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Old April 11th, 2017, 09:01 PM   #4161
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In the future it will result in leapfrog development (beyond the greenbelt) and longer commuting distances for new residents as the remaining patches within the greenbelt become build-out.

It will also benefit current homeowners as it artificially inflates the housing prices due to scarcity of developable land.
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Old April 12th, 2017, 04:02 AM   #4162
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that's most evidently seen in the city of Ottawa, ON, who has even in the same municipality many cross-greenbelt satellites, most notably Kanata.

The greenbelt in Ottawa would be a great routing for a Hwy 417 bypass of the city though

For the Toronto one though... it is so deep, many km. I don't know what you can do. But the "save farmland" thing is silly considering how much they try to pave over say the Niagara Peninsula... even in 70's creating ghost towns in some sick Milton Keynesian way, e.g. Townsend ON LOL
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Old April 13th, 2017, 04:01 PM   #4163
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Tuktoyaktuk Ice Road

Closing of the Last Ice Road

The Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and the Government of the Northwest Territories will be celebrating the closing of the last ice road to Tuktoyaktuk on April 13, 2017. The ice road has long served as an important link for residents of Tuktoyaktuk, supporting intercommunity travel and the delivery of essential goods.

Public celebrations are planned in Tuktoyaktuk to honour the many individuals who worked tirelessly over the decades to keep the ice road open. The event will be held from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Kitti Hall and will feature Inuvialuit drum dancing, a community feast, snow sculptures, outdoor snow village, polar dipping (dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean), and more.

The ITH will be Canada’s first road to the Arctic coast, connecting the country from coast-to-coast-to-coast and fulfilling a Canadian vision held for more than fifty years. The highway will support unique tourism opportunities for visitors to the Beaufort Delta.

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* The ice road to Tuktoyaktuk has been seasonally constructed for over 40 years
* Building an all-season road has been a major priority for the territorial and federal governments since the 1960s
* Construction of the ITH started in April 2013 and the opening is planned for November 15, 2017
* Residents of Tuktoyaktuk will finally become connected to the public highway system, providing new social, political, and economic opportunities
* The new highway will also allow for more cost-efficient year-round delivery of goods
* The Government of Canada is contributing $200 million toward the ITH project, while the Government of the Northwest Territories is contributing $99 million. The total estimated cost of the project is $299 million
Full press release: http://www.gov.nt.ca/newsroom/news/c...-last-ice-road
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Old April 18th, 2017, 07:15 AM   #4164
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Video of Highway 11 in northeastern Ontario approaching New Liskeard:

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Old April 19th, 2017, 07:22 AM   #4165
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Finally some news about the 401 construction through London and Elgin county.

http://hwy401reconstruction.ca/about-part-b/

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  • Approximately 28 km of full depth pavement reconstruction separated into 3 construction contracts (i.e., Contract 4, 5a, and 5b)
  • Highway 401 from 1.4 km west of Union Road to 0.3 km east of Southminster Bourne (Contract 5a)
  • Highway 401 from 0.3 km east of Southminster Bourne to Colonel Talbot Road (Contract 5b)
  • Construction start for contract 5a is tentatively scheduled for spring 2018, which includes reconstruction of Highway 401 from Union Road to Southminster Bourne.
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Old April 20th, 2017, 09:42 PM   #4166
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Crowchild Trail, Calgary

Crowchild Trail upgrades including interchanges, bridge and tunnel get green light from committee

It's a plan that could ultimately cost more than $1 billion and could take decades to complete.

City council's transportation and transit committee gave the short-, medium- and long-term plan for Crowchild Trail its unanimous seal of approval on Wednesday.

The blueprint for dealing with chronic congestion covers the area from 17th Avenue S.W. up to 24th Avenue N.W.

It envisions several new interchanges, a new bridge across the Bow River and burying Crowchild from Kensington Road to University Drive.
Full report: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...oval-1.4076343

This plan basically turns the remaining part of Crowchild Trail into a freeway apparently.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:11 AM   #4167
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greenbelt is a wildly popular policy, actually. Something like 85-90% support in the GTA.
Agree and it's not going anywhere.

What often gets lost in the debate is the massive economic benefit the Green Belt provides to the region. This is the 2nd biggest food processing centre in north America after LA and the Green Belt is an integral part of that equation. It's some of the richest farm land in Canada and supplies a huge amount of fresh produce for our manufacturers, for local consumption, and for export.

Trees helps filter out pollutants and are the world's 'lungs'. Clean air, locally produced produce, and a massive green buffer increase quality of life for all of us. This is a built in competitive advantage.

It will mean that the days of building single family homes is coming to an end. I'm just puzzled as to why prices keep zooming ahead with the amount of condos Toronto builds every year. 70,000+ went up last year. Was that not enough?
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is it really valid? How can mature forest "filter" anything when the total biomass carbon is essentially constant, and the farming in southern Ontario is probably the largest greenhouse gas source of any industry or sector, probably even of volatile organic carbons as well (not sure...)
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^ The agricultural operations that take place in the Holland Marsh is one of the most significant contributing factors that has led to the decline in health of Lake Simcoe. Agriculture is not appropriately regulated in Ontario -- we still pretend it's mom and pop feeding son and daughter...
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seems fitting given the day (well, yesterday):

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Old April 21st, 2017, 09:28 AM   #4171
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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.
Driving down the Gardiner downtown reminds me of Coruscant...urban immensity.

Reminds me of the views on the top deck of the Alaskan Way here in Seattle. We're on the process of getting rid of it though, and it's views. Skyline of the city on one side, and mountains and the sound on the other.

I would say that the situation going on here is not an example to emulate however. Total fiasco.
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It will mean that the days of building single family homes is coming to an end. I'm just puzzled as to why prices keep zooming ahead with the amount of condos Toronto builds every year. 70,000+ went up last year. Was that not enough?
The fact that prices keep going up shows that housing continues to be in high demand. If you artificially cap the supply, it will create a society of incumbents and newcomers, or haves and have nots. It artificially inflates the wealth of those already living there while pricing newcomers out of the market or into distant exurbs. Housing is the key to upward mobility.

According to this website the average sold price in Brampton is $ 781,000, up from $ 552,000 a year ago. How many middle-class families can afford that?
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Old April 24th, 2017, 03:14 AM   #4173
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Not when you realize the 'Golden Horseshoe' (greenbelt) is a thing:


Bigger and better map (but ruins page lay-out) : https://voiceofniagara.files.wordpre..._map-best1.jpg
Wow, I didn't even realize that the greenbelt was that big. That will definitely force some dense growth in the non-greenbelt areas.

It definitely makes highway planning difficult for routes that bypass Toronto, though.
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^ Ontario's Places to Grow Act that was enacted in 2005 creating the greenbelt mandated that the province create growth plans that were to include transportation planning, and of course highway corridors. The legislation requires the plan to be updated by the province periodically and includes language that requires to consider highway corridors. It's an extra step over just requiring an EA, but it's still possible to construct a new highway corridor through the greenbelt lands.

Here is the current schedule of proposals for the 2013 iteration:
https://www.placestogrow.ca/index.ph...d=12#schedule6
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is it really valid? How can mature forest "filter" anything when the total biomass carbon is essentially constant, and the farming in southern Ontario is probably the largest greenhouse gas source of any industry or sector, probably even of volatile organic carbons as well (not sure...)
Run off into rivers and lakes from farms is a big problem but the Green Belt does improve air quality/store carbon. There's a ton of information on this but this is not the right forum for that.
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Another advanced structural replacement project to support the widening of Highway 400 up to Highway 9:

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6. Project Length/Location:
10 km - Highway 400, Lloydtown-Aurora Interchange and 16th Sideroad Bridge Replacement from 1.6 km north of King Road northerly to 1.9 km north of Lloydtown/Aurora Road


7. Project Type (Category):

Construction Administration


8. Specialties Required:

Construction Administration - High Complexity


9. Description of Project:
Reconstruction of the Highway 400 Lloydtown-Aurora Road interchange and replacement of the underpass. Replacement of the 16th Sideroad Overpass and platform widening of two sections of Highway 400 (total of 4.5 km) to accommodate the future 10-lane cross section and traffic staging. The contract also includes the pavement rehabilitation of two sections of Highway 400 (4.15 km SBL and 4.35 km NBL). Other features included are: a new commuter parking lot, drainage system upgrade, a new stormwater management pond, concrete box culvert extensions and replacements, median Tall Wall barriers, HOV / HOT footings and/or provisions, gabion structure repairs, roadside safety measures, overhead sign structures, noise wall construction, traffic signals, partial illumination, ATMS provisions, landscaping, SAR Bat mitigation measures, etc.


10. Assignment approximate start and completion dates:
Pre-contract engineering phase: N/A
Construction administration phase: (tentative timing) August 2017 to October 2020
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Old April 27th, 2017, 09:32 PM   #4177
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Also, the PIC material for the second consultation of the 400 widening from Highway 89 to Highway 11 through Barrie is online. There have been some refinements to the cross-section since the first PIC:

http://highway400improvements89to11....ation-pic.html
scroll down to the bottom of the page for PIC#2.
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HOT infrastructure :o
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Some photos of the construction at the Highway 19 overpass over Highway 401 in Southwestern Ontario. This construction season, the old Highway 19 bridge will be replaced with a new structure. In what is somewhat of an innovative approach, the bridge deck for the new bridge has already pretty much been constructed within the footprint of the interchange. The old bridge will be demolished, and new piers and footings will be installed in just over a month from the demolition date of the old bridge, and then the new bridge deck will be hoisted into place. This technique is knicknamed "GiGo" for "Get in, Get out".

looking west from Highway 19 over the 401. The median lanes of the 401 have been closed in order to construct the new central pier for the new bridge:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...pr17_24x16.jpg

two views looking east from the Highway 19 overpass. As is visible in the photo, the new bridge deck is being constructed in the southeastern interchange quadrant:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...pr17_24x16.jpg


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the old highway 19 bridge:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...ul14_24x16.jpg
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There are lots of those old era bridges in the London area, much like on the 401 in Eastern Ontario. Highway 19 and Colonel Talbot should be replaced soon, but that still leaves a lot of those bridges. I wonder what their lifespan is, as I can't imagine these bridges having much more time remaining before they need replacing.

P.S. VMP Bridge in London and Highway 40 bridge in Chatham is also in the process of being replaced this season.
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