History of King's Highway 100 (#1):
The second King's Highway 100 was a staged freeway constructed along the eastern side of London during the 1970s. This project was part of a proposal by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to build a new controlled-access highway to provide a new link between London and Highway 401. Highway 100 was built as a two-lane highway, but a wide right-of-way was reserved so that an additional roadway could be built in the future in order to convert Highway 100 into a proper freeway. Unfortunately, the freeway proposal stalled in the 1980s and no further advancements were ever made by the Ministry of Transportation relating to this road. The highway was a signed municipal connecting link from the Thames River Bridge northerly to its proper terminus at Highway 2, and in actual fact was approximately 4 km longer than stated above (thus, approximately 8 km total).
In 1994, the province downloaded Highway 100 to the City of London. Highway 100 was known as Airport Road for several years, but it was later renamed as Veterans Memorial Parkway. In 2004, the City of London began widening former Highway 100 to four lanes. While this project provided much-needed capacity improvements on Airport Road (Veterans Memorial Parkway), the reconstruction did not involve the upgrade of this road into a proper freeway as originally planned by the MTO in the 1970s. A different, unrelated Highway 100 existed near St. Mary's from 1941 until 1962.
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