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Page 21: Present Day King's Highway 401 Photographs (Hwy 410 to Hwy 427)


HWY 401 #719 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #772 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Advance sign for the Hwy 410 Interchange on Eastbound Hwy 401 in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Exit to Hwy 410 from Eastbound Hwy 401 in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #746 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #747 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the flyover from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 410. This massive structure is the GTA's longest freeway flyover, with a length of more than a half-kilometre. It was opened to traffic in late 1990, after two years of construction. Before this flyover opened, it was not possible to access Hwy 410 from Eastbound Hwy 401. During the same construction project, a second flyover was built from Southbound Hwy 410 to Eastbound Hwy 401 which can be seen in the background.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 410 towards Brampton from the Hwy 401 Interchange in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #748 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #780 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the end of the flyover from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 410 in Mississauga. The right-hand lane ends just beyond the flyover.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Diagrammatic exit sign on Southbound Hwy 410 for the complex Hwy 403 and Hwy 401 Interchange in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on August 24, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #781 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #782 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 410 at the Hwy 401 Interchange. Although Hwy 410 officially ends at this interchange, the freeway actually continues south towards the Mississauga City Centre and then west towards Hamilton as Hwy 403.
(Photograph taken on August 24, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The southbound Hwy 410 exit to Hwy 401 branches into two individual ramps within the interchange. Before the Hwy 410 flyovers were completed and opened to traffic in 1990, it was not possible to access Westbound Hwy 401 from Hwy 410. A small loop ramp on the south side of the interchange provided access to Eastbound Hwy 401 until 1990. However, this loop ramp was closed off and abandoned as part of the Hwy 401 and Hwy 410 Interchange reconstruction.
(Photograph taken on August 24, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #779 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #720 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Sign marking the exit to Dixie Road on Eastbound Hwy 401 in Mississauga. Although it isn't indicated on the sign, this ramp is actually the beginning of the Express-Collector Lane configuration near Toronto's Pearson Airport. These Collector Lanes run for about 6 km from this point easterly to the Hwy 427 Interchange. Motorists who use these Collector Lanes can rejoin Eastbound Hwy 401 at the Airport Basketweave.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Just beyond the Hwy 410 Interchange, Hwy 401 expands into a Express-Collector Lane configuration. The Dixie Road, Renforth Drive and Hwy 427 Exits can be accessed via the Collector Lanes only. However, the latter two exits can be accessed via a transfer roadway from the Express to the Collector Lanes at the Airport Basketweave. As a result, the Eastbound Collector Lanes are only signed as an exit to Dixie Road. The flyover in the foreground carries traffic from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 410.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #773 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #774 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the Hwy 401 Collector Lanes at the Dixie Road Exit. Until the Eastbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes were completed in 1993, all Eastbound Hwy 401 traffic had to use the Collector Lanes which had been built during a construction contract in the mid-1970s. This overhead sign structure still retains its original green-coloured signboards, even though this section of Hwy 401 has been part of the Collector Lanes for many years. Freeway signs on the Hwy 401 Collector Lanes are normally blue in colour, so that drivers can easily distinguish them from mainline or Express Lane signs, which are green. Note the decommissioned lane at the left side of the roadway, which was removed from service after the adjacent Hwy 401 Express Lanes were completed and opened to traffic in 1993.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - In 2010, a contract began to replace all of the conventional MTO "truss" luminaires along Hwy 401 at the Hwy 403 Interchange with high-mast freeway illumination. Some of the new high-mast luminaires can be seen in this photo, with the older MTO "truss" luminaires in the foreground.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #749 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #750 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Collector-Express Lanes between Hwy 410 and Hwy 427 were built through several construction stages, spanning a period of almost 20 years. The Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes near Hwy 403 were built during the first construction contract, which was awarded in 1974.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Dixie Road Overpass on the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #775 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #776 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Diagrammatic overhead sign on the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes approaching the Airport Basketweave in Mississauga. The Eastbound Collector Lanes terminate just beyond the Airport Basketweave, where they provide access to Hwy 427 and Renforth Drive only.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Renforth Drive Exit on the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes in Mississauga. The Renforth Drive Interchange is the last exit ramp from the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes before they terminate at the Hwy 427 Interchange.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #777 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #778 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Hwy 427 Interchange on the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes. There is no access to Eastbound Hwy 401 from this point. However, drivers who miss the transfer at the Airport Basketweave and get caught in the Collector Lanes can follow Hwy 427 North to Hwy 409, which leads back to Hwy 401 near Islington Avenue.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Ramps to Hwy 427 at the end of the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes. Traffic bound for Pearson Airport must use Hwy 427 North, while traffic bound for Downtown Toronto must use Hwy 427 South.
(Photograph taken on May 29, 2010  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #721 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #722 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the Hwy 401 Express Lanes at the Hwy 410 Interchange in Mississauga. The flyover in the foreground carries traffic from Southbound Hwy 410 to the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes. Southbound Hwy 410 traffic does not have access to the Eastbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes until the transfer roadway at the Airport Basketweave.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The completion of the Hwy 401 Express Lanes between Hwy 403 and Hwy 410 in 1993 was the last stage in the reconstruction of Hwy 401 through the eastern half of Mississauga. This massive highway widening project took nearly 20 years to complete and saw Hwy 401 expanded from 4 lanes to as many as 18 lanes in places.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #723 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #724 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Hwy 403 Flyovers on Eastbound Hwy 401 in Mississauga. These two structures carry traffic from the Westbound Hwy 401 Express and Collector Lanes to the Westbound Hwy 403 Express and Collector Lanes.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Advance sign for the Hwy 427 Interchange on the Eastbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #725 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #726 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Airport Basketweave on Eastbound Hwy 401 in Mississauga. From here, all traffic bound for Hwy 427 North to Toronto's Pearson Airport or Hwy 427 South to Downtown Toronto must exit from the Hwy 401 Express Lanes. The Collector Lanes provide access to the Hwy 427 Interchange and Renforth Drive only and do not rejoin with Hwy 401 beyond Hwy 427.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Airport Basketweave on the Eastbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes in Mississauga. The transfer roadway on top of the basketweave structure carries traffic from the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes to the Eastbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes. The completion of the Airport Basketweave in 1985 greatly improved traffic flow on Hwy 401 approaching the busy Hwy 427 Interchange.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #765 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #766 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Pre-advance sign on the Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes at Dixie Road for the upcoming Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 Interchange in Mississauga. Note that the exit to Hwy 403 on this sign is actually indicated as "QEW Hamilton via 403".
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Diagrammatic overhead sign on the Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes approaching the Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 Interchange in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #767 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #768 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the exit to Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 on the Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes. Westbound motorists can access Hwy 403 from both the Express and Collector Lanes of Hwy 401. However, access from Westbound Hwy 401 to Hwy 410 is only provided from the Westbound Collector Lanes.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Exit to Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 from the Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes. The Collector Lanes only continue for about 1 km beyond this point, where the Express-Collector Lane System collapses at the Hwy 410 Flyover.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #769 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #770 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Shortly after the diverge from the Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes, the Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 exit ramp splits into two individual ramps.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Ramp from Westbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 410 in Mississauga. This ramp was constructed in 1977, during one of the earlier phases of the Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 Interchange development. The flyover in the background carries traffic from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 410.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #771 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #727 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Sunset over the Westbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes approaching the Dixie Road Interchange in Mississauga.
(Photograph taken on November 6, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Passing through the Hwy 427 Interchange on Eastbound Hwy 401 in Toronto. The flyover in the foreground carries traffic from the Eastbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes to Northbound Hwy 427.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #728 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #729 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Eglinton Avenue Exit on Eastbound Hwy 401 in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 401 at the Eglinton Avenue and Carlingview Drive Overpasses in Toronto. The Hwy 427 Interchange is so large, that there are actually three smaller interchanges with municipal streets contained within it.
(Photograph taken on April 11, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #730 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #731 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north across the Renforth Drive Overpass on Hwy 401 in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Renforth Drive Overpass on Hwy 401 in Toronto. There are no fewer than 18 freeway lanes passing below this structure.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #732 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #743 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south across the Renforth Drive Overpass on Hwy 401 in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (1969) on the Renforth Drive Overpass.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #744 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #733 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Renforth Drive Overpass on Hwy 401 in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Renforth Avenue Overpass on Hwy 401 in Toronto. Structure completed in 1969.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #734 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #735 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east from the Renforth Drive Overpass towards the Hwy 427 Interchange. The ramp on the left is the ramp from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 427. The ramp on the right leads from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Southbound Hwy 427.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Flyover from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Northbound Hwy 427 in Toronto. Structure completed in 1970.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #736 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #737 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 401 from the Renforth Drive Overpass in Toronto. From the Hwy 427 Interchange to Kipling Avenue, there is a break in Hwy 401's Express-Collector lane system.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes begin at the Hwy 427 Interchange. They are formed from the on-ramps from Hwy 427 to Westbound Hwy 401. The ramp on the right hand side is from Eglinton Avenue. This former two-lane on-ramp was reduced to a one-lane on-ramp in 2003, when Hwy 401 was widened from 6 to 8 lanes through the Hwy 427 Interchange.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #738 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #739 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - An older overhead guide sign on Renforth Drive directing traffic onto the ramp to Westbound Hwy 401. Overhead freeway entrance signs such as this were often used to mark entrance ramps to Hwy 401 across Toronto during the 1960s and 1970s, but are much less common today. In recent years, entrance ramp sign installations have generally been conventional ground-mounted guide signs.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking east towards the Hwy 427 Interchange on Hwy 401 in Toronto near Renforth Drive. This massive interchange was built between 1968 and 1971.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #740 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #741 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 401 from the Renforth Drive Overpass in Toronto. The newly-formed Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes at right continue from this point to the Hwy 410 Interchange in Mississauga. There is no opportunity to transfer from the Westbound Hwy 401 Collector Lanes to the Westbound Express Lanes until the collapse of the Express-Collector Lane System at the Hwy 410 Interchange. The narrowed one-lane on-ramp from Eglinton Avenue merges with the Westbound Express Lanes at left.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along the Westbound Hwy 401 Express Lanes from the Renforth Drive Overpass in Toronto. The recent widening of Hwy 401 from 6 to 8 lanes through the Hwy 427 Interchange necessitated the narrowing of the Eglinton Avenue on-ramp, which can be seen merging in at right.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #742 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #745 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along the Eastbound Hwy 401 Express and Collector Lanes from the Renforth Drive Overpass in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking north towards the Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 Interchange from Eglinton Avenue in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #751 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #752 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the ramp from Eastbound Hwy 401 to Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. This interchange was originally built to accommodate a high-capacity connection from Hwy 401 to the proposed Richview Expressway. This proposed Metro Toronto expressway was to be built along the Eglinton Avenue right-of-way during the 1960s, but the project was eventually cancelled.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Passing below Hwy 427 and Hwy 27 on the Eastbound Eglinton Avenue Ramp from Hwy 401 in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #753 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #754 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - An older overhead pre-advance sign for Martin Grove Road on the Eastbound Eglinton Avenue Ramp from Hwy 401. In an effort to make Ontario highway signs bilingual and to reduce the amount of text used on signs, the word "EXIT" has been discontinued entirely on newer Ontario freeway exit signs.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Eglinton Avenue towards the Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 Interchange in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #755 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #756 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead guide signs on Eglinton Avenue approaching the Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 Interchange in Toronto. Traffic wishing to continue west on Eglinton Avenue must turn left at the traffic signals. Motorists continuing through this intersection can access both Northbound and Southbound Hwy 427, Westbound Hwy 401 and Northbound Hwy 27.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This old Department of Highways airport marker on the Eglinton Avenue ramp has been in place for over four decades. These blue airport markers were phased out and replaced with the current green-and-white airplane symbol markers during the 1970s.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #757 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #758 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Traffic signals on the left turn lane from Westbound Eglinton Avenue at the Eastbound Eglinton Avenue ramp from Hwy 401. At this intersection, only westbound left turns are permitted. As a result westbound through traffic heading for Hwy 401 does not have to stop. Only traffic wishing to continue west towards Mississauga on Eglinton Avenue must pass through the signal, which faces the Eastbound Eglinton Avenue ramp coming from Hwy 401.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along the Eglinton Avenue Ramp towards the Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 Interchange. When this interchange was rebuilt in 1968-1969, the Department of Highways essentially built the first mile of the Richview Expressway and the associated tie-in to Eglinton Avenue.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #759 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #760 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The ramps from Hwy 401 to Eglinton Avenue may seem overbuilt, considering the relatively low traffic volumes using the interchange today. However, if the Richview Expressway had been built as originally proposed by Metro Toronto, this interchange would have been much busier than it is today.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Overhead sign on the Eglinton Avenue ramp marking the exits to Hwy 401, Hwy 427 & Hwy 27. This is an older Aluminum Tapered Leg (ATL) overhead sign support structure, commonly referred to by MTO as a "Type 1" gantry. These stylish arched truss sign support structures were used on Ontario's freeways from the mid 1960s until the late 1980s, but are quickly being phased out and replaced by new overhead sign support structures of different designs.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #761 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #762 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Eglinton Avenue towards the ramp terminal traffic signal. Left turns are not permitted from the western leg of Eglinton Avenue (seen here at right) onto the Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 Ramps.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west towards the Hwy 401 & Hwy 427 Interchange from Eglinton Avenue in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #763 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #764 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along the Eglinton Avenue Ramp in Toronto. From this point, traffic can access either Westbound Hwy 401 or Northbound Hwy 427.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Ramp to Northbound Hwy 427 from Eglinton Avenue in Toronto.
(Photograph taken on March 15, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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