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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 58 dating from 1935 to 1999. 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 58 Photographs


HWY 58 #43             HWY 58 #42

NEW Left - Forks Road Underpass on the West Side Highway (Welland County Road 12) between Port Colborne and Welland in 1955. This structure was originally built in 1954 by Welland County during a road improvement project at the junction of Welland County Roads 7 & 12. It was the first instance where a grade-separated interchange was constructed between two county roads. The Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) ultimately assumed jurisdiction over the West Side Highway (Welland County Road 12) in 1958.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)

NEW Right - Michigan Central Railway Overhead on the West Side Highway (Welland County Road 12) north of Port Colborne (1955)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 58 #44             HWY 58 #39

NEW Left - Facing south towards Port Colborne along the West Side Highway (Welland County Road 12) at Forks Road (Welland County Road 7). This 1955-dated photo was taken when the West Side Highway was still under municipal jurisdiction. This new road between Welland and Port Colborne quickly became the preferred route by motorists between the two towns, and was ultimately designated as a King's Highway in July, 1958.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)

Right - Forks Road Underpass on Hwy 58 between Port Colborne and Welland (July, 1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #45

NEW Above - Plan showing the location of the proposed Thorold Tunnel (Hwy 58 New) relative to the existing route of Hwy 58 through Thorold (1965)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1965)





HWY 58 #40

NEW Above - Aerial view of the Pine Street Interchange and Thorold Tunnel on Hwy 58 New in 1968, facing east towards Niagara Falls. At the time this photo was taken, the finishing touches were being done on the tunnel shortly before it was opened to traffic. Traffic was still using the existing route of Hwy 58 (Ormond Street) which can be seen running across the top of the tunnel's west portal. The Thorold Tunnel was officially opened to traffic on September 18, 1968. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1968)





HWY 58 #46             HWY 58 #41

NEW Left - Aerial view of the Thorold Tunnel on Hwy 58 New in 1968. A ship passes by on the Welland Canal above the tunnel. A short distance to the south, traffic on the existing route of Hwy 58 (Ormond Street) was halted temporarily as this ship passed through the canal. The completion of the Thorold Tunnel in 1968 provided a second fixed highway link across the Welland Canal. The first fixed highway link across the canal was the Garden City Skyway on the Queen Elizabeth Way, which was opened to traffic five years earlier in October, 1963. Photo taken in 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1968)

NEW Right - Close-up aerial view of the west portal of the Thorold Tunnel on Hwy 58 in 1968. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1968)





HWY 58 #19             HWY 58 #20

Left - Pine Street Interchange on Hwy 58 in Thorold, facing east towards the Thorold Tunnel in 1970. The Thorold Tunnel and its approaches opened to traffic on September 18, 1968. Originally, the highway median was just a curbed asphalt island. During a reconstruction project in 2000, a new median barrier was installed along Hwy 58 and the 1960s-era illumination system seen here was replaced. Photo taken in May, 1970. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south across the Pine Street Overpass on Hwy 58 in Thorold (May, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #21             HWY 58 #22

Left - Facing west along Hwy 58 towards the Queen Street Overpass in Thorold. Photo taken in May, 1970. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south across the Queen Street Overpass on Hwy 58 in Thorold (May, 1970)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #25             HWY 58 #26

Left - Facing east along Hwy 58 towards the Pine Street Interchange at the Thorold CN Railway Subway. Photo taken on May 11, 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - CN Railway Subway on Hwy 58 in Thorold, facing south (May 11, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #28             HWY 58 #29

Left - Facing south across the Pine Street Overpass on Hwy 58 in Thorold (May 11, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Pine Street Interchange on Hwy 58 in Thorold, facing east towards the Thorold Tunnel in 1977. Note the median-mounted pre-Metric 40 mph speed limit sign. Metric measurements made their debut on Ontario's highways about 4 months after this photo was taken. Photo taken on May 11, 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #30             HWY 58 #31

Left - Facing north along Queen Street towards Downtown Thorold from the Hwy 58 structure (May 11, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south across the Queen Street Overpass on Hwy 58 in Thorold (May 11, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #32             HWY 58 #34

Left - Facing west along Hwy 58 from the Pine Street Interchange in Thorold. Photo taken on May 11, 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - New Richmond Street Extension, looking north from the Hwy 58 Overpass in Thorold (September 7, 1978)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #35

Above - New Richmond Street Overpass on Hwy 58. This structure was completed in 1976, years after Hwy 58 was completed through Thorold. Photo taken on September 7, 1978.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #33             HWY 58 #23

Left - New Richmond Street Overpass on Hwy 58 in Thorold, facing north (September 7, 1978)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 58 towards the CN Railway Subway in Thorold (October 3, 1978)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #24

Above - Facing west along Hwy 58 towards the CN Railway Subway in Thorold (October 3, 1978)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #27             HWY 58 #36

Left - Facing north across the CN Railway Subway on Hwy 58 in Thorold (October 3, 1978)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Pine Street Overpass on Hwy 58 in Thorold, facing east towards the Thorold Tunnel (August 9, 1979)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 58 #37             HWY 58 #38

Left - Facing north along Pine Street towards Downtown Thorold from the Hwy 58 Interchange. Photo taken on August 9, 1979. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 58 from the Pine Street Interchange in Thorold. Photo taken on August 9, 1979. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)




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