History of King's Highway 77 (#2):
King's Highway 77 is a relatively short but important arterial highway which links Highway 401 to Highway 3 in Leamington. The highway passes through a predominantly rural area along its 23 km route. Leamington is the only major town located along the highway. Highway 77 was first established in 1963 when a new provincial highway was designated through Essex County. The new highway was assumed by a Preliminary Assumption Plan on April 1, 1963 and was officially designated as King's Highway 77, effective May 2, 1963. The new route of Highway 77 provided a new provincial highway connection between Leamington and Highway 401. The section of Highway 77 lying within the Town of Leamington was not assumed by Department of Highways, and thus, that section of the route remained under municipal jurisdiction. When the Leamington Bypass (Highway 3 New) was completed in 1999, the route of Highway 77 was truncated at the relocated route of Highway 3. The short provincially-owned section of Highway 77 lying between the Leamington Bypass and the former Town of Leamington limits was transferred to the Town of Leamington effective March 10, 2000. Previously, Highway 77 was signed into Downtown Leamington via Erie Street. Highway 77 currently ends at the Leamington Bypass, where it shares a common terminus with the western section of Highway 3. This highway is not associated with the original Highway 77, which existed in nearby Elgin County from 1936 until 1957.
The current Highway 77 is a two-lane highway for its entire length between Leamington and Highway 401. Services are available in most communities along Highway 77. The speed limit on Highway 77 is 80 km/h (50 mph), unless posted otherwise. Please visit the Highway 77 Mileage Chart page for a list of mileage reference points along Highway 77.
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