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Highway 7 - Kitchener to Guelph
This morning (last night?) they closed a lane or two on 85 northbound in the construction area. Anyone know for how long?
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(03-29-2018, 10:01 AM)avernar Wrote: This morning (last night?) they closed a lane or two on 85 northbound in the construction area.  Anyone know for how long?

I believe the lane closures are until June-ish? Sure was a fun drive to work this morning! False-work for the bridge construction has been offloaded in the past few days, I believe this will be a poured-in-place concrete bridge therefore the form work should be pretty impressive!
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Twitter told me it was until at least July.

I hit it last night and really wish they'd at least sign highway exit closures before the neighboring entrances so you can detour before getting on the highway.
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Are there any plans or drawings/elevations/images of the bridge design? Now you’ve got me curious, JCnb!
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I'm curious about the tree clearing thats been happening along the whole route. I had imagined that they'd be clearing a strip of land from start to finish along the whole route, but now it sort of looks to me that its more like they're clearing individual areas that are then going to be staging areas or starting areas for work.

Does anybody know how these things usually work? Do they start with things like the overpasses and fill in highway later? Do they start at various points and work outwards, start at one end and go to the other, something else entirely?
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(03-29-2018, 10:48 AM)Canard Wrote: Are there any plans or drawings/elevations/images of the bridge design? Now you’ve got me curious, JCnb!

http://guelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/Vict...Report.pdf

The Victoria St bridge drawings start at page 84 with an elevation drawing on 86.

http://newhighway7.ca/documents/Hwy_7_Ne...202014.pdf

Second report contains the final design report, starting around page 294 are the plans for the entire length of highway. Is anyone here smart enough and willing to stitch them together in a google earth overlay?
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Awesome, thank you!!

The signs say the left lane of the collectors is closed until November.
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(03-29-2018, 11:44 AM)Canard Wrote: Awesome, thank you!!

The signs say the left lane of the collectors is closed until November.

I couldn't tell driving through but the ramp closures at Wellington seemed unnecessary for the Victoria bridge work unless they are starting to re-configure the ramps into their ultimate configuration? Wish I knew what the current construction contract scope was!
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They had the bridges for 407E built long before asphalt was laid down. Was slightly odd seeing a massive concrete overpass in the middle of a field.

So I wouldn't be surprised to see the larger bridge work projects get started in the next few years (Highway 7/85, Grand River, Hanlon) with the others following shortly thereafter, thus being my guess for the patchy clearing.
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(03-29-2018, 11:51 AM)JCnb Wrote:
(03-29-2018, 11:44 AM)Canard Wrote: Awesome, thank you!!

The signs say the left lane of the collectors is closed until November.

I couldn't tell driving through but the ramp closures at Wellington seemed unnecessary for the Victoria bridge work unless they are starting to re-configure the ramps into their ultimate configuration? Wish I knew what the current construction contract scope was!

https://511on.ca/list/constructionprojec...ghway%2085

..Last updated about a week ago.  A map sure would would help because if someone were to describe "Wellington Street N-E/W Southbound off-ramp (Wednesday 22:00 to approximately September 2018)" I suppose time-wise that means yesterday but for someone coming from out of town (or even in town), good luck figuring that out.
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Unless I've missed an announcement, the work this summer will consist of the ongoing projects around Victoria, Wellington and the 85 interchange, plus clearing and fencing along the full route. Detailed design of the Grand River bridge is also underway. But no word on contracts for actual construction of the highway and bridges. Completion date is currently unscheduled.

With a provincial election getting underway, I expect to see another announcement in the coming weeks or months. I hope it is the full construction contract.

Some limited info is on newhighway7.ca
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Looks like the forms for the new support posts of the Victoria St bridge are in on the sides of the highway. Nothing in the middle yet, though.
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I always assumed that "SOME" work on the Highway 7 was going to be done at the same time as Victoria St, and justify why I cant use the 85 ramps off of Wellington/Shirley/Bingeman Centre.... but as each day goes by, I am reminded that we will have another closure (likely in the near future) so that they can begin flyover work.

Its a shame they didn't do this at the same time... Sad

Coke
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It's truly unfortunate that the Bruce extension wasn't built first. Having another route from Wellington/Shelley to Victoria would have been a big help.
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Why wasn't it?
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