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Old January 11th, 2020, 04:27 PM   #5221
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'Sleepless in Toronto': Non-stop Gardiner construction keeping neighbours up at night
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Jan 10, 2020

People who live near the east end of the Gardiner Expressway say they haven't been able to get to sleep for months because of jackhammers, drills and other construction noise overnight — and ear plugs just aren't cutting it anymore.

It's all part of a large city project to rehabilitate the aging roadway, which is due to be completed in 2021. But residents say the current leg of the construction — Jarvis Street to Cherry Street — is disrupting their lives and their health.

"The issue for us is the noise levels that we're having to endure through the evening," said Suzanne Kavanagh with the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association.

"We've got children that are having trouble sleeping. They have to go to school the next day."

Some residents have taken to social media to share what they're hearing in the early hours of the morning.

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Old January 12th, 2020, 03:17 PM   #5222
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Highway 16 from Manitoba to Saskatoon averages in the 2000 vehicles per day traffic volume. Cars and trucks combined.

Highway 1 from Manitoba to Regina averages 5500 vehicles.

Highway 11 between Saskatoon and Regina average around 7500 vehicles per day. A lot of trucks do use highway 16.

I don't think too many trucks travel via Regina just to get to Saskatoon.
According to the provincial AADT map, Highway 16 is used by only some 400 - 500 trucks per day.

By comparison, Highway 46 carries over 1,500 trucks per day despite its short length and parallel routing to Highway 1. The truck volume on Highway 46 almost matches that of Highway 11 from Regina to Saskatoon.

Pilot Flying J has also built a truck stop at the Highway 1/46 interchange near Balgonie in 2015. That way they can serve both traffic using Highway 1 and Highway 46.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 02:44 AM   #5223
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So you are assuming all the trucks heading into Regina from the east travel on to Saskatoon?

There is a lot of industrial traffic in the Northern part of Regina that would use 46 to get to points east as well as a lot of truck traffic on 10, to and from Yorkton and area that would travel possible on 46 as well.
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Old January 15th, 2020, 10:10 PM   #5224
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A lot of snow has fallen into the lower elevations of British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. This, in combination with strong wind has created quite large snowbanks.

A snow plow echelon on Highway 1 near Chilliwack. The snow is as deep as the median barrier is tall. It seems that they could've used two more plows or a tow plow, with so much snow plowed onto the right lane it would be difficult to reach exits through there. They probably make another run at it.

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Old January 19th, 2020, 11:29 PM   #5225
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80cm of snow fell in Newfoundland on Friday. Before and after the storm:

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Old January 20th, 2020, 05:42 AM   #5226
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More like after and before.
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Old January 23rd, 2020, 11:21 PM   #5227
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BC Highway 4, Tofino

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Old January 24th, 2020, 10:17 PM   #5228
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An update:
Highway 4 to open to essential traffic only

Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill will reopen to essential travel only between noon and 8 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 24.

Travel will be restricted to passenger vehicles and light pickups only.

Vehicles will be screened at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and at Sproat Lake. Larger vehicles will be turned around. Heavy loads, trucks with duallies, and vehicles towing trailers will not be let through. Motorists are advised to obey the instructions of traffic control personnel.

This is a limited opening for essential travel only. Once these vehicles have cleared, a portable bridge will be installed to open the highway to regular traffic as quickly and safely as possible.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure estimates a lengthy closure to install the bridge. The ministry will update the estimated closure window for the bridge installation as soon as possible.

The contractor worked non-stop through the night to build up the road base after a portion of the shoulder and travelling surface sloughed away. The ministry thanks Emil Anderson Construction and its crew for the round-the-clock effort to reopen the highway.

While some progress was made, the base did not build as quickly as project engineers had estimated. Overnight, the decision was made to bridge the damaged section of highway to open it as soon as possible.

The damage to Highway 4 was caused by an unexpectedly large volume of rock falling on rain-saturated ground during a scheduled blast early on Thursday, Jan. 23, as part of the Highway 4 – Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project. The highway was closed to traffic at the time of the blast.
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0012-000118

It's a precarious situation as Highway 4 is the only road access to Tofino and Ucluelet.
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Old February 7th, 2020, 09:48 PM   #5229
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Ontario Highway 17

Ontario Moving Forward with Plans to Widen Highway 17 in Kenora

Province Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Niiwin Wendaanimok (Four Winds Group)

Today, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs took further steps to deliver on the government's commitment to widen and twin Highway 17 between Kenora and the Manitoba border by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Niiwin Wendaanimok, a partnership of four First Nations with interests in the project area. Widening Highway 17 will reduce travel times through highway corridors, critical trade links and international gateways, while promoting economic development and safety.

The twinning/widening of Highway 17 between Manitoba/Ontario border and Kenora will be carried out through three sections: Manitoba/Ontario border to Highway 673 (6.5 km); Highway 673 to Rush Bay Road (8.5 km); Rush Bay Road to Highway 17A (25 km).
Full release: https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/...in-kenora.html
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Old February 14th, 2020, 06:11 AM   #5230
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How the Gardiner Expressway hogs the road during budget talks
10 February 2020
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Looming over the City of Toronto's proposed capital spending plan, like an infrastructure Godzilla hungry for cash, sits the Gardiner Expressway.

There is no organized push, at the moment, to revisit the bruising political debates of 2015 and 2016 that saw city council vote to rebuild the crumbling crosstown artery and leave elevated sections aloft, including a relocated curve from Cherry St. to the Don Valley Parkway.

But questions and tempers rise every budget season as briefing notes and chartslay bare the enormous cost of fixing the crumbling freeway and building the new “hybrid” DVP connection. Gardiner costs constrain all other project spending.

The roadway will gobble $2.2 billion of the transportation department's 10-year capital spend. That's 44 per cent of the total, although the highway carries only about seven per cent of commuters in and out of downtown, according to city figures. The east Gardiner carries only 5,000 cars per hour at peak times.

Eighteen kilometres of freeway, seven of them elevated, will cost taxpayers more than Toronto's other 5,379 kilometres of roadway — including the ground-hugging DVP — combined.

“The city had to choose between rebuilding the Gardiner and doing everything else, and council chose the Gardiner,” Coun. Gord Perks, a frequent budget critic of Mayor John Tory, said of a 2016 vote to proceed with the rebuild and “hybrid” connection to the DVP.

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MTO just posted a contract for widening Highway 401 for 11 km between Tilbury and Chatham-Kent.

https://www.raqs.merx.com/public/bul...f?id=308631001

Tender opening date is in July, so it's possible construction begins as early as late 2020, but more realistically spring 2021. This section has already been reconstructed in both eastbound and westbound lanes, so it should be as simple as just filling in the median with 2 lanes and installing the concrete barrier.
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