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This page contains present day photos (Year 2000 to date) of Ontario's King's Highway 2, arranged by location from Trenton easterly to Kingston. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 9: Present Day Highway 2 Photographs (Trenton to Kingston)


HWY 2 #45 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #50 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - New Trent River Bridge on Hwy 2 at Trenton. This structure was completed in 1990 on temporary piers about 10 metres south of its current location. It was built to replace an aging swing bridge that had been erected in 1916. Upon completion of the new structure, the original 1916 truss bridge was dismantled, while traffic was rerouted and allowed to use the new bridge. On November 19, 1990, the new bridge was slid into its correct current position (in proper alignment with Trenton's main street) using hydraulic jacks on a Teflon slide path. The process of moving the 3,000 metric tonne structure took approximately four hours. It was reportedly the first time that a North American bridge had ever been shifted in a lateral direction, making it a true engineering feat.
(Photograph taken on October 9, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A short section of Hwy 2 east of Belleville was reconstructed as a dual highway between 1936 and 1938. This highway was built as part of a programme to improve highway access on the approaches to major Ontario cities in the late 1930s before grander, large-scale projects such as Hwy 401 were envisioned. Although these early divided highway sections are normally not very long, they are of great historical significance, as they demonstrate the design characteristics of Ontario's early experimentation with superhighways before high-speed freeways were established as the preferred highway design for accommodating inter-city traffic.
(Photograph taken on October 10, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2 #47 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #46 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - One of the key historical aspects of the divided section of Hwy 2 east of Belleville is its similarity in design to the original Middle Road Highway (later known as the Queen Elizabeth Way). Both highways were built around the same time (1936-1938), and both exhibit "parkway" features. Wide grass medians were constructed and trees were either preserved or planted in the highway median and adjacent to the travelled lanes.
(Photograph taken on October 10, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Bell's Creek bridge on Hwy 2 east of Belleville. Structure completed in 1936.
(Photograph taken on October 10, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2 #48 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #49 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Side view of the Bell's Creek Bridge on the divided section of Hwy 2 east of Belleville
(Photograph taken on October 10, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The dual roadways of Hwy 2 converge into a single four-lane undivided roadway at the Bell's Creek Bridge. The dual roadways on the original section of the Middle Road (QEW) between Toronto and Hamilton also converged into a single four-lane undivided roadway at all major bridges. As the QEW was reconstructed in the 1950s and 1960s, the bridges were widened in order to separate traffic into two roadways. However, this did not occur on Hwy 2 near Belleville, since traffic volumes dropped considerably on this highway after Hwy 401 was completed through this area in the 1950s. Thus, the Hwy 2 lane configuration at Bell's Creek was never modified and was left in its original condition. The Bell's Creek Bridge is now the only surviving example of this interesting historical Ontario highway design practice.
(Photograph taken on October 10, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2 #144 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #148 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Rock cut on Hwy 2 east of Napanee, facing east towards Odessa
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 2 from Napanee River Bridge
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2 #145 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #146 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Napanee River Bridge on Hwy 2, facing east towards Odessa
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Napanee River Bridge on Hwy 2, facing west towards Napanee
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2 #147 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #149 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Northern side of Napanee River Bridge on Hwy 2. Structure completed in 1950.
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern side of Napanee River Bridge on Hwy 2 in Napanee
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 2 #150 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 2 #151 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of parapet design on Napanee River Bridge on Hwy 2
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Napanee River Bridge is located on a very sharp curve in the highway. This curve gives the bridge a rather unique profile.
(Photograph taken on May 7, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 38 #11 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Green guide sign at the junction of Hwy 2 and Hwy 38 in Kingston
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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