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Old September 16th, 2016, 08:03 PM   #3901
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the recommended plan for upgrades to Highway 17 through Thunder Bay appears to include Canada's first Diverging Diamond interchange at Arthur Street.

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They went all-out on the Thunder Bay Expressway, a full-standard urban freeway with parclos, a freeway-to-freeway-like interchange at the Highway 11/17 turnoff and a wide median for future expansion. It's not some cheap upgrade of the existing road.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 09:41 PM   #3903
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Stoney Trail, Calgary

Southwest Calgary Ring Road gets full financing

Alberta Transportation has signed an agreement with Mountain View Partners (MVP) to design, build, partially finance and operate the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project, creating local jobs in the short and long term.

The contract is worth $1.42 billion in 2016 dollars, to be paid over the 35-year term of the contract, and follows a selection process which began in July 2015.

The Southwest Calgary Ring Road will be built between Highway 8 and Macleod Trail SE. The project includes reconstruction of Glenmore Trail between Sarcee Trail and east of 37 Street. The project includes 31 kilometres of six- and eight-lane divided highway, 14 interchanges, one road flyover, one railway crossing (flyover), 49 bridges and three river crossings over the Elbow River and Fish Creek.

The Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary began planning for the Calgary Ring Road in the 1970s. During the 1980s and 1990s, the province bought most of the lands needed for the Transportation Utility Corridor around Calgary where the ring road would be built. When the southwest portion is complete, there will be roughly 91 kilometres of free flowing travel.

Mountain View Partners is a consortium consisting of:

* Project Lead: Meridiam, Kiewit, Ledcor, Connor Clark and Lunn
* Financing Lead: Meridiam
* Design-Construction Lead: Kiewit, Graham and Ledcor.
* Operation and Maintenance Lead: Alberta Highway Services Ltd.

Major construction is scheduled to begin this fall following preliminary work that began earlier this summer. The southwest portion of the ring road is expected to be open to traffic in 2021.
Full press release: http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xI...58CBC56D7E5163

This is one of the largest greenfield highway projects in Canada.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 01:52 AM   #3904
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They went all-out on the Thunder Bay Expressway, a full-standard urban freeway with parclos, a freeway-to-freeway-like interchange at the Highway 11/17 turnoff and a wide median for future expansion. It's not some cheap upgrade of the existing road.
Only in terms of planning, there isn't anything remotely like a shovel going to be near any dirt for decades more at least

I kind of wonder the idea of improving this road instead of moving the Trans-Canada route onto Hwy 102, which is about a dozen km shorter and bypasses Thunder Bay on the north. They could probably delay need for traffic improvements just by placing some signs indicating this fact on either end of the Hwy 102 intersections, I'm sure most traffic ignores this reality...
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Old September 17th, 2016, 09:06 PM   #3905
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My understanding is that MTO did this assessment as they expect to move on the project relatively soon, actually. I've heard talk of securing funding in the next year or two and starting construction before the end of the decade. The TB expressway project isn't expected to be a long range plan, the highway today is really busy (I believe 30-40,000 AADT in parts), and could really use the upgrade.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 11:16 AM   #3906
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the recommended plan for upgrades to Highway 17 through Thunder Bay appears to include Canada's first Diverging Diamond interchange at Arthur Street.
I learned that Calgary is currently constructing a DDI at the MacLeod Trail / 162 Avenue SE intersection. The project website claims it's the first in Canada.

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Old September 28th, 2016, 05:21 AM   #3907
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The Youtube police muted the song that I chose for this video, but I am sharing it anyways.

This is the 407/412/401 between Oshawa and Scaroborough.

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Old September 28th, 2016, 07:03 PM   #3908
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If you want to check if your music can be used on Youtube, search the song on Youtube, and see if it's uploaded by users other than 'official' or vevo channels. If it is, you're usually okay.
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Old September 30th, 2016, 08:51 PM   #3909
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Highway 216, Edmonton

Final leg of Edmonton's Anthony Henday Drive to open Saturday

The final link in Anthony Henday Drive will open to traffic on Saturday afternoon, after a grand opening marking the first ring road in Alberta to be completed.

The ceremony to open the 27-kilometre, $1.81-billion northeast Anthony Henday Drive will be held on the new northbound bridge over the North Saskatchewan River.

Once the road is opened to traffic, the Henday is expected to provide motorists with 80 kilometres of free-flow traffic around Edmonton.

Construction started in June 2012. The opening falls on the scheduled completion date of Oct. 1, 2016.
Full report: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont...rday-1.3786054
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Old October 1st, 2016, 05:12 PM   #3910
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Canada's first true ring road.
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 06:26 AM   #3911
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How about Manitoba highways 100/101? Unlsee you mean fully-grade-separated
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The first freeway ring road of course.

Saskatoon also has a full ring road, which is nearly entirely a freeway, only a small section on the north side of the city has traffic lights.

Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway has a very large number of traffic lights, uncontrolled access and railroad crossings.

As most of Canada's larger city are located on the coast, large lake or major river, there aren't many beltways.
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 09:06 PM   #3913
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Hamilton, Ont has a technically valid motorway-standard ring road (403 / QEW / Red Hill / Linc) for a few years already
The only real issue is congestion on the older sections are bad enough for it to not really be thought of as a "bypass"
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 09:14 PM   #3914
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Well, technically it's possible to drive around Montréal on autoroutes as well, but it's not really a functional ring road, just a collection of autoroutes that allow a circular trip if you're okay with turning off all the time.

Sherbrooke is relatively close to a full ring road autoroute as well, but I don't know if there are plans to construct an eastern bypass,
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 11:18 PM   #3915
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Sherbrooke has a pretty well developed freeway network given the small size of the city. I think back in the height of the autoroute era, A-410 was supposed to link up to A-10 east of town, but that seems unlikely now. Just getting the extension to Route 108 will be a huge improvement.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 01:48 AM   #3916
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I believe Manitoba has big plans to eliminate most of the stoplights on the ring road. It won't be freeway standard for a long time though.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 07:55 AM   #3917
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Unless you wanna go all the way to Trois-Rivière, you still have to the City of Montreal.
with two bridges of A-640 over the rivers, they'd get there easily...
Niagara falls also has a full ring if I-190 through the states is counted lol
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By first true ring road I mean 1 single highway that's a complete circle with grade separations / interchanges.

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Old October 3rd, 2016, 04:35 PM   #3919
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Sherbrooke is the second-largest city in Québec that is not Montréal or Québec City, or a suburb of those cities. So that may explain the relatively extensive autoroute access.

How many two-lane autoroutes are there remaining in Québec? Most of it is probably A50, A73 was recently expanded to a four lane divided. But apparently A20 and A55 still have some two-lane mileage left.
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