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Old October 23rd, 2016, 12:09 PM   #3941
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Interesting, I found out that the Highway 1 / Highway 624 intersection to Pilot Butte (east of Regina) will be a diverging diamond interchange. This will be the second one in Canada (it's completed sooner than the Thunder Bay DDI, but later than the Calgary DDI).

It's interesting to note that during a 2013 open house - when a DDI was a completely unknown concept at the time - 32 out of 41 attendees preferred the DDI over other interchange types. Usually people are reserved, if not hostile, to new and unknown concepts.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 03:20 AM   #3942
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there are a few at grade intersections on the Regina bypass, it isn't entirely a freeway.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 06:21 PM   #3943
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Video of the world's first electronic toll highway: The 407 in Greater Toronto

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Old October 24th, 2016, 08:01 PM   #3944
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Video of the world's first electronic toll highway: The 407 in Greater Toronto
I don't think so... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electr...oll_collection
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Old October 24th, 2016, 09:46 PM   #3945
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Hmm... The claim might be for the first for all-electronic tolling, rather than the EZ-pass / regular toll booth hybrid.

"Highway 407 is the first electronically operated toll highway opened in the world; there are no toll booths along the length of the route."
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Old October 24th, 2016, 09:49 PM   #3946
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Norway has no toll booths...
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Old October 24th, 2016, 09:56 PM   #3947
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But that was in cities, not on highways (at first)
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Old October 24th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #3948
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Highway 104, Nova Scotia

Highway 104 Twinning Project Officially Opens

Finance Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan and Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, officially opened the Highway 104 twinning project to traffic today, Oct. 22.

The multi-phased Highway 104 project is a 14.5-kilometre new four-lane highway that stretches from west of Addington Forks Road to the east point of Taylors Road, Antigonish County. It will improve safety, ease congestion and cut travel time for drivers.

The cost of the project was $159 million. The Government of Canada contributed $55 million from the Building Canada Fund, with the province contributing the remaining $104 million.
Full press release: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20161022001

The opened segment is east of Antigonish, from Beech Hill Road to Taylor Road, approximately 7 kilometers in length. It wasn't just a simple twinning, but a new alignment.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 10:18 PM   #3949
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From what I can recall, when the 407 was first opened it was touted in the Toronto area as "The Worlds Most Advanced Tollway". In the North American context, the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County opened before the 407 as an all-electronic toll facility, however, the distinction has always been that the 91 Express Lanes were just that, express lanes, and the 407 was the first full-scale all electronic toll highway.

Of course, this was all written in the 1990s, long before the wikipedia and all that, so it would have been pretty easy to erroneously tout the highway as being first at something and not be questioned about that fact.
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Old October 25th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #3950
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Of course, this was all written in the 1990s, long before the wikipedia and all that, so it would have been pretty easy to erroneously tout the highway as being first at something and not be questioned about that fact.
Yes, it's fairly common to claim something to be the 'first', 'oldest', 'widest', 'longest', etc. while it in fact is not. Even today in the Wikipedia age it happens frequently. Some are also hard to verify (for example the Netherlands calling A2 to be the widest LED lit road in the world). One generally needs to be cautious with such claims.

However, the general public doesn't have detailed knowledge on such topics and acccepts such claims as a fact. Can't blame them though, you can't be an expert on everything. And even experts get it wrong sometimes.
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Old October 26th, 2016, 08:41 PM   #3951
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Alberta

A second highway to the Fort McMurray area has been proposed, it's called the 'East Clearwater Highway' and would run from Anzac to east of Fort McKay.

The need for a second highway access to Fort McMurray became apparent during the disastrous wildfire earlier this year when 88,000 people had to evacuate from Fort McMurray, Highway 63 being the only road access to and from the city.

A new highway could also take some industrial traffic out of the city via Highway 881.

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Old October 28th, 2016, 12:19 PM   #3952
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I felt sorry for the people who drove north along highway 63, only to find that there was nowhere else to go, and eventually required escort back through the fire zone to the south.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 03:04 PM   #3953
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Well, they have the oil camps there that can accommodate thousands of workers. But due to the low oil prices, many accommodations were vacant, so there was enough room for evacuees. However, it would be difficult to supply them long-term with road access cut off by the fire. Another problem was very heavy smoke, so they decided to evacuate them all by air and road.

I've also seen plans floating around for an east-west route to Highway 35. That would be a nearly 250 km road through the remote forest areas.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 03:38 PM   #3954
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Gardiner Expressway, Toronto

Exit numbering has been introduced to the Gardiner Expressway this weekend.

• 36 new exit ramp signs installed

Numerous maintenance tasks completed on Gardiner Expressway last weekend

This is reportedly the exit numbering system:

141 - Kipling Ave
142 - Islington Ave
143* - Park Lawn Road
145* - Lake Shore Blvd
146* - South Kingsway
149 - Jameson Ave
153 - Spadina Ave
154 - Yonge/Bay/York Sts
155 - Jarvis St
157 - Lake Shore Blvd

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Old October 28th, 2016, 04:03 PM   #3955
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Seems like a continuation of QEW exit numbering. Wonder why, since QEW is provincially owned and Garinder is municipally owned.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 04:30 PM   #3956
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A part of the QEW was downloaded to the city in the 90's, becoming part of the gardiner. The exit pictured was part of the QEW 20 years ago.
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It also just makes sense - the QEW goes straight into the Gardiner...
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Old October 28th, 2016, 08:53 PM   #3958
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Did anyone see the sneak peak of the new TV series Heavy Rescue: 401? The series starts in 2017, but they recently aired an episode on Discovery Channel.

It's basically the exact same concept as Highway Thru Hell, but based on Ontario's 400-series highways. There are some cool aerial shots, the usual heavy rescue vehicles and because the GTA has a lot of highway cameras, they also included some CCTV footage of crashes.

Those rotators are interesting, I don't recall seeing them on European freeways, over here they usually use large mobile construction cranes to handle difficult wrecks. Rotators are expensive equipment (they can cost up to $ 750,000) but they are more mobile than large cranes and require less space, so they can often keep one lane of traffic open.
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Old October 29th, 2016, 05:34 AM   #3959
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I've always thought of an alternative east-west highway through Ontario, using the 402/403/QEW/Gardiner as one highway. The section of the 401 between 402 and 403 would be a co-signed highway.

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Did anyone see the sneak peak of the new TV series Heavy Rescue: 401? The series starts in 2017, but they recently aired an episode on Discovery Channel.
Yep. It seems to have pretty high production quality, possibly surpassing Highway Through Hell.

There's a little bit of video & info on the Discovery Website:
http://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Heavy-Rescue-401
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Old October 29th, 2016, 08:42 AM   #3960
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Maybe upgrading this road 881, road 956, road 155 would be a good alternative to the road down to Edmonton, and a shortcut to Eastern Canada and the Midwest US
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