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Highway 7 - Kitchener to Guelph
Some folks are planning a protest ride because the bridge has no bike infra:

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As they should. Total slap in the face. New roads that just ignores active transport. Come on.
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It seems as well based on the painted median, that they had room to work with if they had actually given a damn.
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(10-30-2018, 11:55 AM)jamincan Wrote: It seems as well based on the painted median, that they had room to work with if they had actually given a damn.

That's what I (frustratingly) keep coming back to.  It wasn't that it couldn't be done here, they just didn't seem to care.

That end of Victoria is a wasteland if you're not in a car.  And there doesn't seem to be any drive to change that.
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I suspect the painted median will be for movements introduced with the completion of the interchanges and roads in the area. MTO is a pain in the butt when it comes to anything but cars; it's a reason why there's such a strange workaround on Lexington over 85.
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Based on my observations with only one drive-through, the painted median is exactly as others have mentioned, for future use.

Heading WB, it's nice now that the LH turn lane onto Edna is now super-long... so both through lanes can now operate at full capacity. The previous embodiment meant that the LH turn lane flooded into the LH through lane, meaning effective lane capacity through Edna was reduced to one lane.

I agree this is stupid that they rebuilt the entire thing from scratch and didn't plan at all for any future width at all for a MUT or anything.
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My partner and I went to KW surplus today. I was surprised that there was a hard curb along the centre of the road, and no central turning lane. There are gaps in the curb for KW Surplus and Shoes 22 (usable for the former Saab dealership if coming from the other direction) which are currently filled with cones. There's a massive amount of space on the road, currently filled with painted yellow lines, learning it is for future use makes sense.

Cycling-wise, I'm pretty comfortable on a lot of roads but I would not even a little bit enjoy riding on the sidewalk along there. I'll continue to route around when I need to ride to that part of town.

There's still a lot of construction in the area, and a lot of signs (including one on the expressway) that say the bridge is closed, and River is still closed as well so while the area as a whole is much improved, I'm in full agreement with all the criticisms stated above. It's an improvement, but it's definitely not great.
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This is what happens when a “profession” is full of quacks (sorry Canard, no disrespect to ducks intended!).
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(10-30-2018, 11:55 AM)jamincan Wrote: It seems as well based on the painted median, that they had room to work with if they had actually given a damn.

That painted median is a placeholder for the left turn lane to the future Wellington connector.  You can see this connector in the diagram @Markster provided way back in post #49:

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I just drove the expressway northbound and I saw that the southbound express lanes were closed with traffic backed up almost to University Ave. My best guess is that they're taking down the scaffolding and form work over the southbound express lanes, as they've already done in the northbound collectors. I would have thought they'd do that in the middle of the night, not in the middle of a Friday...
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They have been progressively removing bits and pieces of it over the last little while, yeah! My guess is it will take several weeks, very carefully removing bits at a time. It is curious that they chose to start doing it in one of the sections at rush hour, but they may have a timeline/deadline to get it all down by, and it had to happen eventually...
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I like how the new Bridge has 'Victoria' embossed into the concrete. Heading north you can see it on the far right of the bridge.
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I'll have to watch for that on the weekend sometime! It's dark when I leave and dark when I come home from work so it's hard for me to see these things. Sad That sounds awesome!
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(11-09-2018, 01:23 PM)KevinT Wrote: I just drove the expressway northbound and I saw that the southbound express lanes were closed with traffic backed up almost to University Ave.  My best guess is that they're taking down the scaffolding and form work over the southbound express lanes, as they've already done in the northbound collectors.  I would have thought they'd do that in the middle of the night, not in the middle of a Friday...

  I drive that stretch between 1am and 3am.  This week they had north and southbound lanes closed but were not removing any of the support steel below the Victoria St. bridge.  They were actually doing repairs on the railway bridge.  Some evenings they'd have the express lanes closed other evenings they have the collector lane closed.
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(11-10-2018, 02:29 PM)sevenman Wrote:
(11-09-2018, 01:23 PM)KevinT Wrote: I just drove the expressway northbound and I saw that the southbound express lanes were closed with traffic backed up almost to University Ave.  My best guess is that they're taking down the scaffolding and form work over the southbound express lanes, as they've already done in the northbound collectors.  I would have thought they'd do that in the middle of the night, not in the middle of a Friday...

  I drive that stretch between 1am and 3am.  This week they had north and southbound lanes closed but were not removing any of the support steel below the Victoria St. bridge.  They were actually doing repairs on the railway bridge.  Some evenings they'd have the express lanes closed other evenings they have the collector lane closed.

  Lots of activity on my drive overnight with a lot of heavy machinery present.  Looked like almost all of the support steel was removed under the span between the northbound expressway and the eastern-most bridge abutment where the new temporary northbound on-ramp from Bruce St. will pass.
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