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  • Roundabout Lighting Policy
    the warrants stated in the excerpt from Directive B 05 below 4 1 Illumination for At Grade Intersections Non Freeways is also warranted 4 1 1 At intersections of freeways under stage development with a multi lane divided cross section Intersections where traffic is channelized by means of physical islands Intersections with Traffic Control Signals Intersections with high night time collision rates an average of three nighttime collisions per year over a three year period with no other obvious cause Intersections adjacent to existing areas of high intensity illumination e g shopping centres service stations etc Intersections on multi lane undivided highways where the warrants for traffic signals are fulfilled at least 80 per cent Where geometric standards are below recommended practices as outlined in the Geometric Design Manual Design Guidelines Roundabouts that are lighted shall be fully illuminated and in general the lighting should be according to the IESNA Design Guide for Roundabout Lighting DG 19 08 Roundabout illumination shall be according to the horizontal illumination requirements in Table 1 Marked pedestrian crossings within roundabouts shall be illuminated and the vertical illuminance at the crosswalks should be equal to the required horizontal illuminance Lighting should be placed around the perimeter of the roundabout at locations on the approach side of the crosswalks If continuous roadway lighting is not present on the approaches then transition lighting should be provided for drivers adaptation and should extend for a distance of approximately 80 metres or greater from the roundabout on each approach Table 1 Horizontal Illumination Requirements at Roundabouts Illumination for Roundabouts Functional Classification Maintained Average Horizontal Illuminance in Lux on the Pavement based on Pedestrian Area Classification Uniformity E avg E min High Medium Low At least one of the approach or intersecting roadways is continuously lighted Major Major 34 0 26 0 18 0 3 1 Major Collector 29 0 22 0 15 0 3 1 Major Local 26 0 20 0 13 0 3 1 Collector Collector 24 0 18 0 12 0 4 1 Collector Local 21 0 16 0 10 0 4 1 Local Local 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 None of the approach or intersecting roadways is continuously lighted Major Major 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 Major Collector 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 Major Local 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 Collector Collector 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 Collector Local 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 Local Local 18 0 14 0 8 0 6 1 The roadway and pedestrian area definitions are according to the IES Design Guide for Roundabout Lighting DG 19 Brief descriptions of the roadway definitions and the corresponding MTO roadway classifications are provided in Appendix 1 Implementation This policy is effective immediately Appendix 1 Roadway Definitions The roadway definitions that apply in this policy are briefly described below Additional information regarding roadway definitions and highway classifications is contained in the IES Design Guide for Roundabout

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/roundabout/lighting-policy.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Highway Roundabout FAQs
    lowered and to use the splitter islands as resting points Watch for gaps in the traffic and choose a safe time to cross Pedestrians should not cross to the central island of the roundabout Are roundabouts safe for the visually impaired People who are visually impaired may experience difficulty using roundabout crosswalks particularly where traffic volumes are high Roundabouts like channelized turn lanes present challenges different from other intersections since the traffic is most often under yield control as opposed to stop control It is difficult to be sure that traffic will yield to pedestrians and the continuous circulation of vehicles makes it difficult for the visually impaired to determine significant gaps in traffic movements In addition to determining when to cross the road pedestrians with vision impairment must identify where to cross which way to walk during the crossing and when they have arrived at their destination curb or island Are roundabouts safe for cyclists The way cyclists operate through a roundabout depends on their degree of comfort and experience level with riding in traffic More experienced cyclists may choose to circulate as a vehicle merging into the travel lane before the bike lane or shoulder ends Less experienced cyclists can dismount their bicycles and use the roundabout like a pedestrian would Can older drivers adjust to roundabouts Relative to other age groups senior drivers appear to be over involved in crashes occurring at traditional intersections Roundabouts eliminate a number of problem areas for older drivers that are typical of traditional intersections such as left turns and entering busy thoroughfares from cross streets Top of page Can a roundabout accommodate large trucks and farm equipment Yes With proper design roundabouts can accommodate the turns and movements of larger vehicles such as trucks buses farm equipment and other large vehicles A main design feature is a truck apron which provides an area between the circulatory roadway and the central island over which the rear wheels of these vehicles can safely track A truck apron is used rather than increasing the normal lane width which might encourage smaller vehicles to move at higher speeds through the roundabout Typically the truck apron is composed of a different material and or texture than the paved surface to discourage routine use by smaller vehicles Is snow removal an issue at roundabouts A number of communities in snowy areas have installed roundabouts including Hamilton Kemptville Waterloo and Ottawa in Ontario along with various locations in the U S All indications are that while there is an adjustment period for snowplow crews there are generally no major problems with snow removal in roundabouts Roundabouts actually make it easier to turn snowplows New York State DOT has a video on its website that shows a plow operator clearing a roundabout What about emergency vehicles Modern roundabouts are designed to accommodate emergency and other large vehicles Other vehicles should pull over as far to the right as possible and let the emergency vehicle pass after exiting as soon

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/roundabout/faq.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Highway 33 Roundabout Contact us
    Printable Forms FAQ s News Ontario Newsroom News Releases New Information House Statements Events Traveller Info Highway 401 Traffic Map Road Closures Kingston Area Ferry Schedule Road Signs High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Highway 407 ETR Weatheroffice Driver Licensing Driver and Vehicle Licensing Driver Licensing Getting an Enhanced Driver s Licence Ontario Photo Card Getting a Driver s Licence Driver Handbooks On line Renewing a Driver s Licence Driver Training Courses Revoked Driving Schools Commercial Drivers aged 65 79 Demerit Points Driver Improvement Office DriveTest Centres Vehicle Licensing Driver and Vehicle Licensing Vehicle Licensing Insurance Coverage for Seasonal Vehicles Accessible Parking Permit Alternative Vehicles Electric Vehicles Buying or Selling a Used Vehicle Personalized Plates Replacing Plates and Stickers Trucks and Buses Manuals and Guidelines Information Products and Services Tools and Links Public Transit Public Transit in Ontario GO Transit Presto Metrolinx Explore Government Ontario ca Premier of Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Attorney General Children and Youth Services Citizenship Immigration and International Trade Community and Social Services Community Safety and Correctional Services Economic Development Employment and Infrastructure Education Energy Environment and Climate Change Finance Francophone Affairs Government and Consumer Services Health and Long Term Care Intergovernmental Affairs Labour

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/roundabout/contact-us.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Highway Infrastructure Innovations Project Awards 2006
    University 1 Development of Precast Barrier Wall Systems for Bridge Decks The purpose of this research is to develop a crashworthy and durable precast concrete barrier system MTO Contact Clifford Lam 2 Effect of Fly Ash and Other SCMs on Alkai Carbonate Reaction in Hydraulic Cement Concrete This research project focuses on investigating the effects of different supplementary cementing materials on alkali carbonate reaction ACR in concrete The mechanism of ACR will also be studied in an attempt to reach an understanding of the factors that affects this deterioration mode MTO Contact Chris Rogers University of Guelph 1 Algorithms for Optimizing the Use of Cell Phones as Probes The purpose of this research is to develop algorithms to deal with uncertainties in the conversion of cell phone probe data into usable information and to investigate the effectiveness of various candidate approaches MTO Contact Steve Erwin University of Toronto 1 Interpolating Vehicle Detection System for ATMS Traffic volume and flow data is critical to MTO s role in managing congestion and detecting suspected incidents This data is acquired through detectors loops installed within the road surface During the construction season when re paving is being done many loops are rendered inoperable for many months This project will develop a software algorithm to estimate traffic flow conditions in areas where the in ground detector loops have been rendered inoperable This will make use of historical traffic data to establish baseline flow conditions according to time day MTO Contact Phil Masters University of Waterloo 1 Alternative pre treatment methods for stainless steel reinforcing bars Work is underway to investigate optimized surface preparation methods for stainless steel reinforcement for concrete Preliminary research at Waterloo indicated that use of less rigorous surface preparation methods than used currently may be equally effective there is also potential

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/business/awards06.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Highway Infrastructure Innovations Project Awards 2005
    year project Evaluation of Highway 655 binders for low temperature performance properties MTO Contact Kai Tam Royal Military College 1 Limit State Design LSD for Retaining Walls for Structures Note 2 nd year of 3 year project Development of a new limit state design working stress method applicable to both metallic and geosynthetic reinforced soil walls and consistent with the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code MTO Contact Tom Kazmierowski Ryerson University 1 Ways of recycling of alkali silica reactive concrete as new concrete aggregate To investigate the suitability of using ASR affected old concrete as recycled concrete aggregate in new concrete Investigate the effect of RCA in concrete properties and the use of supplementary cementing materials to mitigate expansion in new concrete containing RCA MTO Contact Chris Rogers University of Toronto 1 Effect of freeze thaw climatic conditions on long term durability of FRP strengthening systems Evaluation of long term performance of innovative retrofitting techniques for concrete structures using carbon and glass FRP under severe environmental conditions MTO Contact Clifford Lam 2 Evaluation of Work Zone Strategies Note 2 nd year of 2 year project Evaluate work zone strategies to improve worker and user safety Determine how user delay costs could be incorporated into decision making MTO Contact Gerry Chaput University of Waterloo 1 Effectiveness of chemical agents for snow control highways Quantifying the effectiveness of alternative de icing techniques for snow and ice removal on highways MTO Contact Max Perchanok 2 Improved traffic signal warrants for crash avoidance t intersections To develop a safety based traffic signal warrant that explicitly considers crash potential rather than just recent crash history as suggested by current MUTCD practice The warrant will be based on result obtained from a micro level behavioural model of crash occurrence which is to be developed as part

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/business/awards04-05.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Value Engineering
    important by the customer How does Function Analysis work In Function Analysis an active verb and a measurable noun describe a function As an example the function of this website is to inform reader How does VE work VE follows a structured thought process to evaluate options Every VE session goes through a number of steps Gather information What is being done now Measure Performance How will the alternatives be measured Analyse Functions What must be done What does it Cost Generate Ideas Brainstorming What else will do the job Evaluate and Rank Ideas Which Ideas are the best Develop and Expand Ideas What are the impacts What is the cost What is the performance Present Ideas Sell Alternatives What are the benefits of VE Value Engineering is a tool that will improve your ability to manage projects solve problems innovate and communicate A VE program in your organization will provide your staff with a definitive tool to improve value in any product project or process Cost savings risk reduction schedule improvements improved designs and better collaboration have been the outcomes of some of MTO s VE studies A typical VE study involves a multi disciplinary team at a workshop lasting 3 to 5 days The payback from the investment in VE normally exceeds 10 1 MTO s Experience The Ontario Ministry of Transportation MTO completed its first Value Engineering study in 1995 Early successes on highway projects helped to expand the program MTO now does Value Engineering studies on highway standards business processes as well as highway projects Since 1998 Accepted savings from the ministry s VE program exceeds 150 Million Other benefits include Business process improvements shown in See Teamwork Delivers New Design Concept Innovative ideas See Teamwork Delivers New Design Concept Collaboration with partners See Connecting Across

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/transtek/ve/index.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • New Technology Transfer Videos
    examining new cost effective materials and techniques in both concrete bridge construction and rehabilitation to combat the corrosion problem Practical and effective results from these research projects may be incorporated into future specifications and standards These two new videos summarize some of the ministry s latest research and demonstration projects in these two areas New Generation Materials and Techniques in Concrete Bridge Construction This video explores three potential R D solutions to the problem of deterioration in concrete bridges improve the quality of concrete to delay and slow down corrosion of the embedded reinforcing steel investigating high performance concrete select a reinforcing material with natural resistance to corrosion in a chloride environment yield strength at least equal to current reinforcing steel and mechanical properties compatible with concrete investigating stainless steel design the concrete deck slab of girder bridges so that it takes advantage of internal arching and eliminates conventional steel reinforcing material investigating steel reinforcement free deck slab Running time 7 minutes Rehabilitation Techniques for Concrete Bridge Substructures In this video various new rehabilitation techniques and materials are demonstrated on corrosion damaged concrete bridges and substructures Salt corrosion is an electrochemical reaction The introduction of an external anode can eliminate

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/transtek/film.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Ministry of Transportation Service Commitment 2012 Road Construction Report
    the period of October 15 2011 to May 15 2012 maintenance crews regained bare pavement after winter storms 96 of the time Maintenance crews exceeded the performance target of 90 MTO is directly measuring the percentage of times that the maintenance crews regain bare pavement within a standard timeframe after each winter event Action to Address Performance Issues MTO is continuing to explore and review new maintenance technologies to enable better prediction of road and weather conditions and adopting better ways of responding to winter storms such as anti icing treatments pre wetting of salt and monitoring of vehicle locations and operations MTO Service Commitment Service Commitment Corridor Management Permit Applications Gas Tax Program Medical Review International Registration Plan Road Construction Report Road Test Appointment Booking Snow and Ice Control Winter Road Conditions Wolfe Island Glenora Ferry Services Related Links Drivers and Vehicles Highway Corridor Management Highway Management Traveller s Road Information TRIP Winter Road Conditions Feedback Form About the Ministry Minister Bio About the Ministry Service Commitment Videos Ministry Offices Sustainability Accessibility for Ontarians Printable Forms FAQ s News Ontario Newsroom News Releases New Information House Statements Events Traveller Info Highway 401 Traffic Map Road Closures Kingston Area Ferry Schedule Road Signs High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Highway 407 ETR Weatheroffice Driver Licensing Driver and Vehicle Licensing Driver Licensing Getting an Enhanced Driver s Licence Ontario Photo Card Getting a Driver s Licence Driver Handbooks On line Renewing a Driver s Licence Driver Training Courses Revoked Driving Schools Commercial Drivers aged 65 79 Demerit Points Driver Improvement Office DriveTest Centres Vehicle Licensing Driver and Vehicle Licensing Vehicle Licensing Insurance Coverage for Seasonal Vehicles Accessible Parking Permit Alternative Vehicles Electric Vehicles Buying or Selling a Used Vehicle Personalized Plates Replacing Plates and Stickers Trucks and Buses Manuals and Guidelines Information Products

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/service-commitment/snow-and-ice-report-2012.shtml (2014-08-11)
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