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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 135. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order, while present day photographs (Year 2000 to date) are arranged by location from east to west. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 135 Photographs


HWY 401 #210

Above - Construction of the Wellington Road Overpass on Hwy 401 near London in 1956. The concrete rigid frame bridge shown above served as the main access point to London from Hwy 401 until 2008, when the structure was demolished to permit the construction of additional lanes on Hwy 401 through the London area.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)


Present Day King's Highway 135 Photographs


HWY 401 #190 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #195 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of the old Wellington Road Interchange on Hwy 401 in London, facing southwest towards Hwy 402. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 28, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of the old Wellington Road Interchange on Hwy 401 in London, facing east towards Ingersoll. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 28, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #440 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #429 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of the old Wellington Road Interchange on Hwy 401 in London, facing south towards St. Thomas. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 28, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Original Wellington Road Overpass on Hwy 401 in London. This structure was completed in 1956 and was demolished during a highway widening project in 2008. The bridge had to be removed because there was insufficient space to provide additional full-width through lanes on Hwy 401 below the existing bridge. In addition, the existing lane configuration across the old overpass did not allow badly-needed capacity improvements to take place on Wellington Road. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 8, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #430 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #431 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 401 from the Wellington Road Overpass in London. Between 2006 and 2008, an extensive reconstruction project was carried out along Hwy 401 through London, which saw the highway widened to six continuous through lanes through the Wellington Road Interchange. In addition, a new widened structure was built for Wellington Road and the interchange ramps were reconfigured. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 8, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Wellington Road Overpass on Hwy 401 in London, shown shortly before the bridge demolition on May 3, 2008. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #432 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #433 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The earth fill approaches were cut away from the structure's abutments and a bypass lane was built around the north side of the old bridge. This bypass lane was built to allow westbound Hwy 401 traffic to proceed through the interchange during the bridge demolition. Protective fencing was set up to ensure that no debris fell onto the bypass lane during the bridge removal operations. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The removal of the approach fill exposed the complex rigid frame girder configuration behind the abutment wall. It is quite amazing to see just how compact these rigid frame girder structures really are. It has been over 50 years since this area of the bridge was visible. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #434 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #435 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This bypass lane eliminates the need for a lengthy detour for westbound Hwy 401 traffic during the bridge removal. Eastbound Hwy 401 traffic made use of the exterior partial-cloverleaf interchange ramps, which allowed traffic to bypass the construction site altogether. Although the new overpass structure was already in service, Wellington Road was closed entirely to traffic during the overnight bridge removal. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The old Wellington Road Overpass sits immediately beside the new structure. As a result, it was not possible to remove the old bridge using explosives. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #436 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #437 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north towards the old and new Wellington Road Overpasses. The new structure is much longer than its predecessor. The new bridge allows for an immediate expansion of Hwy 401 to six lanes, but it will also be able to accommodate future highway expansion. The bridge also provides room for a "sub-collector" lane configuration, which will provide a simpler, single merge point for traffic entering the highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - As dusk falls, heavy demolition equipment gathers beside the Wellington Road Overpass on Hwy 401. The bridge will be drilled and cut into small pieces, so that it can be hauled away from the site in dump trucks. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #438 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #439 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The bridge demolition was underway by 10:00 p.m. Within hours, the old Wellington Road Overpass was removed in its entirety. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Crews remove the western side of the bridge first, and proceed by slowly cutting through the structure towards the eastern side. The Wellington Road structure didn't go down without a fight. Apparently, it was a very difficult bridge removal. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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