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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 5 dating from 1919 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 5 Photographs (1919-1999)


HWY 5 #14

Above - Facing east across the new Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto. Photo taken on July 14, 1919. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo Courtesy of John Bromley)





HWY 5 #15

Above - Postcard view of the Bloor Street Viaduct on Hwy 5 in Toronto (1928)
(Photo Courtesy of the Valentine-Black Publishing Co.)

Automobile registration in Ontario more than tripled between the years 1919 and 1928. The sudden rise in the popularity of the automobile during the 1920s created a noticeable increase in traffic volumes on all of Ontario's highways, but the increase was especially pronounced on highways near major cities such as Toronto. Compare the traffic volumes on Hwy 5 in the 1928 photo of the Bloor Street Viaduct with the previous photo taken nine years earlier. The abrupt increase in automobile ownership during the 1920s and 1930s put considerable strain on Toronto's major arterial streets, since local traffic was mixed with long distance through traffic heading across the province. It was not until the completion of the Toronto Bypass (Hwy 401) in the 1950s that motorists had a feasible alternate route to Toronto's busy arterial streets. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 5 #1

Above - Fingerboard Direction Sign at the Junction of Hwy 5 & Hwy 6 at Clappison's Corners (ca. 1930)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-162-2-27, Box B984, Photo #19)

This photo of Clappison's Corners shows the intersection as it appeared circa 1930. Originally, the Hwy 5 & Hwy 6 Junction was more of a directional "Y" intersection than a proper crossroads. The "Y" favoured the predominant movement between Hamilton and Toronto, as most traffic turned east towards Toronto along Hwy 5 after ascending the Clappison Cut on Hwy 6 from Hamilton. The completion of the new Middle Road Highway (Queen Elizabeth Way) between Toronto and Burlington in 1937 dramatically changed traffic patterns in this area. Since most long-distance through traffic began using the new superhighway, the intersection at Clappison's Corners no longer served the prevailing traffic patterns. Accordingly, the Hwy 5 & Hwy 6 Junction was fully rebuilt in 1951, creating a more conventional four-leg intersection. See an Enlarged Photo Here.





HWY 5 #3

Above - Old St. George Subway on Hwy 5 prior to reconstruction in 1932.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1932)





HWY 5 #2

Above - New St. George Subway on Hwy 5 after completion in 1932.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1932)





HWY 2 #7

Above - New grade separation at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 5 east of Toronto (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)





HWY 2 #8             HWY 2 #9

Left - Day view of the Cenotaph Interchange at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 5 east of Toronto (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)

Right - Night view of the Cenotaph Interchange at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 5 in 1939, showing new lighting system
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 5 #29             HWY 5 #30

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 5 towards Peters Corners at the Spencer Creek Bridge (July, 1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)

NEW Right - Spencer Creek Bridge on Hwy 5, just east of Peters Corners (July, 1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 27 #41             HWY 27 #42

Left - Facing east along Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) at the Hwy 27 Interchange in Toronto in 1971. Note the overhead sign in the background, which was changed from Hwy 27 to Hwy 427 shortly after this photo was taken. The reconstructed freeway section of Hwy 27 through Toronto was renumbered as Hwy 427 in early 1972. Photo taken on November 23, 1971.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south along Southbound Hwy 27 towards the Queen Elizabeth Way from the Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) Interchange in Toronto (November 23, 1971)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 27 #45             HWY 5 #31

Left - Facing south along Northbound Hwy 27 towards the Queen Elizabeth Way from Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) in Toronto (November 23, 1971)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 5 towards Waterdown at the Spencer Creek Bridge east of Peters Corners. Photo taken on November 15, 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 5 #32             HWY 5 #33

NEW Left - Spencer Creek Bridge on Hwy 5, just east of Peters Corners (November 15, 1977)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)

NEW Right - Close-up view of the handrail design on the Spencer Creek Bridge on Hwy 5. This railing was installed during the widening of the Spencer Creek Bridge in the 1950s. The Spencer Creek Bridge was originally built in the 1920s by Wentworth County before the road was assumed by the province as Hwy 5. The original bridge was too narrow for two-way traffic to use, so the bridge was widened in 1954 to provide for an increased roadway width. Photo taken on November 15, 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2013)





HWY 427 #41             HWY 427 #42

Left - Facing south along Southbound Hwy 427 towards the Queen Elizabeth Way from the Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) Interchange in Toronto (July 8, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) Underpass on Hwy 427 in Toronto, facing west (July 8, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 427 #94             HWY 427 #81

Left - Facing north along Hwy 427 towards Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) from North Queen Street in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on August 20, 1991.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 427 at the Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) Underpass in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on August 27, 1996.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 427 #89             HWY 427 #79

Left - Facing north along Hwy 427 from the Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on October 8, 1997.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 5 (Dundas Street) towards the Hwy 427 Interchange in Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken on September 22, 1998.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)




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