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Old October 29th, 2015, 01:26 AM   #3501
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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...
I think it is only because it is regulatory sign, in case of avalanche or something
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Old October 29th, 2015, 02:12 AM   #3502
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yeah, same in ontario, highway signs become white on green, instead of black on white, when on EDR signs
You'd probably know, your profile picture is an Ontario Road shield for heaven's sake
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Old October 29th, 2015, 06:42 AM   #3503
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those viaducts in Vancouver have always been out of place. Glad they are on their way out. Now if Halifax can get rid of its useless piece of highway infrastructure adjacent to its downtown..

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Old October 30th, 2015, 12:49 AM   #3504
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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.

I think I have some photos of the viaducts from a distance:

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Old October 30th, 2015, 06:08 AM   #3505
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Thats them. What I am interested in knowing is how they plan to demolish them exactly, a few recent buildings next door have been built with their main entrances facing right onto the elevated roadway..

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Old October 31st, 2015, 01:05 AM   #3506
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Old October 31st, 2015, 01:05 AM   #3507
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Old October 31st, 2015, 01:09 AM   #3508
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Old October 31st, 2015, 06:48 PM   #3509
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Old November 1st, 2015, 12:02 AM   #3510
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QC-A85: Note-Dame-du-Lac – Lac Martin 7.5km (2012 to Fall 2015) – projectmap

The section is indicated to be in service on OSM and Google Maps but I couldn't find any info. If it's correct, since when are both carriageways in service?
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Old November 1st, 2015, 12:42 AM   #3511
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It seems to be a series of opening dates.

Exit 24 - Exit 29 (Packington - Notre Dame-du-Lac opened on 23 October 2014 with one carriageway (with traffic in two directions).

km 19 - km 25 (near Dégelis to Packington) opened 'partially' on 12 August 2015

The 'remainder' of the eastbound carriageway opened on 29 September 2015

edit: there still seem to be works on A85 near km 29 as recent as 24 October 2015

edit2: Quebec 511 says there is construction until 13 November.

I'm not sure if the project is now entirely completed. The MTQ website is a disaster. They published only a few press releases since July.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 03:39 AM   #3512
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Here's a fun story. I had my G2 test a couple of weeks ago in Ontario. I leanrt how to drive in Iran, which is like European-cultured driving. So naturally, when I pass green light, I lift my foot up from the gas pedal, or when I make a turn, I slow down for less centrifugal forces, and like be in the safer side of it all, in case someone decides to jay walk right after the turn or if there's a parked car or something. Anyways, For all the test I drove about 5 km/h under the limit, and for turns and intersections, I did about 10 km/h under the limit. I passed the test and all, but I had like 3 x marks for criteria regarding driving too slow.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 08:52 AM   #3513
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Interesting


Also, is there any specific reason why NWT uses Blue for directional signs?

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Old November 1st, 2015, 12:06 PM   #3514
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I'm not sure if the project is now entirely completed. The MTQ website is a disaster. They published only a few press releases since July.
Thanks . Maybe we'lll have some "better" info by the end of November. I don't update my list now but I have to split the section when I will update (~ end of November).
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Old November 1st, 2015, 09:05 PM   #3515
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Interesting

When Quebec legalized right turn on red circa 2000 (harmonizing with the rest of Canada and the US) the municipal administration of Montreal fought to have an exemption, and consequently RToR is forbidden anywhere on the island itself including demerged suburbs (because city of Montreal controls the major roads/traffic policy) This sign is posted on all bridges into the island and nowhere else.

It's tremendously annoying but now that I wear Ontario license plates I figure to turn right anyway and just play dumb if the gendarmes see me

Curiously RToR is permitted on Ile-Bizard, which is controlled by the city of Montreal. However, I believe there is only one place where you could theoretically do it, as there is only one traffic light and on three sides there is a chanellization wye.

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I like that guy's bumper sticker but could never put one on... can you imagine? "I clocked you at 130" "no way officer!" "your bumper sticker says stop 100 and max 130"
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Old November 1st, 2015, 09:14 PM   #3516
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The city of New York is apparently one of the few places in the U.S. where a right turn on red is banned throughout the city.

The right turn on red practice is allowed in some cases in Europe, but doesn't seem to be a widespread practice. In the Netherlands, cyclists are often allowed to make a right turn on red.
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Old November 1st, 2015, 09:22 PM   #3517
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New York City isn't so bad - the typical rule (RToR permitted unless a sign says otherwise) is inversed, so if a sign is present you can turn right on red in NYC, which outside of the congested central areas is relatively common.

In Montreal though there is no exemption at all, and most of the island is typical suburb with terrible signal timings and RToR would simplify life
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Old November 4th, 2015, 04:26 AM   #3518
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I found it hilarious when she was saying "drivers are risking heavy fines and safety" by overspeeding and "everyone is overtaking me". For those of us who use 401 regularly, it's obvious 95% of the drivers go faster than 100 km/h.

What's interesting to note is that when Canada had the imperial measurement system, the limits were 70 mph. This should translate to 110 km/h. There's no sense in the current limit given it's completely unreasonable. I have high hopes the limit will change to 120 or 130 in the next 5-10 years.
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Old November 4th, 2015, 05:18 AM   #3519
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It is a bit more complicated
The 401 was signed at 70 mph for some time
However circa 1974 the speed limit was reduced to 60 mph (and 2-lane roads reduced from 60 to 50) as a fuel saving measure more or less concurrent with other countries in the world
When metric speed limits were adopted in 1977 "Maximum 100" signs were put up

It's basically all Trudeau's fault, essentially (and Alberta told him fuddle duddle and kept 70 mph and later, 110 limits )

However, Ontario is a decidedly puritanical, wimpy society in many ways and I have no hope the 100 km/h limit will be increased. Mike Harris was talking about a 120 or 130 limit on the 400-series roads... in what, 1994? At least he torched the "photo raedar".

Its important to note the impact of extreme speed enforcement from the OPP and large fines on the road as well. I seem to recall in the 1990's you saw a lot more traffic north, even well north, of 160 km/h in rural Ontario on 401. Today, if you do a Toronto - Montreal run, you might, see someone approach 149 km/h briefly between Clarington and Cobourg but never anything more, and past Cornwall nobody dares go above 120.

GTA itself being a metropolis with quality (but tremendously overloaded) roads has the charcteristic of either stopped traffic or 140 km/h, it is certainly a special case in Ontario.
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Old November 4th, 2015, 06:55 AM   #3520
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we were once stopped on the way from Toronto to Ottawa near Kingston on 401 for doing 116 km/h
So it is, although rarely, strictly reinforced. Especially on long weekends. (The time we got fined was the Canada day long weekend)
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