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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
Ottawa, Charles to Courtland is under heavy work. Courtland to Mill, though, has been barely touched (some utility work at the verges, but no serious work on the roadway itself).
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(04-21-2016, 11:29 AM)KevinL Wrote: Ottawa, Charles to Courtland is under heavy work. Courtland to Mill, though, has been barely touched (some utility work at the verges, but no serious work on the roadway itself).

I assume that's to give the traffic a reasonable detour, at least for now.  Once the Courtland-Mill section closes, it seems to me that you're going to have to get over to Stirling via Mill, which is pretty roundabout if you're headed toward Stanley Park or the Aud or something.  When I think about it, getting off Ottawa at Homer Watson and going down to Stirling might be an easier option for a good portion of the traffic.
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This morning they were ripping up the North CN track just east of Duke. They have an interesting rail-bound truck for pulling ties out of the ballast. Pretty mesmerizing to watch, actually.

   
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(04-21-2016, 11:38 AM)panamaniac Wrote:
(04-21-2016, 11:29 AM)KevinL Wrote: Ottawa, Charles to Courtland is under heavy work. Courtland to Mill, though, has been barely touched (some utility work at the verges, but no serious work on the roadway itself).

I assume that's to give the traffic a reasonable detour, at least for now.  Once the Courtland-Mill section closes, it seems to me that you're going to have to get over to Stirling via Mill, which is pretty roundabout if you're headed toward Stanley Park or the Aud or something.  When I think about it, getting off Ottawa at Homer Watson and going down to Stirling might be an easier option for a good portion of the traffic.

One can take Mill down to Sydney to get back to Ottawa Street or if one is going to the Aud or Stanley Park it makes sense to hop on the expressway given the speed humps on Sydney.
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(04-21-2016, 12:00 PM)clasher Wrote:
(04-21-2016, 11:38 AM)panamaniac Wrote: I assume that's to give the traffic a reasonable detour, at least for now.  Once the Courtland-Mill section closes, it seems to me that you're going to have to get over to Stirling via Mill, which is pretty roundabout if you're headed toward Stanley Park or the Aud or something.  When I think about it, getting off Ottawa at Homer Watson and going down to Stirling might be an easier option for a good portion of the traffic.

One can take Mill down to Sydney to get back to Ottawa Street or if one is going to the Aud or Stanley Park it makes sense to hop on the expressway given the speed humps on Sydney.

True, but that Courtland/Sydney intersection is hazardous enough with light traffic - I'd hate to see it with heavy detours.
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I saw the contact wire too. I wonder if it may just be a rope or something to pull the contact wire through, because it looked rather larger and oranger than I expected. I think they may have also started stringing the catenary further south toward university, but I only got a quick glance when driving by.
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(04-21-2016, 12:03 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(04-21-2016, 12:00 PM)clasher Wrote: One can take Mill down to Sydney to get back to Ottawa Street or if one is going to the Aud or Stanley Park it makes sense to hop on the expressway given the speed humps on Sydney.

True, but that Courtland/Sydney intersection is hazardous enough with light traffic - I'd hate to see it with heavy detours.

Yup, it is. I'm lucky that I leave town around 6am so I don't have much traffic but it's a bear at rush hour.
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(04-21-2016, 12:03 PM)jamincan Wrote: I saw the contact wire too. I wonder if it may just be a rope or something to pull the contact wire through, because it looked rather larger and oranger than I expected. I think they may have also started stringing the catenary further south toward university, but I only got a quick glance when driving by.

I initially thought so too when the catenary was being put in place a couple of weeks ago. But it is definitely a metal cable. The orange could be copper I guess, although I'm a bit surprised given how copper seems to be a magnet for theft.
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750 VDC ought to be a decent deterrent. Wink
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(04-21-2016, 03:36 PM)Canard Wrote: 750 VDC ought to be a decent deterrent. Wink

Sure, but it's not live yet, is it?

See also: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-...-1.2237298
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That was the issue with the Spur Line Trail lighting, wasn't it? They'd lay the wire (laborious), but wanted to lay it all before paying a guy to come in and connect them all (quick), powering the lines and letting them be sealed in. But that meant they had many night thefts of unpowered, unsealed wire.
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The work on the hydro corridor is full steam ahead. Lots of action today!
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(04-21-2016, 03:43 PM)timc Wrote:
(04-21-2016, 03:36 PM)Canard Wrote: 750 VDC ought to be a decent deterrent. Wink

Sure, but it's not live yet, is it?

See also: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-...-1.2237298

Copper is currently half of the price at peak in 2011: http://www.nasdaq.com/markets/copper.aspx?timeframe=10y
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Lots of work going on in the Uptown parking lot today as well! They've eliminated 2 of the pedestrian crossings from the parking lot to the Shops at Uptown, you essentially have to walk all the way to the end of the parking lot to get around the fence, then all the way back to get to the entrance of the shops. Quite annoying, especially for those with disabilities, I'd assume.
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Today at the Grand Staircase of KCI - the missing "O" has been found and the railings are being installed.  Does anyone know why the railing on the inside curved cement wall is not just a single rail attached to the wall?  What's there is not very attractive, but I'm guessing there's some safety regulation that requires it.  

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