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Old October 3rd, 2014, 10:45 PM   #3021
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There are plans to twin all of Highway 63 south of Highway 55 as well, the current focus is mostly farther north (north of Highway 55).
Location: Hwy 63 from Twp Rd 642 to Hwy 55, 31.5 km in total.

Description: Alberta Transportation has retained CastleGlenn Consultants Inc. to undertake a functional planning study along the Highway 63 corridor in the vicinity of the Village of Boyle.

The study is to analyse the existing conditions and traffic operations within the general study area, as well as the results of previous studies. Also the study is to generate options for both a short-term and long-term strategy for twinning the highway, which is to the satisfaction of the County of Athabasca, Village of Boyle and Alberta Transportation.

Finally the study will recommend an alignment considering the short and long term plans together with the future economic growth of the affected area. The general study area extends from the Hwy 63/Twp Rd 642 intersection on the south to the Hwy 63/Hwy 55 intersections on the north.

Highway 63 is classified as a Level 1 highway and therefore planning is underway to identify:

• A short-term initial 4-lane (expressway standard) cross-section, which would be serviced by at-grade intersections and integrate with the economic development objectives of the Village of Boyle and the County of Athabasca.

• A longer-term or “ultimate” solution is also required to accommodate the timeframe when at-grade intersections would no longer function and access would have to be provided by a 4-lane cross-section (freeway standard), with access provided to the Village of Boyle by a grade-separated interchange.

Schedule: Planning is underway. Project is outside the three-year program. The first Public Open House was held on Wednesday November 28, 2012, the second Public Open House was held on Wednesday January 23, 2013. The third Public Open House was held on Tuesday September 17, 2013. A final information session was held on Wednesday June 25, 2014 to present the recommended plan to the public.
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Location: Highway 63 - Highway 28 to Township Road 642 (3.2 km north of Ellscott access).

Description: A planning study is underway to determine the most suitable alignment for the twinning of Highway 63 between Highway 28 and Township Road 642 (3.2 km north of Ellscott access). The study will define staging to facilitate an initial expressway standard (with intersections spaced a minimum of 3.2 km apart), transitioning to the ultimate freeway standard with access through interchanges only.

Public consultation has been included as part of the planning process. An initial public open house was held on May 19, 2010 to present the alignment options, and a second open house was held on September 9, 2010 to present the recommended alignment. Finalized functional plans are currently being prepared based on highway design parameters and public feedback.

Schedule: Planning is ongoing. Twinning of this section of highway 63 is anticipated in the mid to long term time horizon and construction is not included on the three year program.
A short section of Highway 28 is also planned
Location: Highway 28 from south of Highway 651 (Township Road 571) to Highway 63.

Description: A planning study is underway to determine the most suitable alignment for the twinning of Highway 28 from just south of Highway 651 to Highway 63. The study will define staging to facilitate an initial expressway standard (with intersections spaced a minimum of 3.2 km apart), transitioning to the ultimate freeway standard with access through interchanges only.

Public consultation has been included as part of the planning process. An initial public open house was held on June 2, 2010 to present the alignment options. A second open house was held on June 27, 2011 to present the recommended plan. Information shown at the open house is available on this webpage.

Schedule: Planning is ongoing. Twinning of this section of Highway 28 is anticipated in the mid to long term time horizon and construction is not included on the three year program.
However, there don't seem to be plans to twin more of Highway 28 at this time. That highway also meanders through the area between Edmonton and Radway. A direct alignment could be over 15 kilometers shorter, following the North Saskatchewan River and then north via Redwater.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 12:39 AM   #3022
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Hwy 28 has a twinning plan and is a "future freeway" designation but I don't think any actual shovels are forthcoming

It maybe isn't as important since a lot of traffic flows on other roads tho
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Old October 4th, 2014, 09:55 AM   #3023
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Deh Cho Bridge

The Deh Cho Bridge across the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories. It's part of the Yellowknife Highway. It is tolled for trucks only. It opened to traffic in late 2012. It carries approximately 250 vehicles per day.


The Deh Cho Bridge just before sunrise by J.R. Rondeau, on Flickr


deh cho bridge 1 by Agent Magenta, on Flickr


deh cho bridge 2 by Agent Magenta, on Flickr
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Old October 7th, 2014, 10:06 PM   #3024
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Autoroute 35, Québec

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/1424...con-de-24-5-km

Big day tomorrow! A 24.5 kilometer segment of A35 in Québec opens to traffic!

It runs from Saint-Sébastien to Sain-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is the first new segment of A35 to open in 47 years. A35 is part of the link from Boston to Montréal, so it's quite important. The missing segment between the U.S. border and Saint-Sébastien was originally planned to open in 2017, but this seems unrealistic.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 10:32 PM   #3025
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for some reason the quebec government just isn't starting work on the second part of it, but having the new section of A-35 open will be exciting. Its been under construction forever and the road it is replacing is really substandard for the traffic it handles.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 10:55 PM   #3026
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http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/1424...con-de-24-5-km

Big day tomorrow! A 24.5 kilometer segment of A35 in Québec opens to traffic!

It runs from Saint-Sébastien to Sain-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is the first new segment of A35 to open in 47 years. A35 is part of the link from Boston to Montréal, so it's quite important. The missing segment between the U.S. border and Saint-Sébastien was originally planned to open in 2017, but this seems unrealistic.
Seventeen km from Saint-Sébastien to the border, the release says.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #3027
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It's got to be seriously weird to be driving through there and suddenly see cable-stayed bridge, it is like tripping over an iphone in a cave in Afghanistan
Thunder Bay may be remote, but it has higher median family income than Toronto. Remote doesn't mean undeveloped and/or backwards.

Median Family Income 2012
Toronto $71,210
Thunder Bay $80,680
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Old October 7th, 2014, 11:23 PM   #3028
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What is the cost of living like in Thunder Bay? I assume housing is cheaper, but other stuff may be more expensive...?
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generally the same as the rest of Canada, maybe a tiny bit higher.

Thunder Bay like most Northern communities has a major drinking and drug problem, and is home to many extremely poor aboriginal groups. Its experiencing very little growth right now as well.

What Kanadzie likely meant is that very few people live up north, and outside of Thunder Bay and the few small towns surrounding it there is essentially nothing but wilderness. When coming from the East you will have been driving down an essentially empty road (AADT ~2,000) for hours on end with nothing but trees as scenery and suddenly you will be crossing a large 4 lane cable stay bridge and entering a large highway. it will be kind of odd.
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The structure that carries Ontario's Queen Elizabeth Way overtop of the Credit River bridge in Mississauga was first constructed in the 1930s, and subsequently widened two decades later:

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Old October 8th, 2014, 04:09 AM   #3031
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http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/1424...con-de-24-5-km

Big day tomorrow! A 24.5 kilometer segment of A35 in Québec opens to traffic!

It runs from Saint-Sébastien to Sain-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is the first new segment of A35 to open in 47 years. A35 is part of the link from Boston to Montréal, so it's quite important. The missing segment between the U.S. border and Saint-Sébastien was originally planned to open in 2017, but this seems unrealistic.
It's a big step. The other half of the 133 isn't so bad, the last 4 km is divided expressway already, and the other part isn't so terrible. But the more northern part has so many towns and the traffic is real dense. It's also not so bad to spend 10 minutes on crappy road instead of 45+ minutes.

I kind of would have preferred them to work harder on the north part and just open it as a stop right where it hits 133 (probably where it is ending now), the road to there has been graded in gravel for at least 2-3 years so far.

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generally the same as the rest of Canada, maybe a tiny bit higher.

Thunder Bay like most Northern communities has a major drinking and drug problem, and is home to many extremely poor aboriginal groups. Its experiencing very little growth right now as well.

What Kanadzie likely meant is that very few people live up north, and outside of Thunder Bay and the few small towns surrounding it there is essentially nothing but wilderness. When coming from the East you will have been driving down an essentially empty road (AADT ~2,000) for hours on end with nothing but trees as scenery and suddenly you will be crossing a large 4 lane cable stay bridge and entering a large highway. it will be kind of odd.
Exactly, trees, trees, rock cut, cable stay... it is like driving from Noordkorea to Seoul, if you could
Cost of living in Tbay is probably very cheap. It definitely is not far away so much that goods are more costly than in big cities (like they would in Nunavut). There is road access and rail so there is no real difference, but land is very very cheap by Toronto or Vancouver standard.
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Video of Hwy 11 in Ontario north of Barrie to north of Orillia:
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Ha, that restaurant has an article on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webers
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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:45 PM   #3034
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Yup, its bridge is the old bridge to the CN Tower in downtown Toronto from my understanding. They replaced it around 30 years ago and Webers bought it to bridge over the highway and double its business.
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The Ottawa River is called the Outaouais in Québec. But is the city of Ottawa also called Outaouais in Québec?
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It is not. Not sure why.

http://ottawa.ca/fr

(Okay, that's not so much "in Quebec" as "in French," but I've never seen Outaouais used except for the river, and the area served by it. Tourisme Québec uses it as a name for that part of the province.)
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Quebec autoroutes

Quebec has been opening quite a lot of new autoroutes in the past few years.

2014

* 8 October: 4 km of A73 near Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce
* 8 October: 25 km of A35 from Saint-Sébastien to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
* 10 September: 6 and 8 km of A85 near the border of New Brunswick

2013

* 21 November: 4 km of A73 around Saint-Georges
* unknown: 18 km of A73 from Stoneham to Route 175
* unknown: 13 km of A85 in the Dégelis area

2012

* 15 December: 31 km of A30 from A530 to Châteauguay
* 26 November: 16 km of two-lane A5 from Thurso to Papineauville
* 15 August: 6 km of A5 near Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours

2011

* 3 December: 10 km of A20 from Cacouna to L'Isle-Verte
* 28 October: 2 km of A5 near Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours
* 28 October: 14 km of two-lane A5 further to Chemin Scotch
* 19 August: 13 km of second carriageway of A5 from Chemin Scotch to Grenville
* unknown: 6 km of A25 from Boulevard Henri-Bourassa to A440
* unkown: 3 km of A30 from A15 to A930

Still planned to open this year;

* A5 near Wakefield
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Ontario is opening a bunch soon too. There will be ~75km opening in Ontario by the end of 2017, and the rate will probably accelerate as the Northern Highway twinning program starts up.

2014:

404 - 12.5km

2015:

407 +407A - 32km

2016:

417 - 5.5km
400/69 - 14km

2017:

400/69 - 24km
407: 8km

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The Ottawa River is called the Outaouais in Québec. But is the city of Ottawa also called Outaouais in Québec?
The city is always called Ottawa in French, only the river and the region of southwestern Quebec that runs alongside (not all the way to Montreal though) and technically the Ontario side west of Ottawa (Ottawa Valley in English)
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