New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Whistler Road in Upheaval

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Good News: The Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler is being widened from 2 to 4 lanes - a technical miracle considering the terrain.

Bad News: Until it's done - whatta mess!

We just drove down from Whistler, and encountered construction delays throughout - 1/2 hr. or more in some sections. If they don't alter construction plans during the winter, be prepared for a tedious, lengthy crawl.

The construction, of course, is a boon - preparation for the 2010 Olympics which will render the trip from Vancouver to Whistler a breezy 90 min. jaunt.

The techniques they've employed to widen the road through sheer cliff terrain (between Lion's Bay and Horseshoe Bay) are amazing to behold.

Does anyone know the projected completion date?

Until it's done, I can't imagine taking the trip again - especially in winter conditions.
post #2 of 15
Check out this web site. Other more immediate schedules are posted on this site as well.

http://www.gtmconsulting.com/info/pr...ay-windows.htm
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Posaune: It's friggen' amazing how you find this stuff.

Yep, it's all there - headaches for years to come.

Bring an extra-large moccachino.
post #4 of 15
are they digging into the cliffs and hillside, or extending (butressing?) out beyond the current shore? There's a rail line there too, which would constrain them a bit.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey Ant: They're doing both. But, it's the extending of cliff-side road which enthralls.

Yes, there's a choo-choo down below, which renders the feat all the more amazing.

They're pouring concrete pillars into the cliff to support an extended roadway, over train and ocean. The re-bar is drilled deep into rock, and glued with ultra-hard resin (from cement trucks), prior to having concrete pillars poured around it.

It's mind-boggling to imagine a 4-lane highway where a single lane, controlled by a stop light, used to be. Of course, until everything's done, it's where we'll be again.

The delays will pinch day-trippers from Vancouver, but shouldn't affect destination travelers too much (what's an extra 2 hours over 5 days?).

Where was all this when I was 20?
post #6 of 15
They're cutting the corner from Horseshoe (Eagle Bluffs) to take them quite aways up at any elevation too aren't they? That's what I got from all the protest stuff going on at least.

You should see what they're doing with hwy 1 heading for Golden (kicking horse). There's a bridge coming off a cliff in a big arc starting easily 300' above the current roadway that descends most the way to the old highway. Amazing stuff to see them do.
post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
Bring an extra-large moccachino.
And a pee bucket.
post #8 of 15
Actually I don't think it's that bad and actually expected things to be far worse ... I drive the Sea to Sky Highway between Squamish & Vancouver 5 days/week for work ... and Squamish to Whistler most weekends.
I am used to skiing in the Alps where an 8hr transfer from the airport to the ski resort is not uncommon during busy periods 'cos the roads are far busier and when you get to the mountains typically buses are at a crawling pace ... and there are few places to pass.

I've seen so many people on the 99 fly past me doing well in excess of 100kmph (in 80kmph stretches) only for me to be right behind them a few km later when they hit the next inevitable 50kmph stretch ... then they drive right up the ass of the person in front 'cos they are "only" doing 60 in a 50 construction site.

When I first came to Whistler only 3.5 years ago it was taking about 2.5hrs to do the transfer from Vancouver to Whistler ... even with the roadworks it's still much quicker now that areas like the Canyon and the Horseshoe Bay to Lyons Bay stretch are 4 lanes ... so it's all relative. Too many people in too much of a hurry to have an accident is my perspective!! I see a lot of Washington state license plate vehicles doing crazy speeds on the 4 lane stretches only to then be the one holding up others when it comes to the windy stuff 'cos they don't know the road or can't drive on anything that isn't vaguely straight or both.

Sorry to rant, but a little more patience would go a long way.
post #9 of 15
Well, based on the link that Posaune posted, it doesn't appear that road work will be an issue after Nov. 30th. So the impact to skiers won't be an issue until April 1st. It'll be nice to have extra lanes on certain sections as I'm one of the WA drivers that ends up getting tailgated by our friendly Canucks driving like crazy to get to the goods at Whistler.
post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
Well, based on the link that Posaune posted, it doesn't appear that road work will be an issue after Nov. 30th. So the impact to skiers won't be an issue until April 1st. It'll be nice to have extra lanes on certain sections as I'm one of the WA drivers that ends up getting tailgated by our friendly Canucks driving like crazy to get to the goods at Whistler.
Actually that was going to be my other point ... Tailgaiters + those idiots that still try to overtake in the last few metres as the 2 lanes are merging back to one (and yes they probably are more commonly locals from what I've observed). Typically it's the poor person they crash in to that ends up worse off.
I've often wondered if driving styles are mirrored by how they ski / board ie. do they pay any more attention to others when on the ski hill than they obviously don't when on the road.

At least there aren't any French bakery van drivers on the 99 ... anyone who has driven in the French Alps will know what I mean
post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bonzai View Post
Actually that was going to be my other point ... Tailgaiters + those idiots that still try to overtake in the last few metres as the 2 lanes are merging back to one (and yes they probably are more commonly locals from what I've observed). Typically it's the poor person they crash in to that ends up worse off.
I've often wondered if driving styles are mirrored by how they ski / board ie. do they pay any more attention to others when on the ski hill than they obviously don't when on the road.

At least there aren't any French bakery van drivers on the 99 ... anyone who has driven in the French Alps will know what I mean
The quirk I could never get on that road (and it is quite unique to that road) is the drivers who don't know the road, are painfully slow in corners and often cutting into the oncoming lane on blind corners and generally scary. Then you hit a passing lane or any reasonable place to pass and they gun it for all it's worth and make it into a drag race to get by them. Let cars pass and never see them again or keep them back and frustrate the shit out of them and cause a lot of the tailgating with the random pointless braking. I don't know what would be safer, cars spread out travelling at whatever rate they're comfortable with or one jackass holding back as many cars as he/she can and driving erratically and unsafely with lots of frustrated drivers behind. When's the last time anyone saw a slow moving vehicle actually use the pullout lanes below lions bay.

I generally try to avoid that road at all costs for that reason and will take Duffy Lake in every time I can.
post #12 of 15
Not as scarey as the lady putting on her eye liner as she passed me on the 99 this morning ... I reckon she was doing at least 120kmph & some of the time she was even in her lane ... that wasn't the scarey part though ... she looked like she was trying to write a text message with the other hand (the one that was occasionally on the steering wheel). Now that's multi-tasking for you :
post #13 of 15
I trust she was driving a Beemer or a big honkin' SUV or some equally important vehicle.
post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by L7 View Post
I trust she was driving a Beemer or a big honkin' SUV or some equally important vehicle.
Surprisingly no ... little black Honda Civic. Maybe that's the car she wants to be buried in ... 'cos she was certainly heading for an early grave
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post

Where was all this when I was 20?
Back when I was in my 20s it rained really hard (imagine that). A rock dislodged while cars were stopped on the road due to wash out. Rock came down and landed on the passenger side of the car killing the drivers daughter. It was terrible.

Back then parts of the road seemed like they put pavement right on the rocks, especially near the end. It was a wild road, but it was always clogged up with Canadians driving like ants.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel