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Old December 7th, 2006, 03:19 AM   #401
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Living next to the Gardiner Expressway, you really notice how much the situation needs to be changed. It's always clogged!
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Old December 7th, 2006, 11:29 PM   #402
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The 401 is so busy now, that there are sometimes traffic jams from volume on sunday. Also very busy throughout Saturday and at night.

the 401 is always busy, and it should be. Its the highway that moves most of Ontario really.
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The fact that the suburbs have more freeway than Toronto itself always bothers me. Downtown gets two 6-lane freeways (basically one through freeway), while places like York region have three or more 6-12 lane freeways without rapid transit (VIVA doesn't really count, yet).
You see my American Friends, this is where Canadian cities differ...Toronto doesn't have such strong inner city neighbourhoods for no reason, do you think??
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Old January 20th, 2007, 06:30 AM   #403
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QEW









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Old January 20th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #404
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Nice photos everyone. I was waiting for someone to post the Gardiner.
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Old January 21st, 2007, 03:34 AM   #405
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Glad to share them !
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Old January 29th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #406
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I've been in Toronto with my truck last week... always amazed with all these huge expressways. They're clean, wide, safe.... nothing to compare with all the shitty roads we have in Quebec
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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:32 PM   #407
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I just noticed there are not any pictures of the 416.
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Old February 1st, 2007, 12:45 PM   #408
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Old February 4th, 2007, 08:34 AM   #409
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Amazing all this highways
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Old February 4th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #410
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I've been in Toronto with my truck last week... always amazed with all these huge expressways. They're clean, wide, safe.... nothing to compare with all the shitty roads we have in Quebec
I will have to agree. I haven't been on many roads in Quebec, but on my drive
to Montreal, once the 401 becomes the A20 conditions deteriorate rather quickly,
and there is a noticeable decrease in road quality.

I find your horizontal traffic lights cool, however
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Old February 4th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #411
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Yeah with those two red light squares. But why are they only formatted that way in certain areas?
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Old February 8th, 2007, 02:46 AM   #412
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Some new Highway 401 photos:








pics from OntHighways.com
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Old February 8th, 2007, 07:25 AM   #413
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I've been in Toronto with my truck last week... always amazed with all these huge expressways. They're clean, wide, safe.... nothing to compare with all the shitty roads we have in Quebec
I agree. All due respect to Quebec, but I have to say the freeways there are usually downright horrible. I was shocked when driving west along Autoroute 20 to QUebec City, to find a level train crossing just a few miles east of Montreal. That's just crazy.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:56 AM   #414
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I once posted pictures of my drive from Montreal to Toronto, but I cannot find the thread. If I find it I'll post a link.
Nonetheless, while the pavement quality in Quebec sucks and I found their acceleration lanes somewhat shorter than on the 400-series highways, the
huge tunnels under their downtown core are very impressive.

And great pictures of Toronto highways btw
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Old February 8th, 2007, 12:28 PM   #415
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Is it because of the salt damage from their colder and icier winters?
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Old February 8th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #416
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I think most of Quebec's poor road conditions come from a general lack of investment. The province built a huge network during the 60s and 70s and hasn't done anything with it since then. Most of the overpasses on the routes have never been rehabbed, and much of their network has yet to be reconstructed since that time.

For some Quebec Highway pictures visit:
www.CanHighways.com/PQ/
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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:22 PM   #417
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same here but in recent years they put some significant money down.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 04:47 AM   #418
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Is it because of the salt damage from their colder and icier winters?
Though that may be a factor, it's not really the issue. It's the design standards... you see some f*#ked up things on those roads. Plus those highways should have been upgraded decades ago.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:10 PM   #419
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Ice fears keep Toronto's Gardiner shut

Ice fears keep Gardiner shut
TheStar.com - News - Ice fears keep Gardiner shut

March 05, 2007

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The Gardiner Expressway is expected to remain closed between Yonge St. and Spadina Ave. streets during the afternoon rush hour because of worries about ice falling from the CN Tower.

Police closed the Expressway in both directions during this morning's rush hour after baseball-sized chunks of ice began falling. With winds expected to pick up later today, officials worried about injury and damage to passing cars.

The roadway will stay closed as long as falling ice poses a danger to traffic, said city transportation spokesperson Gary Welsh.

King St. was also shut downtown from Yonge St. to Bay St. due to ice falling from office buildings, and all TTC vehicles have been re-routed around the area, police said.

The ice collected on buildings during last Thursday’s snow and ice storm, which knocked out power to thousands of homes in the city.

Experts say this is the first time since 1976 — when the CN Tower was finished — that the structure has seen such an ice buildup.

The cause was a rare confluence of weather factors beginning with the March 1 storm. The accumulations of wet snow and freezing rain (about 6 centimetres of snow and another 13 millimetres of rain) got the ball rolling.

The quick change in temperature then caused a "flash freeze" and the winds, gusting up to 70 km/h, spread the moisture, creating a larger mass of ice, according to David Phillips, Environment Canada's senior climatologist.

A flash freeze happens when a cold front moves in quickly after wet snow or rain and in a matter of two hours or so causes the snow and rain to freeze.

The ice formations are larger under these conditions because the rapid freeze traps all the moisture. Normally, in a longer freeze, some moisture is allowed to evaporate or escape, and the freeze-over doesn't produce such larger formations of ice.

Swirling winds then tore chunks of ice off high buildings.

One massive piece of ice hanging from the CN Tower has police particularly concerned, Welsh said.

"I’ve heard it is very big – around 50 metres – and there’s concern that it can come down on the Gardiner,” he said.

All lanes and on-ramps of the Gardiner remain closed in both directions, forcing motorists to find alternate travel routes. Many drivers used Lakeshore Ave., and the increased volume brought traffic there to a virtual standstill between Jarvis and Parliament streets.

The area around the CN Tower and Rogers Centre has also been closed to all vehicles and pedestrians, Welsh said.

Environment Canada has issued a wind and wind-chill warning for today, with wind speeds expected to gust up to 90 km/hr and a wind chill of –35C.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 07:23 AM   #420
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damn, any one have a picture of the 50m ice?
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