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Old October 4th, 2010, 09:28 AM   #1721
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A bit OT:
From the embedded video I can see what is the definition of a "freeway". What is a "highway" then? Does it have a fixed definition (even an unofficial one), or is it just anything other than a simple two-lane road? Thanks.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #1722
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Highway = public road, usually a major road, but not necessarily a motorway / freeway.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #1723
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Perhaps our friend Wikipedia can help.

"A highway is a public road, especially a major road connecting two or more destinations."
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway

"A freeway is a limited access divided highway with grade separated junctions and without traffic lights or stop signs."
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeway

However, the terms highway and freeway can vary from country to country, and sometimes even from region to region.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 12:36 AM   #1724
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For a relatively cold place, Ontario really does do a good job of keeping its highways in relatively good shape.

They are doing some construction work now, but the quality is generally worse in New York State.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 01:40 AM   #1725
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^ What were they doing to Highbury when you took that photo?
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Old October 5th, 2010, 04:04 AM   #1726
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(Bringing over picture from last page)

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The Highbury Avenue expressway seen from the Commissioners Road overpass, looking north.
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^ What were they doing to Highbury when you took that photo?
The Highbury expressway has been under construction for months. I believe concrete southbound lanes are currently under restoration. The surface has been pounded for nearly the entire stretch of the expressway. It's been a huge pain for motorists who are fed up with how long the project is taking to complete.

Here's a photo from the other side:


Full size here if you want to see more detail
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Old October 5th, 2010, 04:06 AM   #1727
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Opps! Double post. How can I delete this message?
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Old October 9th, 2010, 03:23 AM   #1728
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In the spirit of concrete highways:

Highway 401 near Windsor.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #1729
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Looks good, except for that one strip of asphalt. Couldn't they just cover that small bridge segment with concrete?
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Old October 12th, 2010, 05:30 AM   #1730
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Ontario seems to have some sort of strange phobia with concrete decked bridges. They do exist in the province, but even structures on the 407 are surfaced in asphalt.

Hal (or anybody else), is there a way to resize an image in this forum?
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Old October 13th, 2010, 06:40 AM   #1731
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Ontario seems to have some sort of strange phobia with concrete decked bridges. They do exist in the province, but even structures on the 407 are surfaced in asphalt.

Hal (or anybody else), is there a way to resize an image in this forum?
Speaking of the 407, you all heard about the plane that landed on the highway, right?



Like something straight out of a movie...

Reminds me a lot of the space shuttle in The Core landing in a concrete river.


(Skip to about 1:30 through)

Oh, and I'm not sure how to resize photos here. You might have to do that off-site Scott.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 02:25 AM   #1732
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It's amazing that pilot was able to manage to land on the 407 without hitting any cars. That photo you posted is pretty cool too. The photographer has a keen eye to include the sign to Buttonville Airport in the photo.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 07:42 AM   #1733
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Hello friends, I'm new here, I draw much attention Canada, it is a great country, especially caught my attention roads, are incredible, but I really believe that compared to the U.S.?
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Old October 15th, 2010, 08:05 AM   #1734
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new Port Mann bridge going up, sorry I didn't have time to go look if there were previous posts about the Highway 1 "gateway" program going on around metro vancouver.



new bridge on the left, old Port Mann on the right..
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Old October 15th, 2010, 08:54 AM   #1735
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new Port Mann bridge going up, sorry I didn't have time to go look if there were previous posts about the Highway 1 "gateway" program going on around metro vancouver.



new bridge on the left, old Port Mann on the right..
First of all, that is a bridge, therefore should be in the bridge section of the infrastructure forum. Second, thats an outdated rendering. The newly designed bridge looks completely different. Third, the Gateway Program is a joke and reaffirms the fact that the lowermainland has the worst highway/road network in North America.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #1736
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Canadian highways are impressive.
In Ontario, yes they are

West of the rockies? Not so much
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Old October 15th, 2010, 09:31 AM   #1737
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In Ontario, yes they are

West of the rockies? Not so much
They're good in Quebec and most of the Maritimes as well. I can't speak about the Prairies as I've not been there.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #1738
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They're good in Quebec and most of the Maritimes as well. I can't speak about the Prairies as I've not been there.
Quebec may have a lot of highways, but they generally are not maintained as well as highways in Ontario and Nova Scotia, for example. Did you hear about the overpass that collapsed not too many years ago? Their system is not much better than the Interstate Highways of the United States.


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Old October 16th, 2010, 12:12 AM   #1739
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Quebec may have a lot of highways, but they generally are not maintained as well as highways in Ontario and Nova Scotia, for example. Did you hear about the overpass that collapsed not too many years ago? Their system is not much better than the Interstate Highways of the United States.
US Interstates are very well maintained and designed.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 12:35 AM   #1740
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US Interstates are very well maintained and designed.
not all of them , some Midwestern states can't afford theres anymore and there falling apart. Most Northeastern Highways are narrow and congested. The South is ok , the West Coast Varies.
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