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Old December 9th, 2016, 08:56 AM   #4001
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Regina Bypass project, SK

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Old December 9th, 2016, 04:19 PM   #4002
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I think it is actually less in Montreal than Toronto, but both are quite high and comparable:
https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/.../tbl1a-eng.cfm
The problem with data on commuting is that it accounts typically for only 25-30% of all vehicle kilometers. The modal split is much more geared towards driving if all travel is included, and not just commuting to work. So while it is valuable data, it doesn't paint the whole picture. Especially because data like this is often simplified to '20% of people use transit' while in reality it is different.
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Old December 9th, 2016, 07:51 PM   #4003
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it is useful in terms of peak infrastructure stress. Ultimately infrastructure is almost always built to accommodate peak commuting traffic, when commuting patterns matter most. High commuting modal shares in transit ultimately means lower rush hour stress levels on the roads. There is excess road capacity in off peak periods, and thus more trips are made by automobile as it is a more attractive option.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 12:53 AM   #4004
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Well, that is more relevant to the morning rush hour which is largely driven by commuter traffic, while the afternoon rush hour has much more mixed traffic. But I wouldn't want to underestimate the amount of trips taken during the morning rush hour that are not commuting from home to work (or school). Apart from truck traffic, there is also a considerable amount of traffic for workers with no fixed workplace (such as contractors). When the construction sector collapsed in the Netherlands in '09 due to the recession, there were notably fewer vans on the road and less early (pre-7 a.m.) congestion.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 04:44 AM   #4005
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The picture is too small to read. Is this with interchanges?
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Old December 10th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #4006
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Here you go, a map with how each interchange will look like

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Old December 10th, 2016, 05:28 AM   #4007
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A few more IC's on Hwy 1 would be much welcome.
The design at new ring / Hwy 1 west is surprisingly complex and large in a land so typically devoid of viaducts of any kind...

Running into Regina at night or any time is sure annoying... far from the city the speed limit drops to 90 or something silly, and then the traffic light forest begins...

The detour of the new ring south of the city adds some distance, it might be easier to keep going on Hwy 1 to the old ring. But you would still have to deal then with the worst of the traffic lights.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 06:08 AM   #4008
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It's only good if you wanna go to Moosejaw and West. Not so good if you wanna go up to Saskatoon.
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Old December 13th, 2016, 11:08 PM   #4009
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Highway 1, British Columbia

Trans-Canada Highway improvements completed at Hoffman’s Bluff

The second phase of the Pritchard to Hoffman’s Bluff project has been completed. Work involved straightening and four-laning the highway, improving accesses, and adding median barriers, wider paved shoulders and rumble strips. An adjoining 2.8 kilometres were upgraded under the first phase of the Pritchard to Hoffman’s Bluff project that opened to traffic in July 2015. This section of Highway 1 is located approximately 40 kilometres east of Kamloops and, in the past, has had a higher than average collision rate.
Full press release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016TRAN0403-002703


4-Lane Section on Phase 2 of Hoffman's Bluff Completed by B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, on Flickr
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Old December 14th, 2016, 08:40 AM   #4010
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Is HWY#1 now completely 4 lanes from Salmon Arm to Kamloops?
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Old December 14th, 2016, 11:30 AM   #4011
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Last year's Google Street View shows that Chase - Salmon Arm is a three-lane highway.

They built some four lane stretches without a jersey barrier in the median (but there is space for it).
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Old December 16th, 2016, 09:00 PM   #4012
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Highway 16, Edmonton, Alberta

Yellowhead Trail freeway project will mean faster and safer travel, and more efficient trade

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, along with Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, announced joint funding of more than $1 billion for the conversion of a portion of Highway 16, also known as the Yellowhead Trail, from an expressway into a freeway without traffic signals.

Yellowhead Trail is a vital 25-kilometre corridor within the City of Edmonton that sees traffic volumes of up to 81,000 vehicles per day — almost 20 per cent of which are transport trucks.

This project will address bottlenecks on the Yellowhead Trail that presently slow both commercial and passenger vehicles by eliminating intersections, increasing capacity and facilitating a consistent traffic flow and speed. These changes will greatly improve driver safety and maximize the flow of traffic along this critical corridor that serves all four western provinces as part of the National Highway System.

With today’s announcement, the City can move forward with more detailed planning design, including consultation, with construction expected to begin by 2021.

The governments of Canada and Alberta are each contributing up to $241,600,000 for this project. The City of Edmonton will be responsible for all remaining costs. This project has a total estimated cost of more than $1 billion.
Full press release: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?x...15F79BCF350CD1
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Old December 17th, 2016, 01:57 AM   #4013
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The cost is so high, I wonder if it is really so important. Just for city of Edmonton taxpayers, at least 0,52 G$, with total population 0,9 M. Per household it is something like $1500 capital debt on top of each one, when they just opened a freeway bypass not very far to the north.

But, to build now will be inexpensive compared to if another boom happens and it gets clogged up like was happening circa 2007...
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Old December 17th, 2016, 05:52 AM   #4014
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It is something that should have happened 20 years ago in the first place. Much like how Toronto is dropping over a 2 billion on the Gardiner in the next 10 years.. dense urban environments require very expensive highways.

It also annoys me to no end that BC hasn't been installing median barriers along the Trans Canada where it widens it.
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The $ 1 billion cost suggest they may also reconstruct the existing grade-separated portions of the Yellowhead Highway through Edmonton. It's just over 20 kilometers, so it comes down to approximately $ 50 million per kilometer, which is high, but not extraordinary for an urban freeway. Perhaps they'll also include an extension of the Wayne Gretzy Drive as af freeway to the Yellowhead Highway.
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Old December 17th, 2016, 06:37 PM   #4016
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It is something that should have happened 20 years ago in the first place. Much like how Toronto is dropping over a 2 billion on the Gardiner in the next 10 years.. dense urban environments require very expensive highways.

It also annoys me to no end that BC hasn't been installing median barriers along the Trans Canada where it widens it.
It probably should have been done before, but the environment isn't that dense... it's typically industrial parks on one side and the train tracks on the other, they could probably even just trim parking lots and add some driveways for the businesses to have access by "backage" roads using the existing grid more or less

I'm not sure how much work they would want to do on the existing upgraded parts... those SPUI's they put up at e.g. 97 St cost a fortune and are not old at all (10 years?)

Realistically it looks like they want to spend billion for perhaps four overpasses
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Old December 19th, 2016, 06:43 AM   #4017
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I found some information about this project of the Yellowhead through Edmonton
https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_pla...egic-plan.aspx

It does not seem very ambitious considering the investment
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Old December 19th, 2016, 04:58 PM   #4018
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The MTO has recently published the TESR document for the proposed widening of Hwy 3 around the community of Essex, east of the City of Windsor:

https://sites.google.com/site/highway3widening/home

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https://goo.gl/1xzVBv
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I found some information about this project of the Yellowhead through Edmonton
https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_pla...egic-plan.aspx

It does not seem very ambitious considering the investment
A billion dollars just for three new interchanges appears expensive indeed. I'm not sure how much right-of-way is required to upgrade the alignment to freeway standards as well.

Yellowhead Trail has mature and fully developed areas on both the north and south sides which have been a key consideration in developing the strategy. Depending upon the scale of improvement within the corridor, some property acquisition will be required.
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Video of Autoroute 5 in the Gatineau Region of Quebec:
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