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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 55 (#2), which ran from Homer to Niagara-on-the-Lake. 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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Historical King's Highway 55 (#2) Photographs


QEW #520             QEW #521

Left - Queen Elizabeth Way approaching Glendale Avenue and the Garden City Skyway Toll Plaza near St. Catharines in 1964. The Glendale Avenue Interchange was essentially a double-interchange. It provided full access between adjacent Hwy 8 and the Queen Elizabeth Way. When the Garden City Skyway first opened to traffic in 1963, it was a toll bridge. The Garden City Skyway Toll Plaza seen in the background was removed after tolls were lifted from the skyway in 1973. Fluorescent tube highway luminaires were installed along this section of the Queen Elizabeth Way as part of the Garden City Skyway and Hwy 405 construction. This was one of only two sections along the Queen Elizabeth Way where a fluorescent tube highway illumination system was used. The other section where fluorescent tube highway lighting was used was on the approaches to the Burlington Bay Skyway. The fluorescent tube lighting system at the Garden City Skyway was eventually switched over to a high-pressure sodium (HPS) illumination system in the mid-1980s. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing south across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines in 1964. Note how rural the area around the Glendale Avenue Interchange was at that time, compared to what it looks like today. Substantial development has occurred around this interchange in recent years. Note the Hwy 8 and "To Hwy 8A" route markers mounted on the median island, facing traffic exiting from the Toronto-bound Queen Elizabeth Way. Until Hwy 405 was completed and opened to traffic in September, 1963, Hwy 8A formed the only provincial highway link to the Queenston International Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





QEW #522             QEW #523

Left - Facing east along Hwy 8 at the Glendale Avenue and Queen Elizabeth Way Interchange near St. Catharines in 1964. This rather strange interchange was completed in 1962 and remained in service until the 1990s. When York Road (Former Hwy 8) was relocated onto a new alignment in the late 1990s, it essentially made this interchange redundant and was subsequently closed. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing south across the Hwy 8 Underpass at the Queen Elizabeth Way and Glendale Avenue Interchange near St. Catharines in 1964. Now demolished, this interchange used to exist immediately north of the Queen Elizabeth Way. It provided access to Hwy 8 from Glendale Avenue and adjacent Queen Elizabeth Way. The interchange became redundant in the 1990s when Glendale Avenue was extended north to meet a realigned York Road (Former Hwy 8). The ramps and abandoned underpass stood for several years, before they were demolished. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





QEW #283

Above - Approaching the Glendale Avenue Interchange on the Queen Elizabeth Way near Niagara Falls in 1977. Note the fluorescent tube highway luminaires that were installed on this section of the QEW when it was rebuilt in the early 1960s, in conjunction with the Garden City Skyway and Hwy 405 construction. The original fluorescent tube lighting system was replaced with high-pressure sodium (HPS) lenses in the mid-1980s. Photo taken on April 28, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





QEW #284             QEW #285

Left - Close-up view of the bridge-mounted guide signs on the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way. This interchange provided access between the QEW and Hwy 55, a route leading to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Glendale Avenue Interchange was signed as Hwy 55 until 1997, when the highway was downloaded. However, the provincially-owned section of Hwy 55 actually began 2 km away in Homer, below the Garden City Skyway. Photo taken on April 28, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

Right - Facing north across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way near Niagara Falls (April 28, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





QEW #409

Above - Glendale Avenue Interchange on Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) and the Queen Elizabeth Way, facing west towards St. Catharines (November 3, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #410

Above - Facing north along Glendale Avenue from the Queen Elizabeth Way towards the Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) Interchange near St. Catharines (November 3, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #413             QEW #414

Left - Facing south across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines (October 14, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines (October 14, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #411             QEW #412

Left - Facing north along Glendale Avenue from the Queen Elizabeth Way at the Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) Interchange near St. Catharines (October 18, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Rehabilitation of the Old Hwy 8 Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines (September 7, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #415             QEW #469

Left - Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines, facing south (September 17, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north across the Old Hwy 8 Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way in St. Catharines (June 2, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #416             QEW #417

Left - Facing east along the Queen Elizabeth Way towards the Hwy 405 Interchange, from the Glendale Avenue Overpass (June 2, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way. Note that the fluorescent tube lighting system has been replaced with a high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting system. Photo taken on August 16, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #366             QEW #367

Left - Glendale Avenue Interchange on Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) and the Queen Elizabeth Way, facing west towards St. Catharines in 1990. Traffic bound for Niagara-on-the-Lake via Hwy 55 had to utilize this interchange from the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Way. Although Niagara Road 81 was never officially part of Hwy 55, there is an overhead pull-through sign for Hwy 55 on the opposite side of the bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on August 14, 1990.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south along Glendale Avenue from the Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) Interchange near St. Catharines in 1990. This strange interchange was built in 1962 to provide a connection between Glendale Avenue, Hwy 8 and the Queen Elizabeth Way. While the interchange with the Queen Elizabeth Way still exists, the interchange ramps connecting Glendale Avenue to Old Hwy 8 were closed off several years ago after Glendale Avenue was extended north. Photo taken on August 14, 1990.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #395             QEW #393

Left - Facing north across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way (June 20, 1991)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Glendale Avenue Interchange at the Queen Elizabeth Way and Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) near St. Catharines, facing north (June 20, 1991)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #394             QEW #398

Left - Glendale Avenue Interchange on the Queen Elizabeth Way near St. Catharines (June 20, 1991)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Bridge-mounted overhead guide signs for Hwy 405 and Hwy 55 on the Queen Elizabeth Way at the Glendale Avenue Interchange near St. Catharines on October 18, 1991. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #396             QEW #397

Left - Facing south along Glendale Avenue from the Queen Elizabeth Way Interchange near St. Catharines on October 18, 1991. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way, facing north towards Niagara-on-the-Lake (October 18, 1991)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #368             QEW #369

Left - Facing north along Glendale Avenue from the Queen Elizabeth Way towards the Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) Interchange near St. Catharines in 1994. Traffic wishing to access Hwy 55 had to loop around to access Old Hwy 8 below this structure and then double-back towards Homer to continue north on Hwy 55 towards Niagara-on-the-Lake. In the late 1990s, the interchange seen here was closed off. Glendale Avenue was extended northwards towards the woodlot seen in the background of this photo, where it met a relocated Niagara Road 81. Although it was no longer in use, the closed interchange at Old Hwy 8 was left in place until 2006-2007, when it was finally removed altogether. Photo taken on June 15, 1994.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south along Glendale Avenue towards the Queen Elizabeth Way from the Old Hwy 8 (Niagara Road 81) Overpass near St. Catharines in 1994. The Old Hwy 8 and Queen Elizabeth Way Interchanges on Glendale Avenue were immediately adjacent to each other. Photo taken on June 15, 1994.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #399             QEW #400

Left - Facing south across the Glendale Avenue Overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way Interchange near St. Catharines (May 18, 1995)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - An early changeable message sign on the Queen Elizabeth Way at the Glendale Avenue Interchange near St. Catharines (May 21, 1997)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





QEW #401

Above - Facing south along Glendale Avenue at the Queen Elizabeth Way Interchange near St. Catharines in 1999. Compare this photo to the 1991 photo above, which illustrates the rather dramatic development that has taken place south of the interchange during the 1990s. Photo taken on July 12, 1999.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)




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