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Old October 18th, 2015, 10:15 PM   #3481
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This was an interesting read "Plan québécois des infrastructures 2015-2025/Plans annuels de gestion des investissements publics en infrastructures 2015-2016"
According to this, these are the planned projects from now till 2025:
In realization:
1- A73 Quebec to Saguenay
2- Expansion of A50 (twinning the whole length)
3- Route 185 upgrade from A-20 to N.B. (A85)
4- A73 between St-Joseph-de-Bauce and St-Georges
5- Reconstruction of Turcot Interchange in Montreal
6- Reconfiguration of Dorval Roundabout interchange in Montreal
7- Extension of Route 167 to Monts Otish region
8- Extension of A35 between St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the American border
9- Extension of A20 between Cacouna and Trois-pistoles
10- Reconfiguration of interchange between Charest and Robert-Bourassa in Quebec city
11- Northern extension of A5 in Outaouais region
12- Extension of A410 in southern Sherbrooke to eventually achieve complete encirclement
13- eastern extension of A70 to La Baie
14- Having route 112 moved out of the town of Thetford Mines
15- Various extensions of Route 138 along Cote-Nord
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Old October 18th, 2015, 10:28 PM   #3482
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Québec seems to construct the most freeway / autoroute mileage in Canada recently, after decades of almost no construction activity.
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Old October 18th, 2015, 10:34 PM   #3483
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The Dorval Circle rebuild has been a kind of boondoggle
Was supposed to be ~ 5 years work starting 2005 at 224 million
Both points have been greatly exceeded by now and nothing is done

The original plan got rid of the circle, and added direct ramps from airport to downtown (to A-20 from the east) and direct ramps from West Island to Cote-de-Liesse (A-20 East -> A-520 East and vice-versa)

Now the circle stays and only the airport-downtown ramps are in plan. The airport interchange to A-520 has finished construction but the direct ramps have not (the viaduct is there but would only send cars flying into a nearby hotel building)
It seems the work required in regards to the railway through the area was not fully considered in the plan.
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Old October 18th, 2015, 10:38 PM   #3484
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^ That's pretty brutal.

One would have thought that Quebec would have constructed enough boondoggles by now to know how to avoid them...
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Old October 18th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #3485
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ah but we're distinct society

And of course this kind of thing (mostly in French)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ygD6nZ0PGA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KDSaFTWB0k
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Old October 19th, 2015, 08:42 PM   #3486
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Sorry and shame on but......

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Basically section 1 is split in 3 parts:
1-A from Oct 13 - Aug 15
1-B1 - Jul 14 - 2015
1-B2 - start April 2015 - finish 2016 (it is 2 km length, comprising 2 viaducts of the highway over rang St-Charles and 2 ecoducts 900 m north of rang St-Charles) (I don't know a good translation for "rang" and "montée" but they are old rural local roads, similar to range road / township road in West Canada but from the old French system of land concession)
1-C start Aug 2013 - finish aug 2015 -> opening this would allow opening to traffic of a 2nd stretch of road.
Is it possible to open subsections (there are no interchanges)? Have subsections been opened, e.g. 1-A in August 2015? I don't think so.

I guess 1-A, 1-B1, 1-B2 and 1-C are only lots and the 8km A-73 section b/n Beauceville interchange and Notre-Dame-des-Pins interchange will be opened in late 2016, won't it?

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and section 2, 5.4 km long comprising two "segments" First being the 74 St interchange, open since 2013. Second being 5.4 km including a bridge over River Gilbert, started 07.2012 and should be finished fall 2015.
Got it But fall 2015 is now.... Is there any info when it will exactly be opened or if it's delayed?
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Old October 20th, 2015, 09:55 PM   #3487
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Highway 63, Alberta

Highway 63 twinning now 99 per cent complete

The newly twinned Highway 63 between Grassland and Fort McMurray will improve safety for motorists and increase market access.

Highway 63 will soon be 16 kilometres closer to being completely twinned thanks to another section of four-lane traffic that opens Monday, October 19. The newly twinned segment runs from the 129 to 145 kilometer markers, and once open, will mean the twinning of Highway 63 is 99 per cent complete.
Full press release: http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xI...28BEB65AF933A2

237 km of Highway 63 is now twinned from Grassland to Fort McMurray. A 3 kilometer segment is remaining.
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Old October 21st, 2015, 12:10 AM   #3488
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My drive through the Kicking Horse area:

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Old October 21st, 2015, 10:09 PM   #3489
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The 407 East Phase 1 consortium has posted new aerial images of the project. A late December opening is looking extremely unlikely, unfortunately.

The Brock road Interchange, which opened in (i believe) July:



The highway as it runs south of Brooklin:



The temporary terminal interchange at Harmony Road:



The future 401 and 412 interchange:



TheWestney Road overpass:

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Old October 25th, 2015, 12:08 PM   #3490
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Vallee-Jonction - Sainte-Joseph was completed in 2013. I only found the 2+1 section b/n Sainte-Marie and Vallée-Jonction which has to be widened.

https://sites.google.com/site/autoroute73/Doublement

I guess this is the only u/c section:

QC-A73: Sainte-Marie – Vallee-Jonction 11km (2014 to 2016) [2nd c/w] – ? – map

I couldn't find proper info. Is the construction period 2014-16 correct? Is there any estimated completion date, e.g. early/late 2016 etcetera?
The website has been updated. The section is 2x2 in service since October 2015.

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En 2015, on complété une partie du doublement entre Vallée-Jonction et Sainte-Marie. Il reste cependant le secteur entre les 2 échangeurs à Sainte-Marie de même qu'un pont imposant au dessus de la Rivière Chassé. Les travaux de doublement ont été achevés en Octobre 2015 à l'exeption d'un peu de finition. Le 23 Octobre 2015, le MTQ a donc ouvert les voies dans le secteur Sainte-Marie/Saints-Anges. Ainsi, on peut dire que l'autoroute 73 est à enfin 4 voies de Lévis à Beauceville. Il reste cependant quelques travaux mineurs de finition et de paysagement qui vont nécessiter des entraves temporaires jusqu'en 2016.

Lorsque cette finition sera terminée et si le prolongement vers le sud se termine dans les échéanciers évoqués, l'Autoroute 73 sera donc à 4 voies de Québec à Saint-Georges autour de fin 2016.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 12:15 PM   #3491
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23 October is the date according to this article: http://www.enbeauce.com/actualites/f...-lautoroute-73
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Old October 26th, 2015, 12:54 PM   #3492
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TCH from Lake Louise towards Golden.

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Old October 26th, 2015, 12:55 PM   #3493
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Zaraz zrobi sie wasko:

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Old October 26th, 2015, 12:57 PM   #3494
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Twinned section again:

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And last look back at the Kicking Horse Bridge:

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I love the TCH shield, one of the most distinctive in the world:

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Old October 26th, 2015, 09:13 PM   #3495
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Québec City

I've been browsing through Google Earth and noticed the high volume of bridge work in the city of Québec (ville de Québec). On a closer look with historical imagery, it appears that nearly all autoroute bridges in the city have been replaced in the last 5-10 years. Most of those replacements don't seem to be capacity enlargements.

These are bridges across rivers and railroads as well as bridges and flyovers in interchanges.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 01:23 AM   #3496
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They were all built circa 1965-1970 and were in generally poor condition

The overpasses were generally ignored until the de la Concorde Blvd. collapse and it sparked a wide project to replace the "deficient" viaducts.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 01:24 AM   #3497
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Quebec essentially built its entire core autoroute network in 15 years, so most of it is coming up for reconstruction all at the same time. Once you combo that with the infamous mafia connection to construction companies in Quebec, you get the result you see today.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 09:59 AM   #3498
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More TCH in British Columbia

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Canada has interesting mix of symbols and text on its road signs:

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More TCH in British Columbia



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Interesting seeing TCH sign with a different colouring scheme. I don't think they change colouring scheme for BC route symbols...
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Old October 28th, 2015, 09:49 PM   #3500
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These two viaducts in Vancouver will be demolished in a $ 200 million project. They were built as an accces to a freeway from downtown to the east that was never built, so they didn't serve much purpose. Keeping them would require a costly seismic upgrade. The southern viaduct (Georgia Viaduct) carries 24,000 vehicles per day, the northern viaduct (Dunsmuir Viaduct) carries 19,000 vehicles per day. A decent six-lane urban arterial should be capable of handling that kind of traffic.


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