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Old Posted Oct 7, 2013, 8:22 PM
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Edmonton will be the first real "freeway" like ring road in Canada, 68 km around (70 if your going the other direction )

Perimeter highway isn't really a true 'ring road' in the interstate meaning of the word...

Saskatoons isn't fully separated either.
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2013, 3:37 AM
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Hazy view of Golden Ears Bridge and Port Mann Bridge from yesterday. Coquitlam town centre in foreground.



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Old Posted Oct 8, 2013, 6:09 AM
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Edmonton will be the first real "freeway" like ring road in Canada, 68 km around (70 if your going the other direction )

Perimeter highway isn't really a true 'ring road' in the interstate meaning of the word...

Saskatoons isn't fully separated either.

I'm sorry but ring roads are exactly what the Perimeter Highway is : A road that encircles a city. Plenty of American cities have ring roads that aren't fully grade-separated. What I don't understand is where this idea that a ring road must be fully free-flow came from. They don't have to be completely limited access to be ring roads. If the Perimeter Highway isn't a ring road then what is it ?
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2013, 3:45 PM
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Hwy 427 Toronto:

Some pics of the 427 through Etobicoke taken a few weeks ago. MTO is undertaking a multi-year project to rehabilitate this road which was constructed during the late 1960s.

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Additional photos and larger available here:
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_4...es.htm#Sep2013
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2013, 7:59 PM
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Very nice! The change is very noticeable as it is going from a concrete to asphalt surface. Also the median and lights are being modernized.

I actually recorded HWY 427 last week between the 401 and Gardiner in the southbound express lanes.

Watch here: (427 part starts at 3:45 in)

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Old Posted Oct 8, 2013, 8:48 PM
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New overpass built in west Regina where pinky road and highway #1 intersect. Will be a dual over pass but only 1 bridge has been constructed. The 4 lane divide road away is coming long very well and should be open next full to traffic.

http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=ebe...c0-3baaeb949So

Happy to post this, it was much needed and i could imagine ppl who come through the city now via ring road are happy and not mad about there cars taking a beating on that road

Ring Road
Location: Northbound lanes from Wascana Parkway to Dewdney Avenue
Start Date: August 5, 2013
End Date: Mid September, 2013
Removing the top layer of worn asphalt and repaving
This project has been completed.

Ring Road
Location: Southbound lanes from Dewdney Avenue to Wascana Parkway
Start Date: Late September, 2013
End Date: Late October, 2013
Removing the top layer of worn asphalt and repaving

http://www.regina.ca/residents/roads...tion-projects/
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2013, 5:04 AM
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What's the point in having the entrance ramps to the highway connected to the roundabouts? As far as I can tell, they are entirely redundant.
The MoTO is perpetually worried about motorists being delayed entering its freeways.

In the current condition, motorists making a 'left' turn onto the freeway (i.e. the ones who cross over the freeway on the bridge first) might have to wait at the intersection to make a left turn, just as they would for making any other left turn anywhere else.

The MoTO doesn't like this one bit. Freeways are special, damn it, and motorists trying to enter their freeways are not supposed to be brought to a stop.

Their preferred solution is to slap loop ramps down so that all motorists entering the freeway can do so with only right turns. (The fact that the average motorist can't accelerate to freeway speed on these ramps or that the existence of these ramps requires longer, more expensive bridge spans for the extra lanes passing beneath doesn't seem to faze the MoTO).

It looks like in this case the MoTO figures they can nearly achieve their goal of no delay to motorists entering the freeway by using roundabouts in the short to medium term. Since traffic in a roundabout has priority over traffic entering a roundabout, left-turning motorists will basically be able to proceed without delay as they are unlikely to ever have to give way to enter the roundabout (think about it for a moment!) and will have priority over oncoming traffic as they will already be in the roundabout, thus avoiding the dreaded problem of motorists queuing back across the bridge waiting to turn left onto the freeway.
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Es, but the interchange design has a slip lane entry loop, as well as being able to enter from the roundabouts, essentially creating 2 access points to the highway from 1 originating direction.
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2013, 11:24 AM
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Yes, exactly. I personally thought the original roundabout design was fine, but by adding the slip lanes, they've created two entrances to the highway from the same direction.
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2013, 3:25 PM
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Es, but the interchange design has a slip lane entry loop, as well as being able to enter from the roundabouts, essentially creating 2 access points to the highway from 1 originating direction.
The two loop ramps are optional, and would be added later if traffic volumes warrant it.

Interestingly enough, this interchange used to be a full cloverleaf, but was 'downgraded' to a diamond when the 401 was widened to 6 lanes between London and Woodstock. The weave lanes for the cloverleaf essentially became the new through lanes for the 401, thus eliminating the need to build a new, longer overpass.

Now this stretch of the 401 is slated to get widened again, mostly due to the enormous amount of truck traffic it handles (between the 402 and 403 splits). New overpasses are needed because of either old age, or the fact that they are not long enough for 8 travel lanes beneath. Some in London are planned to span a 10 lane 401.
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Old Posted Oct 15, 2013, 7:18 PM
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Toronto's Don Valley in autumn


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Old Posted Oct 15, 2013, 11:28 PM
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Highway 401 collector and express system in Mississauga at the interchange of Highways 403 and 410.


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Old Posted Oct 17, 2013, 1:56 PM
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A couple of pictures of Hwy 407 from the Weston Road overpass taken from earlier in the summer. Median work was ongoing in advance of an additional east and westbound lane being opened to traffic later next year.





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Old Posted Oct 19, 2013, 9:39 PM
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Very neat Highway
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Old Posted Oct 19, 2013, 9:41 PM
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From last Week-end.

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The section I filmed : https://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Bo...sz=14&t=m&z=11
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2013, 1:03 PM
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I went for a little drive to Ferryland and back yesterday to see the fall foliage.

The highway is quite good - excluding the bridges, all of which were built in the 1960s and are in poor shape.

You'll see a few stretches of it between Ferryland (A) and Bay Bulls (B):



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Old Posted Oct 21, 2013, 5:39 PM
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Oh some nice videos! I have a new one to share too:

Autumn Timelapse Drive From London To Kitchener

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Nice videos - thanks!

I really enjoyed some of the drives in Quebec but have never made it farther than Chute Montmorency on the north shore.

On that same trip I remember thinking how much parts of the Maritimes reminded me of Northern Ontario (my happy place). I see the same thing in Newfoundland now too.

And that drive between London and KW... I've done the 402-to-403 portion too many times to count, and the rest along the 401 many times as well. Coming from Windsor, it was always the stretch where things got busier and more interesting.

Keep 'em coming.
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2013, 3:09 AM
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Calgary's ring road is being widened to 6 lanes throughout the entire Northwest quadrant and in the not-so-distant future, the Northeast. The Southeast Quadrant is opening for the first time in the coming days. It should improve traffic movement across the eastern side of the city markedly.

Here's a map for reference of what is completed presently (the pink, turquoise, blue, and olive green):

http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/804.htm
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2013, 6:34 AM
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MTO is undertaking a multi-year project to rehabilitate this road which was constructed during the late 1960s.
Good, that's long overdue.
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