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Started by aridawn, June 20, 2013, 07:15:08 PM

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andrepoiy

I think it's funny that Alberta still has yet to make Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton fully controlled-access, despite being the richest province, while New Brunswick has now an absurdly large controlled-access freeway-to-population ratio despite being one of the poorer provinces.

Does Alberta intend to upgrade Hwy 2 from Calgary to Edmonton to freeway standards at all?


dmuzika

Quote from: andrepoiy on November 29, 2022, 01:18:17 AM
I think it's funny that Alberta still has yet to make Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton fully controlled-access, despite being the richest province, while New Brunswick has now an absurdly large controlled-access freeway-to-population ratio despite being one of the poorer provinces.

Does Alberta intend to upgrade Hwy 2 from Calgary to Edmonton to freeway standards at all?
Maybe Alberta indirectly paid for New Brunswick's freeway through transfer payments??  :poke: :spin:

There's been enough studies on the QE2 over the years that one would think it's a long-term plan. There are 5 uncontrolled intersections between Calgary and Edmonton, all minor rural roads. An easy win is closing all the intersections, but you might need 1 or 2 interchanges to finish the job.

dmuzika

Quote from: dmuzika on November 29, 2022, 02:35:22 AM
Quote from: andrepoiy on November 29, 2022, 01:18:17 AM
I think it's funny that Alberta still has yet to make Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton fully controlled-access, despite being the richest province, while New Brunswick has now an absurdly large controlled-access freeway-to-population ratio despite being one of the poorer provinces.

Does Alberta intend to upgrade Hwy 2 from Calgary to Edmonton to freeway standards at all?
Maybe Alberta indirectly paid for New Brunswick's freeway through transfer payments??  :poke: :spin:

There's been enough studies on the QE2 over the years that one would think it's a long-term plan. There are 5 uncontrolled intersections between Calgary and Edmonton, all minor rural roads. An easy win is closing all the intersections, but you might need 1 or 2 interchanges to finish the job.

As an update, Alberta Transportation is looking to convert 3 at-grade intersections along Highway 2 in Foothills County (south of Calgary) to right-in/right-out in 2023 (https://www.alberta.ca/highway-2-median-removals-foothills-county.aspx), while also planning for an interchange at 338 Avenue (https://www.alberta.ca/highway-2-to-338-avenue-interchange.aspx) located midway between the Highway 7/547 and Highway 2A/543 interchanges. Personally I've felt more uneasy travelling Hwy 2 in this section than Mountain View County (between Calgary & Red Deer) as there are more acreages in the area resulting in more traffic turning left or trying to cross. It also shows neglect for those Mountain View County intersections but I'm guessing it all comes down to a lower collision count.  :banghead:

Bruce

I will be in Calgary and Banff over the weekend. Hoping for some last-minute suggestions on anything roadgeek-specific to see.
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cbeach40

Quote from: Bruce on May 25, 2023, 01:41:28 AM
I will be in Calgary and Banff over the weekend. Hoping for some last-minute suggestions on anything roadgeek-specific to see.

I was there last in March, construction and staging for the ring road extension was interesting then at least.
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dvferyance

Quote from: andrepoiy on November 29, 2022, 01:18:17 AM
I think it's funny that Alberta still has yet to make Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton fully controlled-access, despite being the richest province, while New Brunswick has now an absurdly large controlled-access freeway-to-population ratio despite being one of the poorer provinces.

Does Alberta intend to upgrade Hwy 2 from Calgary to Edmonton to freeway standards at all?
It isn't? Maps show it is so I thought it already was.

dmuzika

Quote from: dvferyance on June 18, 2023, 08:11:28 PM
Quote from: andrepoiy on November 29, 2022, 01:18:17 AM
I think it's funny that Alberta still has yet to make Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton fully controlled-access, despite being the richest province, while New Brunswick has now an absurdly large controlled-access freeway-to-population ratio despite being one of the poorer provinces.

Does Alberta intend to upgrade Hwy 2 from Calgary to Edmonton to freeway standards at all?
It isn't? Maps show it is so I thought it already was.

There's a handful of remaining at-grade, country roads remaining on Highway 2 that are mostly in Mountain View County (between Bowden and Carstairs), as well as one between Innisfail and Red Deer.

dmuzika

The West Ring Road section of Stoney Trail (AB-201) opened today between TC-1 (west) an Bow Trail; https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/section-of-west-stoney-trail-ring-road-opens-to-traffic-1.6585771. The remaining section between Bow Trail and AB-8 is scheduled to open in 2024, completing the 100-km freeway ring road around Calgary.

yakra

#109
And in 8 hours:
Quote from: https://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=2107
We're thrilled to announce that the 40th Avenue Interchange to QEII will open on Oct. 13 at 7 a.m.

We are excited to celebrate a major milestone in Airdrie's growth and progress. This $65 million project will connect communities, enhance safety and boost economic development. In collaboration with EllisDon and Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors, we are proud to deliver this project on time and on budget.

A big THANK YOU to Airdrie residents, developers, community groups and businesses. You've been instrumental in making this happen!
I estimate it may be Exit 280, but does anyone know for sure?
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AsphaltPlanet

Are there any good road photographers from Alberta?  I search on the goog every now and then, but it doesn't seem like good photos of Alberta's roads are all that common on the interwebs.
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Great Lakes Roads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZPQ_mZ8SiY

The southwest segment of AB-216 (Anthony Henday Drive) has been widened to three lanes each way, and it's expected to carry up to 120k vehicles a day (currently, it's at around 80k vehicles a day).
-Jay Seaburg

Great Lakes Roads

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=89340E8C557F2-B03F-B0EF-2465154D14F17824

"After receiving data from across the province, Alberta's government is taking the first step of banning photo radar on ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton starting Dec. 1."

These sites were used for revenue generating, NOT for traffic safety!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o77_nPUgdbY
-Jay Seaburg

dmuzika

Quote from: yakra on October 13, 2023, 01:09:51 AM
And in 8 hours:
Quote from: https://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=2107
We're thrilled to announce that the 40th Avenue Interchange to QEII will open on Oct. 13 at 7 a.m.

We are excited to celebrate a major milestone in Airdrie's growth and progress. This $65 million project will connect communities, enhance safety and boost economic development. In collaboration with EllisDon and Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors, we are proud to deliver this project on time and on budget.

A big THANK YOU to Airdrie residents, developers, community groups and businesses. You've been instrumental in making this happen!
I estimate it may be Exit 280, but does anyone know for sure?

Confirmed, it's 280.

Great Lakes Roads

-Jay Seaburg

srpyyc

#115
The final section from Bow Trail to AB 8 will be open tomorrow morning, completing the project.  I'll go for a first drive in the evening.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/calgary-s-ring-road-decades-in-the-making-now-complete-1.6691805

TXtoNJ

Quote from: Great Lakes Roads on November 25, 2023, 01:21:36 AM
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=89340E8C557F2-B03F-B0EF-2465154D14F17824

"After receiving data from across the province, Alberta's government is taking the first step of banning photo radar on ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton starting Dec. 1."

These sites were used for revenue generating, NOT for traffic safety!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o77_nPUgdbY

Photo radar should be saved for urban and residential streets, not for intercity highways

Brandon

Quote from: TXtoNJ on December 19, 2023, 12:23:55 PM
Quote from: Great Lakes Roads on November 25, 2023, 01:21:36 AM
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=89340E8C557F2-B03F-B0EF-2465154D14F17824

"After receiving data from across the province, Alberta's government is taking the first step of banning photo radar on ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton starting Dec. 1."

These sites were used for revenue generating, NOT for traffic safety!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o77_nPUgdbY

Photo radar should be saved for urban and residential streets, not for intercity highways

Photo radar should be banned, period.  The City of Chicago is using theirs on city streets to try to fill their budget holes (i.e. for their revenue).
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LilianaUwU

It's obviously the same in Québec, or anywhere really. If I speed, I want an actual cop to pull me over and give me a ticket for that, otherwise they don't have any proof I was going too fast.
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Plutonic Panda

Photo or automated enforcement should be banned on a federal level with exemptions for work and school zones. Even those should be able to easily throw out by just showing up to court and getting them dismissed on the basis there wasn't a police officer in person to witness it. They are bullshit and money makers and nothing more.

dmuzika

Early Christmas gift, the final section of Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) between Hwy 8 & Bow Trail opened on December 18, months ahead of schedule. This completed the 101 km ring road (freeway) around Calgary.

https://globalnews.ca/news/10177482/calgary-ring-road-opens-months-ahead-of-schedule/

yakra

OSM shows Exit 57 open at 11 st NE. Wikipedia reports it as open, but I can't find a cite anywhere. Can anyone confirm?
"Officer, I'm always careful to drive the speed limit no matter where I am and that's what I was doin'." Said "No, you weren't," she said, "Yes, I was." He said, "Madam, I just clocked you at 22 MPH," and she said "That's the speed limit," he said "No ma'am, that's the route numbah!"  - Gary Crocker

Stephane Dumas

Some third party uploaded some street view on GSV the last gap of Stoney Trail/AB-201 who was opened recently.
https://maps.app.goo.gl/N9sT8wZgKuJjuJ2GA

dmuzika

Alta. government's transportation funding requests denied by Ottawa
George Lee · The Fort MacLeod Gazette [Reposted by CTV Calgary] · The Local Journalism Initiative · Published April 11, 2024 11:45 a.m. MDT
https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/alta-government-s-transportation-funding-requests-denied-by-ottawa-1.6843136

QuoteThe National Trade Corridors Fund has so far failed to put money towards the province's list of highways projects in southern, central and northern Alberta. Unless it is renewed or replenished in Tuesday's federal budget, the framework wraps up in just under four years. Eight proposal calls are closed.

Sigh...looks like the Feds and Province are fighting again. From the article, projects rejected by the initiative include:
  • Hwy 3 twinning at Crowsnest Pass & between Seven Persons and Medicine Hat
  • Hwy 2/566 interchange replacement at Balzac
  • Anthony Henday Drive upgrades in north Edmonton [possibly 6 laning?]
  • Edmonton International Airport bypass [Hwy 2A-Terwillegar Drive connector]
  • Hwy 60 twinning at Acheson (between Hwys 16 & 16A)
  • Middle Section of Hwy 19 twinning
  • Hwy 40X Grande Prairie SW bypass
  • Hwy 40 twinning south of Grande Prairie
  • Hwy 686 connector between Peerless Lake and Fort McMurray



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