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Please note that in 1952, most of Highway 2A from West Hill to Newcastle was renumbered as Highway 401. Please check the Highway 401 Photo Pages for present day images of this highway from West Hill to Newcastle.

This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 2A (Toronto). 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 west to east. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 2A (Toronto) Photographs


HWY 2A #2

Above - Original 1930s plan for the new dual highway through Oshawa. This road was initially known as Hwy 2A, but later became a portion of Hwy 401. This sketch was prepared by the Department of Highways in February 1939 and the plan was approved by Oshawa City Council later that same month. Construction began on the new dual highway between Toronto and Oshawa before World War II, but shortages of construction materials delayed the completion of many of the grade separations and interchanges. The partially-completed freeway was unofficially opened to traffic in 1942, despite the fact that many sections were still under construction. The freeway was formally opened to traffic on December 3, 1947.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 2A #1             HWY 2A #4

Left - Grading for the new Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) west of Whitby, looking east (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Right - New earth cut and grading underway on Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) approaching the Rouge River (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)





HWY 2A #5             HWY 2A #3

Left - Graders at work on Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) east of Pickering Village (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Right - Completed Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) grading approaching the Rouge River, looking east (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)





HWY 2A #12             HWY 2A #7

Left - New Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) at West Hill. South side of dual highway facing east. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on April 3, 1946.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Photo #G62)

Right - CN Subway and Albert & Simcoe Street Overpasses at Hwy 2A in Oshawa. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on August 27, 1946.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-3, Photo #G308)





HWY 2A #6

Above - Facing west along Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) from the Simcoe Street Interchange in Oshawa. Photo taken on October 8, 1946.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1946)





HWY 2A #8             HWY 2A #9

Left - Construction of steel frame for the new Thickson Road Overpass on Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) between Whitby and Oshawa. Photo taken on October 8, 1946.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1946)

Right - Concrete paving machines in operation on Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) east of Brock Street in Whitby (1946)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1946)





HWY 2A #10

Above - Facing east along Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) from the Simcoe Street Overpass in Oshawa, showing 3 of 4 lanes paved. Photo taken on October 8, 1946.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1946)





HWY 2A #11

Above - Looking east along Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) near the Thickson Road Interchange near Whitby. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 8, 1946.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-3, Box A1367, Photo #6496)





HWY 2A #17

Above - Facing east towards Oshawa along Hwy 2A (Hwy 401) approaching the Whitby Interchange at Brock Street in 1948. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1948)





HWY 401 #9             HWY 401 #8

Left - Ramp to Hwy 401 Westbound, at the Hwy 2A & Hwy 401 Interchange in Scarborough (1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)

Right - Overhead sign for the Hwy 401 Toronto Bypass at the Hwy 2A & Hwy 401 Interchange in Scarborough in 1956. This interesting photo shows some of Ontario's earliest overhead freeway junction signs. Although these overhead guide signs may seem relatively simple when compared to our freeway signs today, these early experiments in overhead guide signs ultimately led to the development of the freeway sign standards that are in use today.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 401 #147

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 401 in 1956 facing west from the Lansing Cutoff Interchange (today's Port Union Road) in Scarborough. This photo shows the start of the Toronto Bypass in the background and the old bypassed portion of Hwy 2A leading to Kingston Road. Compare this view of the highway in 1956, with this recent aerial photo showing the area as it appears today.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)


Present Day King's Highway 2A (Toronto) Photographs


HWY 401 #84 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #85 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of the Port Union Road Interchange on Hwy 401 in Toronto, facing west. Note the adjacent interchange with Hwy 2A in the background, and Kingston Road (Hwy 2) at right. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 30, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of Hwy 2A facing east from Highland Creek towards Hwy 401 and Port Union Road. Note the narrow width of this 1940s era divided highway compared to the current width of Hwy 401. Up until the 1970s, Hwy 401 was of a similar design all the way out to Oshawa. Between 1972 and 1980, Hwy 401 was widened from four to six lanes between Morningside Avenue in Toronto and Ritson Road in Oshawa. Kingston Road (Hwy 2) can be seen paralleling Hwy 2A in this photo. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on May 30, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2A #13 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2A #14 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Looking east towards Oshawa along Hwy 2A from Highland Creek (Lawson Road) Overpass. This short but interesting section of highway has changed very little since it officially opened in 1947. This unspoiled divided highway provides a rare view of what a 1940s Ontario freeway looked like. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 15, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking west along Hwy 2 & Hwy 2A from Highland Creek (Lawson Road) Overpass. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 15, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2A #16 - © David Macklin             HWY 2A #15 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old Highland Creek Overpass on Hwy 2A. This original structure was completed in 1947.
(Photograph taken in 2000  -  © David Macklin)

Right - New Highland Creek Overpass on Hwy 2A. The original 1947 structure was replaced in 2000. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 15, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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