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Old November 17th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #941
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RED HILL VALLEY PARKWAY
Honking procession of cars opens Red Hill Parkway this morning


Opening of the Red Hill Valley Parkway Saturday morning in the north bound lanes at Dartnall Rd. On hand in the first spot with his yellow corvette was Tim Chapman.Waiting also were David Street with a '76 Monte Carlo and 1930 Model A Roadster owner Bill Hendry. Here, a small crowd waited and waves from an overpass. PHOTO BY: Ron Albertson,

November 17, 2007
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Cars were lined up all the way this morning at Dartnell Rd. and the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, eagerly awaiting the opening of the Red Hill Valley Parkway at 7:30 a.m. Led by a yellow Corvette, the first pack of cars made their way down the winding highway, waving and honking at city workers and the mayor who gathered on the Lawrence Ave. bridge at Mount Albion Rd. to celebrate the opening.

It wasn't long before the party on the bridge saw one police cruiser chase a Smart car that whisked by a little too quickly. By mid-morning, police had already laid at least three charges with the highest speed at 122 km/h, said Const. Bob McKinlay.

"The one doing 122 didn't even know what the speed limit was on the expressway," said Const. Wes Wilson.

The parkway's speed limit is 90 km/h.

Watching the first drivers cruise under the Lawrence bridge, Mayor Fred Eisenberger said he was glad to see opening day arrive. He said he is looking forward to the business opportunities the parkway will bring to the city.

"There's lots of other things we need to do. This has prevented a lot of other things from happening environmentally and economically."
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Old November 17th, 2007, 08:32 PM   #942
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I drove down the mud street interchange last night around 2 AM...hoping was open..but it wasn't..if i had my own car..i would have parked and waited..

but alas....I don't.
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Old November 18th, 2007, 12:16 AM   #943
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A map with the Red Hill Valley Parkway i made, i think it's about right.

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Old November 18th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #944
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drove on it today..got someone to take a vid of the whole thing..but yeah...not that great :P

but the road is fantastic..really great drive!
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Old November 19th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #945
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Are the two points where is starts and ends?
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Old November 19th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #946
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Yes, according to Wikipedia.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 03:04 AM   #947
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Yes, but really the Red Hill Valley Parkway is an extension of the Linc from 403 and now to QEW. The city was considering naming the Red Hill Valley Parkway to the Linc instead.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 11:47 AM   #948
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What's the Linc? The Lincoln Alexander Parkway?
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Old November 20th, 2007, 02:27 PM   #949
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Oh yes sorry. Everyone here calls the Lincoln Alexander Expressway as the Linc. I've yet met a person that calls either the Linc or the Red Hill as "Parkway" it's always Expressway.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 03:26 PM   #950
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Oh ok my bad. I'm not from Hamilton so I don't know these things...haha.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 03:27 PM   #951
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Wait...so if it's just an extension why didn't they just name it the Lincoln Alexander for the remainder?
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Old November 20th, 2007, 04:24 PM   #952
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Well building the Linc was pretty simple and didn't get much opposition, I remember the days when I was a kid I would play along where the Linc is now located. The area used to be a field, no development was allowed on that stretch of land for over 50 years.

But the second phase of North/South extension of the Linc was very controversial, as it would go along a park and a creek, hence why it's called Red Hill CREEK Parkway. But the creek was routed man-made so during the construction of the expressway the city restored the creek back to its natural route. Opposition stalled the expressway for years and Bob Rae killed provincial funding during the time when the Linc was about to be built. After a few years Mike Harris announced during the opening of the Linc that they would restore the funding and now the Red Hill is built so that's why you have two expressways built at a different time, was suppose to be built at the same time and opened at the same time. If that happened then the name of Red Hill Creek Parkway would have likely just been named the Linc as well.

Remember the whole process of building this North/South extension was rooted back for nearly 50 years. Jack McDonald was Mayor at the time and he's now in his 80's but was lucky enough to live long enough to see the Red Hill built and open. When he dies he wants his ashes spread around the Red Hill.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:21 PM   #953
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What's the Linc? The Lincoln Alexander Parkway?
It's also Lincoln Financial Field.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 06:14 AM   #954
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Hwy 401/400 interchange:



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Old November 26th, 2007, 10:34 PM   #955
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wow that 401 highway is huge!
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Old November 28th, 2007, 09:46 AM   #956
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I found this pretty nice video of someone driving on the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto, and also a little bit on Toronto streets (downtown):

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Old November 28th, 2007, 07:21 PM   #957
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Neat video. Have you ever come across one of the Gardiner at night? Thats one of my favourite Ontario drives.
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Old November 30th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #958
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Big Bad 401

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Old December 1st, 2007, 08:57 PM   #959
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Another really nice video I think. A ride on the Don Valley Parkway into downtown Toronto (from the northeast), and then a drive through some streets in downtown, both large and small:



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Neat video. Have you ever come across one of the Gardiner at night? Thats one of my favourite Ontario drives.
Yeah, the night drive on the Gardiner is really nice, but unfortunately there aren't good videos on Youtube. There is one which follows in this post, but you can't really see the downtown much because of the camera quality:



I hope to buy a camcorder in the summer and try to make some Toronto driving videos by myself, together with some friends. I will post them if I get to them
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Old December 1st, 2007, 09:04 PM   #960
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That 1st video is cool, but a bit too fast, you can't really look at the skyline so fast. I have some experience taking video's while driving myself. My 38 road video's
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