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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #275 on: September 18, 2014, 10:11:55 PM »

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #276 on: September 19, 2014, 05:39:36 AM »

It opened today at 3.


Guess it's time to update the file for {404} on the CHM site then. :)

So, what are the new exit numbers along it?

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #277 on: September 19, 2014, 08:42:46 AM »

There are two interchanges on the extension:

#59 - with the Queensville Sideroad (Regional Road 77)

#65 - with Woodbine Avenue (Regional Road 8), at the northern terminus of the highway.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #278 on: October 15, 2014, 08:10:00 AM »

Some new photos of Hwy 6 in Ontario in Guelph.  A new interchange was constructed at Laird Road in Guelph, and actually opened last year.





http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_3-9_images/Hwy6_p2b_images.htm
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #279 on: October 15, 2014, 10:02:18 AM »

After experiencing being stuck at several long signals on this road, I can agree that those interchanges are really needed.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #280 on: November 29, 2014, 03:54:44 PM »

Some pictures of Highway 7/8 in Kitchener, ON.  Construction is underway to upgrade and widen the current six lane freeway:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_7_images/Contracts/Conestoga_Construction.htm
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #281 on: November 29, 2014, 07:22:25 PM »

Some pictures of Highway 7/8 in Kitchener, ON.  Construction is underway to upgrade and widen the current six lane freeway:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_7_images/Contracts/Conestoga_Construction.htm

How many lanes will the upgrade have, out of curiosity?

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« Reply #282 on: November 29, 2014, 07:44:54 PM »

^ It is being widened from four to six lanes.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #283 on: December 26, 2014, 07:49:11 PM »

Construction of the Herb Gray Pkwy (extension of the 401) west to I-75 continues. It seems like they have taken new pictures of the progress.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hgparkway/

NONE of the pictures are mine.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #284 on: December 27, 2014, 04:31:28 PM »

Some new photos of the recently twinned portion of Hwy 11/17 east of Thunder Bay:









http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_11_images/Hwy11_p5b_images.htm
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #285 on: January 12, 2015, 04:05:31 PM »

A collection of photos of the extension of Highway 401 in Windsor, Ontario.  These photos were taken on three separate occasions during the 2014 construction season.  The new highway (dubbed the Herb Gray Parkway) will open to traffic sometime during 2015.  As is evident from the photos, the highway was nearly complete before the winter necessitated a construction shut down.

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For more photos than anyone could ever care to see (or for full-size versions of the photos above):
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_401_images/HGP/Hwy401_HGP_images.htm
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #287 on: January 15, 2015, 10:26:19 PM »

Interesting to know that the MTO plans to twin the 17 east of the Manitoba border. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #288 on: January 26, 2015, 09:14:25 AM »

Some updated photos of the 407 north of Toronto.  Between Hwys 427 and 400, Hwy 407 was widened from ten to twelve lanes during the 2014 construction season.









For the entire set, and for full-size images:
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/Hwy407_p3_images.htm
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #289 on: February 10, 2015, 09:47:46 AM »

Contract has been called to widen Hwy 401 in the Kitchener-Cambridge area.

https://www.raqs.merx.com/public/bulletin/contractView.jsf?id=29330251

Plan would call for 10 GPL + 2 HOV between RR-8 and RR-24. There are plans underway to expand further to the east, first to Townline Road and then eventually to the Wellington-Halton boundary, but no firm timeline is set for that yet.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #290 on: February 10, 2015, 11:48:47 AM »

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #291 on: February 22, 2015, 06:42:04 PM »

I was up in Sudbury over the weekend.  I took some photos of the ongoing highway twinning en route there and back:

Two views looking northerly approaching the Hwy 64 overpass:




Northerly view approaching the Crooked Lake Road overpass:


Northerly view across the twin Murdock River bridges.  The old highway crossed the Murdock River via a low level culvert:


Southbound view approaching the Hwy 64 overpass:


The completed wildlife overpass north of Hwy 637


Hwy 69 approaching Crown Ridge.  One day, Hwy 69 will be blasted through this ridge with a 30m (100ft) cut in order to straighten the highway's alignment.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #292 on: March 07, 2015, 10:22:35 PM »



Not sure if anyone noticed, but the West and East Durham link (future connections between the 401 and future 407) have been officially named highway 412 for the West Durham Link and highway 418 for the East Durham Link. These are the newest additions to the 400 series highways in a while I believe.

The 412 will open in late 2015.

Source and map: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/highway-bridges/major-highway-projects.shtml

Better resolution of the map: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/highway-bridges/pdfs/407-east-map.pdf

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #293 on: March 16, 2015, 05:47:50 PM »

Some construction photos of Highway 406 in Ontario through Welland.  Despite the 400-series designation, Highway 406 was initially built as a two lane at-grade highway through Welland, and is only now, decades after initial construction, being widened to four lanes.



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Hwy 406 crossing over the Welland River and Old Welland Canal.  It is interesting to note that despite being side by side, the Welland River and Old Canal have different water levels.


Northerly view towards the Merritt Road overpass.  The Merritt Road overpass was constructed in 2011 in an advanced contract to expedite the twinning work.


Southerly view approaching Woodlawn Road.  During construction, Highway 406 followed what will become the southbound on and off-ramps through the future interchange.


Southerly view between the twin Welland River bridges.  The new bridge is at left.


The Merritt Road interchange was opened to traffic during 2013, two years in advance of the completion of the remainder of the highway.


One of the more noteworthy features of the 406 construction was the addition of a new three lane roundabout at East Main Street.  This is the first three lane roundabout on a provincial highway in Ontario.  (Though it is not the first three lane roundabout in Ontario -- that was constructed in K/W several years ago).


Overhead signage approaching the roundabout at East Main Street.


This view looks easterly along East Main Street towards the Main Street Tunnel.  Highway 406 parallels the Welland Canal.  Immediately east of the Highway 406 roundabout, East Main Street (Highway 7146) dives below the canal in the pictured tunnel.


Taken in January, 2015, this photo shows the southbound lanes of Highway 406 had just about been finished before construction was shut down over the winter.

The whole set of pictures (I took a lot), and larger versions of the photos are available here:
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_404-406_images/Hwy406_cons.htm#2012
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #294 on: March 16, 2015, 05:54:02 PM »

Nice photos! This photo strikes me as very interesting, mainly because there's either no backplate on these signals, or it's the same color as the base color:

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« Reply #295 on: March 16, 2015, 06:02:24 PM »

^^ Canada uses yellow backplates, including that photo.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #296 on: March 16, 2015, 07:56:23 PM »

Nice photos! This photo strikes me as very interesting, mainly because there's either no backplate on these signals, or it's the same color as the base color:



Like Big John said, Canada uses yellow back plates. Not sure why, but that's what happens.

But, there are exceptions:

http://goo.gl/maps/p9yiI

http://goo.gl/maps/KrxS7

Dark Green coloured background:

http://goo.gl/maps/XPB7u

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« Reply #297 on: March 17, 2015, 10:51:43 AM »

Work will begin this May for the new Hwy-7 alignment between Kitchener and Guelph.  http://www.570news.com/2015/03/11/highway-7-expansion-between-kitchener-and-guelph-expected-to-start-in-may/
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« Reply #298 on: March 17, 2015, 01:27:46 PM »


Like Big John said, Canada uses yellow back plates. Not sure why, but that's what happens.

But, there are exceptions:

Because yellow is brighter more visible. The all dark look is for aesthetics.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #299 on: March 23, 2015, 10:37:49 AM »

Some pictures of the 401/Future 412 interchange in Durham Region in Ontario:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/401_dv_406_east_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Eastbound view apporoaching the Lake Ridge Road overpass.  The future ramp from the eastbound lanes of the 401 will meet Lake Ridge Road almost exactly overtop of where the current eastbound lanes of the 401 are today.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/401_cl_406_west_EB_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Westerly view from the Lake Ridge Road overpass.  During the winter, the former westbound lanes of the 401 were obliterated.  The crushed asphalt currently awaits transport off-site to be disposed of or recycled.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/401_cl_406_west_C_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Centralized view looking west from Lake Ridge, with a GO train passing by.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/401_cl_406_east_oldalignment_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Easterly view along the 401.  The old Lake Ridge Road overpass is in the foreground.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/401_cl_406_east_EB_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Easterly view from the old Lake Ridge Road overpass.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/401_cl_406_east_WB_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Looking overtop of the westbound lanes of the 401 from Lake Ridge Road.  The future on-ramp to the westbound 401 from the future 412 is almost entirely graded.


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407E/2015/03-Mar/7_cl_338_east_Mar15_24x16.jpg
Further north, this photo looks easterly along Hwy 7 at the future Hwy 412 interchange.
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