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Old June 18th, 2010, 03:52 AM   #1541
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Took these this afternoon for a project. May as well post them here.

Highway 401 from the Wellington Road overpass in London, Ontario.

Looking east:
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Looking west:
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Bonus: zoom in looking west showing the Highway 401/402 interchange in the distance.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #1542
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Ah rumble strips. I haven't seen them on Dutch motorways, but they are becoming more and more common on country roads.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:54 AM   #1543
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Beautiful roads and excellent pics! Thanks for sharing!
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Old June 18th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #1544
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Ah rumble strips. I haven't seen them on Dutch motorways, but they are becoming more and more common on country roads.
Ahh the good ole' drunk bumps
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Old June 18th, 2010, 11:57 PM   #1545
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Ah rumble strips. I haven't seen them on Dutch motorways, but they are becoming more and more common on country roads.
They're used on nearly all American Interstate highways along the shoulders, but they seem to not be used in urban areas. Sometimes there are rumble strips painted onto the roadway, rather than cut into it, along rural roads with a higher speed limit, like 45 or 55, approaching a stop sign or traffic light that can't be seen in time to stop.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #1546
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They're used on nearly all American Interstate highways along the shoulders, but they seem to not be used in urban areas. Sometimes there are rumble strips painted onto the roadway, rather than cut into it, along rural roads with a higher speed limit, like 45 or 55, approaching a stop sign or traffic light that can't be seen in time to stop.
Yea , there the new DOT thing in Urban Jersey for Yields and 4-way stops and they seem to work.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 07:40 PM   #1547
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I also made a couple videos of highways in London, Ontario.

This was my first time making road videos, so please forgive the shaky camera. Also, part of the tripod is visible in the windshield's reflection. Once again, sorry! I now know better for next time.

Both are sped up 3x to keep them interesting.

Highway 401 eastbound in London:


Veterans Memorial Parkway (VMP for short) northbound in London:


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Old June 19th, 2010, 10:14 PM   #1548
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Those two clips look like they could have been shot pretty much anywhere in the USA outside of the mountains and the desert southwest. If not for subtle differences in signage, you would not be able to tell them apart.

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Old June 20th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #1549
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Those two clips look like they could have been shot pretty much anywhere in the USA outside of the mountains and the desert southwest. If not for subtle differences in signage, you would not be able to tell them apart.

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I'll partially agree with you. Most US highways use concrete and don't have an inner shoulder. In addition, most junctions are diamonds opposed to parclos.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 06:57 AM   #1550
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That "roller coaster" shot of the 401 east of London was great. I wish BC had ANY 6 lane freeways but alas only 4 lanes with short HOVs. The amount of traffic on the 401 has soared. Much busier than when I was a kid in 1980. Even more so with the 402. I remember when the part from Sarnia to Strathroy opened and it was near vacant. People use to joje that Strathroy now has 2 bowling alleys.
Any videos of the 402?
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The amount of traffic on the 401 has soared. Much busier than when I was a kid in 1980. Even more so with the 402. I remember when the part from Sarnia to Strathroy opened and it was near vacant.
Greater Toronto has grown by 2 million people since 1980.
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I'll partially agree with you. Most US highways use concrete and don't have an inner shoulder. In addition, most junctions are diamonds opposed to parclos.
No we don't , we mostly use Asphalt. Some Tollways like the NJ Turnpike or parts of PA Turnpike have inner shoulders....
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I wish BC had ANY 6 lane freeways but alas only 4 lanes with short HOVs.
Sadly, any 6 lane section in BC is only very short (Snowshed Hill on the "Coke" being one example). It's really needed in the Vancouver area and has been for many years. We need it on HWY 1 through Kamloops, and need to build a tunnel to eliminate the intersections through the residential area of Valleyview, though the highway isn't freeway there.
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I'll partially agree with you. Most US highways use concrete and don't have an inner shoulder. In addition, most junctions are diamonds opposed to parclos.
Paved left shoulders at part of the 'standard' for interstates and interchanges are designed based on what is considered 'best' at each particular location.

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Paved left shoulders where it is not necessary (simply any freeway with less than 8 lanes), increases cost for drainage. You can see the drainage system on this picture, while with a grass median, you don't need to construct drainage at all.
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What's going on with the QEW right now? I drove on it today both ways between Toronto and Burlington, and both ways was stuck in traffic about half the way (going to post a video of the whole drive at some point).

I saw a lot of construction, and up to 3 new lanes being added in the middle. How many lanes are they adding, and are they going to be HOV lanes or regular ones? I hope they will add at least 1 non-HOV lane, because I don't expect the HOV lanes to be used at all.
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^ It's HOV lane construction. I think the construction is just adding one additional HOV lane per direction, and no additional general purpose lanes unfortunately. Given the amount of retaining walls that are being constructed, and their proximity to the right side of each carriageway, I think it will be a long, long time before the QEW sees any additional widening. Pitty.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 10:32 PM   #1558
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That "roller coaster" shot of the 401 east of London was great. I wish BC had ANY 6 lane freeways but alas only 4 lanes with short HOVs. The amount of traffic on the 401 has soared. Much busier than when I was a kid in 1980. Even more so with the 402. I remember when the part from Sarnia to Strathroy opened and it was near vacant. People use to joje that Strathroy now has 2 bowling alleys.
Any videos of the 402?
Yep, it's an interesting picture, but it's actually a pretty smooth drive. You barely notice it when on the road.

The 401 is not only the busiest highway in North America, it is the world's busiest truck route (also considered to be the busiest highway in the world but no official source backs this up). The amount of truck traffic in that area is huge because it is inbetween the Highway 402 and 403 splits.

Perhaps I'll make a video of the 402 sometime, but the highway itself is nothing special. Just a 4 lane route with a grassy median. Might film a portion of the route from the 401 in London sometime.
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^ It's HOV lane construction. I think the construction is just adding one additional HOV lane per direction, and no additional general purpose lanes unfortunately. Given the amount of retaining walls that are being constructed, and their proximity to the right side of each carriageway, I think it will be a long, long time before the QEW sees any additional widening. Pitty.
Heh a pity indeed. Most commuters would not be able to use the HOV lane, and I think expecting people to change their habits en masse is naive. Either way, that highway needs at least 2 more lanes in each direction. If people think that the 401 has horrible congestion problems, they clearly haven't driven on the QEW.
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HOV is only useful from 4 - 5 lanes per direction, otherwise the HOV potential is just too low to justify a dedicated lane. It's just politics otherwise.
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