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Old April 7th, 2016, 12:55 AM   #3761
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Looking at the MTO website, it appears the reconstruction on 401/40 interchange and 10km reconstruction of eastbound lanes in Chatham has begun.

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/tra...tract2015-3000
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Old April 8th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #3762
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A few pictures that I took of the recently reconstructed portion of the 401 through Tilbury a few weeks ago en route to Windsor:





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Old April 19th, 2016, 10:10 PM   #3763
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Highway 2, Red Deer, Alberta

The Gaetz Avenue interchange in southern Red Deer gets an upgrade. It also includes the widening of Highway 2 to six lanes. The $ 100 million project will start in the summer.



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The existing interchange is typical for a highway that was twinned, but had to be rerouted outside of town, leaving an incomplete 'spur' exit.

Red Deer is a city located halfway between Calgary and Edmonton. It has grown strongly over the recent years, from 68,000 people in 2001 to 100,000 people in 2015. It has a lot of industry related to the oil and gas extraction in the province.
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Old April 20th, 2016, 01:30 AM   #3764
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I'm always amused how you get these things I know that area very well

The new design will be welcome. The current design has way too short left-hand entrance on the south-south movement, it drops slow moving traffic from downtown Red Deer onto the left side of the 110 km/h freeway with typical Alberta traffic of lifted diesel pickup trucks cruising at 150 km/h minimum

I think it would be interesting to compare the distance between the end of the new C/D section through Red Deer and the nearest at-grade intersection or private driveway. There are still several north of Red Deer and south of Wetaskiwin, it might be the shortest such distance in world
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Old April 20th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #3765
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I'm always amused how you get these things
It helps if you know where to look I search Google News in 4 languages (English, German, French, Spanish) on a daily basis with several keywords. In this case I found a CBC report, then went to the website of Alberta Transportation, found a press release with a link to the project page and voilà

Google News is a much faster tool than keeping track of all major news outlets or press releases from government websites individually. There are only a limited number of road authority press releases which I keep track of, mostly from European road authorities.

It's not very time-consuming, it depends on how much news there is, but on a low-news day, it takes less than 15 minutes. Google News allows you to scroll through results quickly without having to open dozens of websites or read dozens of articles.
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Old April 26th, 2016, 04:55 PM   #3766
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Kicking Horse Canyon, British Columbia

Cool drone photos of the Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon east of Golden, BC.





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Old April 28th, 2016, 03:22 AM   #3767
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Video of the 407:

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Old April 28th, 2016, 03:28 AM   #3768
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nice video

Even period / location correct radio music (that song is played in a loop on every Toronto FM station I swear)
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Old April 28th, 2016, 04:16 PM   #3769
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nice video

Even period / location correct radio music (that song is played in a loop on every Toronto FM station I swear)
the music is definitely representative of Toronto. Off topic, but I bought the July Talk album and it's actually quite good. There are a couple of real standup songs that weren't singles.
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Old April 28th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #3770
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Great photos of the trans Canada through BC. The next phase of the 4 laning through there is supposed to be a billion dollar project involving several tunnels. That new bridge is much larger than I thought judging by that image.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 02:00 AM   #3771
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the music is definitely representative of Toronto. Off topic, but I bought the July Talk album and it's actually quite good. There are a couple of real standup songs that weren't singles.
Traffic is characteristic too, damn black TL
and your reaction same as mine
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Old April 29th, 2016, 02:48 AM   #3772
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Traffic is characteristic too, damn black TL
and your reaction same as mine
That lane change angers me every time I watch this video.

This video was shot in June, 2015. A lot of people can make videos a lot better than this, but I figured I'd put it online anyways.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 04:56 AM   #3773
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not sure I want to reference the Star (LOL)
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/tran...he-region.html


GTA West highway decision could determine future of the region
Who has more to lose becomes the question as Ontario ponders whether and where to build a proposed Highway 413 between Vaughan and Milton.


So Highway 413... guess we are going back to sequential numbers
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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:18 AM   #3774
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Evacuation - huge fire in northern Alberta



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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:38 AM   #3775
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That is so crazy
I hope everyone gets out OK and their damages are limited, but it looks like the damages are extreme. Ford Mac is really getting pummeled hard. I wonder how many of those people who drove down, will never drive back up.

The age of the boreal up in the Alberta / BC forest region is much older than normal, because we keep putting out the fires, but the older the forest, more prone to wildfire. I'm not sure how we can fix this, maybe more, massive (>1 km^2 each?) controlled burns?

On the flip side, check out the nicely widened sections of Hwy 63!
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not sure I want to reference the Star (LOL)
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/tran...he-region.html


GTA West highway decision could determine future of the region
Who has more to lose becomes the question as Ontario ponders whether and where to build a proposed Highway 413 between Vaughan and Milton.


So Highway 413... guess we are going back to sequential numbers
This article isn't very good.

While Vaughan is still building auto-oriented subdivisions, they are also definitely building transit oriented development, particularly on the Hwy 7 Corridor. Brampton is a much worse offender, and isn't building anything that resembles transit oriented development anywhere in the city.

One of the things that the article doesn't mention is how much of the employment areas in York and Peel Regions are auto-oriented. Think of the business parks along the Highway 407 corridor in both Peel and York Regions. These areas will never be well served by transit corridors, as they are too spread out, and because of the nature of the businesses that are located there, aren't dense. But, there are sound planning decisions that led to the alignment of businesses away from residential areas. Industry and residential land uses shouldn't be located directly adjacent to one another as they aren't compatible.

Managing transportation demand on the new highway through tolling seems like a much better approach, and is actually in line with the principles of smart growth.

And Highway 413 is a stupid number. It won't be numbered 413, and I wish the media would stop calling it that.
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Old May 5th, 2016, 10:38 PM   #3777
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Evacuation - huge fire in northern Alberta



More info:
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https://www.google.nl/maps/dir/56.69...e3!4m2!4m1!3e0
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Old May 6th, 2016, 03:47 PM   #3778
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Video of Highway 406 in southern Ontario. Construction to widen the southern portion of the highway was completed late in 2015:

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Fort McMurray

Google has released new satellite imagery of Fort McMurray, Alberta today, no doubt due to the attention the large wildfire has attracted.

The most recent imagery is from August 2015. It was 2011 imagery until yesterday.

You can see how much Fort McMurray has grown 2003-2015 (the image is rotated, the north is upper left)
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Old May 11th, 2016, 05:26 PM   #3780
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traffic safety

I compared some traffic fatality data, and two countries that appear fairly similar, turn out to be quite different in terms of traffic safety.

In 2014, Canada had 1,834 traffic fatalities, a rate of 52 per 1 million people. At the same time, the United States had 32,675 fatalities, a rate of 103 per 1 million people, double the rate of Canada.

To put it in perspective among developed countries; Canada has a fatality rate near the EU average, the U.S. traffic fatality rate is much higher with only one EU country (Latvia) exceeding it slightly.

Overview:

Fatalities per 1 million people;

* Netherlands: 28
* Norway: 29
* Israel: 33
* Japan: 36
* China: 46
* Australia: 49
* EU average: 51
* Canada: 52
* New Zealand: 64
* United States: 103
* Latvia: 106

I wonder what is the cause for such a marked difference between Canada and the United States.
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