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Ontario Highway 39 Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1934-1970
  • Current Status: Renumbered as Hwy 2 in 1970
  • Current Names: Essex Road 22
  • Location: Southern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Essex
  • Towns Served: Windsor, Tecumseh, St. Clair Beach & Belle River
  • Western Terminus: Hwy 3B - Windsor
  • Eastern Terminus: Hwy 2 - South of Belle River
  • Length in 1970: 33.8 km / 21.0 miles
King's Highway 39 Sign
Image courtesy of Jamie Malecki

History of King's Highway 39:

King's Highway 39 served as an alternate route to Highway 2 in Southwestern Ontario between Windsor and Belle River. The history of Highway 39 dates back to 1934, when the Department of Highways assumed the Windsor-Belle River Road as a new provincial highway on July 11, 1934. The new highway was 35 km in length and was completely paved when it was first commissioned. A section of Highway 39 was relocated near Pike Creek in the early 1960s. The new highway bypassed Pike Creek on a limited-access highway alignment to the south of town. The Pike Creek Bypass was completed and opened to traffic from Banwell Road to Puce River in November, 1961. In 1970, the route of Highway 2 was changed between Windsor and St. Joachim. When the old route of Highway 2 from Windsor to the Highway 39 Junction near St. Joachim was transferred to Essex County on June 1, 1970, Highway 2 was rerouted through Belle River. The entire route of Highway 39 was redesignated as Highway 2. The Highway 39 designation was retired and has not been in used ever since.

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