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Old August 11th, 2017, 05:04 PM   #4301
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What is the official reason for replacing this bridge? The bridge is about 50+ years old, so I understand if they are replacing it for that reason.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 05:26 PM   #4302
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The bridge deck needs to be replaced on the existing bridge, in addition to their being operational needs. It's a long grade to the top of the old bridge, which can cause operational deficiencies on the uphill side, so adding an extra lane will help with that as well.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 09:39 PM   #4303
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The Pilot Butte interchange of Highway 1 in Saskatchewan (east of Regina) will become a diverging diamond interchange: http://leaderpost.com/news/local-new...erging-diamond
The Regina Bypass has already opened drivers’ eyes to the roundabout, and they will soon have to learn another design – the diverging diamond.

The Balgonie overpass, which opened in July, featured roundabouts, while the White City overpass, which opened last week, showcased a diamond interchange design.

With the Pilot Butte overpass to partly open later this year Saskatchewan will be home to one of the first diverging diamond interchanges in Canada.
Sounds like it may be the first or second DDI in Canada. The 162 Avenue SE / MacLeod Trail interchange in Calgary is also planned to open in the fall.
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Old August 14th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #4304
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Calgary DDI

Well it turns out that the MacLeod Trail / 162 Avenue SE interchange becomes the first diverging diamond interchange in Canada, it opens to traffic today.
Unique interchange, first of its kind in Canada, opens in south Calgary

The opening of an interchange might make a great many eyes glaze over, but there's something a bit different about Calgary's new $78-million project for drivers.

The diverging diamond interchange, as the style is known, will open to traffic at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue S. tomorrow after two years of construction.

Despite the ribbon cutting on Sunday, parts of the roadway will still be under construction into September.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...gary-1.4245773
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Old August 17th, 2017, 03:38 AM   #4305
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Old August 18th, 2017, 10:16 PM   #4306
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Edmonton

Google Earth has fairly recent imagery of the new Highway 16 / Highway 216 interchange on the east side of Edmonton. It is dated October 2016, but unfortunately it has a big cloud shadow on it. It looks interesting though.

It is a stack with direct connector flyovers, a loop ramp but also a bypass that existed before the Northeast segment of the Anthony Henday Drive was built.

I've noticed Edmonton and Calgary have quite some impressive interchanges. Texas / Ontario style.

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Old August 19th, 2017, 01:34 AM   #4307
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this interchange is decidedly interesting when you compare what previously existed... a freeway (Hwy 14X) going north rapidly degrading to a cow path, with the high-standard bypass to and from the east, but to the west, to the city on a relatively high-standard road, was a hard left turn across oncoming traffic onto a half-baked diamond ramp

To make things worse it is a highly industrial area so you could imagine at every shift change the chaos :lmao:
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Old August 21st, 2017, 02:39 AM   #4308
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Final top course paving has commenced on the 410 widening in Mississauga and Brampton. This photo is looking northerly from the Courtneypark Road overpass. Once complete in 2018, the northbound 410 will have five general purpose lanes, plus one northbound HOV lane north from the 410 to Derry Road.


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I've noticed Edmonton and Calgary have quite some impressive interchanges. Texas / Ontario style.
Edmonton also had its own grand 60s vision of a freeway box like Dallas'.

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Old August 21st, 2017, 09:36 PM   #4310
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Northern Ontario

Ontario has announced a plan to construct an all-season road to the First Nations communities of Summer Beaver (Nibinamik) and Webequie. Webequie is at least 200 kilometers from the nearest all-season road (an extension of Highway 599 north of Pickle Lake). This will help the 'Ring of Fire' development.

Another all-season road is announced from Nakina to Martens Falls. Martens Falls is also at least some 150 kilometers away from the nearest road.

These First Nations are not accessible by road. Webequie has a seasonal winter road. Martens Falls has no winter road access since 2000, so the only way to get there is by airplane.

This means that Webequie will be the northernmost place in Ontario to become accessible by an all-season road.
Ontario and First Nations Moving Ahead With Road to Ring of Fire

Ontario is taking an important next step toward developing the Ring of Fire, working with Webequie, Marten Falls and Nibinamik First Nations to plan and construct a year-round access road into the proposed mining development site being pursued by Noront Resources Ltd. As part of this project, the province is also working with First Nations to build all-season access roads to their communities.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Thunder Bay today with the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, to announce that Ontario will support First Nations to plan and construct an east-west road connecting the Webequie and Nibinamik communities to the provincial highway network north of Pickle Lake. This project would provide all-season access to both First Nations communities as well as into the Ring of Fire development.

The province is also supporting Marten Falls First Nation to plan and construct an access road connecting the community to the existing provincial highway network at Aroland/Nakina.

Communities are working to begin environmental assessments of these projects by January 2018 and plan to begin construction in 2019, pending all necessary approvals.
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/...r-le-cerc.html
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 04:33 PM   #4311
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Ontario's MTO is commencing a route planning study for the replacement of the old CPR Little Current Swing Bridge that the northern part of Manitoulin Island to the mainland across the northern shore of Lake Huron. The study is planned to be completed in 2020, with detail design potentially beginning shortly thereafter:

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The Terms of Reference for the Project Description shall become part of the executed Agreement.

This Assignment involves the Planning, Preliminary Design and Class Environmental
Assessment Process for replacement of the CPR Swing Bridge Site #49-002 on
Highway 6, 0.95 km north of Highway 540 at Little Current, within the Township of
Howland. The Terms of Reference for the Project Description shall become part of the executed Agreement.

This Assignment involves the Planning, Preliminary Design and Class Environmental
Assessment Process for replacement of the CPR Swing Bridge Site #49-002 on
Highway 6, 0.95 km north of Highway 540 at Little Current, within the Township of
Howland.

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This bridge was initially built to service the CPR line which serviced Manitoulin Island. It was later retrofitted to service both highway and rail traffic, and then was finally re-purposed as a highway bridge once the CPR tracks servicing the island were removed.
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Old August 25th, 2017, 04:30 PM   #4312
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Not sure if this has been posted but MTO has announced plans to upgrade highway 6 through Guelph to a full freeway.

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2017/...xpressway.html
Ontario Improving Traffic Flow on the Hanlon Expressway
Upgrades to Highway 6 in Guelph

The Ministry of Transportation has started the next phase of design work to upgrade the Hanlon Expressway (Highway 6) to a full freeway from Maltby Road northerly to the Speed River.

The project will improve commute times to help people get home to their families faster and keep goods moving efficiently.

The plan includes:
  • The construction of new interchanges at Kortright Road/Downey Road and at Stone Road like the one completed at Laird Road in 2013
  • Replacing the intersection at College Avenue with a bridge at Highway 6
  • A new municipal service road west of Highway 6 between Woodland Glen Drive and the new interchange at Stone Road.
It's too bad they are not upgrading it to a full freeway to the 401. This will leave one at-grade signalized intersection at CR 24. But it's still a lot better than driving through highway 6 through Guelph as it is.
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Old August 25th, 2017, 07:56 PM   #4313
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Vancouver bridge tolls

NDP expected to axe Golden Ears and Port Mann bridge tolls today

It looks like the new NDP government will be following through on one of their key campaign promises this morning.

The B.C. NDP is holding a press conference at 10 a.m., where Premier John Horgan is expected to announce the removal of tolls on both the Golden Ears and Port Mann bridges.

It was a main campaign promise by the NDP and many say it’s the reason they won the election. Getting rid of the tolls translated into a number of seats in the eastern suburbs of the Lower Mainland.
Full report: http://globalnews.ca/news/3695929/nd...e-tolls-today/

What do you think of this? It has to be paid for somehow, buying out existing contracts can be terribly expensive. The tolls seems fairly reasonable at $ 3.15 for the Port Mann Bridge and $ 3.20 for the Golden Ears Bridge, especially compared to San Francisco or New York, not to mention the 407 in Toronto.

On the other hand, de-tolling infrastructure has happened before, for example at the Coquihalla Highway.
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Old August 25th, 2017, 11:07 PM   #4314
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Vancouver bridge tolls II

The tolls will indeed be removed within a week.
Premier Horgan eliminating bridge tolls, making life more affordable

Drivers in the Lower Mainland soon will be paying less to get around as the British Columbia government is eliminating tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges in time for the Labour Day Weekend, Premier John Horgan announced today.

Today’s announcement – which will take effect on Friday, Sept. 1 – delivers on the premier’s commitment to put an end to the previous government’s bridge tolls. It will save families who regularly have to cross the Fraser River an average $1,500 a year. Commercial drivers averaging one crossing a day will save $4,500 a year or more.

Each day, approximately 121,000 vehicles cross the Port Mann Bridge, with another 40,000 vehicles taking the Golden Ears Bridge. In addition to the costs borne by commuters, the tolls increased congestion along other transportation corridors.

Bills for tolls up to and including Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, will still need to be paid. The process for bill payment will remain in place during the transition. The tolling for both bridges will stop at midnight on Aug. 31, 2017.
Full press release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0073-001480
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Old August 25th, 2017, 11:15 PM   #4315
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Canadians hate road tolls with an utter and complete passion. Complaining about the 407 is a popular, regular pastime in Toronto. It's unusual since they are so common elsewhere across the world, but Canadians cannot stand the concept for some reason.

The same thing has happened in New Brunswick, the highway between Moncton and Fredricton has "silent" toll collections - they privately maintained highway records AADT and sends the toll bill to the government. It was originally supposed to be tolled, but a populist government got rid of the tolls by deciding to cover them all themselves.
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Old August 25th, 2017, 11:16 PM   #4316
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Not sure if this has been posted but MTO has announced plans to upgrade highway 6 through Guelph to a full freeway.

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2017/...xpressway.html
Ontario Improving Traffic Flow on the Hanlon Expressway
Upgrades to Highway 6 in Guelph

The Ministry of Transportation has started the next phase of design work to upgrade the Hanlon Expressway (Highway 6) to a full freeway from Maltby Road northerly to the Speed River.

The project will improve commute times to help people get home to their families faster and keep goods moving efficiently.

The plan includes:
  • The construction of new interchanges at Kortright Road/Downey Road and at Stone Road like the one completed at Laird Road in 2013
  • Replacing the intersection at College Avenue with a bridge at Highway 6
  • A new municipal service road west of Highway 6 between Woodland Glen Drive and the new interchange at Stone Road.
It's too bad they are not upgrading it to a full freeway to the 401. This will leave one at-grade signalized intersection at CR 24. But it's still a lot better than driving through highway 6 through Guelph as it is.
That at grade intersection is going to be turned into an interchange as a part of the Morriston Bypass project, which will also widen the 401 for the part where Highway 6 through runs with it, as well as rebuild the Hanlon/401 interchange into a full flyover instead of the current trumpet interchange.

The Morriston Bypass actually has full funding too, instead of just detailed design.

There will also still be 3 stoplights on the Hanlon further north, at Paisley, Willow, and Speedvale.
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Old August 26th, 2017, 02:08 AM   #4317
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I drove the Hanlon a couple of times, the lights seem annoying, so are the OPP hiding around looking for people driving normally (limit is only 80 km/h while a similar road in Western Canada would be signed 100-110...)
Does it actually have much congestion? I can't imagine there is much transit traffic there, though maybe will increase with the new 7 freeway for K-W -> GTA traffic.

I kind of wonder the feasibility of just extending the Hanlon direct to the Hwy 6 airport bypass at Hwy 403 instead of jogging east, going on a crappy road, building a interchange at Hwy 5 and a bypass of Morriston and widening 401 and jogging west... particularly considering how congested Hwy 403 is across Hamilton.

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What do you think of this? It has to be paid for somehow, buying out existing contracts can be terribly expensive. The tolls seems fairly reasonable at $ 3.15 for the Port Mann Bridge and $ 3.20 for the Golden Ears Bridge, especially compared to San Francisco or New York, not to mention the 407 in Toronto.

On the other hand, de-tolling infrastructure has happened before, for example at the Coquihalla Highway.
I loathe tolls and hate paying them but I understand their efficiency and ability to deliver infrastructure quickly. I rather like the PPP-idea of having a private consortium construct a highway and collect tolls for a 20-30 year period and then transfer title of the road to the government in good condition and tolls removed. I object to the excessively long terms of say, Hwy 407 (99 years) which the government extracted revenue from (407 consortium paid the Ontario government a large sum of money at the time).

The Coquihalla was somewhat similar, they followed earlier practice of collecting tolls to cover the bonds issued for construction. The rarity was that they actually fufilled the promise when the road was made and stopped collecting tolls once the bonds were paid (ahem, New York State Thruway...). Unfortunately there is not much as permanent as a temporary tax
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Old August 26th, 2017, 06:36 AM   #4318
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Yes Canadians do hate tolls.

These tolls however were patently unfair especially the Port Mann. The HWY/Port Mann project was $3.2 billion but was being paid for by the bridge tolls meaning the people South of Fraser who are uniformly of lower income. The people of North Van, Vancouver Burnaby, Coquitlam etc got to use the brand new highway free of charge because people South of Fraser were footing the bill.

As far as the Hanlon Exp, that's great news.
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Old August 27th, 2017, 02:50 PM   #4319
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Construction to widen Ontario's Highway 401 through Cobourg from four to six lanes has been completed in the last couple of weeks:


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A20 Montréal

The realigned A20 near the Turcot Interchange in Montréal.


Via: https://twitter.com/MTQ_Turcot/statu...02392305795072
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