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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 3A (Niagara). 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 3A (Niagara) Photographs


HWY 3A #1

Above - Junction of Hwy 3A and Hwy 20 near Welland, looking east (ca. 1933). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B983, Photo #5302-C)





HWY 20 #63

Above - Circa 1937 photo of the distance sign at the exit from the old Honeymoon Bridge in Niagara Falls. This sign directed traffic to Hwy 8 and Hwy 20, which were the two main highway routes leaving Niagara Falls at that time. The completion of the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls in 1940 greatly improved highway access to the rest of Ontario from the Niagara Peninsula. The distance sign seen here was removed after the ill-fated Honeymoon Bridge collapsed in 1938, when a winter ice jam on the Niagara River undermined the structure. The replacement Rainbow Bridge was completed a short distance downstream in 1941. Note the newly-completed Oakes Garden Theatre in the background, which still stands today at the corner of River Road and Clifton Hill. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





QEW #234

Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 3A & Hwy 20 (Lundy's Lane) Cloverleaf on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Niagara Falls (1947)
(Photo Courtesy of Archives of Ontario  -  RG-14-162-3, 972-62, Photo #42)

This aerial photo shows the now-removed cloverleaf interchange at Lundy's Lane (Hwy 3A & Hwy 20) and the QEW, facing southwest. This interchange was replaced in the 1970s by a new interchange at the QEW and the Rainbow Bridge Approach (Hwy 420). The original Lundy's Lane overpass (completed in 1940) still stands today. Note that in this photo, the concrete pavement on the QEW ended just beyond the cloverleaf. Due to post-war shortages of construction materials and other economic factors, the QEW remained a gravel road from the Lundy's Lane Cloverleaf to Fort Erie for many years. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 20 #23

Above - Hwy 3A & Hwy 20 route marker sign assembly in Niagara Falls (July 5, 1948)
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 20 #68

Above - Circa 1957 view of Clifton Hill (Hwy 3A & Hwy 20), facing east at Falls Avenue in Niagara Falls. Note the triple King's Highway route marker sign assembly for Hwy 20, Hwy 3A & Hwy 8 on the traffic signal pole and the large guide sign marking the route to the Rainbow Bridge. The oversized yellow traffic signal back plate also bears an interesting but simple message to motorists - "DRIVE SAFELY". Photo taken circa 1957. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





QEW #315             QEW #316

Left - Approaching the Hwy 3A & Hwy 20 (Lundy's Lane) Cloverleaf on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Niagara Falls, facing south (July, 1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 3A & Hwy 20 (Lundy's Lane) towards Niagara Falls at the Queen Elizabeth Way Interchange in 1959. This photo shows Lundy's Lane prior to widening. During the mid-1960s, the highway was widened to four lanes with a centre median across the QEW structure. During this project, the original 1940 QEW luminaries were removed along Lundy's Lane and replaced with a new fluorescent tube lighting system. The cloverleaf interchange itself lasted into the early 1970s, when it was removed to make way for the new multi-level interchange at Hwy 420. Photo taken in July, 1959.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)


Present Day King's Highway 3A (Niagara) Photographs


HWY 3A #2 - © Cameron Bevers         HWY 3A #3 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Date stamp (1937) on a concrete culvert on Old Hwy 3A west of Welland.
(Photograph taken on April 22, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Abandoned concrete bridge on a former Hwy 3A alignment near Chambers Corners.
(Photograph taken on April 22, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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