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Old December 20th, 2011, 07:05 PM   #2161
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I see lots of concrete medians on the outside but not the inside.

Maybe because it blocks the driver's field of vision? There's lots of curves on the road and being able to see across all the lanes might be a big asset.

Still it's weird to see a double-yellow line road with those lines so far apart. Usually when that occurs there's something between them.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:26 PM   #2162
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Actually, the construction of the Coquihalla Hwy, was the biggest rock moving project in BC history. 5 million cubic meters of rock was blasted during construction.
You're probably right about that. Not sure where I got my information.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #2163
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Yeah, it's not a freeway, just an expressway. Don't see a need for a freeway at the moment.
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Old December 21st, 2011, 10:48 PM   #2164
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I see lots of concrete medians on the outside but not the inside.

Maybe because it blocks the driver's field of vision? There's lots of curves on the road and being able to see across all the lanes might be a big asset.

Still it's weird to see a double-yellow line road with those lines so far apart. Usually when that occurs there's something between them.
The traffic levels don't warrant no-post in between the center lines yet. With the lines that far apart, it will be easy to install it if it becomes required.

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Yeah, it's not a freeway, just an expressway. Don't see a need for a freeway at the moment.
We don't have expressways in BC. That's just a 4 lane highway. Posted limit is 90 km/h.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 01:18 AM   #2165
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We don't have expressways in BC. That's just a 4 lane highway. Posted limit is 90 km/h.
Wrong. it's a 4-lane undivided carriageway with level crossings.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 02:12 AM   #2166
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What's the meaning of that upper sign with the black dot? No stopping or something?
Yeah Funny american standard!!
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Old January 9th, 2012, 03:30 AM   #2167
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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #2168
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I thought the Gardiner was part of Hy. 2?
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Old January 9th, 2012, 02:05 PM   #2169
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I thought the Gardiner was part of Hy. 2?
It used to be, yes, but that sign really is an error. There is no longer a Hwy 2 through Toronto, and when there was it followed the Gardiner.





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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #2170
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Screw driving across Canada. Buy a plane ticket!
no....just take Interstate 90! It is much quicker and a more to see. You'll be in Ontario much quicker than taking the TCH.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #2171
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Totally agree with you ! The terrain is just an easy way out ! Europe also has rugged terrain. Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria to name but a few have very rugged mountainous areas yet they have been able to navigate freeways through these regions, building bridges in places where it was thought to be impossible, at elevations which scare the heck out of me just thinking of the height ! And tunnels through these mountainous areas that measure not in feet or meters but in
kilometers [or miles if you like] BC has always wimped out when it came to building a proper highway system.
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Puh-lease. BC has a difficult terrain, but it ain't so much different from Sierra Nevada (which has much higher mountain passes and rugged terrain) or even the American Rockies (higher mountain passes).

BC's mountain are much shorter than their American counterpart.

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Old January 21st, 2012, 11:50 PM   #2172
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Recorded a timelapse winter drive on Highway 401 yesterday, from the 403 to the 402.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw3Nq6R0raE&hd=1

Even though we're well into January, Southwest Ontario has very little snow, and what we do have is expected to melt over the next few days. It's the most pathetic winter I've ever experienced in all my life.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #2173
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Huge pothole (sinkhole sounds better) in Saskatoon.

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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #2174
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no....just take Interstate 90! It is much quicker and a more to see. You'll be in Ontario much quicker than taking the TCH.
That's what I was thinking too.

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Huge pothole (sinkhole sounds better) in Saskatoon.
I'd say that's a great candidate for the annual "Worst Pothole" contest they have there.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #2175
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no....just take Interstate 90! It is much quicker and a more to see. You'll be in Ontario much quicker than taking the TCH.
lol... piggybacking on US highways

Now, seriously, Canada needs a plant to convert all TCH to highway standards.

When US built I-8 to Yuma, I-80 through Nevada or I-10 in Arizona many though they were completely useless and wouldn't have any traffic for 100 years... look at what cities along these routes have become compared to other cities no on the highways...

With a world-class freeway from Vancouver to Prince Edward Island, many areas in Alberta, Mantioba and Ontario could experience more development over time. Especially if they improve snow-clearing to Swiss standards, build some covered sectors, snow basins etc.

While this doesn't happen, Canada should at least:

- link I-15 terminus with Calgary and I-29 terminus with Winnipeg with a highway
- link Regina and Saskatoon with a highway
- upgrade Route 1 between Calgary and Vancouver through the mountains to highway standards, including some serious tunneling
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Old March 15th, 2012, 06:44 AM   #2176
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lol... piggybacking on US highways

Now, seriously, Canada needs a plant to convert all TCH to highway standards.

When US built I-8 to Yuma, I-80 through Nevada or I-10 in Arizona many though they were completely useless and wouldn't have any traffic for 100 years... look at what cities along these routes have become compared to other cities no on the highways...

With a world-class freeway from Vancouver to Prince Edward Island, many areas in Alberta, Mantioba and Ontario could experience more development over time. Especially if they improve snow-clearing to Swiss standards, build some covered sectors, snow basins etc.

While this doesn't happen, Canada should at least:

- link I-15 terminus with Calgary and I-29 terminus with Winnipeg with a highway
- link Regina and Saskatoon with a highway
- upgrade Route 1 between Calgary and Vancouver through the mountains to highway standards, including some serious tunneling
Here's the thing. In the USA, roads are Federal, State, and Local. In Canada, roads are Provincial and Local. So you see, it's much more difficult to standardize the roads.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #2177
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Most major routes in the Prairie Provinces are four-lane highways with very few traffic lights. They basically function as at-grade freeways and traffic volumes are too low to warrant an upgrade to a full freeway. Most of the Trans-Canada Highway carries only about 5,000 vehicles per day outside the urban areas. The main problem is Ontario, where a large portion of the TCH has only two lanes.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 12:24 PM   #2178
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Most major routes in the Prairie Provinces are four-lane highways with very few traffic lights. They basically function as at-grade freeways and traffic volumes are too low to warrant an upgrade to a full freeway. Most of the Trans-Canada Highway carries only about 5,000 vehicles per day outside the urban areas. The main problem is Ontario, where a large portion of the TCH has only two lanes.
In Ontario/Quebec however the TCH splits up into many different routes. The main problem seems to be around Thunder Bay and between Kenora and the Manitoba border where all east-west traffic is forced into that two-lane stretch with no alternatives available.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #2179
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Most major routes in the Prairie Provinces are four-lane highways with very few traffic lights. They basically function as at-grade freeways and traffic volumes are too low to warrant an upgrade to a full freeway. Most of the Trans-Canada Highway carries only about 5,000 vehicles per day outside the urban areas. The main problem is Ontario, where a large portion of the TCH has only two lanes.
Considering how fast economies and populations of Alberta and BC are growing they should start thinking about continuous freeway from Vancouver to Calgary.
It is of course challenging project but in Alpine countries roads are build across difficult terrain for years now.
Come on guys, get some Swiss or Austrian engineering firms and let's go.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #2180
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Considering how fast economies and populations of Alberta and BC are growing they should start thinking about continuous freeway from Vancouver to Calgary.
It is of course challenging project but in Alpine countries roads are build across difficult terrain for years now.
Come on guys, get some Swiss or Austrian engineering firms and let's go.
I doubt there's enough density to warrant investing so much money tunnelling through the Rockies!
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