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Author Topic: 401 doesn't begin here  (Read 4810 times)

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401 doesn't begin here
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:08:51 AM »

Yeah, it was probably not the best idea to take the tunnel instead of the bridge...

I took the 401 on the trip home from Chicagoland, instead of the 402, hoping to clinch the 401 as I had already done the 402 on the trip going. I've previously done the 401 from the Québec border to the 402 junction in London (obviously), so I was supposed to do the last 150 km or so of 401 past London.

When we were getting onto the 401 from the tunnel, I looked behind me and saw more freeway, and then I look to the front again and see the exit number 14. So I think, there must have been 14 more km of 401 that we didn't drive on. Nooooooo :ded:
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2014, 11:18:34 AM »

According to Google Maps, 14 seems to be the last exit. (There is an at-grade intersection afterwards.)
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2014, 11:19:08 AM »

You actually only missed about 2 1/2 kilometers. The 401 currently begins at km 10.2. You got on at Exit 13 (Dougall Parkway), which is at km 12.6.

An extension of 401- the Windsor-Essex Parkway- is under construction that will extend the highway westward from the current terminus at Highway 3 to the US-Canadian border. Estimated completion is currently 2015. So you'll just have to go back down to Windsor and clinch it then. :)
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2014, 11:35:50 AM »

Actually, the 14 km is the distance to the Ambassador Bridge by way of ON 3. 401 currently starts at ON 3. You missed about 3.5 km of 401. Coming from the bridge, you're on ON 3, which splits into ON 3 and 401. Coming from the tunnel, Howard splits into Howard and Division/Provincial. Howard takes you to the ON 3, just before the 401 split. Division/Provincial takes you to exit 14 of 401.
There are long range plans to extend 401 to a new bridge to Michigan, but that is a long way off.

According to Google Maps, 14 seems to be the last exit. (There is an at-grade intersection afterwards.)
Actually, the 401/ON 3 interchange has a flyover, it is not at-grade.
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014, 11:40:25 AM »

Actually, the 14 km is the distance to the Ambassador Bridge by way of ON 3. 401 currently starts at ON 3. You missed about 3.5 km of 401. Coming from the bridge, you're on ON 3, which splits into ON 3 and 401. Coming from the tunnel, Howard splits into Howard and Division/Provincial. Howard takes you to the ON 3, just before the 401 split. Division/Provincial takes you to exit 14 of 401.
There are long range plans to extend 401 to a new bridge to Michigan, but that is a long way off.

According to Google Maps, 14 seems to be the last exit. (There is an at-grade intersection afterwards.)
Actually, the 401/ON 3 interchange has a flyover, it is not at-grade.

It was at grade until 2012. The interchange has been reconstructed because of the in-progress westward extension of the 401. Google hasn't caught up yet.
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2014, 11:41:53 AM »

You clinched a branch of the (former) 401.  The short section of freeway between Howard Avenue and the mainline 401 was designated as the 401 (Tunnel Route), but was included in the mileage tables for the 401.  This short section of freeway was transferred to the City of Windsor during the late 1990s.
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2014, 11:13:51 AM »

You clinched a branch of the (former) 401.  The short section of freeway between Howard Avenue and the mainline 401 was designated as the 401 (Tunnel Route), but was included in the mileage tables for the 401.  This short section of freeway was transferred to the City of Windsor during the late 1990s.

1.0 km of the 401 (TR) is still a provincial highway. You missed 2.150 km of the mainline 401, but as stated, there's a 13.000 km portion that will open later this decade, so it's not like you won't need to go back soon anyway. :)
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2014, 02:37:21 PM »

You actually only missed about 2 1/2 kilometers. The 401 currently begins at km 10.2. You got on at Exit 13 (Dougall Parkway), which is at km 12.6.

An extension of 401- the Windsor-Essex Parkway- is under construction that will extend the highway westward from the current terminus at Highway 3 to the US-Canadian border. Estimated completion is currently 2015. So you'll just have to go back down to Windsor and clinch it then. :)
Which is as close to a nonstop Detroit-Toronto route you can get. Even at full length, M-10 and I-375 still stop well short of reaching the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
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Re: 401 doesn't begin here
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014, 06:31:06 PM »

I just drove from Toronto to Detroit via the 401 to clinch what was left, but having already been in Windsor and taking the tunnel, opted to take the quickest way to the Ambassador Bridge.
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