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#1 2019-06-06 00:01:41

Registered: 2018-09-15
Posts: 5

Name tags for 400-series highways

A number of 400-series highways have various names associated with them -

401: Macdonald–Cartier Freeway; Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway; Highway of Heroes
403: Alexander Graham Bell Parkway; Chedoke Expressway
405: General Brock Parkway
407: Express Toll Route
416: Veterans Memorial Highway
417: Pierre Elliott Trudeau Highway; Queensway

Some of these names predate their 400-series designation, e.g. the "Queensway" in Ottawa. A couple of these names apply to a newly constructed section: e.g. Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. Still others were "renamed" wholesale by acts of legislation: e.g. "Veterans Memorial Highway", "General Brock Parkway".

This is a discussion for the best applications of their different name tags.


#2 2019-06-16 16:32:20

Matthew Darwin
Registered: 2019-06-16
Posts: 4

Re: Name tags for 400-series highways

I'm not sure how many people in Canada read this forum.  talk-ca mailing list is probably more popular place to have this discussion.

After thinking about this for a while and reviewing the sinage on local roads, the name should be "Highway 4xx".  While there are official names for the roads, these are rarely used.   If I am on the 417 and am taking the exit for 416, the signs say "416 towards 401" and not "Veterans Memorial Highway towards Macdonald-Cartier Freeway"  ( … ocus=photo)

So if we rename roads using their various names, I think people will be confused.  Ok to have those names as secondary names of course.


#3 2019-06-16 17:07:18

New Member
Registered: 2019-06-16
Posts: 1

Re: Name tags for 400-series highways

Living just off Highway 416, nobody really calls it "Veterans Memorial Highway" here, even though it's the official name. If you ask a local how to get to Veterans Memorial Highway you'd probably get a blank look.
IMO it should have name="Highway 416" with alt_name="Veterans Memorial Highway"


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