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Old 12-11-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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One of the major things I have noticed about the Canada is they don't have a Interstate like, fully controlled access 4-lane highway system across the country.

The Trans-Canada highway system is best compared to the older US federal highways (think US 1, US 40, US 66). Some parts of it are only a small 2-lane raod, sometimes 4-lane, and a few places it is fully controlled access 4-lane highway. Most of the Trans-Canada highway is only 2 lanes!

How come Canada never go around to developing a highway system similar to United States's Interstate system? It is the lack of money to fund the highway building? Or maybe is lack of Canadians traveling across the country on the road ways (lack of traffic volume)?
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Lack of Canadians traveling across the country. plus the fastest route between Vancouver and Toronto/Montreal is to go to the United States and take Interstates 90 and 94
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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Canada's population is too disconnected and too sparse to make one viable. The Trans-Canada needs some work through BC - but between the prairies and Western/Northern Ontario it is more than satisfactory. Can't comment on Quebec/Maritimes because I haven't driven there.

Canada's main highway is the 401 which links it's main population centres in Ontario and Quebec to the US at Windsor. I would argue that Ontario's freeways are a higher standard than many US states. The 401 through Toronto is the widest freeway in the world - 22 lanes at it's widest point.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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It does have what US residents would call freeways, Brits would call Motorways, and Germans would call Autobahnen.

In Ontario, they are called "400-series highways", most notably 401, which goes from Windsor at the US border, through the huge Toronto area, to the Québec line. The 402 makes a beeline from the 401 through London, to Sarnia. 407 is an insanely expensive toll road through northern Toronto.

In Québec, they are Les Autoroutes.

As for the Trans-Canada, many parts of it are freeway, but the stretch through Northern Ontario from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay is very sparsely populated. Remember that Canada is larger than the USA, yet with about 1/10th the population, so covering the whole country with freeways is just not practical.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Canada also didn't need to have full interstates covering the entire country because we don't have any nuclear warheads. The Interstates are partially funded by the US military and were originally constructed so that they could move ICBMs across the country secretly. Their construction and funding was justified by national security issues, not demand, which there wasn't enough of when they started up the system.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Another reason is that highway transportation under the Constitution is a provincial responsibility, so it has always been difficult to launch broad federal initiatives in this area, as it usually leads to jurisdictional conflicts.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:53 PM
 
Location: North of 60
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Canada's population is too disconnected and too sparse to make one viable. The Trans-Canada needs some work through BC - but between the prairies and Western/Northern Ontario it is more than satisfactory. Can't comment on Quebec/Maritimes because I haven't driven there.

Canada's main highway is the 401 which links it's main population centres in Ontario and Quebec to the US at Windsor. I would argue that Ontario's freeways are a higher standard than many US states. The 401 through Toronto is the widest freeway in the world - 22 lanes at it's widest point.
If you're referring to the area going into Vancouver where it used to always bottleneck, it's 4 lanes on each side now & the new Port Mann just opened, it's 10 lanes. So the 1 is a lot better at the Lower Mainland. The Fraser Canyon is a little sketchy but most people take Hwy 5 (Yellowhead/Coquihalla) when travelling from the Interior to Vancouver anyway, and if you haven't drive it in the past 4 years, there's no longer a toll
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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Canada also didn't need to have full interstates covering the entire country because we don't have any nuclear warheads. The Interstates are partially funded by the US military and were originally constructed so that they could move ICBMs across the country secretly. Their construction and funding was justified by national security issues, not demand, which there wasn't enough of when they started up the system.
The interstates were originally known as the National Interstate and Defense Highway System, initiated when ex-General Eisenhower was President.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Canada's population is too disconnected and too sparse to make one viable. The Trans-Canada needs some work through BC - but between the prairies and Western/Northern Ontario it is more than satisfactory. Can't comment on Quebec/Maritimes because I haven't driven there.
Quebec: About 90% or more of the Trans-Canada route from Ontario to New Brunswick through the province of Quebec is at least four lanes and divided. The only missing gaps are about 70 km here and there between Rivière-du-Loup and the NB border in eastern Quebec. This is under construction and will be completed within about 5 years.

Maritimes: fully divided in NB except for about 2-3 km near the border with Quebec. Will be completed in conjunction with Quebec's completion of the missing segment across the border.

In NS the mainland portion is mostly divided except for a portion after the split to Halifax or Cape Breton, that leads to Cape Breton (less trafficked). Also the portion on Cape Breton is mostly undivided.

Also PEI's segments are mostly undivided.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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Most roads in Canada are of interstate standards where needed,around cities, connecting most major cities, in fact the only places i can think of where you cant get from city to city via interstate type roads are a few areas in the maritimes and some long stretches accross the prairies and of course where lack of traffic doesnt warrant two lanes each way.
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