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Old July 25th, 2008, 04:50 AM   #1161
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The first three photos are of the 407 near Brampton. The highway was built in the vacant lands of a hydro corridor. The final section is a recently widened stretch of the 401 between Windsor and Tilbury.
It is in Brampton, not near it.

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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:21 AM   #1162
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I couldn't agree with you more. Pretty much everything in Ontario was smooth asphalt until the 407's construction in the 1990's. Not only is concrete ugly, its noisy too!

Now other highways are having concrete resurfacing done. This includes the 401 east of Windsor. Its still not as noisy as the concrete US interstates, but enough to annoy you.

But with climbing asphalt prices, using the smooth surface is costing more and more these days.
Concrete lasts longer, but costs more than asphalt. However, there is the question of how it will fare against deicing salt during the winter seasons compared to asphalt.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #1163
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I noticed that the QEW is only about 5 miles (8 kilometers for you guys) from Highway 406 and the outskirts of Welland. Has the province ever considered a 400-series spur route to Welland? Then again, would one even be needed?
Welland is too small of a city (even smaller and less built up than Wilmington) to warrant any such thing. Now that I think about it, Highway 406 is the spur route.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:30 AM   #1164
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I couldn't agree with you more. Pretty much everything in Ontario was smooth asphalt until the 407's construction in the 1990's. Not only is concrete ugly, its noisy too!

Now other highways are having concrete resurfacing done. This includes the 401 east of Windsor. Its still not as noisy as the concrete US interstates, but enough to annoy you.

But with climbing asphalt prices, using the smooth surface is costing more and more these days.
Concrete lasts longer, but costs more than asphalt. However, there is the question of how it will fare against deicing salt during the winter seasons compared to asphalt.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:18 AM   #1165
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Can anyone explain this. Quebec Autoroute 50 will eventually run from Hull to Montreal but is only partially completed. The junctions are numbered west to east from Hull yet the lowest number near Hull is Jct. 138. Why so?
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:30 AM   #1166
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Damn, I wish I could write you that every single one of them's going to be railed instead of asphalted!
What do you mean?
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Old July 25th, 2008, 11:07 PM   #1167
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^It will hold up fine -- its not like concrete is new.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 11:15 PM   #1168
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Can anyone explain this. Quebec Autoroute 50 will eventually run from Hull to Montreal but is only partially completed. The junctions are numbered west to east from Hull yet the lowest number near Hull is Jct. 138. Why so?
A-50 was intended to extend from Pembroke east to Ottawa, and the mileage is based from its theoretical western terminus. There had at one point been a very short 4-lane section of R-148 just east of the Allumettes Bridge. It was removed back in 2003 or so however.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 07:12 AM   #1169
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My newest video, this time of me driving from Mississauga (a suburb of Toronto) to Waterloo, a city just over 100 km west of Toronto. The weather was very bad unfortunately, and I've experienced one of my scariest driving situations yet (toward the end of the video). Also, parts of the 401 are undergoing resurfacing, and the current surface on these sections is very dangerous. A more detailed explanation is on Youtube.

Featured in this video are Highway 401, Highway 8 (it is a motorway in Waterloo), and the Conestoga Parkway (Highway 85). If you have a broadband Internet connection, I suggest clicking on the video and watching in high quality. In this weather, it makes a big difference.

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Old July 27th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #1170
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I couldn't agree with you more. Pretty much everything in Ontario was smooth asphalt until the 407's construction in the 1990's. Not only is concrete ugly, its noisy too!

Now other highways are having concrete resurfacing done. This includes the 401 east of Windsor. Its still not as noisy as the concrete US interstates, but enough to annoy you.

But with climbing asphalt prices, using the smooth surface is costing more and more these days.
Isn't concrete supposed to last a lot longer than asphalt?
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Old July 28th, 2008, 06:24 AM   #1171
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I just returned from a trip to Ottawa and made some driving camera footage. It was my first time testing out the miniDV camera I bought two days ago, so not sure how it turned out, but I will try to post the videos on Youtube once I edit them and speed them up. They feature Highway 416, a long section of westbound Highway 401, east of Toronto (broken up into multiple sections, including a night drive through the huge section with the collector-express system), and a drive on some local 2-lane roads. So stay tuned (if anyone cares ).
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Old July 30th, 2008, 07:13 AM   #1172
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Just found AMAZING videos of a long drive in Western Canada. Great video quality, and awesome scenery. Highly recommended!

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Old July 30th, 2008, 06:38 PM   #1173
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The videos are 'not longer available'. Btw, did you drive through Grand Forks, BC on the highway 3?
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Old July 31st, 2008, 02:13 AM   #1174
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Ahm, they don't seem to work with direct embedding. However, they are available. I edited my post to simply link to them. Seems to work this way.

And regarding your question, I am not the creator of the video, so the answer is no Actually, I've never been to Western Canada yet, although the video really made me want to drive there.
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Old July 31st, 2008, 04:04 AM   #1175
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Those videos are awesome. Ontario sucks
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Old July 31st, 2008, 09:28 AM   #1176
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Ahm, they don't seem to work with direct embedding. However, they are available. I edited my post to simply link to them. Seems to work this way.

And regarding your question, I am not the creator of the video, so the answer is no Actually, I've never been to Western Canada yet, although the video really made me want to drive there.
You would want to drive there more once u get on the Sea-to-Sky Hwy... although it's a mess right now because of the construction... but it's supposedly the most beautiful "highway" in the world (more like most deadliest here though =P)

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Old August 1st, 2008, 05:35 AM   #1177
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Just found AMAZING videos of a long drive in Western Canada. Great video quality, and awesome scenery. Highly recommended!

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Great, great videos. Thank you.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 12:36 AM   #1178
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Highway 99 to Whistler (= 2010 olympics) is currently closed because of rock slides. If you want to go to Whistler from Vancouver: the detour is only 454 km
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 01:39 AM   #1179
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Don't even get me started with dumb **** Falco. They don't even know a thing about traffic control in the Lower Mainland. They should have made it 4 lanes to Whistler and gotten rid of as much cliff as possible. Along with all the traffic lights (although the environmentalists would be all over them with getting rid of the cliffs) Improvements from the Pacific Truck Crossing? More like one more lane, same amount of stoplights.
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They should really check this whole road (and double it) before the 2010 Olympics
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