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This page contains present day photos (Year 2000 to date) of Ontario's King's Highway 7, arranged by location from Sarnia easterly to Elginfield. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 6: Present Day King's Highway 7 Photographs (Sarnia to Elginfield)


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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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, stuffiest 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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

NEW 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)

NEW 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)





HWY 7 #113 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #114 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 7 towards the Wawanosh Creek Bridge near the Hwy 40 Interchange in Sarnia. For many years, this short divided section of Hwy 7 marked the end of Hwy 402. In the 1970s, Hwy 402 was rerouted onto an entirely new alignment and extended easterly towards London. Wawanosh Creek is also known as Perch Creek. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Wawanosh Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 near Sarnia. This structure was built in 1947 to accommodate a new four-lane highway approach to the Bluewater Bridge. The Bluewater Bridge Approach was designated as Hwy 402 in 1952. The old two-lane Hwy 7 bridge over Wawanosh Creek was subsequently demolished, but the former bridge abutments are still visible in the bush along the southern side of the existing highway. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #115 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #116 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east towards the Wawanosh Creek Bridge on the westbound lanes of Hwy 7. In 1964, the Wawanosh Creek Bridge was extended in order to provide wider traffic lanes, a centre median and a sidewalk on the northern side of Hwy 7. The original 1947 structure carried a four-lane undivided roadway with a sidewalk on the southern side of the highway only. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Side view of the 1947 (Eastbound Hwy 7) span over Wawanosh Creek near Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #117 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #118 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View underneath the Wawanosh Creek Bridge on Hwy 7. The original 1947 structure (at right) and the 1964 extension (at left) can be easily distinguished in this photo. The 1964 span is slightly higher than the 1947 span because of a superelevated curve in the highway immediately adjacent to the bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the concrete and steel handrail design of the Wawanosh Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 near Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 21, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #444 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #445 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Original sidewalk on the 1947 Wawanosh Creek Bridge on Hwy 7. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 7 across the Wawanosh Creek Bridge in Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #446 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #449 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Start of the divided highway at Wawanosh Creek. The widening of the Wawanosh Creek Bridge in 1964 allowed for an extension of the median island. When Hwy 402 was first built, the median island ended where the divided highway tied into Hwy 7 at London Road. Originally, Hwy 7 & Hwy 402 met at a junction immediately west of the Wawanosh Creek Bridge. During construction of the Sarnia Bypass, the intersection of London Road was relocated further to the west. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 7 from the Wawanosh Creek Bridge, approaching the end of the divided highway. East of this point, Hwy 7 continues as an undivided four-lane highway through Sarnia's "Golden Mile". See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #447 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #448 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Approaching the start of the divided highway east of Sarnia, facing west. Note the flush "singing median" approaching the raised grass median island. Many four-lane highways built in Ontario during the 1960s and 1970s had these concrete rumble strips down the highway's centreline. The concrete strip has a series of intermittent alternating recessed grooves and raised humps, which provided drivers with an audible warning that their vehicle's tires have encroached over the centreline of the highway. The singing median is slowly disappearing from the Ontario landscape as older highways are reconstructed. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - View of the singing median on Hwy 7 east of the Wawanosh Creek Bridge. Since the concrete strip is essentially flush with the surrounding pavement, the median is fully traversable. This is an important design consideration in areas such as this one, where there are existing driveways and entrances along the highway which may require access from both directions. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #450 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #451 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Distance guide sign on eastbound Hwy 7 leaving Sarnia. The only destination shown on the sign is "London". Historically, motorists had to follow Hwy 22 to reach London from Hwy 7, since Hwy 7 turned north to Arkona just east of Warwick. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - "Golden Mile" on Hwy 7, facing west towards Sarnia. This strip of highway commercial development along Hwy 7 has greeted motorists entering Sarnia from London and points east since the 1950s. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #452 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #454 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - The section of Hwy 7 through the Golden Mile just west of Blackwell Side Road was reconstructed with a two-way centre left turn lane in 2009. This photo shows the old four-lane cross section just prior to reconstruction, where there was no centre left turn lane. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Golden Mile on Hwy 7, facing west towards Sarnia near Blackwell Side Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #453 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #455 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 7 approaching Blackwell Side Road, prior to reconstruction and widening. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Lambton County Drain Bridge on Hwy 7 east of Blackwell Side Road. Structure completed in 1981. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #456 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #457 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 7 towards London at the Lambton County Drain Bridge, east of Blackwell Side Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (1981) on the Lambton County Drain Bridge on Hwy 7. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #458 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #459 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 7 towards Blackwell Side Road east of Sarnia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Hwy 7 near Airport Road in Sarnia, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on May 18, 2009  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #119 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Former highway sign in Warwick. Following the highway downloading in 1997-1998, many municipalities marked former King's Highways with dual signs, indicating the new county road number and the old King's Highway number together with a "Formerly" tab placed in between. Many of these dual signs have been replaced over the years with stand-alone county road route markers, but a small number of the old dual signs still exist throughout the province. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #38 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #35 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Bear Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 in Warwick. This attractive concrete "bowstring" arch structure was completed in 1931. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east towards London across the Bear Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 in Warwick. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #37 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #36 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west towards Warwick along Hwy 7 at the Bear Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - South side of the Bear Creek Bridge on Hwy 7 at Warwick. This concrete bowstring truss was one of the last examples of this bridge design ever constructed in Ontario by the Department of Highways. Only one other concrete bowstring bridge was built in 1931, and that one was located just east of Brantford on Hwy 2 at Fairchild Creek. No more concrete bowstring bridges were ever built on an Ontario King's Highway after 1931, as this bridge type was rendered more or less obsolete with the introduction of the concrete rigid frame bridge design in Ontario. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 79 #1 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Inscription on a concrete culvert on Hwy 7 & Hwy 79 in Arkona  -  "THE KING'S HIGHWAY 1937". See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken in March, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #11 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Long-forgotten Hwy 7 diversion at New Ontario Road just west of Ailsa Craig.
(Photograph taken on May 4, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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