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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1325 on: February 26, 2022, 01:06:35 PM »

https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/infrastructure/2022/02/ontarios-first-diverging-diamond-interchange-taking-shape

Ontario's first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on the QEW at Glendale Avenue is taking shape and it's expected to be open by this fall.

That's interesting, given that the default conversion of any interchange would be a parclo.

Google Maps suggests that it's currently operating as the reverse of most Ontario parclo interchanges, the B4 (A4 is most common). Perhaps that's why they are getting rid of it, too complicated for the locals. :-D

I find this an interesting and rather strange location for Ontario's first DDI, considering it's already a form of parclo, so this will involve removal of some of the ramps. If the main issue is traffic turning left onto QEW Toronto - which is certainly a very busy movement given the outlets - I would think just adding a loop ramp for that movement (considering there's already enough space for it) would make a lot more sense.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1326 on: February 26, 2022, 01:17:33 PM »

When the DDI was first proposed at that location I think the intent was to reuse the existing structure.  Then somewhere along the way it was decided that the existing structure should be replaced, but they were far enough along with the design ideas for a DDI that they stuck with that plan.

At one point, the interchange between the QEW and Glendale was tied into another interchange between Glendale and the former Highway 8 immediately to the north of the existing QEW interchange.  It's always been a weird interchange because of that.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1327 on: February 26, 2022, 10:38:58 PM »

Digital Ends sign for the 407 in Ontario.  This sign isn't new or anything, I just think it's an interesting use of a digital sign:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_407-409_images/407_dv_147-4_east_Aug21_24x16.jpg
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1328 on: February 27, 2022, 12:10:37 AM »

https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/infrastructure/2022/02/ontarios-first-diverging-diamond-interchange-taking-shape

Ontario's first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on the QEW at Glendale Avenue is taking shape and it's expected to be open by this fall.

While checking the area on GSV, I noticed a paint testing area on a stub of York Road that was left as a result of the construction of that interchange:

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1329 on: February 27, 2022, 09:03:59 PM »

This is kind of an old photo as it was taken before the northbound HOV lane opened on the 400, but I think the autumn colours are nice.  Looking north on the 400 approaching the King Road interchange from October, 2021:


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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1330 on: March 13, 2022, 10:50:00 PM »

The Mattagami River Bridge in Smooth Rock Falls by night:


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« Reply #1331 on: March 29, 2022, 12:56:39 PM »

There's some progress on speed limits coming soon: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2022/03/29/ontario-highway-speed-limits-2/#:~:text=Speed%20limits%20on%20six%20sections,hour%20on%20a%20permanent%20basis.&text=Posted%20Mar%2029%2C%202022%2C%207,hour%20on%20a%20permanent%20basis.

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Speed limits on six sections of Ontario highways will soon be set to 110 kilometres per hour on a permanent basis.

The Canadian Press has learned the increased speed limits on stretches of 400-series highways will be set in stone as of Apr. 22. The province launched a pilot project in 2019 to test the higher speeds on a trial basis.

Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney will reportedly make the announcement on Tuesday and says the sections of highway were carefully selected based on their ability to accommodate the higher speeds.

Six sections of Ontario highways where 110 km/h speed limits will be made permanent:

  • Queen Elizabeth Way –  from Hamilton to St. Catharines
  • Highway 401 – from Windsor to Tilbury
  • Highway 402 – from London to Sarnia
  • Highway 404 – Newmarket to Woodbine
  • Highway 417 – from Ottawa to the Quebec border
  • Highway 417 – Kanata to Arnpior

Two sections of provincial highways in cottage country will also see their speed limits increased on a trial basis. The province will boost speeds to 110 kilometres per hour on Highway 400 from Mactier to Nobel and on Highway 11 from Emsdale to South River.

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Some sections not included surprise me, like the 416, the 401 east of Kingston, the 400 north of Barrie, etc., but at least it's a start.
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« Reply #1332 on: March 29, 2022, 10:18:04 PM »

There's some progress on speed limits coming soon: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2022/03/29/ontario-highway-speed-limits-2/#:~:text=Speed%20limits%20on%20six%20sections,hour%20on%20a%20permanent%20basis.&text=Posted%20Mar%2029%2C%202022%2C%207,hour%20on%20a%20permanent%20basis.

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Speed limits on six sections of Ontario highways will soon be set to 110 kilometres per hour on a permanent basis.

The Canadian Press has learned the increased speed limits on stretches of 400-series highways will be set in stone as of Apr. 22. The province launched a pilot project in 2019 to test the higher speeds on a trial basis.

Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney will reportedly make the announcement on Tuesday and says the sections of highway were carefully selected based on their ability to accommodate the higher speeds.

Six sections of Ontario highways where 110 km/h speed limits will be made permanent:

  • Queen Elizabeth Way –  from Hamilton to St. Catharines
  • Highway 401 – from Windsor to Tilbury
  • Highway 402 – from London to Sarnia
  • Highway 404 – Newmarket to Woodbine
  • Highway 417 – from Ottawa to the Quebec border
  • Highway 417 – Kanata to Arnpior

Two sections of provincial highways in cottage country will also see their speed limits increased on a trial basis. The province will boost speeds to 110 kilometres per hour on Highway 400 from Mactier to Nobel and on Highway 11 from Emsdale to South River.

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Some sections not included surprise me, like the 416, the 401 east of Kingston, the 400 north of Barrie, etc., but at least it's a start.

Good. Hopefully Québec follows suit.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1334 on: April 07, 2022, 02:02:38 PM »

Just like when it just opened! haha.

I wonder if they'll put up new perma signs tho

If anyone has been in the area, have you noticed higher traffic volumes on 412/418? How much higher?
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« Reply #1335 on: April 07, 2022, 02:02:49 PM »

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1336 on: April 07, 2022, 02:18:06 PM »

Signs for the now toll free 412 from the 401:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_401_images/401_dv_404-5_east_Apr21_24x16.jpg

I can see an error: "SAN" should be "SANS".
What? You've never heard of the famous Spanish saint, San Péage, the patron saint of highway rest areas?
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1337 on: April 07, 2022, 03:44:48 PM »

Just like when it just opened! haha.

I wonder if they'll put up new perma signs tho

Like replace the whole sign board? Like, thirty years unless there's a structural issue. Otherwise just overlays.
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« Reply #1338 on: April 08, 2022, 11:40:32 AM »

Just like when it just opened! haha.

I wonder if they'll put up new perma signs tho

Like replace the whole sign board? Like, thirty years unless there's a structural issue. Otherwise just overlays.


Ah I see. That will annoy me to no end (since the shields are offset...) What about the blue signs and reassurance markers on the freeway itself??
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« Reply #1339 on: April 08, 2022, 01:23:57 PM »

I'd be curious to know if the tolls collected recouped the cost of the gantries and signage changes on the 412 and 418. If so, that would make me feel a bit about this decision (though I'd still prefer keeping the revenue stream for the government).
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« Reply #1340 on: April 10, 2022, 11:51:32 AM »

Two views looking westerly from the Brimley Road overpass in Scarborough towards the construction through Kennedy Road.  The express lanes have been shifted to the north to accommodate bridge and pavement reconstruction.  As part of this work, the westbound collector to express transfer will be moved from west of the interchange at Kennedy to east of it, and an additional westbound collector lane will be added from east of Markham Road to Kennedy.


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« Reply #1341 on: April 10, 2022, 12:31:45 PM »

It's a bit difficult to visualize the changes without a map: does one exist?
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« Reply #1342 on: April 17, 2022, 09:05:58 PM »

Just another photo of the 401 through North York.  The early evening light was really soft, so even though I've taken several photos from this location previously, I thought I'd try again:


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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1344 on: April 19, 2022, 12:24:11 AM »

Clearview!
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« Reply #1345 on: April 19, 2022, 04:47:30 AM »

Photos of the signs approaching the Freeman interchange along the Toronto-bound QEW:
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How ironic that the Freeman interchange involves a toll road.
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« Reply #1346 on: April 19, 2022, 01:11:28 PM »

At one time all of the signs approaching this interchange from this direction were clearview. Several years after the signs were installed the province replaced the old aluminum tapered leg signs at this interchange.  The clearview signs were replaced at that time with the highway gothic font that you see here.
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« Reply #1347 on: April 20, 2022, 10:04:52 AM »

I'm quite glad that the MTO didn't like Clearview haha.

City of Toronto on the other hand? Smh.....
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« Reply #1348 on: April 20, 2022, 12:39:19 PM »

Toronto's expressway signage is awful regardless of what font they use.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1349 on: April 25, 2022, 03:30:28 PM »

Curious as to why Highway 11's exits are not numbered between Gravenhurst and Orillia, and also between Orillia and Highway 400. Are there plans to number these eventually? I also notice that Highway 69's exits aren't numbered north of the French River
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