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Ontario Highway 57 Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1937-1970
  • Current Status: Decommissioned in 1970
  • Current Name: Niagara Road 27
  • Location: Southern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Niagara
  • Towns Served: Wellandport
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 3A - Beckett's Bridge
  • Northern Terminus: Hwy 20 - Bismarck
  • Length in 1970: 14.3 km / 8.9 miles
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History of King's Highway 57:

King's Highway 57 was a short highway which existed from 1937 up until 1970 in the historical Counties of Lincoln and Welland. Highway 57 connected Highway 20 at Bismarck to Highway 3A at Beckett's Bridge. The highway first came into existence in 1937, when Highway 20A through Wellandport was renumbered as Highway 57 in an effort to simplify highway numbering in the area. At the time of the highway renumbering in 1937, Highway 57 was paved between Wellandport and Beckett's Bridge. However, later in 1937, the highway was relocated onto an improved alignment on higher ground, as the highway was prone to spring flooding. After remaining gravel-surfaced for more than a decade, the entire highway was paved once again between Bismarck and Beckett's Bridge in 1949. In 1964, the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) released a transportation planning study for the Niagara Peninsula. The report recommended the transfer of Highway 57 from the province to the Counties of Lincoln and Welland, as it was determined that the route of Highway 57 served primarily local traffic. The jurisdictional transfer of Highway 57 came about in 1970, when the Counties of Lincoln and Welland were amalgamated to form the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Jurisdiction over Highway 57 was transferred from the province to the newly-formed Regional Municipality of Niagara, effective August 20, 1970. Former Highway 57 is now known as Niagara Regional Road 27.

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