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Ontario Highway 3B (Maidstone) Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1931-1938
  • Current Status: Became Hwy 98A in 1938, which was later decommissioned
  • Current Name: Malden Road
  • Location: Southern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Essex
  • Towns Served: Maidstone
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 3 - Maidstone
  • Northern Terminus: Hwy 2A - Maidstone
  • Length in 1938: 1.9 km / 1.2 miles
King's Highway 3B Sign
Image courtesy of Jamie Malecki

History of King's Highway 3B (Maidstone):

The first King's Highway 3B was a short connector highway which joined Highway 2 and Highway 3 together in Maidstone. Originally, this tiny route was a part of Highway 2. In 1929, Highway 2 was realigned west of Maidstone, bypassing a tiny 1.9 km section of its former route. The short jog in the highway at Maidstone which eventually became Highway 3B was initially numbered as Highway 2A. In 1931, a major route renumbering took place, which affected almost all highways in the Windsor area. The short section of Highway 2A in Maidstone became Highway 3B, while the old route of Highway 2 from Windsor to Tilbury became the new route of Highway 2A. In 1935, Windsor's Highway 3A was redesignated as Highway 3B. This change in route numbers immediately created confusion amongst motorists, since Windsor's Highway 3B connected to Highway 3 only a few miles west of Maidstone. In order to differentiate Maidstone's Highway 3B from Windsor's Highway 3B, the Department of Highways decided to renumber the Maidstone route as Highway 98A in 1938.

Maidstone's Highway 3B was one of the shortest King's Highways to ever exist. Only a handful of Ontario's King's Highways were below two miles in length. Two other routes have been designated as Highway 3B in Ontario. The first is the aforementioned Highway 3B in Windsor, while the other route was located in Tillsonburg. Neither of these routes were related to the Highway 3B route through Maidstone.


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