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General Road and Highway Discussion
Traffic on Ottawa Street between Franklin and River is now on the ... south ... (newly repaved) side. No paving west of Franklin yet.

I feel a bit nervous driving between the Expressway and Franklin. The drop behind the pylons is at least 2' in some spaces and the lane seems to be too narrow for comfort.
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(10-01-2017, 08:45 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(10-01-2017, 06:51 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Why the the cement so much lower than the top of the curbs? Can't quite figure out what's going on.

I've seen this before - on King Street Downtown. Paving stones were (are!) arranged within the recessed area.

This would be great!  Here's hoping that's what it is.
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We were talking the other week about the ridiculous proposal for the Weber bridge over the Spur Line (thankfully not yet a done deal). I work in the area and have been driving a fair bit lately for work the last few weeks- the bridge has been reduced to one lane each direction, and I note that, at all times of the day, traffic is free flowing even with that restriction.

Others have noted that the traffic volumes just do not justify that many car lanes, but often people don't grasp that and think there's something special about a given road that will mean, if narrowed, it will experience serious backups or delays. It's hard to argue that for Weber: it's one lane each direction now, and if you drive there at 8:00 in the morning, noon, 5:00 in the afternoon, whenever, you'll find traffic moving along in excess of the speed limit.
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MidTowner, can you please share that perspective with Regional Council?
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(10-03-2017, 06:26 AM)MidTowner Wrote: We were talking the other week about the ridiculous proposal for the Weber bridge over the Spur Line (thankfully not yet a done deal). I work in the area and have been driving a fair bit lately for work the last few weeks- the bridge has been reduced to one lane each direction, and I note that, at all times of the day, traffic is free flowing even with that restriction.

Others have noted that the traffic volumes just do not justify that many car lanes, but often people don't grasp that and think there's something special about a given road that will mean, if narrowed, it will experience serious backups or delays. It's hard to argue that for Weber: it's one lane each direction now, and if you drive there at 8:00 in the morning, noon, 5:00 in the afternoon, whenever, you'll find traffic moving along in excess of the speed limit.


I can second this comment, I actually work on Dutton and morning / evening rush hour has never been an issue. The largest issue was back when Bearinger was closed for long periods during ION construction and traffic along Weber increased significantly.
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(10-03-2017, 08:41 AM)JCnb Wrote:
(10-03-2017, 06:26 AM)MidTowner Wrote: We were talking the other week about the ridiculous proposal for the Weber bridge over the Spur Line (thankfully not yet a done deal). I work in the area and have been driving a fair bit lately for work the last few weeks- the bridge has been reduced to one lane each direction, and I note that, at all times of the day, traffic is free flowing even with that restriction.

Others have noted that the traffic volumes just do not justify that many car lanes, but often people don't grasp that and think there's something special about a given road that will mean, if narrowed, it will experience serious backups or delays. It's hard to argue that for Weber: it's one lane each direction now, and if you drive there at 8:00 in the morning, noon, 5:00 in the afternoon, whenever, you'll find traffic moving along in excess of the speed limit.


I can second this comment, I actually work on Dutton and morning / evening rush hour has never been an issue. The largest issue was back when Bearinger was closed for long periods during ION construction and traffic along Weber increased significantly.

Definitely worth sharing this with council.  Most councillors disagree.
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If you put the bridge on a road diet, you really should do the same for the surrounding bits of Weber as well, otherwise you create a bottleneck with lanes disappearing and reappearing around the bridget.
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(10-03-2017, 10:08 AM)tomh009 Wrote: If you put the bridge on a road diet, you really should do the same for the surrounding bits of Weber as well, otherwise you create a bottleneck with lanes disappearing and reappearing around the bridget.

So how much?  The original road diet plan had lane reductions between Parkside and Albert, both signalized intersections, which I believe is the same extent of the current reduction.
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Here's the current state of the deconstruction of the Fountain St. Bridge.

   

   
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One year down, one to go.
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It's amazing how they are just nibbling this apart piece by piece. They have a big L-shaped bucket-box thing that they hang over the side, then pick away at it piece by piece, collecting the chunks as they come off.

All this because we couldn't possibly have a single particle of concrete touch the water below!

...although, every time I go by, the ducks are really happy down below. So, I guess it's a good thing. Big Grin
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Ha! I just rode by there today and took some pictures to post... ah well. I guess by using steel girders the next time they tear down the bridge it will be a lot easier to remove and replace the spans.
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Shame they couldn't pull a Hamilton and just lift it off the water in one (or two) pieces and swap new spans in.
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Two years is a bit much, isn’t it. Smile Nibble nibble nibble!

The sound is deafening if you go by while they’re doing it. Bangs at about 1Hz. I can’t imagine how awful it is for the people living on Blair Rod.
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How awful is it for the critters they're trying to protect? There are lots of ways to pollute besides the physical, which can be equally as devastating to a population.
...K
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