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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 8 dating from 1970 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 3: Historical King's Highway 8 Photographs (1970-1999)


HWY 8 #70

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 7 (Conestoga Parkway) Interchange at Hwy 8 in Kitchener in 1970. This partial cloverleaf interchange became one of Southwestern Ontario's largest bottlenecks due to the short weaving lane between Stratford-bound traffic entering the highway, and 401-bound traffic exiting the highway at the adjacent loop ramp. The interchange was reconfigured in 2003-2004 to remove the second loop ramp. An aerial view of the interchange as it appears today can be seen here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1970)





HWY 403 #134             HWY 403 #135

Left - Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Interchange on Hwy 403 in 1972, facing east towards Burlington. Note the ground-mounted interchange sequence sign at left, advising motorists of the distance to the Hwy 6 and the Queen Elizabeth Way Interchanges. At the time this photo was taken, Hwy 6 was the only interchange along Hwy 403 between Downtown Hamilton and the Queen Elizabeth Way. The exit ramp at Waterdown Road wasn't built until 1977. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) in Hamilton at the Hwy 403 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in April, 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 401 #1210

Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 8 Interchange on Hwy 401 between Kitchener and Cambridge in 1974. The Hwy 8 Interchange was originally constructed in 1960 as a full eight-ramp cloverleaf. In 1987, the construction of the new Hwy 8 Bypass a short distance to the east resulted in a reconfiguration of the original cloverleaf interchange. The two loop ramps on the London side of the interchange were closed off to traffic, creating a partial cloverleaf configuration as seen in this 2005 Aerial Photo. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1974)





HWY 403 #136

Above - Facing west across the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 403 #148             HWY 403 #75

Left - Facing west across the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 West (King Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in July, 1979.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing west along Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in July, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #74             HWY 403 #78

Left - Facing east along Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (June 7, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing west along Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #79             HWY 403 #76

Left - Ramp "J" Overpass in Downtown Hamilton, carrying traffic from Westbound Hwy 403 to Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing east along Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in Hamilton (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #77

Above - Ramp from Westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) to Westbound Hwy 403 in Hamilton (June 9, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #91             HWY 403 #80

Left - Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, carrying traffic from Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 to Eastbound Hwy 403 (May 24, 1985)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, facing west towards Ancaster (May 24, 1985)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 8 #80 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 8 #81 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Grand River Bridge on Old Hwy 8 at Freeport, taken from the south bank facing north
(Photograph taken in March, 1987  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Old Hwy 8 towards the Grand River Bridge at Freeport. Structure completed in 1926.
(Photograph taken in March, 1987  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #92             HWY 403 #93

Left - Facing east across the Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton (May 5, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Hamilton, facing west towards Dundas (May 5, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #83             HWY 403 #82

Left - Westbound Hwy 403 Exit Ramp to Main Street in Hamilton (Ramp "J"). Note that the off-ramp has now been painted with two lanes. (November 19, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Ramp "J" Overpass at the Eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton (November 19, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 403 #81             HWY 403 #108

Left - Facing east along Ramp "J" at the Main Street Interchange in Hamilton (November 19, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Depressed grass median on Hwy 403 at the King & Main Street Interchange in Downtown Hamilton in 1989. When Hwy 403 was originally constructed in the 1960s, some sections of the freeway did not have a median barrier. During the late 1990s, a continuous concrete median barrier was constructed along Hwy 403 through Downtown Hamilton, in conjunction with the installation of a new high-mast illumination system. Photo taken on July 17, 1989.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)




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