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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #825 on: November 23, 2016, 01:19:44 PM »

The QEW-Seventh St interchange has re-opened, with a brand new structure and roundabouts at the ramp terminals.

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With these two new roundabouts, plus the one that just opened a recently at Hwy 7 and Perth Line 20, MTO now has 17 of them in operation. Another 4 are currently in construction, with dozens more being planned and considered province-wide.

Not bad considering that just 9 years ago they had zero.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #826 on: December 05, 2016, 02:27:20 PM »

Some new photos of Highway 401 through Cobourg.  Work is ongoing to widen a short section of the highway to six lanes:















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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #827 on: December 05, 2016, 10:36:17 PM »

Some new photos of Highway 401 through Cobourg.  Work is ongoing to widen a short section of the highway to six lanes:



Did Ontario recently start to use blue km markers along its non tolled freeways? I only remember seeing green and brown (in provincial parks such as Algonquin).

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #828 on: December 06, 2016, 01:20:12 PM »

^ It's just a signage error.  One of a few on this project.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #829 on: January 04, 2017, 11:57:48 AM »

Apparently, the tolls on ON 407 and 412 won't start until February. I thought they were to come into effect in January, but I guess this has been pushed back again.

http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7047660-tolls-on-407-in-durham-starting-in-february/

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #830 on: January 04, 2017, 04:23:21 PM »

Apparently, the tolls on ON 407 and 412 won't start until February. I thought they were to come into effect in January, but I guess this has been pushed back again.

http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7047660-tolls-on-407-in-durham-starting-in-february/

I wonder if they'll pushed back again? ;)
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #831 on: January 04, 2017, 05:36:12 PM »

Apparently, the tolls on ON 407 and 412 won't start until February. I thought they were to come into effect in January, but I guess this has been pushed back again.

http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7047660-tolls-on-407-in-durham-starting-in-february/

I wonder if they'll pushed back again? ;)

I wonder if they'll be pushed back indefinitely?  :bigass:

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #832 on: January 04, 2017, 05:54:27 PM »

Apparently, the tolls on ON 407 and 412 won't start until February. I thought they were to come into effect in January, but I guess this has been pushed back again.

http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7047660-tolls-on-407-in-durham-starting-in-february/

I wonder if they'll pushed back again? ;)

I wonder if they'll be pushed back indefinitely?  :bigass:

I think they are adamant on doing it now....I took one final ride before tolls go into effect and took these pics of the VMS:




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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #833 on: January 08, 2017, 10:14:32 AM »

New signs for the Hwy 64 interchange on Hwy 69.  This interchange opened earlier this year:




The full size versions are up on my website:
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_60-69_images/Hwy69_p4_images.htm

I notice that those guide signs are not in Clearview. Has Ontario followed the U.S. in ditching Clearview? (I never really cared for it myself. I much prefer traditional FHWA fonts.)
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #834 on: January 08, 2017, 10:31:41 AM »

MTO never really used Clearview to begin with.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #835 on: January 08, 2017, 11:16:37 AM »

From what I've seen so far in real life and on Streetview, no province that uses Clearview has switched back to FHWA. Ontario ran a trial test for Clearview several years ago and I guess decided it wasn't worth it. In fact, some of the trial version signs (a couple of which are on the QEW) have been replaced back into FHWA.

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #836 on: January 08, 2017, 12:00:34 PM »

Some photos of the Highway 7/8 widening project that was completed in Kitchener last fall.  These photos were taken in August, before construction was 100% finished.















The entire set can be found here:
http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_7_images/Hwy7_p1c_images.htm
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #837 on: January 08, 2017, 09:36:36 PM »

Nice pictures  :)

The ON 7/8 corridor reminds me of that new freeway being built between K/W to Guelph. I don't have any of their reports or any info, and there is no satellite imagery indicating anything (from what I can see, assuming I have the right location). Does anyone know the status about this project?

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #838 on: January 09, 2017, 09:37:56 AM »

^ Nothing significant has really happened on the Highway 7 New project.  A contract was called to replace the Victoria Street bridge over Highway 7/85 which will support the future configuration for the new four level interchange, but I don't think work will start there until the spring.  I'm mot sure when actual work on the project is expected to commence.  I've read 2018, but I've been told 2017, so hopefully sooner rather than later.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #839 on: January 17, 2017, 11:46:10 AM »

MTO never really used Clearview to begin with.

I thought I had recalled seeing quite a bit during my "cruising" around Ontario on Google Street View (via ClassyGMaps) but perhaps I was mistaken.

(Update, a couple of minutes later): I just now went around to a few random sections of freeway in Ontario on GSV (via ClassyGMaps) and indeed it appears my original recollection may have been wrong. I saw no indication of the use of "Clearview", past or present.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #840 on: January 17, 2017, 12:56:09 PM »

MTO never really used Clearview to begin with.

I thought I had recalled seeing quite a bit during my "cruising" around Ontario on Google Street View (via ClassyGMaps) but perhaps I was mistaken.

(Update, a couple of minutes later): I just now went around to a few random sections of freeway in Ontario on GSV (via ClassyGMaps) and indeed it appears my original recollection may have been wrong. I saw no indication of the use of "Clearview", past or present.

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Ontario ran a trial test for Clearview several years ago and I guess decided it wasn't worth it. In fact, some of the trial version signs (a couple of which are on the QEW) have been replaced back into FHWA.

Here is an example of provincially installed Clearview:

https://goo.gl/maps/hX7H5QCzkFN2

This sign used to be Clearview, but has since been replaced back into FHWA as the gantry was replaced (check the older Streetview imagery):

https://goo.gl/maps/Av6FwQYnXYN2

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #841 on: January 24, 2017, 03:41:35 PM »

Kingston-area: Further widening of Highway 401, another river crossing still in the works

http://www.thewhig.com/2017/01/22/highway-401-upgrades-wont-affect-third-crossing-plans-politician
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #842 on: February 05, 2017, 10:58:06 AM »

I don't usually post local videos here, but this is probably the best one I've done...

Video of the 401 west through the GTA to the 400 and into Vaughan:

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #843 on: February 10, 2017, 04:19:33 PM »

I'm surprised the MTO hasn't put lighting though Whitby yet.

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« Reply #844 on: February 10, 2017, 06:29:17 PM »

I'd imagine that lighting will get installed when they finally widen the highway through Whitby.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #845 on: February 12, 2017, 12:37:58 PM »

This is interesting:

http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/bold-new-plan-to-improve-traffic-in-south-barrie-1.3258856

I'm not sure how warm the concept of DDI is with the MTO, but the idea is being thrown around.

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« Reply #846 on: February 12, 2017, 04:09:14 PM »

It would definitely improve traffic flow.  Mapleview Drive is a disaster.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #847 on: February 13, 2017, 09:50:08 AM »

I'd imagine that lighting will get installed when they finally widen the highway through Whitby.

Last I heard that is the plan.

Continuous lighting is an enormous undertaking to retrofit on its own, hence why it is almost always installed in conjunction with capital construction.
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« Reply #848 on: February 13, 2017, 10:35:33 AM »

But I would have thought it would have been lit decades ago.

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« Reply #849 on: February 13, 2017, 03:49:03 PM »

But I would have thought it would have been lit decades ago.

The last full scale rebuild of that section was in 1977. It's had some resurfacing since then and the box beam median was replaced with temporary concrete barriers in 2005, but really only surface-level works. When it next gets a full depth rebuild (which at 40 years old is presumably soon) then the opportunity will present itself.

So by the time MTO started continuous lighting systems in earnest it was too new to get it. So by virtue of that it's one of the last to get it.
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