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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 2 dating from 1960 to 1999. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 3: Historical King's Highway 2 Photographs (1960 to 1999)


HWY 42 #20             HWY 2 #196

Left - Facing east along King Street (Hwy 2) in Downtown Brockville at the Junction of Hwy 29 & Hwy 42 (ca. 1960)
(Photograph courtesy of Rideau Air Photos)

Right - Circa 1960 postcard view of Hwy 2 (Dundas Street) in Downtown Trenton, facing east towards the Trent River Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph courtesy of L. F. Charter)





HWY 2 #132

Above - New entrance to Fort Henry on Hwy 2 east of Kingston (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 2 #311

NEW Above - Construction of the new Dumbarton CN Railway Subway on Hwy 2 east of Toronto (1963)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 2 #312

NEW Above - Reconstruction and widening of Hwy 2 east of Trenton (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 403 #149             HWY 403 #150

Left - Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in 1964, facing west towards the Ramp "N" Underpass structure and T.B. McQuesten High-Level Bridge in Hamilton. During construction of Hwy 403 in the early 1960s, a partial interchange was built to connect the new freeway to York Boulevard. Historically, Hwy 6 used to follow York Boulevard into Downtown Hamilton. The construction of Hwy 403 in the early 1960s changed the routing of Hwy 6 as the highway approached Hamilton. Previously, Hwy 6 followed Plains Road south from Clappison's Corners to York Boulevard, where the highway turned west concurrently with Hwy 2 into Downtown Hamilton. When Hwy 403 opened to traffic in 1963, Hwy 6 was routed concurrently along Hwy 403 for about 1/2 of a mile from the new directional interchange between Hwy 403 and Hwy 6 to the York Boulevard ramps, which can be seen connecting to York Boulevard immediately east of the T.B. McQuesten High Level Bridge in the background of this photo. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Ramp "N" Underpass on Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) in 1964. This ramp originally carried northbound Hwy 6 traffic onto eastbound Hwy 403. Following a brief 1/2 mile concurrent routing with Hwy 403, Hwy 6 departed the freeway and headed north towards Clappison's Corners and Guelph. This route of Hwy 6 approaching Hamilton remained in place from 1963 up until the late 1990s, when the Lincoln Alexander Parkway opened to traffic, bypassing the old route of Hwy 6 through Downtown Hamilton entirely. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #60             HWY 403 #61

Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange in Hamilton in 1970. This photo shows the new highway only a few months after it was opened to traffic between Downtown Hamilton and Hwy 2 in Ancaster in 1969. Photo taken in April, 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Ramp "D" Overpass connecting Main Street to Eastbound Hwy 403 in Hamilton. Between 1965 and 1969, Hwy 403 essentially began at this on-ramp. All traffic coming from Brantford and London on Hwy 2 had to use this on-ramp from Main Street to access Eastbound Hwy 403. Westbound Hwy 403 traffic could exit to either Main Street or Aberdeen Avenue. Photo taken in April, 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 403 #144             HWY 403 #143

Left - Facing east across the Hwy 2 (Wilson Street) Overpass towards Downtown Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - End of the Hwy 403 Ancaster Extension at the Hwy 2 Interchange in 1970. When the Hwy 403 Ancaster Extension opened to traffic in August, 1969, the freeway ended at Hwy 2 (Wilson Street), just west of Ancaster. From this interchange, all westbound traffic had to follow Hwy 2 West towards Brantford, where Hwy 403 resumed again. This interesting photo shows the completed Hwy 2 structure and grading for the future lanes of Hwy 403. Up until the 1990s, the only traffic that passed underneath this grade separation was traffic coming from Downtown Ancaster along westbound Hwy 2 heading for eastbound Hwy 403. The loop ramp from westbound Hwy 2 can be seen entering the future eastbound lanes of Hwy 403 at left. Westbound Hwy 403 traffic did not pass below this structure. Instead, westbound traffic joined into Hwy 2 West via a long, curved ramp which passed below Hwy 2 through a second structure immediately to the east of the main Hwy 2 Overpass seen here. The second structure at this interchange was removed in the 1990s, when Hwy 403 was extended west. Part of the long curve carrying the westbound Hwy 403 ramp to Hwy 2 West can be seen in the background on the far side of the structure. The interchange configuration seen here remained more or less the same until 1996, when a construction contract was called to extend the lanes of Hwy 403 from this interchange westerly to Hwy 52. The long-overdue and badly-needed section of Hwy 403 between Brantford and Ancaster was finally completed and opened to traffic in 1997. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #134             HWY 403 #135

Left - Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Interchange on Hwy 403 in 1972, facing east towards Burlington. Note the ground-mounted interchange sequence sign at left, advising motorists of the distance to the Hwy 6 and the Queen Elizabeth Way Interchanges. At the time this photo was taken, Hwy 6 was the only interchange along Hwy 403 between Downtown Hamilton and the Queen Elizabeth Way. The exit ramp at Waterdown Road wasn't built until 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) in Hamilton at the Hwy 403 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 2 #321             HWY 2 #310

NEW Left - Construction of the new Jeannette Creek Bridge on Hwy 2 west of Chatham (1972)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1972)

NEW Right - New Thames River Bridge on Hwy 2 at Thamesford (1974)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1974)





HWY 2 #313             HWY 2 #314

NEW Left - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 near the Jerseyville Road Intersection east of Cainsville, near Brantford. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

NEW Right - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 east of the Fairchild Creek Bridge near Cainsville. The highway briefly widens into a divided four-lane roadway on the approaches to the Fairchild Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 2 #315             HWY 2 #316

NEW Left - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 near the Cornwell Road Intersection between Brantford and Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

NEW Right - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 near the County Road 8 Intersection west of Alberton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 2 #317             HWY 2 #318

NEW Left - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 at the Wentworth-Brant County Boundary west of Alberton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

NEW Right - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 at Alberton, between Brantford and Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 2 #319             HWY 2 #320

NEW Left - Aerial view of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 at the Hwy 52 Junction west of Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

NEW Right - Aerial view of Duff's Corners (Junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 53) west of Ancaster in 1974. Here, Hwy 2 heads northeast to meet Hwy 403 near Ancaster, while Hwy 53 continues east through Hamilton where it connects to Hwy 20 at Elfrida. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 403 #290

NEW Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 2 & Hwy 403 Interchange west of Ancaster in 1974. This "trumpet" interchange marked the western terminus of the Burlington-to-Ancaster leg of Hwy 403 from 1969 up until 1997. Until Hwy 403 was extended to Brantford in 1997, all westbound Hwy 403 traffic had to use Hwy 2 in order to reach Brantford. The outer directional ramp carrying westbound traffic on Hwy 403 to westbound Hwy 2 was removed during reconstruction of this interchange in 1996-1997. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 403 #110             HWY 403 #109

Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 from the York Boulevard Exit Ramp (Old Hwy 6) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton. The steel handrail of this structure was damaged during a collision, and was repaired using steel beam guide rail sections. The steel handrail was eventually removed altogether and replaced with temporary concrete barriers. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 29, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton approaching the York Boulevard Interchange. Note the cedar post and cable median barrier. The current concrete median barrier along this section of Hwy 403 was installed in the 1990s. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 29, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #111             HWY 403 #112

Left - Old Hwy 6 (Plains Road) Overpass on Hwy 403, facing south towards the Hwy 2 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 29, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Approaching the western terminus of Hwy 403 in Ancaster in 1977. For almost 30 years, Hwy 403 ended at a "trumpet" interchange at Hwy 2 (Wilson Street) just west of Ancaster. All westbound traffic was forced to exit the freeway and follow Hwy 2 west to Brantford, where Hwy 403 resumed. During the 1990s, Hwy 403 was extended westerly from Ancaster to link with the completed Woodstock-Brantford section of Hwy 403. The final link of Hwy 403 between Ancaster and Brantford opened to traffic in August, 1997, finally completing the last major link in Southern Ontario's freeway network. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on November 30, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #291

NEW Above - Aerial view of the eastern end of the Brantford Bypass (Hwy 403) at Cainsville in 1978. Hwy 403 ended at this signalized intersection at the Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 Junction for over 30 years. Until 1997, all eastbound traffic on Hwy 403 had to turn left onto Hwy 2 & Hwy 53 in order to continue east towards Hamilton. By the 1990s, this congested left turn movement had overwhelmed the capacity of the traffic signal, which resulted in long queues on Hwy 403 which often extended more than a kilometre back from the intersection at peak times. The completion of Hwy 403 between Brantford and Ancaster in 1997 bypassed Hwy 2 & Hwy 53, thus removing one of the most severe traffic bottlenecks in the province. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1978.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 403 #136

Above - Facing west across the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #148             HWY 403 #75

Left - Facing west across the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 West (King Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing west along Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in July, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #74             HWY 403 #78

Left - Facing east along Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (June 7, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing west along Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #79             HWY 403 #76

Left - Ramp "J" Overpass in Downtown Hamilton, carrying traffic from Westbound Hwy 403 to Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #77             HWY 403 #89

Left - Ramp from Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) to Westbound Hwy 403 in Hamilton (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (October, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #91             HWY 403 #80

Left - Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, carrying traffic from Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 to Eastbound Hwy 403 (May 24, 1985)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, facing west towards Ancaster (May 24, 1985)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 2 #309

NEW Above - Facing west along Hwy 2 approaching the Hwy 106 Junction at Welcome, near Port Hope. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in July, 1986.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 403 #92             HWY 403 #93

Left - Facing east across the Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton (May 5, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, facing west towards Dundas (May 5, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #83             HWY 403 #82

Left - Westbound Hwy 403 Exit Ramp to Main Street in Hamilton (Ramp "J"). Note that the off-ramp has now been painted with two lanes. (November 19, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Ramp "J" Overpass at the Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton (November 19, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #81             HWY 403 #90

Left - Facing east along Ramp "J" at the Main Street Interchange in Hamilton (November 19, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Ramp "N" Underpass at Hwy 2 (York Boulevard) in Hamilton, carrying traffic from Northbound Hwy 6 to Eastbound Hwy 403 (July 12, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #108

Above - Depressed grass median on Hwy 403 at the King & Main Street Interchange in Downtown Hamilton in 1989. When Hwy 403 was originally constructed in the 1960s, some sections of the freeway did not have a median barrier. During the late 1990s, a continuous concrete median barrier was constructed along Hwy 403 through Downtown Hamilton, in conjunction with the installation of a new high-mast illumination system. Photo taken on July 17, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)




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