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Old September 11th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #2961
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404 is supposed to open in the next few days, MTO has said september.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 09:14 AM   #2962
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I've read that there are organized van tours from the end of the Dalton highway to the Arctic coast. Self-driving there is not allowed since the Prudhoe Bay oil field is a private area.

Back to Canada, you can already reach Tuktoyaktuk by car, but only in winter, when they open an ice road over the Mackenzie river.
Both the Dalton and the Dempster highways are among the most remote roads in the Earth, since they cross absolutely nothing for hundreds of kilometers. Yet, some North American tourists drive there for the sake of it, like some Europeans drive to North Cape.
However, in term of population density and road network, Lapland looks like the Ruhr region when compared to American arctic.
While in Europe the Gulf Stream allows climate to be reltively mild also in the far north (the sea never freeze at North Cape or Murmansk, around 70°N!), North America is much colder at the same latitude. New York it's at the same latitude of Naples, Montreal it's at the same latitude of Milan but the're much colder. In Ontario and Québec, the area north of the 50°N (like Prague, Bruxelles or London) is mostly unpopulated and road-less. Only 100k people live in the three Canadian territories and Nunavut has absolutely no roads!
I'm really aging myself but that looks so weird..........haven't seen a road sign in miles as opposed to KM since the 70s!
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Old September 11th, 2014, 09:44 AM   #2963
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Agreed, Sideroad definitely seems to be a distinctly Ontarian thing.
concession roads too? Although Québec also has a ligne de concession.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 05:48 PM   #2964
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I'm really aging myself but that looks so weird..........haven't seen a road sign in miles as opposed to KM since the 70s!
Picture is from Alaska, not Canada.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 09:06 PM   #2965
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Highway 404, Ontario

http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story...-open-tuesday/

Hwy. 404 extension could open Tuesday
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:43 AM   #2966
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concession roads too? Although Québec also has a ligne de concession.
not really, it's Ontario that always has "concessions" and "lines" (like in western GTA, major exits on QEW like Guelph Line, Appleby Line, Third Line, etc)

Quebec's equivalent usually dates to old French colonial era "rang" and "montee", one parallel and other at right angles to the nearest river (typically St Lawrence river) It is why the road (even freeway) grid in Quebec is not really N-S/E-W but kind of at angles, the island of Montreal in particular example, all is based on the river.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 07:21 PM   #2967
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good to see the 404 finally open. Been way too long coming.
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Old September 13th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #2968
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You can never drive on Hwy 404 it is always never found
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Old September 15th, 2014, 09:58 PM   #2969
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Highway 43, Alberta

http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/20...-to-completion

Highway 43 twinning close to completion

Alberta Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale said the dream of a twinned highway from Grande Prairie to Edmonton is almost fully realized.

On Friday morning, crews put the finishing touches and painted lines on a newly opened eastbound lane of Highway 43.

The highway is officially twinned. Two lanes are opening eastbound, and traffic will alternate between unfinished lanes westbound until it’s totally done.

Drysdale said that although there is still about six kilometres of westbound lane to pave, this is a “big step forward.”

But after it’s all done, drivers will be able to travel the full 432 kilometres from Grande Prairie to Edmonton on a twinned, divided highway.

“People will be very happy when it’s all done, going 110 km/h all the way,” Drysdale said.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 05:54 AM   #2970
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Canada's largest interchange is about to get a little larger.

2 new connecting ramps going in at the 401-403-410 interchange in Mississauga.
-EB 401 to SB 403
-NB 410 to WB 401

http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2014/0...ghway-410.html

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Old September 17th, 2014, 01:21 AM   #2971
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While the 404 may open any day now, it did not open today:

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Old September 17th, 2014, 03:43 AM   #2972
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opens tomorrow:

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Old September 17th, 2014, 04:14 AM   #2973
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^ Cool, thanks. I kind of want to drive it on opening day, but depending on the opening time, I may wait until Thursday.
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Highway 404, Ontario

Highway 404 Extension Set to Open

Ontario is opening a 13-kilometre extension on Highway 404 from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road that will make it faster to travel into and out of the Greater Toronto Area, reduce congestion, and create jobs by getting people and goods moving.

The new four-lane extension will also take up to 22,000 vehicles a day off local roads, making the community safer while reducing travel times for commuters and commercial vehicles.
http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2014/0...t-to-open.html
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Old September 17th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #2975
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Ontario is opening a 13-kilometre extension on Highway 404 from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road
Is it planned to extend it to Sutton?

Is it intended to build a connection b/n Highway 400 and Highway 404 to create a network so that it could be possible to take 404 in case of an accident on 400 west of Newmarket?
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Old September 17th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #2976
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I've once read that they planned to extend the 404 all the way around Lake Simcoe.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 12:36 AM   #2977
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Is it planned to extend it to Sutton?

Is it intended to build a connection b/n Highway 400 and Highway 404 to create a network so that it could be possible to take 404 in case of an accident on 400 west of Newmarket?
I think the idea is there but not sure if the plans are fleshed out. Hwy 400 really needs such a thing, it is both a heavily-used commuter route, major inter-regional highway and the main recreational road to cottage country from the GTA, so it is congested on Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday, if a holiday or not
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Old September 18th, 2014, 01:50 AM   #2978
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The Environmental Assessments have been completed for it to be built to just past Sutton where it will meet up with Highway 48. Highway 48 will then be widened to 4 lanes to Highway 12, with Highway 12 being widened to the old highway 48. There is also the planned Bradford Bypass, which would connect the 400 and the new 404 extension.

None of those have funding, and with the exception of the highway 12 widening, none are on MTOs radar anymore. the Environmental assessment was completed in 2002 and I don't think MTO has touched it since.

The 400 will most likely get HOV lanes from Major Mack to King road in this years road budget (I believe it comes out in November), MTO has mentioned it in a couple of places recently. Otherwise the 400 needs a lot of work just to get it ready for a widening, such as replacing all of its substandard bridge structures, which MTO is in the process of doing currently.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 02:58 AM   #2979
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photos I found of the 404 extension to Keswick:







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Old September 23rd, 2014, 04:56 AM   #2980
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what the hell, interchange in Ontario that isn`t Parclo A4? Sacrilege!
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