Comment 93882

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 29, 2013 at 09:20:29 in reply to Comment 93879

Umm ... I specifically said they are not FREEWAYS (i.e. like the 403 and QEW). In Ontario, freeways are a specific class of highways with controlled access and speed limits generally of 100km/h.

Highways in urban areas are generally limited to 50km/h, although for some reason King and Main in Hamilton have limits of 60km/h, even in urban areas. There is no reason that sections of highways could not have lower speed limits, as they currently do in school zones.

Note further that legally ALL roads in Ontario are termed highways (i.e. governed by the highway traffic act):

“highway” includes a common and public highway, street, avenue, parkway, driveway, square, place, bridge, viaduct, trestle or any other structure incidental thereto, any part of which is intended for or used by the general public for the passage of vehicles and includes the area between the lateral property lines thereof; (“voie publique”)

and “through highway” means a highway or part of a highway designated as such by the Minister or by by-law of a municipality, and every such highway shall be marked by a stop sign or yield right of way sign in compliance with the regulations of the Ministry; (“route à priorité”)

in other words, it just means that traffic coming from intersecting roads must stop or yield ... it says nothing about speeds, or that the through highway somehow prioritizes motor vehicle traffic flow over the other function of the street (cycling, pedestrians, business, residential, commerce).

Please at least familiarize yourself with the Highway Traffic Act if you want to start playing a pedantic terminological game of gotcha using terms you don't even understand!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2013-10-29 09:34:59

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