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Old October 3rd, 2013, 05:17 AM   #2541
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Ontario has service stops on the 401, and 400. They are more of a relic of early inter-regional highways. The further north portions of the 400 and other inter-regional highways like the 402, 416 and 417 don't have it.
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Old October 4th, 2013, 01:50 AM   #2542
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It's also demand. If traffic volumes are light, then a service centre isn't justified. 400 North might be a good candidate for a 'rest centre', which in the US just have washrooms and vending machines.
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Old October 4th, 2013, 02:43 AM   #2543
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Is there any road in Canada with a speed limit above 100?
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Old October 4th, 2013, 03:29 AM   #2544
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Yes some controlled-access highways in British Colombia and Alberta are 110.

There is talk about increasing the limit in BC to 120 or 130 in some places too.
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Old October 4th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #2545
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There is one in New Brunswick (according to wikipedia)



Anyways, I'm really amazed with Ontario Highway 401.



I can now understand as to why this is the busiest and most extensively used roadway in Canada.

And wow, I just found out that it has the most number vehicle lanes of any road system in Canada (as many as 18 lanes!!!).

Hardcore!!!

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Old October 6th, 2013, 03:41 PM   #2546
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This would be considered a modern "aqueduct" in the Netherlands (i.e. a structure that carries water over other things, not being a pipeline).

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Old October 6th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #2547
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I was very close to there last Sunday.

Chris (and whoever else is interested), there was coverage of the pont Champlain's issues - it's current state, the replacement project... - in Quebec media all week. Well, through Thursday (when I left), anyway.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 09:13 PM   #2548
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Ontario has service stops on the 401, and 400. They are more of a relic of early inter-regional highways. The further north portions of the 400 and other inter-regional highways like the 402, 416 and 417 don't have it.
The length and areas those highways serve also mean it's not necessary to build service centres along them as there are plenty of facilities located adjacent to exits along the highway. The ones along the 401 and 400 are located in what were once sparsely populated rural areas. If a truck needed fuel for example it'd have to make a significant detour. The service centre in Mississauga for example became redundant as the city grew and development surrounded the service centre.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 12:34 AM   #2549
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A little old, but a cool design plan for a interchange replacement in Ingersoll. Will involve a pair or roundabouts http://www.ingersoll.ca/Portals/Inge...antecPower.pdf
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Old October 8th, 2013, 02:36 AM   #2550
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Hwy 427 Toronto:

Some pics of the 427 through Etobicoke taken a few weeks ago. MTO is undertaking a multi-year project to rehabilitate this road which was constructed during the late 1960s.

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Additional photos and larger available here:
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...es.htm#Sep2013
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Old October 8th, 2013, 06:20 AM   #2551
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Very nice! The change is very noticeable as it is going from a concrete to asphalt surface. Also the median and lights are being modernized.

I actually recorded HWY 427 last week between the 401 and Gardiner in the southbound express lanes.

Watch here: (427 part starts at 3:45 in)

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Old October 10th, 2013, 06:41 AM   #2552
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The length and areas those highways serve also mean it's not necessary to build service centres along them as there are plenty of facilities located adjacent to exits along the highway. The ones along the 401 and 400 are located in what were once sparsely populated rural areas. If a truck needed fuel for example it'd have to make a significant detour. The service centre in Mississauga for example became redundant as the city grew and development surrounded the service centre.
The northern 400 isn't sparsely populated? and you honestly think the one between Toronto and Barrie is needed?
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The Georgian Bay travel Centre at Horeshoe Lake Road on Hwy 400 is a quasi service Centre. I don't know exactly what the relationship is with the government, but the centre was an Ontario Tourist Centre before the current site was built.
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First time I've looked at a Canadian news site since my trip of one-to-two weeks ago. Champlain Bridge coverage continues.

For those who read French:

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/mo...ion-totale.php

For those who don't read French, the provincial and local governments have been joined by south shore business leaders in protesting against a prospective toll on the new bridge. Interviewee saying if the Federal government built the thing defectively, it's on them....

Calling the tolls "une aberration totale" should be understandable even to non-francophones. :-)
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Old October 15th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #2555
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Toronto's Don Valley in autumn

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Old October 18th, 2013, 05:23 AM   #2556
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Fantastic shot!

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Old October 21st, 2013, 08:11 PM   #2557
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I Made A Autumn Timelapse Drive From London To Kitchener

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The length and areas those highways serve also mean it's not necessary to build service centres along them as there are plenty of facilities located adjacent to exits along the highway. The ones along the 401 and 400 are located in what were once sparsely populated rural areas. If a truck needed fuel for example it'd have to make a significant detour. The service centre in Mississauga for example became redundant as the city grew and development surrounded the service centre.
You need to do your homework: Even though the 402,403,417, etc. are shorter, people driving along them are usually on them as part as a longer drive coming from/continuing to the 401, A-40, etc. And the 417 corridor doesn't have a lot of services nearby. As for the Mississauga service centre, it wasn't one of the original ones. It was built in the 1990s as a welcome centre for the GTA but wasn't successful for some reason.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #2559
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Highway 11, Saskatchewan

The twinning of Highway 11 in Saskatchewan is now more or less completed. Highway 11 was twinned over the last 5 years from Saskatoon to Prince Albert (130 km). Only a 1.6 km segment near the northern terminus at Highway 2 needs some more work.

http://www.paherald.sk.ca/News/Local...at-MacDowall/1
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Old October 26th, 2013, 01:28 AM   #2560
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I took a couple new shots today of the 401 extension in Windsor:



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