beyond the shoulders (if there is any). BC fails because they don't put attention into these details
All I can say about the flatness of the highways here, at least in the Lower Mainland, is that they tend to run through soft silty ground. And probably over time the ground will sink or lift in places. All this aesthetic stuff... I guess I don't notice or worry about it too much because it doesn't really affect my driving. That, and I've lived with it my whole life. My problem with our highways is anything that slows down the flow of traffic. The super short on/off ramps for instance. Designed with 1950s traffic in mind. I'm hoping our current road projects will address most of this.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 11:49 AM   #2026
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short on/off ramps you say? Quick, you have 30 metres to gain 70km/h and merge!
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:00 PM   #2027
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short on/off ramps you say? Quick, you have 30 metres to gain 70km/h and merge!
Something a lot of drivers seem to have difficulty with. Check this one out. I drove by this one a couple days ago, and there was a line of cars stopped, waiting for a chance to jump in. This is the type of thing I hate to see.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:08 PM   #2028
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Boundary Road Interchange. Hasn't changed since it was built in the 60s.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:31 PM   #2029
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As for the attention to detail - Virginia tends to not bother making the interchanges pretty, we do everything possible to hide them completely with a minimum amount of concrete and as many man-made hills with trees on them as possible. As for pavement quality, well, let's just say it's been better. There's just not enough money anymore, so the highways are deteriorating.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #2030
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As for the attention to detail - Virginia tends to not bother making the interchanges pretty, we do everything possible to hide them completely with a minimum amount of concrete and as many man-made hills with trees on them as possible. As for pavement quality, well, let's just say it's been better. There's just not enough money anymore, so the highways are deteriorating.
I was under the impression Virginia is running a budget surplus?
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Old February 24th, 2011, 05:14 AM   #2031
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What is the lack of attention to detail Volt? You can use these pics I posted earlier in the thread. The highway here isn't fancy, but it does the job nicely.

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Just doing my bit for Western Canada here. These were taken in Kamloops, while I was out and about. Just three pics of HWY 1/5/97 The 6 lane starts/ends just west of the truck scales and ends about 3.5 KM later at the exit for Columbia St. These were taken from the Pacific Way.

Looking east:


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Directional sign to the highway. Good shot of the font used:
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Old February 24th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #2032
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Something a lot of drivers seem to have difficulty with. Check this one out. I drove by this one a couple days ago, and there was a line of cars stopped, waiting for a chance to jump in. This is the type of thing I hate to see.
Yeah, I have always hated that on ramp, its actually a yield currently! But the good news, if you look at the Gateway schematics I posted earlier, along with adding a third through lane in both directions in that stretch, they are building a proper merge lane for that on ramp in question.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 02:31 AM   #2033
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These types of things exist everywhere...

On the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&sourc...=12,296.6,,0,5

On the 20 in Montreal:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&sourc...=12,31.12,,0,5

Here is a question, in BC who has the right of way at a merge? In Ontario, at a freeway ramp it is a shared responsibility between entering and through traffic.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #2034
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In BC, so far as I know,traffic entering the highway/motorway form an entrance ramp, gives way, though, in reality, it's more of a co-operation thing between drivers. Ideally, the driver already on the highway moves one lane over, to allow the driver entering said highway to safely join the flow of traffic.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #2035
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Hello

I had a brief chance today to take some pics today of the highway 1 project in Coquitlam (Metro-Vancouver).

Currently, the gantry crane putting together the north approach viaduct to the New Port Mann Bridge is directly overhead of the United Boulevard with many segments suspended above the traffic. Let me just say many are rubber necking it today! (Also it is scary looking through my sunroof to the concrete mass hanging above me as I wait to go on Mary Hill).

Here are my pics!

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All pics my own, here in my flickr account:

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Old February 25th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #2036
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Those cement pylons supporting the bridge are already dingy looking... they're stained and gross
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Old February 25th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #2037
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There are many impressive bridges in that area.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 05:14 PM   #2039
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Those cement pylons supporting the bridge are already dingy looking... they're stained and gross
Just the time of day they were taken. I'm surprised there's no graffiti on them.

Awesome pics Metro. Can't wait to see more of them.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 05:27 AM   #2040
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You guys are very welcome and I just happen to have taken some more today!

I was able to take a few more pics of the Cape Horn Interchange (the biggest interchange of the project with numerous elevated structures / ramps and the north end of the bridge viaduct), but I have to say short of an airplane this is one tough project to photograph. I tried sooo many spots north and south of it but it seems everywhere there were houses, trees, shrubs and power lines blocking the lens! (seriously, I could not find one decent break the whole Dawes Hill area, was very tempted to trespass into some peoples yards! :haha:

Nonetheless, I was able to squeeze out a few photos, not as grande or extensive as I was hoping, but here they are anyways!

A quick snap of the Lougheed Easbound flyover

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here is the #1 westbound (CD lane) off ramp tunnel under the #1 to United Boulevard. (at first I thought it was the Lougheed Eastbound underpass but then realized this one is located east of the railroad tracks)

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I had to sneak into the work yard for these two (the sun was in the worst spot as well!). These are the westbound highway 1 off ramp elevated structures as the fly over the Mary Hill onramp.

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And here is the northern elevated structure of the highway 1 westbound off ramp to Lougheed eastbound. (These pics are taken from the thistles located alongside Planet Ice)

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And last but not least, the only tiny unobscured window I could find of the project from the Dawes Hill area.

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The largest fly over, the Lougheed Westbound to #1 eastbound only has its supports currently up, so I am looking forward to see that one take shape! (but it is the hardest of the bunch to photograph, haha!)

All pics are my own - Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Hope you enjoy them

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