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Old June 18th, 2007, 08:02 PM   #461
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You're right, shame IS beyond pity . . .

They've shut half its lanes, closed one of the two virtually-preceding on-ramps, and detour heavy trucks at the underground interchange with the Bonaventure expressway.

An article over the weekend showed some other detriorated expressway components around the Island. The 40-year-old Hochelaga overpass just north of the the northern mouth to the under-river L-H tunnel has just been demolished, where its replacement ought to be ready by late Fall. For months now, another 40-year-old overpass serving Angrignon Blvd over Hwy 20 has supposed to have been razed coz it's too flimsy.

Patching up our expressways has been going on for well over 20 years.

We'd better establish solid trans-island electric train service if the city's to viably survive . . .

Errrr, this story's bound to be continued . . .
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Old June 20th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #462
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Northern Albertan Highways

A thread devoted to all construction dealing with roads in Northern Alberta (Red Deer and north, for sake of reference.)

Some images have been provided by feepa off of SSP.

Current list of constructions:

- Twinning of Highway 63

This highway is being twinned to increase capacity and safety. It is a heavily used highway by massive trucks used to carry even more massive cokers (usually 80 metres long, 15 metres wide and weigh 5,000 tons.) The twinning is important because these trucks can effectively cut off the Oil Sands projects from any other major supply centre (Edmonton, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie). Fort McMurray (pop. roughly 120 000 people, StatsCan underestimates the size of the city because of the people living in the camps and the people camping in provincial parks - because they can't find homes and the sort) has only one highway going into town - the highway heading north heads directly into the oil sands projects.

I should also note that Highway 63 is right now also being converted into a freeway through the town - that's the only road that connects the 3 or 4 parts of the town. City can't grow much further outwards as there is no more land they can buy from the Province.

- Anthony Henday Drive (Ring Road)

The first quarter has been built in Edmonton. This ring road is being built such that trucks can bypass the failed inner-ring project from a generation ago (170th Street, Whitemud Drive, Yellowhead Trail, 75th Street). This project will hopefully be an actual ring road with no lights and the sort.

The first successful quarter built was the southwest quarter, from Queen Elizabeth II Highway to Yellowhead Trail. This section provides much needed capacity for new trucking - and the ability to bypass the congested Whitemud Freeway.



- Yellowhead Trail/Highway

Currently putting interchanges at the remaining intersections with lights. The city has complained about this for the last 50 years or so - but now it's finally being done. I think there is only 3 or 4 interchanges left to build.

-Queen Elizabeth II Highway

Currently an interchange is starting construction at 23rd Avenue. There is a tremendous amount of congestion at this chokepoint, especially since South Edmonton Common (power centre, yay!) was built.


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Old June 21st, 2007, 01:02 AM   #463
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Bidding for the 23rd Ave interchange opened today. 187 million dollars is the leading bid - there was another bid at 209 million.



Right now they are currently moving all the pipelines under there - there is lots of oil pipes there.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 06:22 AM   #464
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I think I should include this one too.

A new freeway for Nisku, just south of Edmonton in Leduc County, is being proposed.

http://www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca/INFT...II-BOARD-1.pdf


Looks like it may take 25 years for this to be realised though.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 06:42 AM   #465
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With that, we have the continuation of that little freeway. It the provincially-proposed outer-ring road.

http://www.altaroads.ca/ERRRCS-Recommendation.pdf
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 07:59 PM   #466
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[CDN] Canadian Highways

The Trans-Canada Highway is the world's longest national road. It extends east-west across Canada between Victoria, British Columbia and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, passing through all ten Canadian provinces and linking Canada's major cities. Car ferries link both Newfoundland and Vancouver Island to the mainland.

Construction of the Trans-Canada Highway began in 1950 under the authority of the Trans-Canada Highway Act. This act authorized the Government of Canada and provincial governments to build a national highway on a cost-shared basis. Together, they funded construction of the highway outside and inside of Canada's national parks.

In 1962 Prime Minister John Diefenbaker officially opened the Trans-Canada Highway, although construction continued until 1971. It has since seen many upgrades, such as twinning busy sections and adding lanes. Since 1971, some provinces have designated additional road links as part of the Trans-Canada Highway, even though they were not built under the Trans-Canada Highway Act.

Today's Trans-Canada Highway is not a single route. It consists of many routes that cross Canada. Two run from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick, one of which travels to Prince Edward Island by way of the Confederation Bridge. There are also two routes that begin west of Montreal and several routes through Ontario. Travelling west, the main Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) passes through Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Banff. It then takes the highly scenic Kicking Horse Pass through the Canadian Rockies and continues through Kamloops to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

In 1970, a northern route called Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) was officially opened across Western Canada. Highway 16 splits from the main Trans-Canada Highway just west of Winnipeg at Portage La Prairie and then passes through Saskatoon, Edmonton, Hinton and Jasper. It takes the Yellowhead Pass through the Rocky Mountains all the way to the town of Tête Jaune Cache, British Columbia. The highway continues west to Prince George, and reaches the Pacific Ocean at Prince Rupert.

Today, most highway and road construction is a provincial responsibility. Provinces decide on the design, construction, safety standards and financing of highways under their jurisdiction. The Government of Canada, however, is solely responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Trans-Canada Highway inside national parks

Transport Canada recognizes the value of these routes to our nation's economy and is helping the provinces finance the upgrades needed in this age of increasing traffic volumes. In fact, the Government of Canada has committed over $808 million in funding to improve segments of the Trans-Canada Highway since 2001.

Why? Because the efficient transport of people and goods plays a vital role in the health of our nation's economy. The ongoing repair and maintenance of the Trans-Canada Highway improves safety and accessibility, reduces accidents, decreases travel time, increases trade opportunities, attracts tourism and creates jobs.

Source : http://www.tc.gc.ca/mediaroom/backgr.../b04-R007e.htm

At 7,821 kilometres, it stretches from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, Nfld., and through every province in between. Constructed over some of the world's most treacherous terrain, it took 20 years and $1 billion to complete.

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Old June 23rd, 2007, 02:53 AM   #467
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Publsihed today in the Alberta Infrastructure website.

Work starts on the twinning of Highway 63

Fort McMurray... Construction has begun on twinning the first section of Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray from Highway 69 to south of Highway 881. This is the first section of the 240-kilometre twinning project to begin between Fort McMurray and the junction of Highway 55 near Grassland.

"This is the first leg of an immense 240-kilometre twinning project that will increase safety for motorists and improve access to the oilsands," said Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. "This section of road has traffic volumes almost double the rest of the highway and is our top priority for twinning."

Minister Ouellette was joined by Guy Boutilier, Minister of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations and MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo to officially mark the start of construction by climbing onto construction equipment on the future northbound lanes of Highway 63. Twinning of the first section of highway will cost $53 million and is scheduled to be completed and open to traffic by fall 2008.

"Residents of Fort McMurray have waited for this day with great anticipation," said Boutilier. "As a long-time supporter of twinning Highway 63, I'm pleased construction is underway. The twinned highway will improve safety for motorists and support the industrial development in the oilsands."

Construction will begin on the remaining 224 kilometres of twinning south of Highway 881 as designs are completed and federal environmental permits are obtained. The total cost of twinning the 240-kilometres of highway is estimated to be more than $940 million. The province will contribute more than $790 million toward the twinning project and up to $150 million will come from the federal government under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

This project is one of several underway this year to improve safety and expand the capacity of the provincial highway network in the Wood Buffalo region.

Road repair and construction is one of the actions under Premier Ed Stelmach's plan to manage growth pressures. Other priorities for the government are to govern with integrity and transparency, improve Albertans' quality of life, build a stronger Alberta, and provide safe and secure communities.
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Another one, an overpass through Grande Prairie.

Grande Prairie bypass unclogs city arteries

Industry invited to bid on first project for the new bypass

Grande Prairie... Start of construction on the Grande Prairie bypass is one step closer, as the Alberta government invites industry to competitively bid on the first project, a new overpass. The new two-lane overpass bridge will accommodate eastbound traffic from the future Highway 43 bypass over Highway 2. Westbound traffic will use the existing two-lane overpass bridge.

"The new overpass bridge marks the start of the Grande Prairie bypass," said Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. "This is a tremendous move forward and the initial work of the overpass and first few kilometers of the bypass will provide an immediate reduction in the volume of industrial traffic through the City of Grande Prairie. When completed, the 14-kilometre bypass will mean reduced congestion and increased safety for Grande Prairie motorists."

The cost of the overpass construction will be determined following the completion of the tender process, set to close July 12. Construction could begin as early as fall 2007, pending the results of the bidding process, with work on the overpass structure completed by fall 2008.

"The bypass is a critical infrastructure investment that will go a long way to improving traffic congestion in and around Grande Prairie,"said Mel Knight, Minister of Energy and MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky.

The overpass would open to traffic following the completion of three kilometres of roadway connecting 116 Street (Range Road 63) with the new overpass structure and the existing eastbound Highway 43 lanes. Land negotiations for the Highway 43 bypass right-of-way are currently underway and construction timelines on the roadwork will be set after the negotiations are finalized.

"Moving the large transport vehicles around the outskirts of the city will help relieve some of the pressures on our local roads and help make driving safer for all motorists," said Gordon Graydon, MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti.

As part of the initial bypass work, the Government of Alberta is also finalizing an agreement with CN Railway to construct a new bridge over the railway track east of the Highway 43 and Highway 2 interchange.

New highway construction is one of the actions under Premier Ed Stelmach's plan to manage growth pressures. Other priorities for the government are to govern with integrity and transparency, improve Albertans' quality of life, build a stronger Alberta, and provide safe and secure communities.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 07:36 AM   #469
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It would be amazing if they made it all a four-lane divided highway, and maybe even all access controlled!
But it's nice now.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:58 PM   #470
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It should be noted that the two-lane stretch of the Trans-Canada that crosses the Ontario-Manitoba border is the only road that links the country together at this point. There are no other options.

I'll aslo add that both the Trans-Canada and the Yellowhead are extended as far as the Queen Charlotte Islands, about 300 miles northwest of Vancouver Island. It seems odd to me that both highways are represented there, perhaps my information is misguided (google maps). I am quite sure that one of either are at least there.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 11:29 PM   #471
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Oh my god, that´s a highway, jesus christ.


The villageroad in the village my relatives live in bulgaria looks better. :p

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Old June 29th, 2007, 12:17 AM   #472
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What's rong with it? The road on your picture is obviously new I think most roads in Bulgaria look worse then this Canadian highway. Also roads in Canada have to endure a lot in weather conditions.
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Looks on that pic if the final pavement hasn't been installed yet.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #474
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Looks on that pic if the final pavement hasn't been installed yet.
I don´t think they will install antoehr pavment since it is a villageroad with 20 cars a day. And chris, you always have to critisaze something
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And chris, you always have to critisaze something
What else do you expect from a discussion forum
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What's rong with it? The road on your picture is obviously new I think most roads in Bulgaria look worse then this Canadian highway. Also roads in Canada have to endure a lot in weather conditions.
It´s nto true at all that most bulgaria roads look worse than this road, you know nothing man, the entire E79 from sofia to grece looks better than this one and that are 200 km, and many other sections,too.
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Oh my god, that´s a highway, jesus christ.
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Btw, Canada is a country with (one of) the densest motorway ("highway") network per capita in the world, with extreme weather conditions!
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Yeah, i have an aunt living somewhere in Alberta, and she has to drive like half a day to reach the nearest town of importance. Canada is the second largest country in the world with only 30 million inhabitants, mostly centered around a few large cities. So those long miles with no-one around has to be payed by someone, so you can't expect all deserted roads to be in excellent condition, in particular when you involve the huge temperature differences and weather conditions in this case.
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Nevermind. I asked if it went through PEI and then reread the original post.
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Let's reiterate the point that the Trans-Canada is almost 8,000 km long in total length, many portions of which go through areas with almost no population (particularly stretches through Ontario). The highway varies greatly in terms of surface condition, number of lanes, etc. The portion shown in the first post of the thread is one section just west of Calgary, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Canadian highways are by no means perfect. In rural areas, it is not important to maintain a perfect surface, nor is it possible (due to the freeze/thaw effects of winter, and sheer length of the road). If radi6404 thinks Bulgaria could maintain an 8,000 km highway with a perfect surface throughout such conditions, then that's great.

A few photo's of the TCH in Ontario, to illustrate the wide variety of road conditions:

A photo of the TCH in Northern Ontario, by Lake Superior:


the TCH through Ottawa:


the TCH a few hours north of Toronto:


the TCH in Northern Ontario, hundreds of miles from anywhere:
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