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Old March 18th, 2017, 01:19 AM   #4121
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the high-speed ramps are still very difficult for pedestrians regardless - especially since MTO refuses to allow pedestrian right of way, yet alone a signalized crossing of some sort across them. Peds are supposed to sit and wait for a clearing in traffic to cross the on ramp, where vehicles are regularly driving at speeds upwards of 80km/h as they speed onto the highway. it is absolutely hostile. A lot could be done to fix the issue, from reducing the radius of the ramp, to placing a raised crossing to slow vehicle speeds, or even just painting a ped crossing, but MTO doesn't seem interested.
Parclos effectively still act as cycling and pedestrian barriers due to their safety issues.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 02:11 AM   #4122
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the high-speed ramps are still very difficult for pedestrians regardless - especially since MTO refuses to allow pedestrian right of way, yet alone a signalized crossing of some sort across them. Peds are supposed to sit and wait for a clearing in traffic to cross the on ramp, where vehicles are regularly driving at speeds upwards of 80km/h as they speed onto the highway. it is absolutely hostile. A lot could be done to fix the issue, from reducing the radius of the ramp, to placing a raised crossing to slow vehicle speeds, or even just painting a ped crossing, but MTO doesn't seem interested.
Parclos effectively still act as cycling and pedestrian barriers due to their safety issues.
MTO is pretty pragmatic when it comes to pedestrian safety. Of all of the pedestrian collisions that occur within Toronto, very few are located at 400-series expressway ramp terminals.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 02:14 AM   #4123
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So the lack of right-turn wyes on newer interchanges is AODA? That is crazy

There are some really inexplicable ones, say at QEW Hamilton to Hwy 25 North. The ramp is a hard right turn when there is plenty of room to just make a wye, and only one right turn lane anyway. Pedestrian should be a non-issue considering the road has no sidewalks and no attractions or sources of pedestrians within 5 km to the south or 15 km to north...
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Old March 18th, 2017, 02:26 AM   #4124
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So the lack of right-turn wyes on newer interchanges is AODA? That is crazy

There are some really inexplicable ones, say at QEW Hamilton to Hwy 25 North. The ramp is a hard right turn when there is plenty of room to just make a wye, and only one right turn lane anyway. Pedestrian should be a non-issue considering the road has no sidewalks and no attractions or sources of pedestrians within 5 km to the south or 15 km to north...
That's why the right turn channels get removed during reconstruction as well. Pretty much all of the right turn channels that used to exist along the 427 between the QEW and 401 were removed during the recent reconstruction project.

The City of Toronto has petitioned the MTO to remove the right turn channels at the 400 and Finch Avenue interchange as well. So far the MTO has resisted, as they are concerned that the traffic signals at the ramp terminals won't be able to handle peak traffic volumes and the off-ramps could back up onto the freeway. I'm sure though sooner rather than later Toronto will get its way.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #4125
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MTO is pretty pragmatic when it comes to pedestrian safety. Of all of the pedestrian collisions that occur within Toronto, very few are located at 400-series expressway ramp terminals.
Probably because pedestrians avoid MTO interchanges like the plague. As I said, they are a large barrier, most people in the suburbs who have to cross them would probably rather wait for a bus and use that to cross. I've walked across the 407 before, and it's very, very far from a safe, pedestrian friendly feeling environment.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #4126
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That's why the right turn channels get removed during reconstruction as well. Pretty much all of the right turn channels that used to exist along the 427 between the QEW and 401 were removed during the recent reconstruction project.

The City of Toronto has petitioned the MTO to remove the right turn channels at the 400 and Finch Avenue interchange as well. So far the MTO has resisted, as they are concerned that the traffic signals at the ramp terminals won't be able to handle peak traffic volumes and the off-ramps could back up onto the freeway. I'm sure though sooner rather than later Toronto will get its way.
Could that be happening as a part of the Finch LRT project? I know they are blasting a cycling / pedestrian tunnel under the 400 for that project.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #4127
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The pedestrians scared to cross, they need to grow a pair Ontario drivers are so cautious and generous to pedestrians natively, it shouldn't be a big issue. People would probably stop for you if you went out for a stroll in the middle of the 401

I think perhaps more importantly is just the lack of desirable places to walk to on either side, which is perhaps more acute in the GTA due to the lack of interchanges in dense areas. Even the "urban" highways like the Gardiner, have some pedestrian traffic sure, but there is nothing to walk to on the south side (this is somewhat rapidly changing)...
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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:43 PM   #4128
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The pedestrians scared to cross, they need to grow a pair Ontario drivers are so cautious and generous to pedestrians natively, it shouldn't be a big issue. People would probably stop for you if you went out for a stroll in the middle of the 401

I think perhaps more importantly is just the lack of desirable places to walk to on either side, which is perhaps more acute in the GTA due to the lack of interchanges in dense areas. Even the "urban" highways like the Gardiner, have some pedestrian traffic sure, but there is nothing to walk to on the south side (this is somewhat rapidly changing)...
I think for the Finch and 400 intersections... the metal objects that pedestrians are trying to avoid, are both much smaller, and travel at a much higher rate of speed than the areas highway traffic.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #4129
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Could that be happening as a part of the Finch LRT project? I know they are blasting a cycling / pedestrian tunnel under the 400 for that project.
The report that I am referencing wasn't in relation to the proposed Finch LRT. It was a report from several years ago.
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Old March 19th, 2017, 08:18 PM   #4130
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The report that I am referencing wasn't in relation to the proposed Finch LRT. It was a report from several years ago.
Yup, the channelized right turns are going to be removed as a part of the LRT project. They also modified it from the original plans to keep 6 lanes on Finch around the 400, which the original Environmental Assessment reduced to 4.

http://www.metrolinx.com/en/projects..._4_of_5_EN.pdf

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You can see the removed channelized turns and the pedestrian/cycling tunnel getting cut through under the interchange ramps and the freeway on the south side:

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Interesting.

If right turn off-ramps are being taken out, then why are right turn on-ramps staying? Seems like the same pedestrian crossing issue in my opinion.
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likely not as easy to eliminate and MTO probably didn't want to budge on that one. Notice that they are tunneling the pedestrian and cycling path underneath of those ramps though.
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Interesting.

If right turn off-ramps are being taken out, then why are right turn on-ramps staying? Seems like the same pedestrian crossing issue in my opinion.
In previous documents that I've read (not related to the Finch LRT), the ramp tapers for the on-ramps don't get removed as their removal would negatively impact a vehicles speed using the on-ramp, and would subsequently mean a vehicle entering the freeway would be traveling at a slower speed.
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Old March 25th, 2017, 02:46 AM   #4134
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Video of the Thunder Bay Expressway:

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Old March 26th, 2017, 05:12 AM   #4135
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Some photos of the Trans-Canada Highway in Northern New Brunswick:


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For those interested in remote locations around the world:
The Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk road, in the Arctic region of Nothwest Territories, will be opened on 15 November 2017. It means it will be possible to drive to the Arctic ocean year-round.

http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=19727.0



Before there was only an ice-road, known for being the set of the TV series 'Ice Road Truckers'.
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George Massey Tunnel replacement, Vancouver, BC

George Massey Tunnel replacement construction officially underway

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson and other dignitaries were on hand today to officially kick off construction on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

Two contracts have been awarded for site preparation work to improve drainage and ground conditions in advance of major project construction. Hall Constructors of Surrey has been awarded an $11.5-million contract for site preparation work south of the tunnel.

A contract valued at $5.8 million has been awarded to B&B Heavy Civil Construction of Surrey for site preparation along Highway 99 between Bridgeport Road and Steveston Highway. The total cost of the George Massey Tunnel Improvement Project is estimated at $3.5 billion.

The process to award the major construction works contract is still underway, and the Province expects to have its preferred proponent chosen by summer 2017. All major approvals are in place for the project to proceed, including the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate, awarded on Feb. 9, and approval from the Agricultural Land Commission received on Feb. 24.

The existing 60-year-old tunnel does not meet current seismic standards, nor can it be brought up to current standards without risk of damage, which could render the crossing unusable. The new bridge will be built to modern seismic standards, providing a lifeline crossing over the Fraser River in the event of a major earthquake.

After site preparation, major construction will begin later this year with the new bridge opening in 2022. Tunnel decommissioning will follow.
Full press release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0166-001072
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A few photos from last fall from Ye Olde Gardiner Expressway in Toronto:


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Old April 7th, 2017, 03:07 AM   #4139
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AAAR matey

Its remarkable how beautiful the views from that section of Gardiner are, the DVP too in an exactly opposite way... Toronto is really unique in this respect and its one of the nicer things of the area
Elevated urban motorways have so many issues especially with maintenance requirements with age (as the Gardiner clearly shows) but being able to drive above-grade and see the city from that perspective is highly pleasing IMO.

It is such shame the Gardiner is in such kind of crappy condition itself... especially that section of the Hamilton-bound around the Humber with that bump that will send you to the moon...
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The city is spending a ridiculous amount of money on it over the next few years to fix it up. They are straight up demolishing the eastern part and realigning it. There an interchange reconfiguration coming too at Kipling. Things like the mega bumb at the Humber will hopefully be fixed too.
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