This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 427 (Formerly King's Highway 27) dating from 1960 to 1969. The freeway section of Highway 27 within Toronto was renumbered as Highway 427 in 1972. 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 427 Photographs (1960-1969)
Left - Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 Cloverleaf in Toronto, looking north along Hwy 27 (June, 1960). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo © Archives of Ontario - RG-14-151-5-26, Photo #ES-13-894)
Right - Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 Cloverleaf in Toronto, looking northwest (June, 1960)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario - RG-14-151-5-26, Photo #ES-13-892)
This wonderful photo shows the entire area around the Queen Elizabeth Way & Hwy 27 (now Hwy 427) Interchange, including the open farm fields just beyond the cloverleaf. This is where the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre is located today. A cloverleaf interchange had existed at the intersection of these two highways since 1940. When Hwy 27 was reconstructed and widened to four lanes in the mid-1950s, the ramps of the cloverleaf were completely realigned. The inner loop ramps were enlarged to smooth traffic flow, particularly for the heavily-traveled Toronto-bound Queen Elizabeth Way to Northbound Hwy 27 loop ramp in the foreground. Note the size of this loop ramp compared to those found in the other three interchange quadrants. The increased size of this loop ramp provided a greater distance for traffic to merge on and off the loop ramp from the mainline freeway. Although the retrofits to the interchange in 1954-1955 were a vast improvement over the original 1940 cloverleaf, the interchange still experienced significant congestion at peak times. The cloverleaf interchange at Hwy 27 was completely replaced by the current four-level interchange in the late 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo here.
Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 27 Interchange on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Toronto in 1969, facing west. This interesting photo shows the new multi-level interchange at Hwy 27 (today's Hwy 427) under construction. The original 1940 overpass and the two south loop ramps of the old Hwy 27 cloverleaf remained in service at the time this photo was taken. Note the preparation of the massive Queen Elizabeth Way diversion along what is now the Queensway. During some stages of the interchange's construction, a temporary relocation of the Queen Elizabeth Way to the north was required. The temporary diversion was built in order to facilitate the removal of the old 1940 overpass and the construction of the new post-tensioned concrete directional flyovers to replace the old cloverleaf loop ramps. Following the completion of the multi-level interchange at Hwy 27, the temporary Queen Elizabeth Way diversion was removed and the Queensway was reopened to local traffic. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in April, 1969.
(Photo courtesy of Lockwood Survey Corporation)