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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 8 dating from 1960 to 1969. 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 8 Photographs (1960-1969)


HWY 8 #121             HWY 8 #119

Left - Former Junction of Hwy 8 and Hwy 85 at King Street and Ottawa Street in Kitchener. Note the highway junction assembly on the far side of the intersection. After the construction of the Conestoga Parkway, both highways were rerouted onto the new bypass. The direct link between Hwy 8 and Hwy 85 was severed. Traffic now has to use a short section of Hwy 7 to travel between Hwy 8 and Hwy 85. (Photograph taken on June 29, 1961)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 8 (King Street) near Fairway Road (Photograph taken on October 16, 1961)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 401 #11

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 401 & Hwy 8 cloverleaf facing east (Photograph taken in October, 1961)
(Photo © Archives of Ontario  -  Series RG-14-151-21-10 Neg. #2466)





HWY 8 #122             HWY 8 #123

Left - Junction of Ottawa Street and Henry Sturm Boulevard in Kitchener in 1961. Henry Sturm Boulevard was a truck bypass built by the City of Kitchener in the 1950s to direct through trucks on Hwy 8 away from downtown. Henry Sturm Boulevard was upgraded to a freeway when the road was incorporated into the route for the Conestoga Parkway (Hwy 7 & 8 Bypass) during the late 1960s.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing east along Ottawa Street towards Henry Sturm Boulevard in 1961. This is the present-day location of the Homer Watson Boulevard Interchange on Hwy 7 & 8.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #113             HWY 8 #114

Left - Facing east along Hwy 8 (Courtland Avenue) near Benton Street (1962)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Intersection of Hwy 8 (Courtland Avenue) at Benton Street (1962)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #120             HWY 8 #118

Left - Intersection of Queen Street and Courtland Avenue in Kitchener in 1962. The route of Hwy 8 turned right at this intersection. This small intersection proved to be a critical transportation problem for Kitchener, as large trucks had considerable difficulty negotiating the turn. Accommodating large trucks on city streets became such a problem that a truck bypass had to be constructed. The truck bypass was originally known as Henry Sturm Boulevard, but it later became part of the Conestoga Parkway.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 8 (Courtland Avenue) at Queen Street in Kitchener (1962)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #116             HWY 8 #117

Left - Facing east along Hwy 8 (King Street) in Kitchener near Fergus Avenue (1962)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 8 (King Street) near Ottawa Street in 1962. Note the interesting Kitchener Transit trolley bus passing by at left.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #115

Above - Hwy 8 (King Street) near Ottawa Street in Kitchener (Photo taken on November 11, 1962)
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #43

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 8 (Freeport Diversion) at junction of King Street (Old Hwy 8) south of Kitchener in 1963. The at-grade intersection in the foreground was removed during construction of the New Hwy 8 Bypass in 1987.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 8 #91             HWY 8 #92

Left - Detour on Hwy 8 (King Street) at the site of the future Conestoga Parkway in June, 1966
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing west along new four-lane Hwy 8 towards Conestoga Parkway Interchange in June, 1966. The new interchange and overpass at Hwy 7 is being constructed in the background. Old Hwy 8 (King Street) can be seen at right.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #93             HWY 8 #94

Left - Overpass construction at Hwy 8 and the Conestoga Parkway in June, 1966. The piers were only just being poured when this photo was taken.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing west along new four-lane Hwy 8 towards Franklin Street in June, 1966. This photo shows the excavation of the future Hwy 8 Underpass at Franklin Street. Note Old Hwy 8 (King Street) at left.
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)





HWY 8 #95             HWY 8 #96

Left - Construction of Weber Street Underpass on Conestoga Parkway in June, 1966
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 8 (King Street) towards the site of the future Conestoga Parkway in June, 1966
(Photo courtesy of Transportation Planning, City of Kitchener)




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