King's Highway 427 - Images

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Between 2005 to 2014, Highway 427 was extensively reconstructed.  In 2005-06, the truss lighting system was replaced with high mast, and the central steel-beam barrier was replaced with concrete tallwall barrier.  Between, 2008 and 2010, both the northbound and southbound express lanes were rehabilitated and surfaced with asphalt.  Starting in June, 2007, with contract #2007-2028 the concrete lanes of the southbound express lanes was repaired and surfaced with asphalt.  In 2008, with contract #2008-2003, the northbound express lanes were repaired and resurfaced.  Work to rehabilitate the express lanes was completed by midsummer 2010.  In 2011 and 2012, contracts were let for the repair and rehabilitation of the southbound and northbound collector lanes respectively.  This scope of this work was similar to the contracts that saw the express lanes rehabilitated.

Looking South from the Bloor Street overpass:

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View looking southerly from the Bloor Street overpass towards the basketweave structure between the southbound express and collector lanes. Another view of the basketweave structure.  From this point southerly, the express lanes can only access the QEW and Gardiner Expressway. A centreline view of the 427 from the Bloor Street overpass. View looking south between the northbound express and collectors.  Notice the ramp from the express to collector lanes passes under the mainline collector lanes.

Looking North from the Bloor Street overpass:

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View looking northerly in between the southbound express and collector lanes, at the southbound Express to Collector transfer. A true-centreline view from the Bloor Street overpass.  Notice the newly (2005) installed central tall-wall barrier and high mast lighting. Another northbound view, this time highlighting the vintage truss lighting that was common on Ontario freeways during the 1960s through the 1980s. Old style ground mounted Valhalla Road advanced signage.  Notice the short weave lane behind the signage as well.


 


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View looking southerly from the Bloor Street overpass towards the basketweave structure between the southbound express and collector lanes. A central view of the 427 from the Bloor Street overpass.  Both the northbound and southbound express lanes were rehabilitated during construction projects in the late 2000s. Southerly view from the Bloor Street overpass towards the northbound freeway lanes. Northerly view overtop of the northbound collector lanes from the Bloor Street overpass.

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Northerly view from Bloor Street overtop of the northbound express lanes. Northerly view from the Bloor Street overpass.  There were a considerable number of southbound lane closures during the 2012 construction season. Centralized view looking southerly from the Burnhamthorpe Road overpass. Another southerly view from the Burnhamthorpe Road overpass.  The Zipper barrier machine is visible to the right of the moveable barrier on the right side of the southbound collector lanes.

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Northerly view from the Burnhamthorpe Road overpass Northerly view from Burnhamthorpe.  The excavation between the southbound express and collector lanes seems to be for some sort of support footing. Southerly view from the Rathburn Road overpass.  Numerous concrete slab repairs were completed during the 2012 construction season on the southbound collector lanes. Southerly view overtop of the northbound lanes at Rathburn.  A rubber tired excavator is seen placing granular material between the two barriers that separate the northbound express and collector lanes.

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Southerly view from Rathburn Road.  No changes to the northbound off-ramp had been made by this stage of reconstruction. Northerly view from the Rathburn Road overpass. Another northerly view from Rathburn Road.  Some of the overhead signs had been removed and not yet replaced during this stage of highway reconstruction. Northerly view from Rathburn Road overtop of the southbound lanes.  An unusual segmented barrier has been installed between the southbound express and collector lanes.

 


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Southerly view from Bloor Street at the southbound basketweave.  The pictured southbound exit to Dundas Street is being widened to two lanes. Looking south towards the basketweave.  For some reason (unknown to me) a small segment of 1960s era barrier was not replaced approaching the core to collector basketweave structure.  Centralized southbound view of Highway 427 from the Bloor Street overpass.  Southerly view towards the northbound collector lanes from Bloor Street.  The steel median barriers have now been entirely replaced through this section.

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View looking northerly towards the Bloor Street overpass.  Structure completed in 1969. Central view looking northbound from the Bloor Street overpass.  The two new towers on either side of the 427 create a canyon effect from this overpass. Northerly view along the northbound collector lanes from Bloor Street.  After the reconstruction ground mounted advanced signs for the local road network will remain. View looking northerly towards the Burnhamthorpe Road overpass.  This overpass isn't as long as Bloor Street.  Structure completed in 1969.

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Southerly view from the Burnhamthorpe Road overpass. A zoomed in view from Burnhamthorpe Road. Northerly view from Burnhamthorpe Road. View of the southbound transfer from the express lanes to collector lanes at Burnhamthorpe Road.

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Southerly view over the southbound collector lanes from Rathburn Road.  The old barrier curb has been replaced with rollover curb as part of the reconstruction. Southerly view over the northbound collector lanes. Centralized view looking northerly from the Rathburn Road overpass. Northerly view from Rathburn Road.  Rehabilitative work on the loop ramp to Rathburn Road west is nearly completed. 

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Southerly view towards the Rathburn Road overpass.  Structure completed in 1969. Northerly view towards the Rathburn Road overpass. Easterly view across the Rathburn Road overpass.  The low curbs on Rathburn Road are due to the fact that the Rathburn Road (as well as the Burnhamthorpe and Bloor overpasses) opened with a concrete wearing surface. Westerly view across the Rathburn Road overpass.  The Rathburn Road overpass has six through lanes despite the fact that Rathburn Road is otherwise a four lane road. 

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