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General Road and Highway Discussion
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(03-01-2018, 10:29 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: I guess a better calming measure would be to install hydrants in the vehicular lanes?



Far as I can tell it happened here.

I love how the link you posted shows no less than FIVE vehicles parked in the bike lane.  Which quite frankly, is pretty average for Glasgow.....

Glasgow is a little higher than average for sure, but most of our roads have this problem.  My commute this morning:

   
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City of Waterloo is considering an incremental 1.5% annual tax increase for 10 years to enable infrastructure repairs. Based on my interpretation, it's a 1.5% increase in the first year, maintained for 10 years, not ten 1.5% increases over 10 years. (in 2032 the RIM Park payments will be completed, freeing $2M per year.)
https://www.therecord.com/news-story/839...e-repairs/

1.5% of the current tax base is about $1.1M, so this is not a massive amount of money. The current capital budget is roughly $40M/year, so this is not even a 3% increase on that. Unless I'm wrong and they plan to do 10 increases of 1.5%.
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I think its a 1.5% increase each year.
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(04-17-2018, 03:58 PM)SammyOES Wrote: I think its a 1.5% increase each year.

That would take the total to about 16% in the 10th year, or about $11M.  Bumped by a further $2M once RIM Park is paid off.

If correct, this would be much more significant. And if the council can gather enough courage and actually vote in the tax increase.
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(04-17-2018, 04:12 PM)tomh009 Wrote: If correct, this would be much more significant. And if the council can gather enough courage and actually vote in the tax increase.

Well, since the decision is after the election, they can vote it in and be safe for at least 4 years. Although it'll interesting to see if anyone gets voted in being specifically against the increase then votes for it and uses the "I didn't have all the info" excuse. Or maybe they're hoping for some miracle funding to come from another layer of government.

The pattern of municipal tax increases seems to be city/regional staff warn of needing X% increases due to reasons, scare the public for a few weeks, then the city/region passes an increase of (X/n)% and look like they gave taxpayers a break. Meanwhile, every year we get to read about infrastructure deficits growing i just about every city & region.

I realize I'm sounding awfully cynical here. I think there are a lot of issues in spending and revenue generation for cities that need to be dealt with, some at the provincial level (who I'm sure would love money from the federal level). So far I'm not hearing much talk of this in the lead-up to the provincial election. Sure, all the money comes from somewhere but some taxes/tools are less painful than others, and right now cities only have one tool.
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What's notable about the story Jeff Outhit put in The Record is that the do-nothing approach takes our current stock of poor condition infrastructure from 30% today to 62% in 2042, while the current proposal takes it from 30% today to 42% in 2042. So as much as council is talking about not wanting to keep kicking the can down the road, they're still kicking the can down the road, buying a bit of time, but not buying an actual solution.
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My beef is with trucks who hog the centre lane when the right lane is clear. Keep right except to pass should be enforced. People would learn fairly quick.
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The rule for trucks on highways is as follows:

2 lanes: can occupy either lane; keep right except to pass (which they always seem to do at a 1 km/h speed delta, creating a massive clog behind them)
3 lanes: can occupy right two lanes. Cannot travel in leftmost lane.
4 lanes: can occupy right three lanes. Cannot travel in leftmost lane.
Etc.

I’ve noticed almost every-other day that trucks traveling WB at afternoon rush hour on 401 between 24 and 8 will jump into the left lane to bypass the slower traffic on the right. This is so incredibly dangerous and drives me nuts when I see them do it.
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(04-24-2018, 05:06 PM)Canard Wrote: The rule for trucks on highways is as follows:

2 lanes: can occupy either lane; keep right except to pass (which they always seem to do at a 1 km/h speed delta, creating a massive clog behind them)
3 lanes: can occupy right two lanes. Cannot travel in leftmost lane.
4 lanes: can occupy right three lanes. Cannot travel in leftmost lane.
Etc.

I’ve noticed almost every-other day that trucks traveling WB at afternoon rush hour on 401 between 24 and 8 will jump into the left lane to bypass the slower traffic on the right. This is so incredibly dangerous and drives me nuts when I see them do it.

The relevant sections of the HTA:

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900608

It seems any location where this restriction generally applies, there will be signage to indicate so.
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Oh wow, maybe I’m wrong then? So is it illegal for trucks to pass on two-lane sections of 401? How I explained it is more-or-less what I remembered from Young Drivers, which was almost 20 years ago for me Smile
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(04-24-2018, 05:06 PM)Canard Wrote: The rule for trucks on highways is as follows:

2 lanes: can occupy either lane; keep right except to pass (which they always seem to do at a 1 km/h speed delta, creating a massive clog behind them)
3 lanes: can occupy right two lanes. Cannot travel in leftmost lane.
4 lanes: can occupy right three lanes. Cannot travel in leftmost lane.
Etc.

I’ve noticed almost every-other day that trucks traveling WB at afternoon rush hour on 401 between 24 and 8 will jump into the left lane to bypass the slower traffic on the right. This is so incredibly dangerous and drives me nuts when I see them do it.

I’m a bit confused. You’re saying it’s dangerous for trucks to pass in the passing lane? I feel like I may be missing some specifics of the situation.
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(04-24-2018, 05:27 PM)Canard Wrote: Oh wow, maybe I’m wrong then? So is it illegal for trucks to pass on two-lane sections of 401? How I explained it is more-or-less what I remembered from Young Drivers, which was almost 20 years ago for me Smile

Eh...legalese is hard to parse...I think there is an exception buried in there somewhere, or rather, criteria that probably make it legal on four lane roads.

My main point was that there is required to be a sign that indicates it...I don't recall seeing the sign on the four lane sections.

To be honest, when I went to drivers ed, I was never given this as a rule at all, and was only told that trucks are allowed everywhere there was no sign restricting them...although, truck drivers seem to respect the ones on the highway far more reliably than the ones in my neighbourhood...so perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised that the legal force behind them is different.
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Thanks for the link. As for whether they can use the left lane on a four-lane roadway, subsection 1 states "...of those portions of a highway described in the Schedules." If you then scroll down, it exhaustively lists precisely those parts of the highway network that the regulation applies to. I didn't read it too closely, but it seems to be all the parts of the 400 network that are 6 or more lines (ie. not Hwy 7/8 west of where it narrows to 4 lanes, not the 406 etc.)
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Regardless, we're now quite off topic. Any mod can move the above to general roads and highways.
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(04-24-2018, 05:06 PM)Canard Wrote: I’ve noticed almost every-other day that trucks traveling WB at afternoon rush hour on 401 between 24 and 8 will jump into the left lane to bypass the slower traffic on the right. This is so incredibly dangerous and drives me nuts when I see them do it.

That's because the traffic on the right are idiots that don't realize they can take the Hwy 8 ramp at highway speeds, and inexplicably slow down to 60 km/h at least a kilometre before they even get to the ramp.  I can't fault the truckers continuing westbound for not having the patience to deal with said idiots and going around them, I certainly don't have it...  :-)
...K
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