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Traffic condition QEW Toronto<-->Niagara Falls

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Traffic condition QEW Toronto<-->Niagara Falls

How's QEW these days?

Last summer I was stuck in a 5hr (1.5hr per Google Map) traffic on the way back to 416 (likely due to road works), between St. Catharines and Hamilton. Even the backroads were jammed.
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I think it varies greatly day to day depending on road incidents and construction. Hard to give a blanket answer. Came back from the US yesterday around 7pm and the drive through St Catharines and Hamilton was busy, but moving just fine.
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During rush hour and at busy times on the weekends it can be pretty bad. Google maps lets you view the drive times at specific times, which can help you get a general idea.
Weekends are pretty bad though in the summer.
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Off hours you can fly, but anything during rush hour (4-7:30pm) is absolutely brutal.
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I find rush hour towards St Catharines in the morning not too bad, except around Ford Dr, but rush hour on the way back into the city is a nightmare.
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Google returned peak to occur ~ 4PM, 2H:30M ETA. Waze on the other hand says peak is 6:30PM about 2H:11M.

Is this 2H:30M realistic? Last Aug the jam was so bad that even cars turned back on the highway to get out via last off-ramp created traffic itself.

I believe I tried North Service Road which was packed, then turned to Main Str. W. to get on 403. Still 5hrs.
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LongLiveRFD wrote:
Apr 18th, 2017 4:44 pm
Google returned peak to occur ~ 4PM, 2H:30M ETA. Waze on the other hand says peak is 6:30PM about 2H:11M.

Is this 2H:30M realistic? Last Aug the jam was so bad that even cars turned back on the highway to get out via last off-ramp created traffic itself.

I believe I tried North Service Road which was packed, then turned to Main Str. W. to get on 403. Still 5hrs.
Depends on if there's an accident or not. Those times are just averages.
If it's bad your best bet is the 407, but that only helps you to Hamilton.
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I drive Hamilton to Oakville every day. Minimum 1 hour each way ( 7:30 am return 5:00 pm).
Any kind of hick-up ( dead Seagull ) add 3/4 hr. Snow add 1 hr.


My alternate drive is Tesla Bvld. ( aka Burlington St.) to Eastport Drive then to Lakeshore Road. Same elapsed time, less stress. 407 highway is great, but $10 each way, and I do use it when i'm late.

Solution = Nachos and Tunes
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Always use Waze.

But time estimates don't predict accidents. They will adjust as it happens and as rubberneckers bring traffic to an absolute crawl.
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If traffic is bad, I sometimes take the 403 to to Ancaster and then take hwy 20 (Rymal Rd) all the way to Niagara Falls. Much better than crawling in traffic.
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