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Old September 22nd, 2017, 03:01 AM   #4341
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Still calling for 30 degrees here in Toronto this weekend *shrugs*. Probably similar in Calgary.

The temperature difference in the mountains compared to Calgary is huge. I was there in May, I got caught in a snow squal in BC but by the time I descended into the Okanagan valley it was 25 degrees and sunny, less than an hour of driving later.
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Old September 22nd, 2017, 03:30 AM   #4342
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Weather.com has it at - wait for it - 3 Celsius with rain in Calgary at 6 p.m. their time.
U.S. Weather Channel's been talking for a few days about very cold weather (for September) in places like Montana contrasting with much warmer farther east. Some sort of front, or dip in the jet stream.
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 01:39 AM   #4343
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It's 18h40 here and still about 28 degrees
We had a guy calling from Prince Rupert, BC today and he was complaining of cold, about 4 grad. We said, bah, it's 30 here :P

Calgary is particularly interesting because it gets extremely cold and then very hot literally within a day or two when they get "chinook" winds in the winter. But "deadmonton" is just arctic tundra... even just the latitude is amazing when compared to Ontario and east. But for Europeans is nothing.
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Old September 25th, 2017, 07:15 PM   #4344
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Highway 407 and Highway 418 construction in Ontario, north and east of Oshawa.






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Old September 28th, 2017, 09:55 PM   #4345
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The original Alaska Highway:

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Old September 29th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #4346
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Construction notes related to the replacement of the Victoria Street overpass in advance of Highway 7 New between K/W and Guelph:

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7. Project Type (Category):

Construction Administration


8. Specialties Required:

Construction Administration - High Complexity


9. Description of Project:
This project involves the replacement of the Victoria Street North underpass structure, widening of Victoria St from Edna Street to Bruce Street, rehabilitation of the CNR, Wellington and Guelph structures at
Highway 85, Construction of retaining walls, electrical work and utility relocation.


10. Assignment approximate start and completion dates:
Pre-contract engineering phase: N/A
Construction administration phase: (tentative timing) December 2017 to January 2019
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Old September 30th, 2017, 02:18 AM   #4347
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Some more detail about the 401 expansion between Mississauga and Milton

http://www.infrastructureontario.ca/Hwy-401-Expansion/

Features
-12 lane core-collector system from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard;
-10 lanes from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange;
-12 lane core-collector system from Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange to east of the James Snow Parkway;
-10 lanes from the James Snow Parkway to west of Regional Road 25;
-Median HOV lanes; and
-Support facilities and features - drainage, lighting, signage, ATMS, carpool lots etc.

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I'd also assume there would be projects in the works to fill in the widening projects in Kitchener (Hwy 8), Cambridge (Hwy 24), Guelph (Hwy 6) and Milton too. Maybe 8+2 HOV minimum from Hwy 8 to Hwy 407 ETR?
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Old September 30th, 2017, 02:25 AM   #4348
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^that is the plan. Formally only the parts you mentioned have funding, but I'm sure the rest will fall in place over the next few years.

This 401 widening project is quite large - 11km of new Collector-express lanes and another 7km of 10 lane widening. It will bring the total collector express length on the 401 up to 68km.

MTO in general is planning a lot of widenings in the near future - the 410 and 427 will both finish next year, with the 400 and 404 starting up recently or very soon. The 400 is going to be an equally large program compared to the 401 involving some long distance widenings - it's just a few years behind the 401 project.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 02:34 AM   #4349
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Considering Milton's explosive growth it makes sense but I wonder why only 10 lanes from James Snow to Hwy 25. Keeping the original (from original 401 construction) overpass at Hwy 25? Or maybe just figuring most traffic getting off in west Milton...
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Old September 30th, 2017, 02:56 AM   #4350
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James Snow Parkway underpass only appears to support 10 lanes. Besides, based on AADT that should be more than enough for the near future. I do think they need to have 10 lanes starting from highway 8. There are currently no known plans to widen to 10 lanes from Townline Road to Highway 6 north interchange and from highway 6 South to RR 25.

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In other news, it appears a tender has gone out for replacement of Elgin Road underpass in London as well as reconstruction of 7 km of roadway. https://www.raqs.merx.com/public/bul...sf?id=47945001
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Old September 30th, 2017, 04:03 AM   #4351
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James Snow Parkway underpass only appears to support 10 lanes. Besides, based on AADT that should be more than enough for the near future. I do think they need to have 10 lanes starting from highway 8. There are currently no known plans to widen to 10 lanes from Townline Road to Highway 6 north interchange and from highway 6 South to RR 25.
Yeah there are. It's just not yet in the five year funding commitment, but there are definitely plans. I'd expect construction to continue pretty much continually through Wellington County once work is done from Hespeler to Townline.

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here is volume one of the TESR that was completed in West Region to widen from Cambridge to the Halton Regional boundary:
http://highway401-hespeler-townline....-12-Part-1.pdf

I'm not sure if any EA work for the complimenting section east from the Wellington County boundary into Milton is online.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 06:01 PM   #4352
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Yeah there are. It's just not yet in the five year funding commitment, but there are definitely plans. I'd expect construction to continue pretty much continually through Wellington County once work is done from Hespeler to Townline.

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here is volume one of the TESR that was completed in West Region to widen from Cambridge to the Halton Regional boundary:
http://highway401-hespeler-townline....-12-Part-1.pdf

I'm not sure if any EA work for the complimenting section east from the Wellington County boundary into Milton is online.
Thanks for the link. I remember there used to be a project website for widening 401 from Hespeler to Halton border, but that website disappeared in the last year or so. That's why I thought the plans might have been shelved for now and pushed significantly into the future. I am really hoping by 2025 or so the 401 is widened all the way from Highway 8.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 06:33 PM   #4353
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The study for "Hespeler to Halton" was split into "Hespeler to Townline", and presumably "Townline to Halton". I am not certain exactly how advanced the design work is for Townline to Halton, but it's not going to construction for a few years, so I'm sure they'll get to it when they need to.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 10:47 PM   #4354
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So did US soldiers built the Alaska Highway within Canada?
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Old September 30th, 2017, 10:57 PM   #4355
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Yes, it was built by the U.S. Army in 1942, transferred to the Canadian army in 1946 and then to the public in 1948.

At that time there was no road to northern British Columbia. There wasn't even a road from Prince George to Dawson Creek, it was built as the John Hart Highway in the 1940s to feed to the Alaska Highway. Both are now B.C. Highway 97.
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Old October 1st, 2017, 03:17 AM   #4356
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Photos taken today of the Highway 401 expansion project through Mavis Road in Mississauga:


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Old October 3rd, 2017, 12:45 AM   #4357
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Autoroute 40 between Montreal and Quebec City:

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The same from different camera:

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They are fixing some of the old overpasses:

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Arriving to Quebec City:
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nice pictures

Quebecers always seem to take A-20 between Montreal and Quebec instead of the 40. I'm not sure why aside from historical reasons (A-40 was originally tolled) and the hillier terrain, certainly I much prefer its relatively open traffic flow compared to the often congested or slow 20...

There are some roadgeekery things about this road, for example the 40 is supposed to bypass Trois-Rivieres on the north, and the terrain is reserved, but for now (and past 40 years) has a multiplex south on A-55 and then runs on "planned A-755" through the city. And past Quebec Airport the 40 was supposed to continue straight and there are overpasses at A-573 probably 45 years old now that have never had traffic flow underneath
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 06:28 PM   #4360
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Quebecers always seem to take A-20 between Montreal and Quebec instead of the 40. I'm not sure why aside from historical reasons (A-40 was originally tolled) and the hillier terrain, certainly I much prefer its relatively open traffic flow compared to the often congested or slow 20...
I took the A-20 on the way back and it was much busier. Also flat and boring.


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There are some roadgeekery things about this road, for example the 40 is supposed to bypass Trois-Rivieres on the north, and the terrain is reserved, but for now (and past 40 years) has a multiplex south on A-55 and then runs on "planned A-755" through the city.
Yeah, you can see that junction,leading to A-40 through Trois-Rivieres was designed as exit rather than the main through route.
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