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Old December 15th, 2017, 08:30 PM   #4461
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The second and final QEW/403 Oakville interchange project is going to construction next year:
So where you get this information from? Also would they convert this to a full interchange?
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Old December 15th, 2017, 09:43 PM   #4462
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So where you get this information from? Also would they convert this to a full interchange?
The information comes from the MTO.

There are no immediate plans to construct the missing ramps between the 403 and QEW. Likely, just based on capacity realities, they probably won't build the ramps until there is a full HOV lane throughout the QEW through Mississauga. A connection between GTA West and the 401/407 interchange in northwestern Mississauga could also potentially be a driving force to complete the missing ramps.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #4463
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The information comes from the MTO.

There are no immediate plans to construct the missing ramps between the 403 and QEW. Likely, just based on capacity realities, they probably won't build the ramps until there is a full HOV lane throughout the QEW through Mississauga. A connection between GTA West and the 401/407 interchange in northwestern Mississauga could also potentially be a driving force to complete the missing ramps.
So would motorists use Ford Drive and Upper Middle road to get from QEW west to 403 East and 403 West to QEW east?
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Old December 16th, 2017, 04:47 PM   #4464
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So does that include the widening then?
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Old December 16th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #4465
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Interestingly in this Google Street View of Highway 401 in Waterloo Region, they installed shaded high mass lighting just like the ones used on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.40314...=en&authuser=0
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Old December 16th, 2017, 05:45 PM   #4466
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So does that include the widening then?
I'm not sure actually. How the project description has been written in the assignment it's not very clear if there is going to be any platform widening or not.

It might become more clear when the MTO advertises the actual contract to go for construction.

*edit* I did some googling:

"Ultimate platform widening will be incorporated, where feasible (including provision for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes), with the intent that the work is complete until future widening is rquired."

http://news.ourontario.ca/3446924/page/32?n=1
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Old December 16th, 2017, 06:37 PM   #4467
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I don't drive the QEW all that frequently... but here are some photos from last month through the Oakville 403 interchange. These views look westerly towards Hamilton, and show how the Hamilton-bound lanes have been realigned, and the pre-existing carriageway has been by-passed through the interchange:


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Old December 16th, 2017, 07:04 PM   #4468
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It's a pretty bad spot of congestion, I certainly hope the project includes widening it.

The problem is that MTO isn't overly clear on what projects are widenings.. It's the same thing with the rebuild of the 400 from King Road to Highway 7 / Davis Drive. It's supposed to start soon and is a full reconstruction so you figure they would stick the HOV lane on.. but they haven't clarified if that will happen or not.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 07:40 PM   #4469
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It's a pretty bad spot of congestion, I certainly hope the project includes widening it.
I edited my original post above, and provided a link that clarified the work that is going to occur as part of the project. Basically, the platform of the highway will be widened where it is feasible to do so as part of this construction, however, the actual widening and HOV work will be done later down the road. New lanes are not being added as part of this construction.

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The problem is that MTO isn't overly clear on what projects are widenings.. It's the same thing with the rebuild of the 400 from King Road to Highway 7 / Davis Drive. It's supposed to start soon and is a full reconstruction so you figure they would stick the HOV lane on.. but they haven't clarified if that will happen or not.
The MTO is pretty terrible at disceminating project information. Their website is pretty useless.

I do know about the Highway 400 widening though.

The interchange work at Highway 9 is going to be finished next year. Through the Highway 9 interchange, the platform of the highway will be widened, kind of like it was done through the King Road interchange earlier this decade, but there won't be any additional lanes striped through the interchange.

Work started this fall on a similar project to replace and reconfigure the Lloydtown-Aurora Road interchange. Not too much has happened there yet, but I noticed that the lanes had been restriped orange on a trip down the 400 in late October. As part of this project, the platform of the 400 will also be widened through the interchange (and will tie directly into the platform widening at Highway 9), but the same thing, no new lanes will be opened. As part of this project, the underpass that Sideroad 16 uses to pass under the 400 will also be extended for future widening.

A couple of years from now, a final contract will be called which will widen the platform of the highway between King and Lloytown-Aurora Roads. It is as part of this contract that the actual HOV lanes will be opened. I don't know the exact timing of when this contract will start, but I'd expect it in the next 1-3 years or so.

*edit* added diagram to try to show construction staging -- forgive my drawing skills *

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Old December 16th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #4470
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Interestingly in this Google Street View of Highway 401 in Waterloo Region, they installed shaded high mass lighting just like the ones used on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.40314...=en&authuser=0
They are doing that for the entire length of the widening between highway 8 and highway 24, and I think for the next phase as well between highway 24 and Townline road.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 08:50 PM   #4471
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Is anyone in the know about when the contract will be tendered for the 401 widening between Mississauga and Milton? They announced that project several months ago but there's no sign of a contract.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 08:57 PM   #4472
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Is anyone in the know about when the contract will be tendered for the 401 widening between Mississauga and Milton? They announced that project several months ago but there's no sign of a contract.
It's going to be a design build. Anticipated construction start is Spring 2019 at the earliest.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 09:59 PM   #4473
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Continuing my photo dump... I took these photos last week on my way back from a work trip to Essex County. I wasn't going to share them, but changed my mind since there was some discussion about this project a few posts ago.

The 401 widening project through Cambridge. Photos start from west to east, starting with the recently realigned on-ramp to the 401 from Highway 8.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...ov17_24x16.jpg


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Old December 16th, 2017, 11:13 PM   #4474
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Continuing my photo dump... I took these photos last week on my way back from a work trip to Essex County. I wasn't going to share them, but changed my mind since there was some discussion about this project a few posts ago.

The 401 widening project through Cambridge. Photos start from west to east, starting with the recently realigned on-ramp to the 401 from Highway 8.
Those lights are like the ones used on the Don valley parkway and the Gardiner.

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^ That's right, they have the same (or at least very similar) shielding as the ones used on both the Parkway and the Gardiner.
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Old December 18th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #4476
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So where you get this information from? Also would they convert this to a full interchange?
If you look at Google Earth, you can see that a new bridge was already built to the West (although when driving you don't realize that the road is in a N-S direction at this point and likely think it it to the north). https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.49510.../data=!3m1!1e3
  • Now, the 403 to QEW WBL is on the new bridge (farthest west).
  • The QEW WBL are on the bridge that was previously carrying 403 to QEW WBL (i.e. the 2nd bridge from left).
  • The 3rd bridge from the west is now empty. This will be replaced.
  • The 4th bridge from the west will also be replaced, with its traffic placed onto the 3rd bridge while this is done.
  • The 5th bridge from the west (the east-most one) will be rehabbed.
At the end of the Contract, Each QEW bridge will still carry 3 lanes in each direction. Plus, there is one extra bridge.
Eventually, each QEW bridge will carry 3+ HOV. The second bridge from west will carry some sort of mini-collector lanes.

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Old December 20th, 2017, 02:16 AM   #4477
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So would motorists use Ford Drive and Upper Middle road to get from QEW west to 403 East and 403 West to QEW east?
I would just use Winston Churchill Blvd or Erin Mills Pkwy considering those roads move pretty good (especially usually faster than the northbound 403 section) and it's almost always going to be shorter distance...
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Continuing my photo dump... I took these photos last week on my way back from a work trip to Essex County. I wasn't going to share them, but changed my mind since there was some discussion about this project a few posts ago.

The 401 widening project through Cambridge. Photos start from west to east, starting with the recently realigned on-ramp to the 401 from Highway 8.
Interesting to see that both the eastbound and westbound traffic are using future eastbound lanes. I use this stretch quite often and westbound traffic is using future eastbound lanes for almost the entirety of the project length. I wonder what they're doing there, they had just constructed the westbound lanes last year.
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^ The vertical alignment of the highway is changing west of the Speed River. It must have just been easier to stage the construction this way.
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Old December 27th, 2017, 08:42 PM   #4480
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Rendering of a future section of four-lane TCH in BC:

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