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Old November 30th, 2017, 05:01 AM   #4441
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Are AADT figures for 407 publicly available?
The ETR doesn't publish AADT data. I would imagine the MTO will publish data for the provincial section however.

Some views of the 401/418 interchange. In recent weeks, work has been underway to erect the steel beams overtop of the 401 for the future bridges. There have been regular overnight closures for the last week of November, with more scheduled for early December:

Driving east:

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Driving west:


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Old November 30th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #4442
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Some photos of the eastern end of Phase 2A of the 407 Extension. The highway is starting to look very much like a highway. Work was underway to install the expansion joints at various bridges, final grading work at ditches, landscaping, and sign installation. That said, I think there is at least a week's worth of work remaining (maybe more).

Views looking west and east from Solina Road, just west of the Hwy 418 interchange:


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Views looking north and then south from Taunton Road along the future 418. The 407 will end temporarily at a loop ramp to Taunton Road. This is a very unusual configuration for the end of a freeway. I am hoping that additional positive guidance is installed for eastbound motorists in advance of what will be a very tight curve at the start of the loop ramp. I expect this terminus will have an elevated collision rate vs. a more typical configuration.


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Interesting how the highway ended at loop ramps.
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Old December 1st, 2017, 08:28 PM   #4443
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Work continues on the extension of Highway 401:

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6. Project Length/Location:
Hwy 401 in Windsor and includes two new overpass structures at Ojibway Parkway and Essex Terminal Railway. The limits of the project are at the western terminus of Highway 401 (Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway) from 0.35 km on either side of the new bridge on Ojibway Parkway


7. Project Type (Category):

Construction Administration


8. Specialties Required:

Construction Administration - High Complexity


9. Description of Project:
Construction of 2 (two) new Steel Box Girder Bridges (three span structures approximately 170 m in length each). The structures (collectively referred to as the “Ojibway Parkway Overpass Structures”) will carry the Highway 401 over Ojibway Parkway, the Essex Terminal Railway (ETR) and the Perimeter Access Road (PAR) into and out of the future Canadian Inspection Plaza to/from the future Gordie Howe International Bridge.


10. Assignment approximate start and completion dates:
Pre-contract engineering phase: February 2018 to December 2019
Construction administration phase: (tentative timing) February 2018 to December 2019
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Old December 2nd, 2017, 05:17 PM   #4444
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Some photos of Highway 410 in the western end of the GTA. Earlier this week, the Courtneypark Road interchange was reconfigured, and an additional general purpose lane was added in each direction between the 401 and Queen Street (formerly Highway 7-East):

A new subcollector was constructed (though is not finished) separating incoming traffic from the 401 ramps and traffic bound for Courtneypark from traffic entering the 410 from the 403:

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Three views looking southerly from Courtneypark:

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Looking north from Courtneypark:

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Southerly view from Derry:

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Northerly view from Derry:

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Old December 2nd, 2017, 07:38 PM   #4445
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thanks for all the great updates!
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 01:01 AM   #4446
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Interesting how they split up the 410 northbound lanes.
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Old December 4th, 2017, 07:49 AM   #4447
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Construction was recently completed on 27 km of eastbound lanes of the 401 in Chatham-Kent and Tilbury. The lanes were reconstructed with concrete surface layer.

Another 25 km or so will be reconstructed next year, although only in a single direction.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 11:48 AM   #4448
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The relentless fight to keep North America's busiest highway moving continues. #HeavyRescue401 returns with a second season Tuesday, January 2 at 10ET | 7PT.
https://twitter.com/DiscoveryCanada/...48906843987970

Heavy Rescue 401 is a 'Highway Thru Hell' spinoff that focuses on the 400-series highways in Southern Ontario.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 12:31 PM   #4449
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Video of Quebec's northern-most autoroute:

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Old December 6th, 2017, 09:17 PM   #4450
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Alberta and Saskatchewan have a beef...
Alberta licence plates no longer welcome on new Saskatchewan road projects

The province is banning workers with Alberta plates from all new road projects. The new rule won't apply to existing projects like the Regina bypass.

The Ministry of Highways is targeting Alberta specifically because it says Saskatchewan workers in Alberta feel forced to register their vehicles in order to work there.

"Saskatchewan contractors tell us that vehicles with Saskatchewan plates are not welcome on Government of Alberta job sites," said Highways and Infrastructure Minister and Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds David Marit.

The ban only applies to Alberta. All other Canadian licence plates are welcome on new road construction sites in Saskatchewan.
Full report: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat...ects-1.4435414

This sounds kind of bizarre to me...
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Old December 6th, 2017, 09:39 PM   #4451
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This sounds kind of bizarre to me...
Not just bizarre, ludicrous
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Old December 6th, 2017, 11:21 PM   #4452
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It seems to be a response to Albertan protectionist measures on government projects? Alberta is still suffering from high unemployment since the oil industry downturn.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 02:37 AM   #4453
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Alberta and Saskatchewan have a beef...
Alberta licence plates no longer welcome on new Saskatchewan road projects

The province is banning workers with Alberta plates from all new road projects. The new rule won't apply to existing projects like the Regina bypass.

The Ministry of Highways is targeting Alberta specifically because it says Saskatchewan workers in Alberta feel forced to register their vehicles in order to work there.

"Saskatchewan contractors tell us that vehicles with Saskatchewan plates are not welcome on Government of Alberta job sites," said Highways and Infrastructure Minister and Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds David Marit.

The ban only applies to Alberta. All other Canadian licence plates are welcome on new road construction sites in Saskatchewan.
Full report: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat...ects-1.4435414

This sounds kind of bizarre to me...
Sounds fair to me. Apply the same rules as Alberta. Will earn the government some money. A win for Saskatchewan.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 02:37 AM   #4454
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Albertas economy has steeply rebounded over the last few months. It hasn't gone up past the previous peak yet, but it is growing quickly.
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I understand that Canada is federal state but the whole story is just silly.

Did anyone hear about workers from, let say, Montana having problems on contracts in Kansas? Or workers from Scotland in England? Or from Queensland in Tasmania?
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Sunshine Coast fixed link, British Columbia

Sunshine Coast fixed-link study completed

The study of the feasibility of a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and the rest of Lower Mainland has been completed.

The study concludes that a fixed-link crossing would have considerable technical and financial challenges. Therefore, the Province will not be proceeding with a fixed link.

The study narrowed the list of independent options to two bridge-link crossings and two road-link crossings connecting the upper and lower halves of the Sunshine Coast. The options range in estimated value from $2.1 billion to $4.4 billion.

Each of the options presents serious challenges, including steep rocky areas, mountain passes and deep water channels, which would result in very high construction costs. As well, none of the options completely eliminates the need for ferry travel.

From a financial feasibility perspective, the benefit-cost analysis was minimal for two bridge options, and there was no measurable benefit for the two road-link options. The significant costs, moderate-to-low traveller volumes and increase in safety risks (road travel compared to ferry travel) contributed to these results.
Press release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0289-002023

So there won't be a 'Norway style' fixed link to the Sunshine Coast.

These were the options:
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Old December 8th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #4457
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Highway 404 widening to start next year:

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9. Description of Project:
This assignment will be for the Contract Administration Services of one capital construction contract for the rehabilitation and widening of Highway 404, to provide an additional HOV lane for each direction.

The construction work includes:

• Addition of one HOV lane in each direction on Highway 404
• New tall wall median barrier
• New overhead signage from Major Mackenzie Drive to Stouffville Road
• Mainline pavement rehabilitation
• Pavement rehabilitation of interchange ramps at Elgin Mills Road and Stouffville Road, and along Elgin Mills Road
• Highway 404 and Elgin Mills Road Underpass, Site #37-279
 Replace approach slabs and install expansion joints at end of approach slab with sleeper slab
 Repairs to settled sidewalk, and miscellaneous patch repairs to curb
• Highway 404 Culvert north of Elgin Mills Road, Site #37-1214/C
 Concrete patch repairs and crack repairs
 Concrete patch repairs to west headwall
 Replacement of fill behind east retaining wall in order to stabilize wall
• Highway 404 Culvert north of 19th Avenue, Site #37-1562/C
 Concrete patch repairs and crack repairs
• Highway 404 Culvert south of Stouffville Road, Site #37-1215/C
 Concrete patch repairs and crack repairs
• ATMS extension of the existing COMPASS system
• HOT provisions including power & communications conduits, tolling station footings and High Occupancy Toll Message Sign (HMS) footings.
• Culverts and median sewers construction
• Illumination at HOV ingress/egress locations

Specialties required for CA assignment:
• Structural Steel Coating
• Environmental – SARS, Avian
• Landscape Architecture
• Fluvial Geomorphology
• Hydrologist – Well Testing
• ATMS
• Foundation Engineering


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Pre-contract engineering phase: N/A
Construction administration phase: (tentative timing) May 2018 to January 2021
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Highway 407 in Ontario

A Christmas present: Highway 407 will open after Christmas.
Next phase of Hwy. 407 from Oshawa to Clarington will open in early January

A new section of Highway 407 will open early in the new year, taking drivers from Harmony Road in Oshawa, past Enfield Road and south to Taunton Road in Clarington.

“It’s a pretty good Christmas present for the community,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, Durham MPP Granville Anderson and Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal announced the Highway 407 opening on Friday, Dec. 8, from a still-closed portion of the highway near Enfield Road in Courtice.
Full report: https://www.durhamregion.com/news-st...early-january/
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Old December 9th, 2017, 12:09 AM   #4459
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In additional Ontario highway news... the southbound HOV lane on the 427 opened today as well.


this photo was taken earlier this week, before the lane was open
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The second and final QEW/403 Oakville interchange project is going to construction next year:

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This project is located in the Town of Oakville and City of Mississauga. The project includes replacement of four (4) bridges and rehabilitation of six (6) bridges within the QEW/403/Ford Drive Interchange; median reconstruction including tall wall barrier from east of Trafalgar Road to east of Winston Churchill Boulevard; high mast lighting (HML) throughout the project limits; rehabilitation of the QEW eastbound and westbound lanes through the entire project limits, and resurfacing of all ramps at the Royal Windsor Drive, Trafalgar Road, and Winston Churchill Boulevard interchanges, with the W-N/S, S-E and N-W ramp being resurfaced at the Ford Drive interchange. The project also includes reconstruction of Upper Middle Road in the vicinity of the Highway 403 N-E/W Ramp.

Bridge Replacement
• QEW westbound over Ford Drive 10-286/1
• QEW eastbound over Ford Drive 10-286/2
• QEW eastbound over Highway 403 W-E Ramp 10-284/2
• QEW westbound over Highway 403 W-E Ramp 10-284/1


Bridge Rehabilitation
• Upper Middle Road over Highway 403 W-E Ramp 10-282/2
• Highway 403 E-W Ramp over Ford Drive 10-285
• Highway 403 E-W Ramp over Upper Middle Road 10-283
• Highway 403 W-E Ramp over Ford Drive (includes jacking) 10-287
• N-W Ramp over Joshua’s Creek 10-140/2
• N-W/S Ramp over Joshua’s Creek 10-140/1


The work under this assignment includes construction administration and inspection services.



10. Assignment approximate start and completion dates:
Pre-contract engineering phase: N/A
Construction administration phase: (tentative timing) April 2018 to December 2021
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