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Ontario Highway 98B Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1941-1970
  • Current Status: Decommissioned in 1970
  • Current Name: Queen Street
  • Location: Southern Ontario
  • Counties Served: Kent
  • Towns Served: Tilbury
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 98 - Tilbury
  • Northern Terminus: Hwy 2 - Tilbury
  • Length in 1970: 1.8 km / 1.1 miles
King's Highway 98B Sign
Image courtesy of Jamie Malecki

History of King's Highway 98B:

King's Highway 98B was a short King's Highway which connected Highway 98 to Highway 2 in Tilbury. The route was created in 1941, when Highway 98 was extended east from Tilbury to Blenheim along Middle Road. As a result of this new Highway 98 extension to Blenheim, a 1 mile section of the original route of Highway 98 running along Queen Street through Downtown Tilbury was bypassed. The Tilbury route appears in Ontario Department of Highways Mileage Tables from the 1960s as Highway 98B, although it is not clear at this time if the highway through Tilbury had been known by that route number since its inception in 1941. It is entirely possible that the highway had a different or unposted route number prior to the 1960s. When Highway 98 was decommissioned as a King's Highway in 1970, the route of Highway 98B was apparently decommissioned as well. Since the entire route of Highway 98B passed through the urbanized portions of Tilbury, it was never actually assumed by the province. The entire route was therefore under municipal jurisdiction.

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