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Highway 7 - Kitchener to Guelph
(06-04-2018, 10:08 AM)Coke6pk Wrote: 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

Agreed.  But to look on the bright side, those ramps will hopefully be open in another couple months, right?  November isn't that far away, Confused no wait, it is.  Maybe that will give them some time to do the Highway 7 work.

Which "another closure" are you thinking of?  I'm constantly in/around/through there and it would be nice to know what to expect (instead of surprise gridlock).
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A few shots from the Victoria bridge area this past weekend.


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(06-04-2018, 06:21 PM)embe Wrote:
(06-04-2018, 10:08 AM)Coke6pk Wrote: 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

Agreed.  But to look on the bright side, those ramps will hopefully be open in another couple months, right?  November isn't that far away, Confused no wait, it is.  Maybe that will give them some time to do the Highway 7 work.

Which "another closure" are you thinking of?  I'm constantly in/around/through there and it would be nice to know what to expect (instead of surprise gridlock).

I have no insight... but I am expecting additional closures for the conduction of the flyovers and ramps for 7NEW, delays for the extension of Bruce to wellington, delays for the reconfiguring of Riverbend, etc....

Coke
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(06-06-2018, 12:29 PM)Coke6pk Wrote: …, delays for the reconfiguring of Riverbend, etc....

Does anybody know if they’re still planning to re-route Riverbend so it meets Shirley further east? It seems like a very strange thing to do — the single combined intersection of Wellington, Shirley, Riverbend, and the little dead-end curve of Shirley as it is now works fine. I don’t see how it would be an improvement at all to split it up into 2 3-way intersections.
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It's still the plan, yes.

I presume there were strong reasons why they chose to do what they did.
Here's the map again.
I'm guessing that to keep the 4-way intersection in place, they would have had to run the overpasses much longer that in the current plan. Perhaps the natural grade in the area works against it. The stat I recall reading is that the interchange is 1/4 of the cost of the whole highway, so I'm sure they made this compromise to keep the cost down.

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I'm curious how it's going to affect the Walter Bean/Grand River Trail in that area. It's a really lovely area there, and it's a shame that the highway is going to cut straight through it, but I hope they take steps to at least make the natural areas that remain there as accessible as possible. Right now the trails run above the river bluffs, so I expect they might end up being cut-off by the highway without taking active steps to relocate them.
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(06-06-2018, 03:31 PM)jamincan Wrote: I'm curious how it's going to affect the Walter Bean/Grand River Trail in that area.

The Initial Design Report document states that they will realign a small section of the Walter Been Trail to accommodate the bridge abutment on the south side of the river.  Also the Grand Valley Trail that runs near Rosendale Creek will be directed to pass beneath the structure.
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Noticed today that curbs / sidewalks are in on Victoria from Edna to the new bridge, and the stretch was being paved today.
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Update from MTO to our office today.

Two of the Wellington ramps will be tentatively opened by this weekend if all goes according to plan:
• E/W-N Ramp (NB On-Ramp)
• N-E/W Ramp (SB Off-Ramp)

The Wellington NB-Off ramp will also tentatively be opened by the end of this week.
The W-S Ramp (SB On-Ramp) will remain closed until later in the year.
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Do we know why the nb offramp was closed? All I saw was it being used for storage.
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I thought maybe there was still work going on with the Guelph St. bridge, but I was merely speculating.
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Has there been any news on when the new Grand River Bridge design will be complete?

Despite having a government website dedicated to this highway, there really isn't a lot in the way of news or updates.
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The Victoria Street bridge reopened Sunday evening. I believe this would be considered ahead of schedule, I recall November being the planned time frame.

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/899...-business/

https://globalnews.ca/news/4594516/victo...s-weekend/
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Sad they couldn't have planned to make this more than just about cars
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Didn't the MTO design the bridge? They don't seem to care about cyclists or pedestrians. It's possible that once highway 7 is moved off Victoria North the road could be redesigned with bike lanes or MUPs along it... amazingly short-sighted.
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