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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:44 AM   #1421
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I think the drainage problems relate to two incidents where the Decarie (A-15) has flooded. During one of the floodings (the second I believe) one or two people died as they couldn't escape the trench in time.

Tragic yes, but such flooding is far from unique to just Montreal. Any depressed freeway is pretty susceptible. I know I have seen photos of flooded freeways in Texas, and I know last year Hamilton's Red Hill Creek flooded the Red Hill Valley Parkway.

I wouldn't mind to talk more about the state of Montreal's/Quebec's freeways.

Notice the netting that has been drilled into the bottom of the deck to prevent concrete from falling onto the roadway below. I don't know how anybody could defend this. I know in Ontario where I live, (aside from the Gardiner) none of our bridges are literally falling apart.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 06:10 AM   #1422
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I Can understand the signs , but the way they were set up was abit odd and just the Montreal Highway system was confusing to navigate espically in Stormy Weather.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #1423
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[CDN] Canadian Highways

Title is wrong: Canada is CND, not CDN...
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Old February 12th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #1424
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CDN is correct, it means "Canadian Dominion". It used to be "CA" before 1956.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #1425
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I thought CDN was short for "Canadian", but I guess that wouldn't conform with the rest of the abbreviations in this subforum. The official ISO code today is "CA", but I think both are in use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2
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Old February 13th, 2010, 04:20 AM   #1426
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Chris is right, though. Canada's official abbreviation is CDN. CA is Canada's ISO code, it's also used for the internet. It depends on what you're doing; CAD is the abbreviation for the Canadian dollar, for instance.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 12:01 PM   #1427
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I thought CDN was short for "Canadian", but I guess that wouldn't conform with the rest of the abbreviations in this subforum. The official ISO code today is "CA", but I think both are in use.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2
There are various country codes available, ISO, internet domain, etc, but we use the more appropriate vehicle registration plate code Although some of them are barely or not used in reality.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #1428
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... suburban paradise :-) approaching the Galeries d'Anjou
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... condos popping up in suburban st. laurent/place vertu. Really interesting seeing people from the outer suburbs coming back, gathering around the enclosed shopping malls... also many appartments for retired people. But why not moving back to the downtown core with its excellent quality of living and amenities? Personal ties?
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... concrete nightmare in Laval - but somehow fascinating
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... mh, I love this autoroute. Autoroute des Laurentides à Boisbriand
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Old February 15th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #1429
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^ Neat pics man. I like those condo buildings. They look fairly new, but they are radically different in architecture than what I am seeing in and around Toronto these days.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:19 AM   #1430
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Toronto's freeway network is not dense enough. There are only two freeways that serve the downtown area, plus a surrounding area of 30 by 10 kilometers! That is why the existing freeways are saturated, due to the lack of alternate routes.
Late reply, but I also agree 100%. I'm in full support of whomever promises to extend the Allen down to the Gardiner Expressway via tunnel. Screw the nimbys.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #1431
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It's really a shame that Canada doesn't think to use tunnels. Montreal is the only Canadian city that makes extensive use of tunnels. Yet another reason why their setup is a fine example of how infrastructure should be.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #1432
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Agreed. Anyone have any updates on the QEW carpool lane progress in Oakville, ON? And the 427 progress in Toronto? Cheers!
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Old March 7th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #1433
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I took these a few years ago..

Alberta Highway 1: Outskirts of Calgary, Alberta heading west.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 11:40 PM   #1434
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Very nice to see something else than Toronto (no offense of course). I kind of like Alberta, I have an aunt living outside Edmonton, never met her though.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #1435
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I don't mean to cause a war or anything here but I wish Ontario would rip a page out of Alberta's books and print the freeway signs in English and not both languages. Quebec prints their signs in only French, which is fair enough. Ontario, for the most part is English. (I believe the Francophone population is something like 2% in Ontario...)
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Old March 8th, 2010, 04:13 AM   #1436
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I believe the exit signs in Alberta are bilingual.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 06:49 AM   #1437
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I don't mean to cause a war or anything here but I wish Ontario would rip a page out of Alberta's books and print the freeway signs in English and not both languages. Quebec prints their signs in only French, which is fair enough. Ontario, for the most part is English. (I believe the Francophone population is something like 2% in Ontario...)
Not all of Ontario's signs are bilingual. The ones near the border, especially throughout Ottawa, are pretty much all in French/English. There doesn't seem to be any standard when it comes to making signs bilingual in Ontario. Along the 400 series highways, and especially in and around Toronto, signs seem to be sporadic when it comes to English and French.

I like seeing bilingual signs; I wish that all signs in Nova Scotia were in both languages as we have a high French-speaking population - especially in the HRM, Annapolis Valley, Bay of Fundy area and Cape Breton. In fact, much of Inverness County is French-speaking, yet the provincial signs are in English.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #1438
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Ontario's policy is to post french signs wherever a municipality is comprised of 5% or 5,000 francophone residents (whichever is greater).

10 years ago now, when the eastern reaches of the QEW was transferred to the City of Toronto becoming the Gardiner Expressway, the City of Toronto went out of its way to "green-out" any french on the former provincial highway signs. I have always found that approach to be somewhat spiteful to the albeit few Francophones living within the City of Toronto.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 11:23 AM   #1439
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I don't mean to cause a war or anything[...] Quebec prints their signs in only French, which is fair enough.
Not by European standards. There are ca. 15% speakers of English. And STOP in France is not called ARRET.
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Does it mean that for 2.3 million French is not a native language?
That's quite large proportion. How about them?
They were considered "second class citizens" in the 80's with a so called "Bill 101", which forced English out of public life. To bring it closer, you would walk a street, see a gas station with "Libre service" on it, and a shadow of letters "Self service", which had to be removed.

Now the "Bill 101" is gone, but the nazi attitude is there to stay, which is an absolute pity, for it's a great place.
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