I agree to Idea Plant more trees and shrubs along 400 series highways
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I disagree to Idea Plant more trees and shrubs along 400 series highways

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Plant more trees and shrubs along 400 series highways

Lets plant more trees and shrubs, especially evergreen, along the 400 series highways and other major routes to :

Decrease Air Pollution

Decrease Noise Pollution

Decrease Light Pollution

Decrease Cross Winds

Increase the visual appeal of the province

Submitted by Chris 11 months ago

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    11 months ago

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  1. Not a bad idea, but we do need space on both sides of our highways with no trees so that we can see wildlife approaching the highway.

    11 months ago
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  2. I say let the trees grow, but don't spend public money planting them.

    10 months ago
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  3. With whose money? I don't want to pay for this.

    10 months ago
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    1. The cost of such an improvement would be dwarfed by the cost of maintaining the actual highway surface.

      10 months ago
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  4. Raising the speed limit to 130 km/hr on the 400 highways is in the #1 spot in this idea list -- over 700 people agree. And some people always go 20 km over the speed limit, so will be going 150 km/hr. Planting trees along the edge of these highways would not be a good idea combined with these higher speeds. Fatalities would be increased when drivers going at high speeds loose control or have an accident, go off the highway and hit a tree. Better to design the landscaping to increase the possibility of a soft landing.

    10 months ago
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    1. tw

      People generally drive at a speed in which they feel comfortable regardless of the speed limit. "And some people always go 20 km over the speed limit, so will be going 150 km/hr." is a false statement. People want to go 20-30km/hr over the posted max of 100km/h because it is a speed in which they feel comfortable, and they are comforable with the possibility of getting a fine 20km/hr over the speed limit. I don't feel safe going 130km/hr on my motorcycle on the 401. but I feel safer doing 130km/hr and staying with traffic, rather then having traffic whip by me if I were to go the posted speed limit. I am far more likely to be killed not going with the flow.

      10 months ago
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  5. tw

    The large divide in between the highways is engineered at a such an angle to decelerate vehicles in the event of a crash so as to not inflict a "dead stop".

    A vehicle that had hydroplaned due to poor traction and spins out into the empty space between a divided highway and little Timmy's parents are all shook up nerve wise, but they are ok and their vehicle is ok.

    A vehicle that had hydroplaned due to poor traction and spins out into densely packed area of hardwoods because they look pretty in the fall time in-between the divided highway is now a wreck of twisted metal. Little Timmy's parents were killed in the head on collision with a maple tree leaving him an orphan that will grow up to live in a van down by the river.

    Also I don't support giving the cops more places to HIDE so they may issue more fines. You want traffic to slow down, have the cops be seen, you want more traffic fines, the cops have to hide.

    10 months ago
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    1. lol (sorry morbid sense of humour)

      Anyway, he actually specified shrubs and evergreens (soft wood).

      If you limited the size of the trees with occasional cutting of larger trunks you would actually have a soft landing which might save you from spinning into the other side of a divided highway or into off road hazards like large trees, rock faces and off steep declines.

      10 months ago
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  6. btg

    my only condern here is that when you drive, ALL you will see is trees and not see the actual countryside.

    plant trees in places where they hide ugly things or will only block the views of more trees.

    10 months ago
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  7. This should be explored. The 401 is perhaps visually the most unappealing drive that's out there. Don't block the views of some of the country and the lake, but do take the opportunity to plant along much of it. That is, provided the province actually owns enough of the land to be able to do so. Otherwise, this idea is a useless one.

    As for the comment about placing them in the medium...I agree that would be a bad idea (though not necessarily for the same reasons). I had envisioned them framing in parts of the highway.

    10 months ago
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  8. Hey, like your idea, just thought you might want to consider adding some of what I said above in my response to another comment to your idea description.

    I have actually had the annoying experience of losing control of my car due to a strong crosswind and an icy surface and landing in a ditch. Which brings up another point... in the winter, less wind will slow the formation of ice and reduce snowdrifts on the road.

    10 months ago
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