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    Cyburbian
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    Ontario freeways

    For those who care about such things.

    401















    400







    402




    403


    Old school stack




    407 ETR

    Electronic toller.









    410




    417






    427





    Don Valley Parkway




    QEW

    To the US






    There are many others that I don't have any pics of.

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    Cyburbian chukky's avatar
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    God don't no what it is but i jsut can't keep my eyes of photos of the 401. It's just so.... hypnotically entrancingly beuatiful. In a concrete kinda way.

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    I though only the yanks were that inefficient with resources (no offence guys and girls) but I've been proven wrong.
    Great mindless think alike.

    Planning my way out of wet paper bag since 2003

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    Quote Originally posted by chukky
    God don't no what it is but i jsut can't keep my eyes of photos of the 401. It's just so.... hypnotically entrancingly beuatiful. In a concrete kinda way.
    Ahhhh, yes, the 401 - if you're anywhere within this province of over 1 million square kilometres you have to plan your travels according to getting through a 75 km stretch of the 401 without going nuts......

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    Quote Originally posted by Plan Man
    Ahhhh, yes, the 401 - if you're anywhere within this province of over 1 million square kilometres you have to plan your travels according to getting through a 75 km stretch of the 401 without going nuts......
    ON 401 in metro Toronto is the way it is because other planned nearby paralleling freeways were cancelled and proves to me that simply not building a planned freeway will not make the traffic go away. Ontario's transport ministry ended up having to build one of them anyway - straddling the existing 401. The GTA is much like any other large metro area in North America, very auto dependant outside of its inner core and downtown commuter corridors. The 401 was actually originally built as a bypass highway and the area grew up around it.

    BTW, for the Aussies, ON 417 is in the Ottawa, ON area.

    Mike

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    /\ Thank god they were cancelled IMO because downtown Toronto would have been destroyed in the process, the price simply wasnt worth it. We are left with a few massive and congested highways now but that is 10 times better than the alternative which would be a blown out downtown Toronto full of freeways and surface parking lots similar to the root many American cities took.

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    Dunno about the 401 being so pretty by me the 401 is pretty, pretty ugly! (party on Garth!).

    The road is a 4-lane divided highway as flat as a pancake in SW Ontario.

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    When I lived just south of the border, we used to venture up to the 401 near Ottawa.

    The challenges of afternoon rush hour on a Friday were a nice diversion from the usual dodging of farm machinery near what we called home back then.

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    The cute road signs with the crowns make the traveling public feel important, like royalty. Maybe we should put a coat of arms on the US interstate system route signs? What would that look like?

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    Quote Originally posted by Mayor Matty
    Maybe we should put a coat of arms on the US interstate system route signs? What would that look like?
    I'm pretty sure that'd be unconstitutional.

    They already have the five star * * * * * Eisenhower Interstate System signs. This here is a five star road! Yess-sir-ee!

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    The crowns are unique to Ontario, Ontario's highways have been historical called "The King's Highway". I dont know the reason behind it.


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