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Old February 16th, 2017, 05:05 PM   #4081
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Remarkable, considering they are currently constructing a new four lane cable-stayed bridge across the Nipigon River.

Though it does remain a weak spot, being the only east-west link in Ontario (Eastern & Western Canada). Where would such a bridge cross the river? North or south of Lake Nipigon? Perhaps a new road to Pickle Lake (where it could connect to the Northern Ontario Resource Trail)? Or more in the direction of Dryden, bypassing the Thunder Bay area?
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Old February 16th, 2017, 05:27 PM   #4082
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^ Those are questions that I don't know the answer to...

But I think the most likely solution is to extend a road easterly from Hwy 585 at Cameron Falls. The river is quite narrow through there, and there is actually already a single lane bridge that crosses the river to service a hydro electric dam. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to link that road to the Polly Lake Road that already extends west of Highway 11. Alternatively, it would also not be too much trouble just to build a new road connection direction to Hwy 11, and bypassing the Polly Lake Road.

The existing bridge is on google maps here:
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Hwy 585 has street view, but the single lane bridge does not.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #4083
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Redundancy is a good idea.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 08:24 PM   #4084
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They can create redundancy too if they built the Nipigon Bridge with two separate spans next to each other. In the unlikely* case of a failure, the other span would remain accessible.

* not so unlikely last year...
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Old February 17th, 2017, 01:34 AM   #4085
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that's actually the plan

but incomprehensibly the staging was build 1 2-lane bridge, demolish old bridge, build 2nd 2 lane bridge, but then, the 1st bridge broke and the old one was gone already
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Old February 17th, 2017, 07:40 PM   #4086
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Although there was no formal announcement of completion, the 417 extension appears complete. This was a small project to construct a single new interchange at Campbell Road and extend the highway roughly 5km. It was originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 and is shown as open on Google Maps.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 02:40 AM   #4087
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A small up date showing some of the signs for the 412 interchange on Highway 401 in Durham Region outside of Toronto:











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Old February 19th, 2017, 07:49 AM   #4088
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A small up date showing some of the signs for the 412 interchange on Highway 401 in Durham Region outside of Toronto:





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This one doesn't look like it was done according to standards. The road markings on the sign are doing whatever they wanna do
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Old February 19th, 2017, 10:24 AM   #4089
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Although there was no formal announcement of completion, the 417 extension appears complete. This was a small project to construct a single new interchange at Campbell Road and extend the highway roughly 5km. It was originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 and is shown as open on Google Maps.
It was already divided in Mid 2016:

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Old February 21st, 2017, 07:12 PM   #4090
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A73 Québec City

A 4.5 kilometer segment of southbound Autoroute 73 (Autoroute Laurentienne) will be widened to three lanes. It's between Rue de la Faune and Boulevard Louis-XIV.

A future project will also expand A973 into central Québec City.

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Old March 2nd, 2017, 02:09 PM   #4091
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A video of Hwy 3 and 401 in Southwestern Ontario:

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Old March 9th, 2017, 03:30 PM   #4092
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Another video from me... this one was shot on the day after the one above, on the return trip home:

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Old March 10th, 2017, 10:52 PM   #4093
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That left lane merge is terrible
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Old March 11th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #4094
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^ Yeah, 1960s-era highway engineering at its finest.
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In amazed they didn't fix it when they upgraded highway 6 to a freeway 10 years ago or so.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #4096
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^ I'm not too surprised that they didn't. As bad as the Hwy 6 interchange is, the MTO hasn't come up with a future cross-section for the 403 between Burlington and Hamilton. MTO is pretty averse to building new structures with a 75-100 year design life without knowing how wide the freeway is going to be at the end of those 75-100 years. There is no easy solution to fixing that interchange.
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The 403 / 6 "north" interchange isn't really that bad though. Until the overpasses start dropping concrete Turcot style, how could any investment (considering we are talking millions) be justified?

The only really annoying part is the 6 S -> 403 E movement, mostly because of the curve along 403. The merge lane is very long, at rush hour it is relatively unpleasant, but not much worse than the middle lane...
But the whole 403 (erm, rush hour in the GTA) is pretty unpleasant

If MTO is spending money in the area it would be better to try and clean up the approach of the 403 to the QEW and the weird right-lane "must exit" onto Fairview St. They put a lot of signs but people always seem surprised and there ends up a traffic jam resulting from it or dangerous lane-changes.
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The 403 / 6 "north" interchange isn't really that bad though. Until the overpasses start dropping concrete Turcot style, how could any investment (considering we are talking millions) be justified?

The only really annoying part is the 6 S -> 403 E movement, mostly because of the curve along 403. The merge lane is very long, at rush hour it is relatively unpleasant, but not much worse than the middle lane...
But the whole 403 (erm, rush hour in the GTA) is pretty unpleasant

If MTO is spending money in the area it would be better to try and clean up the approach of the 403 to the QEW and the weird right-lane "must exit" onto Fairview St. They put a lot of signs but people always seem surprised and there ends up a traffic jam resulting from it or dangerous lane-changes.
MTO currently has a study ongoing that will deal with both the short term rehabilitative needs of the Freeman interchange, in addition to a long term improvement strategy. I'm not sure what the exact timeframe of the study is, but I think they are looking to start doing bridge rehabs on some of the bridges in the next 5 or so years.

I think the MTO would like to address the 'must-exit' situation at Fairview too... though I think it might be replaced by a 'must-exit' situation for Brant Street, at least in the interim.

A lot of work has been done in the vicinity of the Hwy 6/403 interchange over the past few years. Most notably, the speed change lane from the ramp from Hwy 6 to the eastbound 403 was extended. Work also lowered the platform of the 403 beneath both the Plains Road overpass, and the ramps to and from Hwy 6 to eliminate the over-height vehicle restrictions on all of those overpasses.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 06:16 PM   #4099
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That left lane merge is terrible
Yup. I drive by there every day and get anxiety from it
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A highway connecting Welland and the QEW has been re-proposed:


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For instance, he said a road needs to be built as soon as possible connecting Highway 140 to the QEW in Fort Erie.

“We have to complete that east-west link,” Badawey said, referring to the highway proposed about a decade ago.

“It has to be done. We can’t wait for that … especially while (the Welland General Electric plant) is being built,” he said.

“We need to give them some more infrastructure as it relates to roads. We can’t expect them to go to Buffalo down Highway 3, or down Netherby Road. We have to have four lanes between the Peace Bridge and the 140, and that will also open up that whole industrial area and make it a lot more enticing for industrial growth.”

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http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...ay-designation
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