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Trails
So they're definitely taking the new Ottawa South MUT seriously - these signal poles at Strasburg are being replaced with new ones on a wider bias.

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That said, not all the sidewalks have been ripped out yet - I guess they're waiting to remove this bus shelter before tearing up this bit.

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They've now laid sod around the Laurel Trail crossing at University Avenue. That includes the area around the pole on the north side where the push button is. So I guess they're not going to put concrete there after all.
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(07-18-2017, 01:42 PM)timc Wrote: They've now laid sod around the Laurel Trail crossing at University Avenue. That includes the area around the pole on the north side where the push button is. So I guess they're not going to put concrete there after all.

That whole crossing is a writeoff.
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(07-18-2017, 02:27 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: That whole crossing is a writeoff.

I'm actually really curious about how it is going to work once there are trains going through there every few minutes.
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I've never had an issue with that crossing. Push button, cross.
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Yes, right now during the busiest times people are often lined up over the tracks waiting to cross from the south side. That will be a problem when the trains are running. The north side isn't as bad, but still has some pretty problematic pedestrian/cyclist congestion. The mud that will ensue from putting the button away from concrete is only the beginning.
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The spray that was put down on the railway right of way seems to be taking effect, there's a line of dead grass/vegetation all along the railway.  Kind of unfortunate it was sprayed so far out from the tracks, and perhaps concerning if you have a pet or children.

   

And at least one of the bollards is missing a reflective colourful post, this could be a rather nasty thing to hit at night, thank goodness the trail is at least lit.
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...this year. Angry
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-headdesk-
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Does anyone know if this crossing at Victoria is on the radar to ever get some kind of proper upgrade?

   

I biked down this way for the first time last week, and there are some absolutely lovely trails here... but the lack of a crossing here is just awful.
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(07-25-2017, 11:36 AM)Canard Wrote: Does anyone know if this crossing at Victoria is on the radar to ever get some kind of proper upgrade?

I biked down this way for the first time last week, and there are some absolutely lovely trails here... but the lack of a crossing here is just awful.

Yes, as a part of this project: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/gettin...oSheet.pdf

Though it appears the refuge island will not be aligned with the trail (from here):

   

Construction is scheduled to start in May 2020, completion November 2021.
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Why is the refuge island not aligned with the trail?

That is fantastic though to see a full MUT on both sides of the road through here!
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My guess is there's a minimum length required for the left turn lane onto Hazelglen.
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Regarding the Highway 7/8 Avalon/Chandler Crossing, I like 1B -- seems to be more centred for everyone living in that area...


Here is a link: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/Hwy78StudyDesign/

Will be nice if done.
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I have a bit of a sad story about the trail between Mill Park Drive and Old Mill Place in Kitchener, by the Wastewater Treatment Plant (behind Doon).

I had vented my frustrations earlier this year when I noted that signage there said construction along the closed trail was to be complete in 2016, only to find that it was still blocked off with a huge "NO TRESSPASSING" sign and fence in Spring 2017.

Regional staff told me that it would be reopened in June.

On my way home from work today, I thought I'd give the trail a try, instead of staying on the road, and see if it was actually open. The South end where it meets Old Mill Place was barred with a temporary barrier and a sign, saying it was closed... I noticed that this barrier went up after the flooding a few weeks ago.

Right as I was about to keep moving on (and not go down it), a very out-of-breath cyclist came up out of there. I asked her if it was passable, and she said no, not really. She said "But I saw a sign at the other end... that said construction was in 2016!!" before she could even finish her sentence my heart just sank.

She was somewhat distressed and I could see her bike was in really rough shape, and she was looking for help at the College (hospice?), so I helped give her directions and she went off on her way.

But it just really made me sad and upset that, here's someone a little less fortunate who was relying on infrastructure to get where she needed to go... and it totally failed her.
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