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Old March 29th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #1281
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Drivers tire of 401's 'highway to hell'
March 18, 2009
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Pickering Councillor Bill McLean holds more than 50 emails from people complaining of damaged windshields sustained while driving along a stretch of Highway 401. Vehicles driving on the highway's roughed-up surface are sprayed with stones and gravel, McLean says.
RENÉ JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR

Travellers along Pickering's "highway to hell" are dodging bullets. Or so the spray of stones from the 401's roughed-up surface feels like.

"When the car in front is doing 110 (kilometres an hour) and shoots it up, it's like a bullet when it hits the windshield," says local Councillor Bill McLean, who has replaced a windshield chipped after driving along the eight-kilometre stretch between Whites Rd. and Harwood Ave. he calls the "highway to hell."

At least 300 motorists have complained about vehicles damaged along "asteroid alley," he says. "It's a huge economic and safety issue. When that rock hits your windshield you might veer sharply because of fright."

Complaints could pave the way to legal action, says McLean, who believes taxpayers deserve better road conditions. "They pay enough through licence plates and drivers' licence fees, which were designed to collect money for road improvements."

The Ministry of Transportation blames the freeze-thaw cycle for making potholes particularly bad this winter. Crews have ground off a layer of pavement to make the surface more even until it can be repaved, probably in June or July, says spokesperson Will Mackenzie.

Crews sweep up debris as they go but may miss a bit, or gravel may be loosened by traffic, he says.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #1282
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We had this problem too in the Netherlands, numerous locations had potholes and bad asphalt.

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Old April 15th, 2009, 05:56 AM   #1283
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The 118 in Dartmouth connects Halifax with the airport, and has had some upgrades that I believe were paid for by a private company building an industrial park in that area:











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Old April 16th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #1284
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Cool, looks very modern.

I'm from London, and we don't even have a highway. :-P
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Old April 17th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #1285
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The picture of the current picture of the PortMann being bumper to bumper is a farce and it the gov't propaganda in full tilt. The PortMann is NEVER, EVER that busy. They even show the PM HOV eastbound lane as backed up.............crap.
It is the mergers onto the bridge that backup not the bridge itself nothing that some HOV/bus lanes wouldn't solve.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 12:24 AM   #1286
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Here's a cool pic of the 401/404/DVP interchange in Northern Toronto:

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Old April 20th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #1287
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Thanks for those photos of Halifax Penhorn, I rarely encounter photos of the highways there.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #1288
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The picture of the current picture of the PortMann being bumper to bumper is a farce and it the gov't propaganda in full tilt. The PortMann is NEVER, EVER that busy. They even show the PM HOV eastbound lane as backed up.............crap.
It is the mergers onto the bridge that backup not the bridge itself nothing that some HOV/bus lanes wouldn't solve.
it can be - west bound is usually the worst - but i agree most of the time its not that bad - its just the johnson hill that slows it all up

I think once the golden ears bridge opens we will see a noticeable difference on the port mann
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:37 AM   #1289
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Does anyone have any updates on the extension of Highways 400 and 410 in Ontario? I've been to thekingshighway.ca and they have some great updates but I'd like to see what's been going on this spring. (Did they stop construction on these projects in the winter or just work straight through?)
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Old April 21st, 2009, 05:42 AM   #1290
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These are a little bit dated, but highlight the 69/400 construction around Parry Sound.

The photos were taken last year on the Civic Long Weekend:

http://www.onthighways.com/hwy_60-69_images/ParrySound/
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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:06 AM   #1291
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Excellent!! Thanks for the updates! One question though, how come on the new unopened northbound lanes there's a 69 reassurance marker? Once opened, that section will be upgraded to 400, correct? Or at least 69/400 for the time being?
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Old April 21st, 2009, 02:58 PM   #1292
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The first section around Parry Sound is being opened (probably has already opened) as a two lane highway at first. I would assume the 400 designation will succeed the Highway 69 designation in 2010 when the Nobel By-pass is finished.
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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:47 PM   #1293
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Ah, right I see. Good to know.

Any news on the 410 or 404?
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Old April 21st, 2009, 08:58 PM   #1294
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Ah, right I see. Good to know.

Any news on the 410 or 404?
Last time I checked the 410 was completed up to Mayfield with an interchange at Sandalwood. The last segment from Mayfield to Hurontario hasn't opened yet.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 12:46 AM   #1295
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Some of the new bridges are pretty well finished for Phase 3 of the 410. The new Valleyfield overpass is done, Kennedy is nearly complete, and work is just getting underway at Heart Lake. Should be done by the end of the year. What I find surprising is Phase 3 of the extension is going to be completed in concrete, not asphalt.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 01:09 AM   #1296
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Yeah, I've noticed that as well (in fact I believe it was your site I noticed it on).

I suppose they are planning to upgrade highway 10 to a 400 series status from Valleyfield road northward for a while.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 08:22 AM   #1297
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I hate concrete, its so bumpy and annoying.

Why are they now paving Canadian highways with concrete? I hear it can't weather the winter as well as asphalt and yet they're making stretches of the 401, 407 and 410 concrete.

I always liked Canadian highways since they are nearly all asphalt, a nice, quiet, smooth drive rather then the clunkety clunk clunk noise you hear on concrete. Bleh!
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 08:38 AM   #1298
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I actually like concrete, it's stronger, lasts longer and looks better...
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 02:35 PM   #1299
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I like concrete a lot more. If it's laid right, it's pretty smooth, especially if its diamond ground. Drive the 401 from Milton to Highway 6 and see how asphalt fares over the winter.
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 02:45 PM   #1300
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Ontario traffic volumes 2005

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401 HWY400 IC 359 -N.YORK WESTON RD IC 357 -N.YORK 426.400
Satellite picture of this section:
[IMG]http://i44.************/wgutde.jpg[/IMG]

I wonder how long it's gonna take before some Phoenix, Houston or Atlanta freeway is gonna overtake the 401 to be the busiest in the world.
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