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Old September 10th, 2017, 09:39 PM   #4321
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it's really sad that they didn't take any chance or advantage to increase the number of lanes on the road considering they are replacing basically all the roadway for quite some distance (A-20 from Ville St Pierre to the bridge, the bridge, the Turcot interchange itself...)
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Old September 13th, 2017, 07:59 PM   #4322
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Highway 407 ETR, Ontario

407 ETR opens 21 new kilometres between Highways 427 and 410

407 ETR has announced the official opening of 21 new kilometres between Highway 427 and Highway 410. New lanes are now officially open.

Background

* Average daily workday trips have increased from 237,000 in 1999, to over 408,000 in 2016.
* Total annual trips have increased from 71.9 million in 1999, to over 124 million in 2016.
* The number of transponders in circulation has increased from 346,371 with a user rate of 67% in 1999, to over 1,342,000 and a user rate of over 80% in 2016.
* Total vehicle kilometres travelled per year has increased from 1.275 billion in 1999, to 2.640 billion in 2016.
* The number and length of trips taken on 407 ETR and increased usage of transponders has happened alongside growth in development, extension of the highway in both the east and west, and the widening of 407 ETR by adding new lanes (over 230 lane kilometres since 2004).
Complete press release with loads of bla-bla: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases...644196203.html

The choice of words is a bit unfortunate here. It is not a new highway, but the ten-laning of Highway 407 between the 410 and 427, which is a 10 kilometer section. Hence, the figure '21 kilometers' means '21 lane kilometers (10.5 km in each direction).
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Old September 14th, 2017, 02:47 AM   #4323
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^ The timing on that press release is somewhat odd... the new lanes have been open for about a month. This photo was taken on August 20:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...ug17_24x16.jpg
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Old September 14th, 2017, 06:56 AM   #4324
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407 ETR opens 21 new kilometres between Highways 427 and 410

407 ETR has announced the official opening of 21 new kilometres between Highway 427 and Highway 410. New lanes are now officially open.

Background

* Average daily workday trips have increased from 237,000 in 1999, to over 408,000 in 2016.
* Total annual trips have increased from 71.9 million in 1999, to over 124 million in 2016.
* The number of transponders in circulation has increased from 346,371 with a user rate of 67% in 1999, to over 1,342,000 and a user rate of over 80% in 2016.
* Total vehicle kilometres travelled per year has increased from 1.275 billion in 1999, to 2.640 billion in 2016.
* The number and length of trips taken on 407 ETR and increased usage of transponders has happened alongside growth in development, extension of the highway in both the east and west, and the widening of 407 ETR by adding new lanes (over 230 lane kilometres since 2004).
Complete press release with loads of bla-bla: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases...644196203.html

The choice of words is a bit unfortunate here. It is not a new highway, but the ten-laning of Highway 407 between the 410 and 427, which is a 10 kilometer section. Hence, the figure '21 kilometers' means '21 lane kilometers (10.5 km in each direction).
You're absolutely right about the wording.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 06:14 PM   #4325
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Ontario Highway 427

Highway 427 has also cracked the 400,000 vehicles per day mark. This makes Highway 427 the second freeway in the world with a verified volume over 400,000, after Highway 401.

Highway 427 has 16 lanes at this location, with 'only' 14 through lanes.

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Old September 15th, 2017, 06:36 PM   #4326
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Highway 427 has also cracked the 400,000 vehicles per day mark. This makes Highway 427 the second freeway in the world with a verified volume over 400,000, after Highway 401.

Highway 427 has 16 lanes at this location, with 'only' 14 through lanes.

Another dubious honour for the Toronto freeway network.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #4327
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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.
The UK is similar. Aside from a few bridges and tunnels there is only one tolled motorway, the M6 Toll. This has been a massive financial failure due to the public hostility to paying a toll, which killed off plans for other tolled motorways.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 10:57 PM   #4328
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Northwest Territories

Three joint ventures short-listed for Tlicho all-season road contract

In January, the federal government conditionally agreed to pay up to 25 per cent of the estimated $150 million cost of building the road.

The joint venture that wins the contract will have to come up with the rest, then design, build, operate and maintain the road for about 29 years.

That includes the four years it's expected to take to build it.

During that time, the territorial government would pay the winning joint venture's costs, plus profit.

Full report by CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...ract-1.4290899

Interesting, these long-term concessions with a finance component are usually reserved for big freeway projects in North America and Europe. But this is an 'all-season road', so it would likely be a gravel road.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 11:08 PM   #4329
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Highway 427 has also cracked the 400,000 vehicles per day mark. This makes Highway 427 the second freeway in the world with a verified volume over 400,000, after Highway 401.

Highway 427 has 16 lanes at this location, with 'only' 14 through lanes.

How much does I-405 handle? I assume it would be close to this number.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 11:13 PM   #4330
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I-405 in LA peaked at 378k in 2012
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Old September 15th, 2017, 11:17 PM   #4331
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I-405 handles up to 377,600 vehicles per day at its busiest point. Which is actually down a bit compared to the recorded 390,000 in the mid-2000s. I-10 in Houston has recorded 383,000 in 2013. The 2015 count was 375,126 so slightly less than I-405. However Texas traffic counts include frontage roads. The actual freeway traffic is lower, likely by at least 30-40k.

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Old September 15th, 2017, 11:45 PM   #4332
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Toronto Friday afternoon traffic, approaching 5 p.m. As you can see Highway 407 ETR is completely free-flow while other freeways have an average speed around 30 km/h.

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Old September 16th, 2017, 05:34 AM   #4333
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You are right. 400, 401, 403, 404, 410, 427, DVP, Gardiner. All of them seem choked.
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Old September 16th, 2017, 06:14 AM   #4334
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ONe thing I always thought was interesting is that's the Gardiner is worse going into downtown than out. It's because of the heavy transit modal shares for downtown employment (over 75%), but there is a huge downtown population driving out to the suburbs every day as those jobs are nearly inaccessible by transit.
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Old September 17th, 2017, 01:25 AM   #4335
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My guess is that "Hamilton" refers to "Hamilton-bound".... but that's of course just a guess as well.

The first step to replacing the bridge deck on the current Garden City Skyway is to build the new Toronto (or Hamilton) bound lanes, so I am guessing that's what this project is.

The MTO completed a study for the twinning of the Garden City Skyway recently.

Here is a rendering of what's proposed:
Yes, the new skyway will be on the north side and become the Hamilton bound lanes.
The current bridge deck needs replacing, plus the shoulder are deficient.

They will build the new bridge to carry 3 reduced lanes in each direction, along with reduced shoulders and a temporary median wall. When the old bridge is rehabbed, the old bridge and new bridge will carry 4 lanes each, with slightly larger shoulders than required.

A Value Engineering study has suggested to reduce the main span of the new bridge to be more similar to the existing. If you look, there is almost a small bay right where the piers are, so even if they are in the water a bit they are still protected from ship collision. There is also consideration being given to using an "Extradosed" bridge, which is sort of a low profile cable stay bridge. (There is a nearby runway that limits the possible height of tower). This would result in a shallower superstructure, which means the grade can come down a bit. This has some long term benefit as 75 years worth of traffic have to climb 1.5m to 2.0 less in height. There is also a short term benefit, as the approach retaining walls would become shorter. However, some at MTO are reluctant to look at this due to the experience with Nipigon River Bridge.
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So apparently E-ZPass (the multistate U.S. electronic rolling system) works at the Niagara Falls crossings. What about the Peace Bridge?
http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/i...g-info/e-zpass
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So apparently E-ZPass (the multistate U.S. electronic rolling system) works at the Niagara Falls crossings. What about the Peace Bridge?
http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/i...g-info/e-zpass
Yes, I use it all the time at the Peace Bridge, and the Rainbow Bridge. I don't use the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge because it's backed up the most.

There are designated EZ Pass lanes at the Peace Bridge, but they are with an actual gate that lifts up after it reads your transponder.
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New pics of the Lower Simcoe ramp under construction in Downtown Toronto

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Yes, I use it all the time at the Peace Bridge, and the Rainbow Bridge. I don't use the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge because it's backed up the most.

There are designated EZ Pass lanes at the Peace Bridge, but they are with an actual gate that lifts up after it reads your transponder.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 06:16 PM   #4340
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The first snow has arrived in Alberta, including the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (1000 m altitude). The change of seasons comes fast in Canada. Edmonton recorded 27 °C and Calgary recorded 29 °C only 10 days ago.

This is Highway 16 / Yellowhead Highway near Hinton:


This is Highway 11 near Rocky Mountain House:
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