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Old August 6th, 2016, 05:25 PM   #3861
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Some photos of Autoroute 55 in the Eastern Townships of Quebec:





















These were taken in October, 2014.
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Old August 6th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #3862
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so much inexplicable signage

A few years ago they redesignated A-10 into Sherbrooke as A-610, despite the road not forming a bypass of A-10...

But A-10 still multiplexes with A-55 until Sherbrooke, which is totally pointless now, and as shown, it officially ends at a random point.
Then, the A-610 exit sign, has a exit number referencing A-10, which no longer exists and the exit number is on the wrong side
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Old August 6th, 2016, 06:21 PM   #3863
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They should have just left A-10 where it was. Re-designating it as 610 never made any sense to me either.

It's the same with A-720. Unless they do something to extend the Ville-Marie at-grade to A-25, it doesn't make sense to re-designate that as Route 136.
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Old August 6th, 2016, 06:41 PM   #3864
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Route 136 is even worse, as it exists already in Quebec City (boul. Champlain) along the river, creating more confusion

But admittedly there is no space in the grid in Montreal for something else - Sherbrooke St (R-138) is far north of the Ville-Marie, and Taschereau Blvd (R-134) is far south (I ignore the Jacques-Cartier Bridge approaches along de Lorimier and Papineau)

The MTQ was getting pummelled by bad politics with the Turcot project from all sides so tremendously, I think they were hoping to deflect something with it, not sure it worked.
It got so bad, that a "proposal" for the MTQ to reconstruct the interchange with several access ramps removed inexplicably was supported by the Order of Engineers (!) But the furore has disappeared for the most part now.

R-136 would have a useful navigation feature allowing to designate Notre-Dame St though, until they finally build the freeway there
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Old August 10th, 2016, 03:17 AM   #3865
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Another 11km section of the newly widened Highway 69 opened sometime after July 15, 2016. A specific date was not given. The new portion runs from north of Highway 607 to north of Highway 64. The opening is part of a $2 billion dollar project to extend Highway 400 northwards 250km to Sudbury. Once completed, this section of highway will be resigned as Highway 400. There is still over 80km to go, with completion of the entire project estimated to be sometime in the early 2020's. This is the second opening this year, with the next opening scheduled for 2020.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbur...tion-1.3681683
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Old August 10th, 2016, 03:51 AM   #3866
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a fatal collision and major fire has closed the Metropolitan Boulevard (A-40) in Montreal around Lajeunesse St today as well as the Cremazie St service roads.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...leup-1.3713943

Apparently, the structure is "damaged" but needs to be inspected once it cools down enough for people to look :o

They are saying damage to the structure of the viaduct, which as all Montreal people know, was in very bad shape to start with... I wonder what will happen, or if we will put plywood and pray like normal... (or some kind of broche-a-foin solution like the steel I-beams holding up Hwy 20 overpasses in Ville St Pierre)

to be continued...
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Old August 10th, 2016, 06:44 PM   #3867
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Another 11km section of the newly widened Highway 69 opened sometime after July 15, 2016. A specific date was not given. The new portion runs from north of Highway 607 to north of Highway 64. The opening is part of a $2 billion dollar project to extend Highway 400 northwards 250km to Sudbury. Once completed, this section of highway will be resigned as Highway 400. There is still over 80km to go, with completion of the entire project estimated to be sometime in the early 2020's. This is the second opening this year, with the next opening scheduled for 2020.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbur...tion-1.3681683
I think it's the 11km section opened on 5th August, see below.
In addition, it's reported that a 14km section just south of the opened section is u/c. However, I couldn't find any info about 2020 opening in the article. What's your source?

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An 11 kilometer stretch of freeway opened to traffic in Northern Ontario, from north of the French River to north of Alban. It's part of Highway 69 that runs to Sudbury.

http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=925407
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Old August 10th, 2016, 06:57 PM   #3868
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I think it's the 11km section opened on 5th August, see below.
In addition, it's reported that a 14km section just south of the opened section is u/c. However, I couldn't find any info about 2020 opening in the article. What's your source?
It's on MTO website.

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/tra...tract2015-5119

So the planned opening date is 2021 for the entire 69 twinning. Assuming it takes 4 years to complete a section, do they plan on having 80 km of highway under construction by next year?
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Old August 10th, 2016, 07:26 PM   #3869
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It seems unrealistic to finish the entire Highway 69 twinning by 2021. They would have to award nearly everything next year to make that happen, not to mention the funding must be available.

Twinning of Highway 69 appears easy on a map, just flat forest. But it's more difficult, the de-facto freeway is built significantly on an entirely new alignment, and the rocky terrain requires extensive blasting and bridgework. It's much more difficult than say the twinning of Highway 63 in Northern Alberta.


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Old August 10th, 2016, 08:01 PM   #3870
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The reason for the delays isn't the terrain. the project runs through several native reserves and the province is taking its sweet old time to get agreements with them signed. The portion that opens in 2020 is the last portion that can be built without an agreement, so god knows when the next tender will begin.

I agree that 2021 is looking unlikely, but I wouldn't be surprised if we get a few new tenders soon. Up until now the highway has largely followed the existing alignment, after the 2020 opening it goes on a mostly new alignment which means that all of it would have to open at once. I bet you see completion around 2023 or 2024.

The project is certainly more expensive because of the terrain though. The newly opened 11km portion cost $80 million, and the new 2020 opening part will cost nearly $200 million to construct.
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Old August 10th, 2016, 11:25 PM   #3871
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Yes, but...

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Start of Construction : January 04, 2016
Estimated End of Construction : September 18, 2020
Start of construction is delayed by one year. Will the end of construction also be delayed by one year, September 2021?
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Old August 13th, 2016, 01:20 PM   #3872
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Contsruction of the new Pont Champlain in Montreal seems to be progressin well:
http://www.newchamplain.ca/project/engineering/



They use interesting technique of building prefabricated foundations. No need for piling etc.


It will be a nice bridge:




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Old August 13th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #3873
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Last weekend I took some photos of the section of the 401 through Cambridge being widened from six to ten lanes:

















My entire set of images:
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Old August 13th, 2016, 06:33 PM   #3874
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The name 'asphaltplanet' seems appropriate

Is it going to be 5 undivided lanes in each direction, or a collector/express configuration?
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undivided with one five lane carriageway each direction. The cross-section will have four general purpose lanes plus one HOV lane in each direction.
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It's strange that it would take 4 years just to widen 5 km of highway. And I wonder if it will create the kind of problem that exists in Whitby where the 401 drops from 5 to 3 lanes very quickly near Salem Road.

The 401 should be 5 lanes all the way from highway 8 to where it meets the collector express system. They've budgeted the further widening from Hespeler Rd to Townline Rd and from 6N to 6S but that will still leave several portions that are 3 lanes.
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I wouldn't be surprised if more sections get more announcements soon. The collector express are getting expanded to Milton too in the next few years - MTO has huge capital programs planned for the 401 and 400 for large distances of widening in the next few years. By 2030 the 401 will probably be 10 lanes to highway 8 and the 400 will be 8-10 lanes to Barrie.
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It's strange that it would take 4 years just to widen 5 km of highway. And I wonder if it will create the kind of problem that exists in Whitby where the 401 drops from 5 to 3 lanes very quickly near Salem Road.

The 401 should be 5 lanes all the way from highway 8 to where it meets the collector express system. They've budgeted the further widening from Hespeler Rd to Townline Rd and from 6N to 6S but that will still leave several portions that are 3 lanes.
There may be some traffic congestion at the Hwy 24 interchange for a couple of years until the next widening project to Townline Road is finished, but it won't be anything like what is experienced in Ajax. The 401 is a lot busier in Ajax than it is through Cambridge.

The most time consuming portion of the current project is the replacement of the existing Speed River bridges. Apparently the placement of current footprint of the bridge is causing adverse impacts to the Speed River itself, so the new bridges will have a different footprint than the pre-existing structures. If they didn't need to that, the highway could've probably been widened by next year.

Construction is ongoing at the other end of the project in Mississauga as well. MTO is currently acquiring all of the needed property westerly from the Credit River to beyond Trafalgar with a target acquisition date of November, 2017. So, presumably, if the funding is in place, the next widening contract in Mississauga could start as early as Spring 2018.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 10:17 PM   #3879
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The 'most feasible alternative' for a tunnel that would connect autoroute 5 (Macdonald-Cartier Bridge) to Highway 417 in Ottawa.



There is no direct high-capacity, free-flow route between Gatineau (Québec) and Highway 417 in Ontario. All bridges across the Ottawa River are in or near the Downtown area of Ottawa. Therefor, all through traffic has to utilize the street grid.

A connecting parkway (Vanier Parkway) was already planned in the 1970s but only partially built. With the continued growth of Ottawa and Gatineau, the problem continues to get worse.

Initially there were talks of a truck-only tunnel. While all through trucks would use the tunnel, the overall volumes are not high enough to warrant a truck-only tunnel. So they expanded the scope to a tunnel for all traffic. It is forecasted that at least 25,000 vehicles per day and possibly more, would use the tunnel.

It would be a twin-tube, four-lane bored tunnel from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge to Vanier Parkway near Highway 417. It would go under the Rideau River. The cost is estimated at $ 1.7 - 2 million.
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So it still wouldn't have a freeway-freeway connection, only a roundabout? That sucks. If you are going to drop all that money it should be free flow.
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