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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 2 dating from 1960 to 1974. 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 4: Historical King's Highway 2 Photographs (1960 to 1974)


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 35 #356             HWY 35 #357

Left - Facing east along Hwy 2 towards Newcastle at the Hwy 35 & Hwy 115 Interchange in 1961. Until the Newcastle-Port Hope section of Hwy 401 was opened to traffic about a year before this photo was taken, virtually all east-west traffic between Toronto and Eastern Ontario passed through this interchange. Hwy 401 temporarily ended here for about 8 years between 1952 and 1960. Traffic volumes on Hwy 2 through Newcastle dropped precipitously once Hwy 401 was opened between the Hwy 35 & Hwy 115 Interchange near Newcastle and the Hwy 28 Interchange near Port Hope on June 30, 1960. It is interesting to note in this 1961 photo that this highway interchange was once fully illuminated. The majority of the luminaires seen here were removed by the end of the 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on June 12, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2021)

Right - View of the Hwy 2 Interchange on Hwy 35 & Hwy 115 near Newcastle, facing north. This photo shows the original two-lane highway before it was widened to the current four-lane expressway in the early 1980s. Note the King's Highway route markers at right, which point ahead to Hwy 35 & Hwy 115. Until a year prior, this interchange also marked the eastern terminus of the Toronto-Newcastle section of Hwy 401. These two route markers served as a notification to motorists that although the road itself continued straight ahead, they were no longer following Hwy 401. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on June 12, 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2021)





HWY 2 #132

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





HWY 403 #303

Above - Map showing the proposed route of Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hwy 2 near Ancaster in 1962. This multi-year freeway construction project took more than a decade to complete, from the time work began at the Freeman Interchange in the mid-1950s to the final completion of the Ancaster Extension in 1969. Hwy 403 effectively supplanted the route of Hwy 2 between Burlington and Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1962)





HWY 2 #311

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





HWY 401 #1691

Above - Hwy 2 Overpass and Sutherland Creek Bridges nearing completion on Hwy 401 near the Ontario-Quebec Boundary, Contract #1962-82. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1963.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 2 #312

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





HWY 403 #295             HWY 403 #296

Left - Steel girder placement at the King Street (Hwy 2 & Hwy 8) Overpass in 1963, prior to concrete deck pouring. Following the completion of the King Street Overpass across the proposed route of Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton, all westbound traffic on Hwy 8 was routed over the freeway on this large structure. Once the first phase of Hwy 403 opened to traffic in late 1963, Hwy 2 was also rerouted via King Street & Main Street, concurrently with Hwy 8. At right, the old King Street viaduct across the valley can be seen beside the new bridge. The old viaduct was demolished during the King Street & Main Street Interchange's construction in the 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1963.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1963)

Right - Map showing the construction progress of the Brantford Bypass (Hwy 403) at the beginning of the 1964 construction season. The construction of the Brantford Bypass in the 1960s greatly relieved traffic congestion on existing Hwy 2 through Brantford. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 403 #294

Above - Map showing the construction progress of Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hwy 2 near Ancaster at the beginning of the 1964 construction season. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 403 #308             HWY 403 #307

Left - Facing south across the Ramp "M" Overpass at the Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) Interchange on Hwy 403 in Hamilton. This ramp carries traffic from westbound Hwy 403 to the T.B. McQuesten High-Level Bridge on York Boulevard. At the time this photo was taken in 1964, it was actually the last exit ramp on Hwy 403 before the freeway came to an end at Longwood Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in May 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2021)

Right - Approaching the Ramp "M" Overpass near the western terminus of Hwy 403 in Hamilton in 1964. For about 1 1/2 years, the route of Hwy 403 temporarily ended at the Desjardins Canal while the interchanges through Downtown Hamilton were being constructed. Note the signs placed on both sides of the westbound lanes in this photo, warning motorists that Hwy 403 ends 3000 feet ahead. All westbound traffic was forced off of the freeway and onto Longwood Road (Old Hwy 2) just beyond the Desjardins Canal Bridge. The construction of Hwy 403 actually severed the Hwy 2 connection between Longwood Road and York Boulevard. Beginning in 1963, Hwy 2 was rerouted via York Boulevard, Dundurn Street and King & Main Street. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in May 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2021)





HWY 403 #149             HWY 403 #150

Left - Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in 1964, facing south 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 2 & Hwy 6 as these highways approached Hamilton. Previously, Hwy 2 turned west towards Dundas via Longwood Road, which connected to York Boulevard at a traffic circle about 2 miles north of Downtown Hamilton. The route of Hwy 6 followed Plains Road from south of Clappison's Corners to the community of Wolfe Island, where the highway turned south onto York Boulevard towards Downtown Hamilton, concurrently with Hwy 2. The new directional freeway interchange built at Hwy 6 & Hwy 403 was actually considered to be an extension of Hwy 6, with through traffic encouraged to use the freeway route into Downtown Hamilton instead of the original route of Hwy 6 via Wolfe Island. The freeway ramps to and from Hwy 403 can be seen connecting to York Boulevard immediately north 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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Ramp "N" Underpass on Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard) in 1964. For many years, this ramp 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 Downtown Hamilton remained in place until the late 1990s. The old route of Hwy 6 through Downtown Hamilton was bypassed entirely when the Lincoln Alexander Parkway opened to traffic. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in May 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #306

Above - Map showing the new section of Hwy 403 being opened through Downtown Hamilton in 1965. The 2 mile section of Hwy 403 from the Desjardins Canal to Aberdeen Avenue opened to traffic on July 9, 1965. However, various ramps at the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King & Main Street) Interchange didn't open until a later date, due to construction sequencing. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1965)





HWY 403 #299

Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street & Main Street) Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton facing east, just prior to opening in 1965. This interesting three-level interchange was built as part of a series of interchange connections between Hwy 403 and Downtown Hamilton's arterial streets. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1965)





HWY 403 #298

Above - Map showing the construction progress of Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hwy 2 near Ancaster at the beginning of the 1966 construction season. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1966)





HWY 403 #133

Above - Hwy 403 at the Desjardins Canal Bridge in Hamilton in 1967, facing east towards Burlington across the westbound structure. The eastbound lanes of Hwy 403 can be seen at right, along with the T.B. McQuesten High-Level Bridge on Hwy 2 & Hwy 6 (York Boulevard). See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in May 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 35 #177             HWY 35 #178

Left - Hwy 2 at the Hwy 35 & Hwy 115 Interchange, facing east towards Newcastle. Photo taken in June 1968. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2018)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 35 & Hwy 115 at the Hwy 2 Interchange near Newcastle in 1968. At the time, Hwy 35 & Hwy 115 was an undivided two-lane highway. A project got underway in 1982 to construct a centre median barrier and widen the highway from two to four lanes. Photo taken in June 1968. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2018)





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  -  © King'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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 403 #144             HWY 403 #143

Left - Facing east towards Downtown Ancaster across the Hwy 2 (Wilson Street) Overpass at Hwy 403. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King'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 westerly towards Brantford, where Hwy 403 resumed once 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 at all for many years. Instead, westbound Hwy 403 traffic joined into westbound Hwy 2 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 to Brantford. Part of the long curve carrying the westbound Hwy 403 ramp to Hwy 2 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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #134             HWY 403 #135

Left - Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) Interchange on Hwy 403 in 1972, facing east towards Burlington. Note the ground-mounted interchange sequence guide 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 at the Freeman Interchange. 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  -  © King'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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 2 #321             HWY 2 #310

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

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





HWY 2 #313             HWY 2 #314

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 2 #315             HWY 2 #316

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 2 #317             HWY 2 #318

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 2 #319             HWY 2 #320

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)





HWY 403 #290

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  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 2016)




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