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Ontario Highway 83 Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1938-1997
  • Current Status: Decommissioned in 1997
  • Current Names: Huron Road 83 & Perth Road 20
  • Location: Southern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Huron & Perth
  • Towns Served: Grand Bend, Dashwood & Exeter
  • Western Terminus: Hwy 21 - North of Grand Bend
  • Eastern Terminus: Hwy 23 - Russeldale
  • Length in 1993: 38.8 km / 24.1 miles
HWY 83 ROUTE MARKER - © Cameron Bevers
King's Highway 83 Sign © Cameron Bevers

History of King's Highway 83:

King's Highway 83 was a major collector highway which connected Highway 21 just north of Grand Bend to Highway 23 at Russeldale. The highway was 39 km in length and it existed up until the late 1990s, when it was downloaded to Huron County and Perth County. The highway was first commissioned in the 1930s when the Thames Road from Grand Bend to Russeldale (via Exeter) was assumed by the Department of Highways as a new provincial highway. Preliminary Route Plans were prepared in October 1937, showing the proposed route of the new provincial highway in Perth and Huron Counties. The route was assumed and designated as King's Highway 83 on April 13, 1938.

Originally, the route of Highway 83 was gravel-surfaced for its entire length. The highway was paved in stages between 1951 and 1956. On March 31, 1997, the entire route of Highway 83 was downloaded to the Counties of Perth and Huron. The road is now officially known as Huron County Road 83 within Huron County and Perth Line 20 within Perth County. The road is still commonly referred to as "Highway 83" by motorists. Services are rather infrequent on this highway. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on Highway 83 is 80 km/h (50 mph) within Perth County and 90 km/h (55 mph) in Huron County. Please visit the Highway 83 Mileage Chart page for a list of mileage reference points along Highway 83.

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