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Old June 24th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #2461
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Perimeter Highway (Trans-Canada 100) in Winnipeg
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But what the heck is this?
I questioned that myself. Perhaps staging to upgrade an intersection to an interchange? Shifting the roads to the side makes the centre free to build a overpass.

EDIT: Plans for the junction: http://biketothefuture.org/attachmen...publicinfo.pdf
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 07:30 PM   #2462
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Some updates:

Updated design for Highway 7/8/85 (Conestoga Parkway) interchange in Kitchener:
http://kingandottawa.files.wordpress...expressway.pdf

401-Hurontario lane doubling looks nearly done
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 07:31 PM   #2463
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Amazing photo of the 401/404/Don Valley Parkway interchange in Toronto.

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Old July 2nd, 2013, 08:09 PM   #2464
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Amazing photo of the 401/404/Don Valley Parkway interchange in Toronto.
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Source: http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/07...#slideid-21850

That same photographer took this picture of the 400/407ETR interchange north of Toronto as well:

Source: http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/07...#slideid-21844

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Old July 2nd, 2013, 08:55 PM   #2465
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Does anyone know where Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon was named after? Wikipedia or Google don't show a whole lot that makes sense. As far as I could tell it's not named after a person or specific Saskatoon area.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 03:02 AM   #2466
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I found this from a website related to a play called the same name, and it says that the word doesnt have any meaning
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In response, we decided to attempt to take ownership of the entire exhibition. We renamed the show Idylwyld, and painted it large on the first wall seen when entering the gallery. Idylwyld didn't mean anything, but we liked the way it looked and sounded. We hung a foam core plaque next to the mural that said, "We have renamed the current art show from 'Cast Off Your Idylls, Cast Off Your Sloth' to 'Idylwyld'.
http://playlab.org/works/idylwyld
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:38 PM   #2467
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Rapid Bridge replacement timelapse in Toronto:

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Old July 3rd, 2013, 09:05 PM   #2468
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A unique sign probably in whole North America, in Longueuil, Montréal, Québec
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In Ontario the signs are usually placed at the side of the highway rather than overhead. The signs direct people to GO Transit Train stations and Bus Terminals. In Toronto there are also signs for the Yorkdale subway station since it's the only one adjacent to a freeway. I haven't passed the area recently (and Google's Streetview was taken in September 2011), so I don't know if they've co-signed it like the Longueuil example.
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Old July 4th, 2013, 01:20 AM   #2470
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I've been there quite recently and there isn't any overhead sign like that, the most you can see is a small rectangular white sign with a TTC symbol (Toronto Transit comission) on it. My main focus was on the overyhead sign with the station name and icons on it.
Here is the sign at yorkdale:

The only recent google street view picture is available on a narrow 70 m long ramp on the northeast corner of Yorkdale Mall.

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I've been there quite recently and there isn't any overhead sign like that, the most you can see is a small rectangular white sign with a TTC symbol (Toronto Transit comission) on it. My main focus was on the overyhead sign with the station name and icons on it.
Here is the sign at yorkdale:

The only recent google street view picture is available on a narrow 70 m long ramp on the northeast corner of Yorkdale Mall.
Like I said, the streetview images are from 2011. The GO station signage went up late 2011-early 2012, so they don't appear there. I did find this image:



In the case of bus terminal the symbol is changed from the train.
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Old July 5th, 2013, 02:45 AM   #2472
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Amazing photo of the 401/404/Don Valley Parkway interchange in Toronto.

horrible interchange to drive over, going from the 404 to the DVP. the highway goes from 4 lanes (5 with the HOV) to 2 over the 401, and back to 3 once it turns into the DVP. There is almost always some form of traffic on the overpass no matter the time of day.
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Old July 5th, 2013, 06:22 PM   #2473
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I found this from a website related to a play called the same name, and it says that the word doesnt have any meaning

http://playlab.org/works/idylwyld
Interestingly, New York's JFK Airport was originally named Idlewild Airport after the area where it's built.
Could it have come from this maybe?
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Old July 7th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #2474
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I drove the 400 and part of the 401 today, impressive bit of highway! Never seen anything like it in Europe!
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Old July 7th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #2475
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Impressive peice of engineering work, indeed, but what is the point if that segment of road is not backed up by a sophicticated city-wide expressway-boulevard-main street-local street+public transport system? The traffic jams in the 401 during rush hour are horrible.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 06:54 PM   #2476
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I think the majority of the drivers on the 401 do not have a destination in downtown Toronto though.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 07:09 PM   #2477
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I think the majority of the drivers on the 401 do not have a destination in downtown Toronto though.
During rush hour, I think most drivers on the 401 have a destination somewhere within the GTA, even if it isn't in Toronto proper.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #2478
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Definitely. I think 80% of the traffic on the Toronto segment of 401 has an origin or destination within the GTA. Traffic volumes taper off pretty quickly in eastern Ontario.

Although downtown Toronto lacks a good access road to the northwest, most GTA traffic and commuting is not towards the city center. It's a common misconception that most commuting is towards downtown areas, typically 80 - 90% of commuting is not to these areas. In fact, if you look at the traffic volumes on both the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway, you can notice traffic volumes drop significantly towards downtown Toronto. The Gardiner carries over twice the amount of traffic in Etobicoke than it does near downtown. The same counts for the DVP, volumes near the 401 are twice that of the southern segment.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #2479
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Most downtown workers travel via transit, with GO handling 85,000 passengers daily and the TTC bringing another 350,000 downtown.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 06:48 AM   #2480
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If I want to go to downtown Toronto, I typically take the 401 to Allen Road (Yorkdale Mall) and take the subway the rest of the way.

While I could just take the Gardiner and drive downtown, this is easier, and I don't have to pay a fortune for parking!
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