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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 40. 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 south to north. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical Highway 40 Photographs


HWY 402 #3

Above - Postcard view of the western terminus of Hwy 402 at the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia (ca. 1960)
Photograph courtesy of Bert Knechtel

This aerial photo shows the western terminus of Hwy 402 at the Bluewater Bridge, before Hwy 402 was rebuilt as a fully controlled-access freeway through Sarnia. The concrete highway approaching from the left is Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 from Downtown Sarnia. These two routes joined into Hwy 402 at an at-grade intersection just before the Bluewater Bridge Customs Building in the background. This road configuration remained virtually unchanged for three decades following the completion of Hwy 402 through Sarnia in the early 1950s. In 1981, a new interchange was completed at Front Street and the at-grade intersection shown here was subsequently closed off. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 40 #2

Above - Construction of Talford Creek Bridge on Hwy 40 south of Sarnia (1961)
Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation





HWY 402 #1

Above - Junction of Hwy 402 and Lucasville Road east of Sarnia (November 28, 1962)
Photo courtesy of Archives of Ontario (Series RG-14-151-7-16, Photo #3851)

This aerial photo of Hwy 402 shows the junction of Lucasville Road and the adjacent Hwy 7 junction, just east of Sarnia (facing east). Lucasville Road was later incorporated into the Sarnia Bypass and was redesignated as Hwy 40 in the mid-1960s. The at-grade intersection at Hwy 402 was eventually eliminated through the construction of a proper interchange at Hwy 40. In the 1970s, Hwy 402 was extended easterly from Sarnia towards London and was realigned through the area in the bottom left corner of the photo. The Hwy 402 connection to Hwy 7 seen here was subsequently removed and is now the site of a shopping plaza. Sarnia's present day "Golden Mile" can be seen along Hwy 7 in the top left corner of this photo. See an Enlarged Photo here.


Present Day Highway 40 Photographs


HWY 40 #3 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #4 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 40 towards Wallaceburg at the 18th Concession Drain Bridge
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004 - © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the 18th Concession Drain Bridge on Hwy 40
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004 - © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #5 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #6 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The 18th Concession Drain has an extended southeast wing wall which protects the intersecting township road from erosion.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the 18th Concession Drain Bridge on Hwy 40. Structure completed in 1937.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #7 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the parapet of the 18th Concession Drain Bridge on Hwy 40. Note the embossed concrete stripes which are often found on bridge stanchions built by the Ontario Department of Highways during the late 1930s.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The simple design of the 18th Concession Drain Bridge is enhanced through the use of decorative features on the parapets.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #9 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #10 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 40 towards Chatham at the 18th Concession Drain Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the 18th Concession Drain Bridge showing extended southeast wing wall.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #11 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #12 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Inscription on culvert on Old Hwy 40 north of Wallaceburg - "THE KING'S HIGHWAY 1934".
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Inscription on culvert on Old Hwy 40 near Port Lambton - "THE KING'S HIGHWAY 1934".
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #18 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #19 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Old Hwy 40 (St. Clair Parkway) at Whitebread Drain Bridge near Port Lambton.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of Whitebread Drain Bridge on Old Hwy 40 (St. Clair Parkway) near Port Lambton.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #15 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #16 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of Whitebread Drain Bridge on Old Hwy 40 (St. Clair Parkway) near Port Lambton.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Old Hwy 40 (St. Clair Parkway) towards Wallaceburg at Whitebread Drain Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #17 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 40 #14 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Whitebread Drain Bridge is a short concrete rigid frame structure, completed in 1934.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up view of embossed concrete parapets on the Whitebread Drain Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #13 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Inscription on Baby Creek culvert on Old Hwy 40 near Courtright - "THE KING'S HIGHWAY 1934".
(Photograph taken on August 15, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 40 #1 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Inscription on culvert on Old Hwy 40 near Corunna - "THE KING'S HIGHWAY 1934".
(Photograph taken in April, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #422 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #423 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 7 towards the Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia. Prior to 1997, this interchange at Hwy 40 was the western terminus of Hwy 7. During the mass highway downloading spree in 1997-1998, more than 100 km of Hwy 7 was transferred from the province to Lambton and Middlesex Counties. Since 1998, the western terminus of Hwy 7 has been at the Hwy 4 Junction in Elginfield, located north of London. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Northbound Hwy 40 Overpass on Hwy 7 near Sarnia. When this structure was first built in 1964, it carried both northbound and southbound traffic on Hwy 40. The bridge was twinned in 1980, when a second structure was built beside the 1964 structure to carry southbound traffic. The original 1964 structure seen here was then converted to carry northbound Hwy 40 traffic only. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #424 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #425 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Southbound Hwy 40 Overpass on Hwy 7 near Sarnia. Structure completed in 1980. The twinned structure over Hwy 7 was part of a project to widen Hwy 40 to a four-lane divided expressway from nearby Hwy 402 southerly for approximately 1 km. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly on Hwy 7 at the Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia. Following the transfer of Hwy 7 to Lambton County in 1997-1998, the road was officially renamed Lambton County Road 22 from Sarnia to the Hwy 79 Junction east of Warwick. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #426 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #427 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 7 towards the Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 40 towards the Hwy 402 Interchange from the Hwy 7 Interchange. The Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange and Hwy 402 & Hwy 40 Interchange are separated by a distance of only 600 metres. In fact, Hwy 402 and Hwy 7 are never more that 2 km apart along their respective routes from Sarnia to Warwick - the two routes run more or less parallel to each other for over 40 km. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #428 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #433 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 40 towards the Hwy 402 Interchange from the Hwy 7 Interchange. Note the short distance between the ramps at Hwy 402 and Hwy 7. Closely-spaced interchanges can work quite effectively, provided that there are sufficient gaps in the traffic stream. Fortunately, this interchange doesn't carry heavy traffic volumes, as is evident in this photo. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along northbound Hwy 40 from the Hwy 7 Interchange in Sarnia. The on-ramp from Hwy 7 becomes an auxiliary lane between this interchange and the adjacent Hwy 402 Interchange. The opposing southbound off-ramp to Hwy 7 is also an auxiliary lane from Hwy 402. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #429 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #430 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 40 towards Wallaceburg from the Hwy 7 Interchange in Sarnia. The end of the divided highway can be seen in the distance. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the end of the divided section of Hwy 40, as seen from the Hwy 7 Interchange in Sarnia. This point marks the end of the twinned section of the Sarnia Bypass (Hwy 40). The divided highway resumes 6 km to the south, where the Sarnia Bypass intersects Indian Road. When the Sarnia Bypass was first built in the mid-1960s, sufficient right-of-way was set aside so that Hwy 40 could be converted into a four-lane divided highway from Hwy 7 to Indian Road, if it was needed in the future. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #432 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #431 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 7 towards London from the Hwy 40 Overpass in Sarnia. It may seem hard to believe, but this short section of Hwy 7 was once Hwy 402. When Hwy 402 was first constructed in the late 1940s, the divided highway merged into existing Hwy 7 (London Road) at the Wawanosh Creek Bridge, just east of the future Sarnia Bypass. This historical 1962 aerial photo shows the original eastern terminus of Hwy 402 at Hwy 7 (London Road), prior to the interchange construction at the Sarnia Bypass (Hwy 40). In the mid-1970s, construction began on a new diversion for Hwy 402 which ultimately bypassed the original section of Hwy 402 approaching Wawanosh Creek seen here. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - East ramp terminal at the Hwy 7 Interchange, as seen from the Hwy 40 Overpass in Sarnia. The original eastern terminus of Hwy 402 lay just a short distance to the east at the Wawanosh Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #435 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #434 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Exmouth Street towards Sarnia from the Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Although one would never guess by looking at this photograph, the old Bluewater Bridge Approach (Hwy 402) went straight ahead through the site of the Leon's Store in the background. In the 1970s, Hwy 402 was relocated onto a new alignment to the north of Exmouth Street & Hwy 7. A 1 km section of Hwy 402 connecting the original alignment seen here and the new alignment was closed to traffic and abandoned once the route of Hwy 402 was completed west of Sarnia. It is one of the only instances where a section of a 400-series highway was bypassed and abandoned. Sadly, recent commercial developments around the area have been built on most of the former highway's route, so there is virtually no trace of the abandoned highway left today. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #436 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #437 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along the southbound lanes of Hwy 40 from the Hwy 7 Interchange in Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (1980) on the Southbound Hwy 40 Overpass in Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #438 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #439 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead signs marking Exmouth Street and Hwy 40 South at the Hwy 7 Interchange in Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of the Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia, facing east. Note the proximity of this interchange to the adjacent Hwy 402 & Hwy 40 Interchange at left. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #440 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #441 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of the Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia, facing west. The ramps at the Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange are in a "Parclo A-2" configuration, with a total of four ramps in diagonally opposing quadrants. The adjacent Hwy 402 & Hwy 40 Interchange ramps are in a "Parclo B-4" configuration. Six-ramp Parclo B-4 Interchanges such as the one found at Hwy 402 & Hwy 40 are very rare in Ontario. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of the Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia, facing west. This photo shows the diversion of Hwy 402 (at right) that was constructed in the 1970s, bypassing the former eastern terminus of the highway approaching the Wawanosh Creek Bridge. When the Bluewater Bridge Approach (Hwy 402) was first built in the 1940s, it continued straight ahead through the present-day location of the shopping centres beyond the interchange, while Hwy 7 turned south towards the City Centre. Following the relocation of Hwy 402 in the 1970s, the former eastern end of the highway was diverted so that it became a continuation of Exmouth Street, which runs parallel to Hwy 402 in the background. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #442 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #443 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of the "Golden Mile" section of Hwy 7, facing east from the Hwy 7 & Hwy 40 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of Hwy 7 and parallel Hwy 402, facing west towards Sarnia. The diversion of Hwy 402 to the north of its original route is very obvious in this photo. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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