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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 404 dating from 1980 to 1989. 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 2: Historical King's Highway 404 Photographs (1980-1989)


HWY 404 #99             HWY 404 #100

NEW Left - 16th Avenue in Richmond Hill, facing east towards Hwy 404 in 1981. There was no interchange at 16th Avenue when Hwy 404 was first constructed, since this was a predominantly rural area when the highway was built in 1979-1980. Development pressures by the late 1980s triggered the construction of a new interchange here in 1988, along with a corresponding widening of 16th Avenue to a four-lane cross section. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on October 1, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south along the northbound lanes of Hwy 404 at the 16th Avenue Underpass in Richmond Hill. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on October 1, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #101             HWY 404 #116

NEW Left - Facing west along 16th Avenue at Hwy 404 in Richmond Hill. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on October 1, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing east across the 18th Avenue (Elgin Mills Road) Overpass on Hwy 404. Photo taken on October 2, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #115             HWY 404 #134

NEW Left - Northern side of the 18th Avenue (Elgin Mills Road) Overpass on Hwy 404 in Richmond Hill in 1981. This two-lane structure stood until 2003, when it was demolished and replaced by a larger structure with a new interchange at Hwy 404. Photo taken on October 2, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south along Hwy 404 towards the Steeles Avenue Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 14, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #120             HWY 404 #97

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 404 towards the Finch Avenue Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 14, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south along Hwy 404 towards the Finch Avenue Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 14, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #121

NEW Above - Facing east along Finch Avenue at the Hwy 404 Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 14, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #36

Above - Facing north along Hwy 404 at the Woodbine Avenue & Steeles Avenue Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 14, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

This photo shows the unbelievably low traffic volumes on Hwy 404 in the early 1980s, before the highway was extended north from Hwy 7 to Newmarket. At the time this photo was taken, Richmond Hill and Markham were just small towns on the northern fringe of Toronto, with a total population of just over 90,000 residents. Today, these two sprawling suburban towns have a combined population of nearly a half-million residents.





HWY 404 #118             HWY 404 #119

NEW Left - Box-beam median barrier along Hwy 404 at McNicoll Avenue in Toronto. The earliest phase of Hwy 404 was built between 1975 and 1977, at a time where the use of this median barrier system reached its zenith in Ontario. The box-beam median barrier was removed and replaced with a concrete tall-wall barrier system during reconstruction and widening of various sections of Hwy 404 through Toronto in 1999 and 2000. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on June 22, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing east across the McNicoll Avenue Overpass on Hwy 404 in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on June 22, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #117             HWY 404 #98

NEW Left - Bridge-mounted overhead sign on the McNicoll Avenue Overpass for the upcoming Steeles Avenue and Woodbine Avenue Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on June 22, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south along the southbound lanes of Hwy 404 at the 16th Avenue Underpass in Richmond Hill in 1983. Note that office towers are starting to appear on the horizon near the Hwy 7 Interchange and that the highway is noticeably busier than in the earlier 1981 Photo seen above. Increased development in Richmond Hill and Markham prompted the construction of a new interchange on Hwy 404 at 16th Avenue in 1988. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 21, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #103             HWY 404 #104

NEW Left - Northern terminus of Hwy 404 at the Bloomington Road Interchange in 1983. This interesting photo shows traffic entering the start of the southbound lanes of Hwy 404 from the loop ramp at Bloomington Road. Note the completed grading to the north for the future highway extension to Newmarket. The highway ended here temporarily for three years between 1982 and 1985, before being extended north during a subsequent construction phase. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 23, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Future northbound lanes of Hwy 404 at the Bloomington Road Interchange in 1983. Due to construction staging, the northbound structure at Bloomington Road did not carry any traffic for three years following its construction in 1982. It wasn't until the completion of the next phase of Hwy 404 in 1985 that this structure was opened to traffic. Although it isn't particularly clear in this photo, all northbound traffic is forced to exit the highway at the Bloomington Road off-ramp in the background. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 23, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #105             HWY 404 #106

NEW Left - Bloomington Road Interchange on Hwy 404, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 23, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing east along Bloomington Road at the new Hwy 404 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 23, 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #111

NEW Above - Facing west across the Vandorf Sideroad Overpass on Hwy 404. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on July 31, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #110

NEW Above - Hwy 404 at Vandorf Sideroad, facing south towards Toronto in 1985. This photo shows the partially-completed highway with a base-course asphalt surface, just a few months before this section of Hwy 404 was opened to traffic. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on July 31, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #133

NEW Above - Facing west across the Aurora Road Overpass on Hwy 404. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on July 31, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #132

NEW Above - Facing north along the future northbound lanes of Hwy 404 at Aurora Road, showing the end of the grading just north of the interchange. The highway was completed and opened to traffic from Bloomington Road to Aurora Road in the fall of 1985. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on July 31, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #122             HWY 404 #123

NEW Left - View of Gordon Baker Road and Hwy 404 from the McNicoll Avenue Overpass in Toronto in 1985, facing south. Note that the Sony Canada Headquarters and other office towers which now line Gordon Baker Road had not been built yet. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in August, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - McNicoll Avenue Overpass on Hwy 404 in Toronto, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in August, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #108

NEW Above - New hot mix paving on the future northbound lanes of Hwy 404 at the Bloomington Road Interchange in 1985. The highway extension north of Bloomington Road opened to traffic a few months after this photo was taken. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 7, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #107             HWY 404 #109

NEW Left - Facing south along the southbound lanes of Hwy 404 from Bloomington Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 7, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Bloomington Road Interchange on Hwy 404, facing south towards Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 7, 1985.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #112

NEW Above - Western side of the Vandorf Canadian National (CN) Railway Overhead on Hwy 404. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 11, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #113             HWY 404 #114

NEW Left - Vandorf Canadian National (CN) Railway Overhead on Hwy 404 in 1987. This view is underneath the southbound structure, facing north. The northbound structure can be seen in the background. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 11, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 404 at the Vandorf Canadian National (CN) Railway Overhead in 1987. The Vandorf Sideroad Overpass can be seen in the distance. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 11, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #130

NEW Above - Facing west across the Sutton Road (now Mulock Drive) Overpass across future Hwy 404 in Newmarket. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on December 1, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #127             HWY 404 #125

NEW Left - Heavy grading on the future route of Hwy 404 near Sutton Road (now Mulock Drive) in Newmarket. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on December 1, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing west across the Davis Drive Overpass on Hwy 404 in Newmarket. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on December 1, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #124

NEW Above - Completed Davis Drive Overpass across future Hwy 404 in Newmarket. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on December 1, 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 7 #148

Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 404 & Hwy 7 Interchange near Richmond Hill in 1988. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1991)





HWY 404 #102             HWY 404 #128

NEW Left - Widened 16th Avenue and newly-completed interchange at Hwy 404 in Richmond Hill, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on August 22, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Hot mix paving on Hwy 404, facing south from Sutton Road (Mulock Drive). See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 9, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #129             HWY 404 #131

NEW Left - Newly-laid asphalt surface on Hwy 404 at Sutton Road (Mulock Drive), facing north. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on September 9, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Newly-completed Hwy 404 at the Aurora Road Interchange, facing north towards Newmarket. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on October 25, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 404 #126

NEW Above - Northern terminus of Hwy 404 at Davis Drive in Newmarket in 1989. This great autumn photograph shows the completed highway extension to Newmarket, shortly after being opened to traffic. The opening of the final phase of Hwy 404 to Newmarket in 1989 concluded a multi-year construction program which had begun in 1975 to build Hwy 404 between Toronto and Newmarket. The freeway ended at the Davis Drive Interchange for 13 years until the highway was extended north by another 2 km to Green Lane, a project which was completed in early 2002. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken on October 25, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)




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