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Old October 3rd, 2016, 05:36 PM   #3921
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Gatineau is larger than Sherbrooke, but it's lumped in with Ottawa's CMA.

That list is basically correct for two lane autoroutes that remain, though there are a few additional two lane segments as well, such as A573, 955, and 530.
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Old October 3rd, 2016, 09:58 PM   #3922
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Also, Quebec is still building new parts of A20 as a super two. The highway is slowly going further north to Rimouski.
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Old October 7th, 2016, 04:54 AM   #3923
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A few new photos of the construction on Highway 400 at the Highway 9 interchange north of the GTA. Construction is underway to widen the 400 through the Highway 9 interchange which has necessitated the replacement of the structure and interchange ramps.

Looking southerly along Highway 400 from the Carpool lot within the SW quadrant of the interchange. Grading and some paving for the widened southbound platform has been completed.

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...B_Sep16_lg.jpg
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...ep16_24x16.jpg

Zoomed out northerly view from the Carpool lot towards the Highway 9 overpass. Grading for the new northbound loop ramp is visible.

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...w_Sep16_lg.jpg
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Close-up of the construction of the new structure. At this point, only the central pier and abutments for the new bridge are visible.

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Southerly view at the southbound off-ramp to Highway 9 from the 400.

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Southbound advanced view approaching the Highway 9 interchange.

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View looking easterly along the Canal Bank Road towards the Highway 400 overpass. These twin structures are being replaced as part of the Highway 9 construction project.

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Old October 7th, 2016, 05:33 AM   #3924
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It's kind of crazy how close yet far that is... Hwy 9 is the new #7
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Old October 7th, 2016, 03:07 PM   #3925
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^ I actually thought exactly the same thing when I was editing those photos last night.
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Old October 14th, 2016, 04:47 PM   #3926
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Sunshine Coast, B.C.

Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Feasibility Study
This study examines the feasibility of a fixed link to replace the ferry service between the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tr...ast-fixed-link



This could lead to some interesting infrastructure. It's a Norwegian-style project, a bridge, tunnel or road connection to a remote area. The Sunshine Coast has some 25,000 inhabitants that are only connected by ferries.
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Old October 15th, 2016, 07:54 PM   #3927
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Highway 7, Saskatchewan

Phase One of Highway 7 Twinning Opens to Traffic

Today, nine kilometres of newly twinned highway between Saskatoon and Vanscoy opened to traffic. This phase is the first of three in a major project to twin approximately 25 kilometres of Highway 7 between Saskatoon and Delisle. The Government of Canada will fund half the eligible costs to a maximum of $32 million.

Highway 7 is a key trade route for the province and connects communities such as Kindersley, Rosetown, Delisle and Saskatoon, as well as Calgary and the ports on the west coast. Over the last 10 years, traffic volumes have increased by about 50 per cent, from 5,000 vehicles per day to about 9,100 per day.
Full press release: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/governme...twinning-opens

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Old October 16th, 2016, 02:16 AM   #3928
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I was out on the recently completed section of Autoroute 73 south of Quebec City last weekend. I took some pictures:















The whole and full size images can be found here:
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Old October 18th, 2016, 01:24 AM   #3929
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automatic deicing, interesting

I drove SK-7 once from Rosetown into Alberta, it's a relatively pleasant road even now... so flat and straight you still have decent passing opportunities even with relatively high (not really by Ontario standards) traffic volumes.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 03:56 PM   #3930
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automatic deicing, interesting
What is it? Heated bridge deck?

A73 looks great, proper rural motorway/freeway.
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It's probably some kind of spraying system. I've seen it in a number of European countries as well.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 09:21 PM   #3932
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What is it? Heated bridge deck?

A73 looks great, proper rural motorway/freeway.
Typically they use sprinkler heads that are connected to a reservoir of anti-icing fluid. When the weather conditions are right, the springler heads will automatically spray anti-icing fluid onto the roadway.

I'm actually a bit surprised that it's still just a pilot project in Quebec. Other North American jurisdictions have been using this technology for several years now. It's particularly useful on curved bridges.


This is a picture of a similar sprinkler head on a bridge along Hwy 11 in Ontario.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 05:30 AM   #3933
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I was travelling in Alberta last week and noticed work has started on the reconstruction of Hwy 2 through Red Deer into a collector-express system and removing the left entrance from southbound Gaetz Ave (Hwy 2A) to Hwy 2

I guess government has money to borrow :P
http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5969.htm
I don't have photos since was driving, but there are a lot of cones and lane closures on the local network in the area and they are digging down the wide median/hill between the Hwy 2 carriageways around Gaetz... revealing the nice chernozem

There is also a relatively inexplicable closed carriageway / contraflow workzone at 67 St (Hwy 11) just east of the Hwy 2 interchange. I thought they were rebuilding the old overpass, but the traffic is flowing on both overpasses, the workzone is just before...

The full cloverleaf at Hwy 11A and Hwy 2 has been converted to a relatively wide-open diamond, and the carriageways on the side towards Sylvan is set up for an eventual twinning of the overpass. Traffic operations are better than I expected and it is working well

I also noticed, scores of crashed and abandoned vehicles in the median and shoulder ditches along Hwy 2 from roughly Lacombe to Nisku on several occasions, including a flipped over tractor trailer that someone was trying to flip over with some kind of construction equipment and 1 lane of 2 was closed... interesting kind of work-pace compared with say, Ontario.
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I was watching Highway Thru Hell a while ago where they moved operations to Alberta. They were stunned to see so many abandoned trucks and cars in the ditch on the road to Fort McMurray. They weren't used to that in B.C.

Of course, it's a reality TV series, so not all of it may be completely authentic (though a lot better than Ice Road Truckers probably).
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Old October 20th, 2016, 01:25 AM   #3935
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I can understand the road to Fort Mac, since it is very far from population centres that could service them (basically, Edmonton and Fort Mac which is 450 km)
But I was between Calgary and Edmonton which is densely (for Alberta at least) populated strip...

I think what was is happening is the tow services preferring to work in the day or people who crash who hitch-hike home and decide what to do about it later... people are friendly and probably would offer a lift (or a typical Albertan driving the typical Albertan 4x4 pickup truck, would pull it out of the ditch) before any police came. I didn't see any badly damaged cars, just random prangs or buried in ditch...
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Old October 20th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #3936
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I've noticed that in a lot of US states it is not uncommon to see abandoned or derelict vehicles on the side of the interstate as well.

That's something you'd almost never see in Ontario or Quebec.

An old vehicle of mine broke down on the side of the 400 just south of Steeles on a weekend earlier this summer. I was somewhat expecting it, so I had CAA, but I was actually surprised I was able to wait the 40 or so minutes that it took for CAA to respond without being approached by another tow truck.

I am not sure exactly what the law is, but I believe that there is some mechanism that allows tow trucks to remove vehicles from the side of a 400-series highway in the GTA without having the owners consent. I'd assume there would be some sort of intervention from a police officer to allow this to happen, but I am not actually certain.

I am sure other large urban centres have similar legislation.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 08:09 AM   #3937
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Im guessing there should be some sort of OPP involvement.
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Highway 16 in Saskatchewan

Highway 16 twinning project expected to wrap up this month

The provincial government says it expects a $52.4 million highway twinning project east of Saskatoon to be open to traffic later this month, one year earlier than forecast.

The Highway 16 twinning project includes the construction of 19.5 kilometres of new highway between Saskatoon and the Bradwell access road, shifting the highway north of Clavet, and a new CN railway crossing.
Full report: http://thestarphoenix.com/business/l...-up-this-month
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 11:34 AM   #3939
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I think these highway twinning projects in Saskatchewan will not be grade-separated, are they?
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Twinning projects on the Canadian prairies are generally at-grade with a 110 km/h speed limit.

However the Regina Bypass is a freeway-standard road with controlled access.
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