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The Need For Good Infrastructure: Part 2

Earlier this week I wrote about the need for good infrastructure with respect to the trucking industry. The other part of the equation, about 70% of the road users, is commuters. For all the people that commute to work everyday on the highways, having a functioning highway system is paramount.

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario publishes the Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT)  Values here. AADT is the  total volume of vehicle traffic of a highway or road for a year divided by 365 days and is an easy measure to get an idea of the volumes of traffic a roadway faces. Here in Toronto we have one of the busiest highways in the world, the 401. In 2005 many sections across the city AADT is above 400,000 – that’s a lot of cars on the road everyday.

What that does mean is that it is impossible to close the roads for construction. Unfortunately the highways are aging. The highways of the GTA were built from the 1950’s through the 1970’s and not much repair work has been done to them.

What will we do in the future?

There are a handful of repair methods out there that we can use to rehabilitate our highways. But only repairing them at night likely means that we are not able to keep up with the demand of repair. I’m not quite sure what the solution of the future is, but if you have any ideas please share them…


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Time December 4, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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Comment from Carz
Time July 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I think one of the most effective ways to rehabilitate our highways is to really dig into the roads and reformat the gravel the road is using.