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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 403 dating from 1957 to 1979. 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 1: Historical King's Highway 403 Photographs (1957-1979)


QEW #128

Above - Aerial view of the Freeman Diversion on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington, facing west towards the future Hwy 403 Interchange (June, 1960)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  RG-14-151-5-26, Box B1106, Photo #ES-13-972)

This photo shows the completed Freeman Diversion on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington. This diversion, which was completed in 1958, provided improved access to the Burlington Bay Skyway from the Toronto leg of the Queen Elizabeth Way in addition to providing a new junction with the proposed Hwy 403, then under construction between Hamilton and Burlington. The three bridges at the Queen Elizabeth Way and Hwy 403 Interchange were built in 1957, in advance of the remainder of the Burlington section of Hwy 403. The three Hwy 403 Interchange structures can be seen standing in a field in the background of this photo. The minor township road passing under the Freeman Diversion in the background is today's Brant Street. The bypassed portion of the original Queen Elizabeth Way follows today's Plains Road, seen in this photo at upper-left. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 403 #149             HWY 403 #150

NEW 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)

NEW 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 #130             HWY 403 #131

NEW Left - Grade separation at the Hwy 6 Interchange on Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hamilton in 1964. This structure carries the ramp connecting southbound Hwy 6 to eastbound Hwy 403. The roadway in the foreground is the ramp from eastbound Hwy 403 to northbound Hwy 6. This interesting three-level fully directional interchange was built in 1960-1961, in advance of the construction of the mainline lanes of Hwy 403. This interchange was put into service in December, 1963, only six months before this photo was taken. A similar but much larger fully directional interchange was built at the nearby Freeman Interchange, where Hwy 403 joins the Queen Elizabeth Way. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Flyover from southbound Hwy 6 to eastbound Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange between Burlington and Hamilton. 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 #140             HWY 403 #139

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 from Snake Road towards the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington in 1964. It is interesting to note that Hwy 403 was built with six traffic lanes right from the onset between Burlington and Hamilton. Many Ontario freeways built in the early 1960s were designed to ultimately become six-lane freeways, but were initially only built as four-lane freeways. Thanks to the foresight of highway designers at that time, this section of Hwy 403 was designed with sufficient lane capacity to last for several decades. As a result, the highway has never undergone any substantial reconstruction or widening, apart from some periodic, localized improvements. Apart from the obvious growth in traffic volumes over the past 50 years, this section of the freeway essentially looks the same today as it did when this photo was taken in 1964 - a rarity for freeways in this part of Ontario. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Dual underpass structures on Hwy 403 at Snake Road between Hamilton and Burlington. 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 #128             HWY 403 #129

NEW Left - Hidden Valley Road Tunnel underneath Hwy 403 north of Aldershot in 1964. This interesting concrete barrel arch structure is virtually hidden from view from the highway at the bottom of a deep ravine, just west of the Waterdown Road Overpass. The adjacent structure at Grindstone Creek is also a concrete barrel arch. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Grindstone Creek Culvert underneath Hwy 403 near the Hidden Valley Road Tunnel north of Aldershot. 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 #126             HWY 403 #127

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards Waterdown Road north of Aldershot in 1964. When Hwy 403 was first constructed in the early 1960s, there was no interchange at Waterdown Road. A partial two-ramp interchange was built here in 1977, which was later upgraded to a full interchange a few years ago. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south along Waterdown Road towards Hwy 403 north of Aldershot. 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 #137             HWY 403 #138

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards King Road in Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south across the King Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Burlington. The Burlington Skyway can be seen in the background. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





QEW #511             QEW #512

Left - Freeman Interchange at the Queen Elizabeth Way and Hwy 403 in Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in June, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)

Right - Grade separation at the Freeman Interchange in Burlington in 1964. Three nearly identical structures were built at this interchange in 1957 to carry the connecting ramps between Hwy 403 and the Queen Elizabeth Way. Although the interchange was not fully opened to traffic until December, 1963, the Freeman Interchange was one of the earliest high-speed freeway-to-freeway interchanges designed in Ontario. The Freeman Interchange marked a radical departure from the traditional cloverleaf and other lower-speed interchange designs that typified most freeway-to-freeway junctions built in Ontario prior to 1957. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in June, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 403 #133             HWY 403 #59

NEW Left - 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  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 403 approaching Downtown Hamilton in 1967. This photo shows what Hwy 403 looked like when it opened in the 1960s, with its curved luminaires and open grass median. Overhead signs on Hwy 403 through Hamilton were illuminated using fluorescent tube lights, as opposed to the conventional catwalk-mounted floodlights that were normally used to illuminate overhead freeway signs in Ontario. At the time this photo was taken, Hwy 403 ended just beyond the Main Street & King Street Interchange which is visible in the background. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in May, 1967.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 403 #123             HWY 403 #61

Left - Macklin Street Underpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, facing south (May, 1967)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

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 #60             HWY 403 #63

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 - Facing north across the Aberdeen Avenue Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 403 #62             HWY 403 #113

Left - Aberdeen Avenue Interchange on Hwy 403 in Hamilton in 1970, facing east towards Burlington. Note the pre-Metric distance sign at right, indicating the distances to Main Street East - Business Section (1 mile) and Hwy 6 (4 miles). Photo taken in April, 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Facing north across the Hamilton Drive Overpass on Hwy 403 in Ancaster (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #114             HWY 403 #116

Left - Hwy 403 at Hamilton Drive in Ancaster, facing east towards Hamilton (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north across the Mohawk Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Ancaster (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #115

Above - Facing east along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton at the Mohawk Road Interchange in Ancaster (April, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #145             HWY 403 #146

NEW Left - Facing north across the Fiddler's Green Road 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)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 at the Fiddler's Green Road Overpass in Ancaster in 1970. When the Hwy 403 Ancaster Extension opened to traffic in 1969, there was no interchange at Fiddler's Green Road. As originally designed, the only two interchanges along Hwy 403 in Ancaster were at Mohawk Road and Hwy 2 (Wilson Street). A partial two-ramp interchange was built on Hwy 403 at Fiddler's Green Road in 1985. 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 #144             HWY 403 #143

NEW 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)

NEW 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 #141             HWY 403 #142

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 at Snake Road between Burlington and Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Dual underpass structures on Hwy 403 at Snake Road between Hamilton and Burlington. 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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)





QEW #578

Above - Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Way at the Freeman Interchange in 1974. This photo shows the fully-directional interchange constructed at the junction of Hwy 403 and the Queen Elizabeth Way. The Freeman Interchange was one of the earliest high-speed freeway-to-freeway interchanges designed in Ontario. The interchange was partially opened to traffic with the completion of the Freeman Diversion on the Queen Elizabeth Way in 1958. The interchange was put into full operation when Hwy 403 was opened to traffic between Burlington and Hamilton in December, 1963. The original Freeman Interchange seen here was replaced with a new interchange during an ambitious multi-year construction project which began in 1991. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 401 #1245

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 401 at the future site of the Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 Interchange in Mississauga in 1974. The new freeway interchange was built immediately east of the First Line (Kennedy Road) Overpass. Construction got underway on the first phase of the Hwy 403 & Hwy 410 Interchange in 1974, shortly after this photo was taken. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 403 #122             HWY 403 #121

Left - Southern side of the Macklin Street Underpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton (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 from the Macklin Street Underpass. 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 #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 #147

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

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton at Golf Links Road. Photo taken on November 30, 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #112             HWY 403 #117

Left - 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)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 towards Downtown Hamilton at the Mohawk Road Interchange in Ancaster. 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 #118             HWY 403 #148

Left - Mohawk Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Ancaster, facing north (November 30, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

NEW Right - 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)





HWY 403 #136             HWY 403 #120

NEW Left - 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)

Right - Eastbound-to-Northbound Ramp Flyover on Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #132             HWY 403 #119

NEW Left - Southbound-to-Eastbound Ramp Flyover on Hwy 403 at the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Passing through the Hwy 6 Interchange on westbound Hwy 403 between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #124             HWY 403 #125

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 from the Hwy 6 Interchange between Hamilton and Burlington. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Old Hwy 6 (Plains Road) Overpass on Hwy 403, facing south towards the Hwy 2 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in August, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)




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