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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #2201
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Out-dated quality to the pavement and light standards ...
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Old April 13th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #2202
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Where can I find some informations about the Autoroute 30 southern bypass of Montreal which is currently under construction?
On this site: http://www.autoroute30.qc.ca/en/a30-objectifs.asp there are some pictures, maps and informations.

Among other things they mention two substantial bridges but I can't find any pictures or drawings.
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The Western section also includes two major structures that will make it possible to cross two large waterways:

The bridge crossing the Beauharnois Canal – spanning close to 2.5 km, with a vertical clearance in excess of 38 metres;
The bridge spanning the St. Lawrence River – close to 2 km in length.
The total investment in these bridges represents more than 40% of the cost of the Western section, and must satisfy certain criteria that have been previously negotiated with the federal government and with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.
Anyone knows more about design of these bridges? Pictures of construction would be great.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 09:54 PM   #2203
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Old April 14th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #2204
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Unfortunately nothing about the bridges. I guess it should be quite be quite a piece of bridge. Pity, I'm really curious what type of construction was chosen.

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OK, I found it here: http://www.na30.ca/ProjectOverview/W...-Pictures.aspx
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #2205
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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.
at 7:20 thats Wellington Rd that leads you to downtown not downtown itself.
excellent videos man. i drove that part of the 401 almost daily, i love it, i love London! she is bigger then alot of other Canadian cities but gets no attention...exept bad attention (st. pattys riot, banana thrown at black hockey players, rafferty trial, the London Rippers).
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Old April 29th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #2206
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Status, intents, and proposals of Quebec's autoroutes ... no wonder! Quebec City itself --often supposed as the continent's oldest-- is hailed comparatively as this country's most-crisscrossed by autoroutes:

List of Autoroutes in Quebec
Autoroute (A) 5
A 6 (unbuilt)
A 9 (unbuilt)
A 10
A 13
A 15
A 16 (unbuilt)
A 18 (unbuilt)
A 19
A 20
A 25
A 30
A 31
A 35
A 40
A 50
A 51 (former designation / unbuilt)
A 55
A 65 (unbuilt)
A 70
A 73
A 85
A 410
A 415 (unbuilt)
A 430 (unbuilt)
A 440 (Laval)
A 440 (Quebec City)
A 520
A 530 (future)
A 540 (Vaudreuil-Dorion)
A 540 (Quebec City)
A 550 (unbuilt/proposed)
A 573
A 610
A 640
A 720
A 730
A 740
A 920 (unsigned)
A 930
A 955
A 973 (partly signed)

  • Autoroute 415 (unbuilt)
  • Name: Mount Royal Autoroute (referred as the Northern leg of the downtown loop)
  • Description: Downtown Montreal expressway loop (short spur route) that included the Decarie (A-15), Ville Marie (A-720), and Papineau (A-19) autoroutes.

  • Length: 7 km (4.3 mi), 3 km (1.9 mi) of those 7 kilometres planned as a tunnel under Mount Royal.

  • History: In its 1960 master highway plan, the Montreal Metropolitan Committee proposed a new 7 km (4.3 mi) long autoroute along the city's east-west street grid at the northern edge of downtown. The six-lane autoroute was forecast to handle as many as 4,500 vehicles per hour during weekday peak periods. Beginning at the Decarie Autoroute at Monkland Avenue in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce section of the city (at the current EXIT 66 on A-15), the Mount Royal Autoroute was to extend in a northeasterly direction through Westmount underneath Mount Royal Park before emerging above ground at Rachel Street connecting to the unbuilt A-19 Montreal section of what is now Papineau Avenue.

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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #2207
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Cool video showcasing Canada's (and the world's?) first electronic toll highway:

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Old May 11th, 2012, 03:15 AM   #2208
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Why does Ontario use those stupid wooden poles to anchor the guard wire along the shoulders of highways

Just use steel
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Old May 11th, 2012, 05:35 AM   #2209
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Why does Ontario use those stupid wooden poles to anchor the guard wire along the shoulders of highways

Just use steel
Half of this country is covered with forests! What are we supposed to do with all that wood?
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Old May 12th, 2012, 12:04 PM   #2210
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Actually there was a study done a few years ago that proved that highway guardrails with wood support posts tend to be safer (not to mention cheaper to install) than steel support posts in regards with vehicle collisions.

http://www.accidentreconstruction.co...ails/index.asp
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Old May 13th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #2211
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Actually there was a study done a few years ago that proved that highway guardrails with wood support posts tend to be safer (not to mention cheaper to install) than steel support posts in regards with vehicle collisions.

http://www.accidentreconstruction.co...ails/index.asp
Yeah but they erode faster.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 03:23 AM   #2212
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Actually there was a study done a few years ago that proved that highway guardrails with wood support posts tend to be safer (not to mention cheaper to install) than steel support posts in regards with vehicle collisions.

http://www.accidentreconstruction.co...ails/index.asp
You realize I said guard WIRES, not guard RAILS.

I'm talking about these http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=...,83.88,,0,5.66

Using wooden posts like those looks so cheap
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Old May 13th, 2012, 03:46 AM   #2213
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Those are either useless or not safe enough and they are only perfect for certain areas
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Old May 13th, 2012, 03:28 PM   #2214
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Those are either useless or not safe enough and they are only perfect for certain areas
They look completely useless. Flimsy and ridiculous

By comparison these are guard wires they use in the US:


http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=...,112.2,,0,7.99
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Old May 14th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #2215
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Looks? I could barely make them out ... what do you suppose either set is to prevent from happening?
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Old May 14th, 2012, 02:08 AM   #2216
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They look completely useless. Flimsy and ridiculous

By comparison these are guard wires they use in the US:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=...,112.2,,0,7.99
What a stupid argument this is. Nobody has said one thing that actually condemns using wooden posts other than the fact that they 'look flimsy'. I sure hope that whoever is designing my guide rails is basing their instillation on more than just looks.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #2217
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Yeah but they erode faster.
Not if the wood itself is pressure treated.

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You realize I said guard WIRES, not guard RAILS.

I'm talking about these http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=...,83.88,,0,5.66

Using wooden posts like those looks so cheap
If you are refering to the support posts that hold the wires together than there is no difference between the two.

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What a stupid argument this is. Nobody has said one thing that actually condemns using wooden posts other than the fact that they 'look flimsy'. I sure hope that whoever is designing my guide rails is basing their instillation on more than just looks.
+1 If using wood support posts for Highway guardwires/guardrails were in actuality unsafe I doubt the Ontario Ministry of Transportation or any other DOT would still use then today, however they still install then because they have been proven over time to work in regards to reducing roadway fatalities.
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+1 If using wood support posts for Highway guardwires/guardrails were in actuality unsafe I doubt the Ontario Ministry of Transportation or any other DOT would still use then today, however they still install then because they have been proven over time to work in regards to reducing roadway fatalities.
Exactly, the MTO, or as you say, any other department of highways wouldn't go to the trouble to install a safety feature if it didn't actually improve safety. Besides looking at the photo (and being from Ontario, I have driven the 402 many times), there doesn't appear to be much of a roadside hazard behind the guide rail.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 03:21 AM   #2219
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In addtion to rear window wrapping, I've been noticing rear passenger seat window wrapping on company cars around the Island of Montreal. Do provinces other than Quebec allow this? Anybody know how come Quebec's shunned this safety provision, because surely the wrapping interferes with the motorist's ability to check his blind spots safely? I remember the days when you'd get a ticket for not cleaning your windows properly wintertime.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #2220
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Alberta 63: Edmonton - Fort McMurray

I've read on Tollroadsnews.com they are considering a toll road along Highway 63 from Edmonton to the remote Fort McMurray, which is the center of the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. However, on Wikipedia you can read the government of Alberta wants to twin the existing highway to four lanes the entire way, but apparently this is not progressing well.

Does anyone knows more about this project? Are they considering tolls to speed up the widening project? I don't think a toll road would be very profitable due to the relatively low traffic volumes involved, but I don't know about the Alberta financing practices. For instance in the Netherlands it's been proposed to construct several new freeways which are partially tax-funded, partially toll-funded. I don't know whether the Canadian approach is similar, or if they want an all-toll or all-tax financed road.

Alberta Highway 63:
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