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Old May 27th, 2014, 08:18 AM   #2801
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 09:36 PM   #2802
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SPEED REDUCTIONS SET FOR TWO HIGH COLLISION HIGHWAYS


The provincial government is taking steps to improve safety along Highway 1 East of Regina and Highway 12 at Martensville.

Effective today, the speed limit at these two locations will be reduced to 90 km/hr as a pilot project. The new speed limit is in effect on Highway 1 from the Pilot Butte Access to just east of the Highway 48 junction and from about two kilometres south to one kilometre north of Main Street on Highway 12.

The reduced speed limit is being introduced as a pilot. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will closely monitor the impact on traffic safety. If the results of the pilot are positive, other locations on the provincial highway system may be considered for a reduced speed limit.

Three overpasses will also be built along Highway 1 East as part of the Regina Bypass Project. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has also identified the location for a future overpass at Martensville.
Full press release: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/governmen...reductions-set

I took a look at this highway on Google Street View. It looks pretty much like an at-grade freeway, it's a divided highway with a wide median, with paved shoulders and a straight alignment. 110 km/h through at-grade intersections may be a bit high if there's more traffic. Evidently they do plan to build interchanges there.
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Old June 4th, 2014, 01:13 AM   #2803
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It is kind of sad that policies which consistently fail keep getting brought up again as a "trial"
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Old June 8th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #2804
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Median widening of the 407 ETR in Ontario continues. At this rate, the new lanes (between Highways 427 and 400) could be open in a few weeks.



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Old June 8th, 2014, 03:16 PM   #2805
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Can anyone tell me about the AADT on 407? Is there a map somewhere where you can see the volumes in the horseshoe area?
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Old June 8th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #2806
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Obviously below the Ontarian average for grade-separated highways of that width, and below the parallel normal at-grade "Highway 7"
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Old June 9th, 2014, 04:09 AM   #2807
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407 ETR doesn't publish traditional AADT numbers, but a few years ago mentioned that 350,000 trips use the highway every day (for the entire 105km long length).

It will also absolutely have a higher AADT than the parallel highway 7. A rough guesstimate would probably put the busiest portion of the highway at around 100,000 AADT.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 12:17 PM   #2808
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Really, not more? It looks so massive.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 04:12 PM   #2809
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It's a privately run toll highway with rates currently around $0.28 per km. it costs roughly $30 to drive the entire length. It's god damn expensive to use, and has low AADT rates because of that. It never gets congested though..
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Old June 9th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #2810
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100,000 vehicles per day would be my guesstimate too, and it's not a bad figure for a suburban toll road that essentially only serves suburbs. It's much wider than it has to be, instead of lowering tolls, they add more lanes to make sure it doesn't get congested.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 09:10 PM   #2811
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New motorways and expressways

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Basic Canada list. I'll start with Ontario for now as its the province with the most going on and do the other provinces later. (I may miss some western projects, but for anything for the eastern portion of canada i should get) I'm going to have to label it by province as highway numbers are not nationally organized.

404: Davis Drive - Ravenshoe Road 12 12.7km (2010 - 2014) - ? - Map
400: Highway 559 - Highway 637 12 103km (2011 -2017, phased openings beginning in 2015) - Project - Map - after completion, the existing highway 69 to Sudbury will be resigned 400.
407: Brock road - Highway 35 12 45km (2010-2020, phased opening beginning in 2015) - Project - Map
407 WDL: 407 - 401 12 10.6km (2015-2020) - Project - Map
407 EDL: 407 - 401 12 10.2km (2013-2015) - Project - Map
427: Highway 7 -Major Mackenzie Road 12 5.5km (2016 - 2020) - ? - Map
401: Huron Church Road - I-75 (US, new border crossing) 12 14km (2010-2015 for highway, 2018 for bridge) - Project - Map
7: Highway 85 - Highway 6 12 18km (2017-?) - ? - Map
Based on this information, I've finally sorted out the not yet u/c projects/sections and got this list:

ON404: Keswick-Ravenshoe Road – Newmarket-Green Lane 12 12.7km (2010 to 2014) – ? – map
ON400: Murdock River Road (ON637) – north of French River (ON607) 12 20km (Summer 2012 to Summer 2016) – project – map
ON407: Pickering-Brock Road – Oshawa-Harmony Road 12 22km (2013 to Late 2015) – project – map
ON407-WDL: Whitby (ON407) – Whitby (ON401) 12 10km (2013 to Late 2015) – project – map
ON401: Windsor-Ojibway – Windsor-Howard Avenue 12 11km (August 2011 to Late 2014) – project – map

Please check if the list is correct. It would be great if someone could complete the list with more / all ongoing Canadian motorway and expressway projects. Thanks in advance .
Of course, my intention is to complete is damn list: > click < .
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Old June 10th, 2014, 01:12 AM   #2812
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ON400 construction is already running down to highway 522, or at least tree clearing has occurred in satellite imagery from august 2012, that is 31km length.

Also, the stretch of ON400 currently under construction will be signed ON69 for the first few years until the gap between the northern portion of the highway and the southern portion of the highway is closed.

I'll try and put together a Quebec project list sometime soon, outside of that there won't be too many true motorways going on in the country. Maybe one or two in the Maritimes as well as the ring road projects in Alberta.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #2813
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ON400 construction is already running down to highway 522, or at least tree clearing has occurred in satellite imagery from august 2012, that is 31km length.
Preliminary works like tree clearing does not count. I usually take the beginning of the first bridge or digging.

The project page does not provide any info. I don't know if I can trust wikipedia, but the article says that only one section is u/c. Do you have a better source?

Contract awarding does also not count.

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the second phase (opening in 2017 and 2020) had its contract awarded last week. This will complete the 407, a tolled bypass of Toronto that has been planned since the 1960's.
Btw: Have the works on the 2nd ON-407 section been started meanwhile?

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Also, the stretch of ON400 currently under construction will be signed ON69 for the first few years until the gap between the northern portion of the highway and the southern portion of the highway is closed.
I've also read this but YOU have also signed it "400" in January .

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I'll try and put together a Quebec project list sometime soon, outside of that there won't be too many true motorways going on in the country. Maybe one or two in the Maritimes as well as the ring road projects in Alberta.
That's great . What's about the upgrade of the Trans-Canadian-Highway in BC? I've seen ongoing works there one year ago but I cannot find info in the web . I even can't remember where exactly... near Revelstoke!?
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Old June 11th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #2814
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Preliminary works like tree clearing does not count. I usually take the beginning of the first bridge or digging.

The project page does not provide any info. I don't know if I can trust wikipedia, but the article says that only one section is u/c. Do you have a better source?

Contract awarding does also not count.
There are two contracts ongoing. I was up that way yesterday, and while brush has been cleared as far south as Highway 522, it is actually starting to slowly grow back. I think advanced clearing may have been required for surveying and geotechnical work, not necessarily for construction itself. The next contract will bypass the French River bridge, and should be called within the next two years.

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Btw: Have the works on the 2nd ON-407 section been started meanwhile?
No, it won't be started for another year or so.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 04:45 AM   #2815
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There was a dual carriageway project in Golden BC that finished up a year or so ago, but it isn't to motorway standards.

MTO is starting a study of the widening of the 400 between highway 89 and 11... Given they studied it in 2004 as well, this update likely means they want to start moving forward on it somewhat soon.

http://highway400improvements89to11.com/faqs.html
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Old June 13th, 2014, 07:47 PM   #2816
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A few new pictures of the Hwy 69 construction south of Sudbury:







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Old June 14th, 2014, 12:43 AM   #2817
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great to see pics! I was wondering how it was progressing..
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Old June 15th, 2014, 07:27 AM   #2818
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Would this mean one can drive from Halifax to Sudbury on a twinned highway the whole way when the above stretch is completed? I believe the only other gap was between Edmunston, New Brunswick and Riviθre-du-Loup, Quebec (which is being twinned).

The toughest challenge in building a twinned route from Atlantic to Pacific will likely be northern Ontario. It will likely become the lone gap.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #2819
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Quebec Autoroute 89/Route Nationale 189 section from St Lawrence coast to NB border is not complete yet
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you would also have to take the long route around down the 401 to the 400. The realistic way of doing such a trip would be along highway 17 / 417 which the motorway ends around 100km past Ottawa.

There is several billion for twinning money for highway 17 in the spring budget however (paid out over 10 years) so that gap will be significantly smaller.

This project will make it (eventually) that you can drive from Toronto to Sudbury on a motorway. There will still be roughly 90km left to do after this project for that however..
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