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Ontario Highway 82 Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1938-1981
  • Current Status: Renumbered as King's Highway 79 in 1981
  • Current Name: Lambton Road 79
  • Location: Southern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Lambton
  • Towns Served: Thedford
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 7 - South of Thedford
  • Northern Terminus: Hwy 21 - Port Franks
  • Length in 1981: 10.8 km / 6.7 miles
King's Highway 82 Sign
Image courtesy of Jamie Malecki

History of King's Highway 82:

King's Highway 82 was a short collector highway which once linked Highway 7 south of Thedford to Highway 21 at Port Franks. Highway 82 was created out of a major route renumbering which took place in the Forest area in early 1938. In an effort to simplify route numbering in the area, the route of Highway 21 was relocated onto a new route via Forest, instead of its original route via Thedford and Arkona. The new Highway 21 route via Forest was previously designated as Highway 21A. Most of the old route of Highway 21 via Arkona was routed concurrently with Highway 7, so the overlapped Highway 21 designation was simply removed from the route of Highway 7. However, the old section of Highway 21 that ran through Thedford was suddenly left without a route number. In order to provide a route number for this disjointed section of highway through Thedford, the Department of Highways assigned the King's Highway 82 designation to this short route. Although Highway 21 was paved through Thedford in 1937 immediately before being renumbered as Highway 82, the balance of Highway 82 remained gravel-surfaced throughout World War II. The remainder of Highway 82 outside of Thedford was paved in 1945.

In 1981, another major route renumbering took place in the Forest area. In yet another effort to simplify route numbering and create better route continuity, Highway 79 was extended north from its old northern terminus near Watford to join with Highway 21 at Port Franks. In doing so, the Highway 82 designation was removed and replaced by the Highway 79 designation. From a historical standpoint, it seems somewhat ironic that Highway 82 was both created and destroyed by route renumbering, that were intended to "simplify" the confusing highway numbering in this part of Ontario.

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