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Page 8: Present Day King's Highway 8 Photographs (Cambridge to Peters Corners)


HWY 401 #1502 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Hwy 8 Underpass on Hwy 401, facing north. Structure completed in 1960.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #1505 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #1504 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 8 towards Preston from the Hwy 401 Interchange.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Hwy 8 Underpass at Hwy 401 in Cambridge.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #1503 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #1506 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 8 towards Kitchener from the Hwy 401 Interchange.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The majority of Hwy 8 between Galt and Freeport was reconstructed as a divided highway in the 1930s. The dual roadways were separated by a narrow grass median. As the Hwy 8 corridor was developed into a commercial area in the 1960s and 1970s, the grass median was paved over with a continuous two-way left-turn lane. Only short sections of the original grass median survive today. A portion of the original grass median lies within the interchange with Hwy 401, as seen here.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #188 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #189 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 401 towards the New Hwy 8 Bypass Flyover and Interchange.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of the Old Hwy 8 cloverleaf on Hwy 401 in Cambridge. The cloverleaf loop ramps in the northwest and southwest quadrants were removed during reconstruction in the late 1980s, but the location of the former ramps is still quite obvious when seen from the air. Note the New Hwy 8 Bypass Flyover (seen at bottom-left), which was opened to traffic in 1987.
(Photograph taken on June 22, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 401 #1259 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #1260 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aerial view of Hwy 8 at Shantz Hill in Preston, facing north towards the Hwy 401 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 22, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Aerial view of the Hwy 8 Bypass Flyover on Hwy 401 in Cambridge, facing west towards the Old Hwy 8 Cloverleaf. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 22, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 8 #26 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 8 #28 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Looking up Shantz Hill (Hwy 8) in Preston. Shantz Hill was actually a bypass built in the 1930s to allow traffic to avoid a very steep grade on the original route of Hwy 8 via Preston's Jacob Street.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Shantz Hill ends at Fountain Street, where Hwy 8 turns left and continues into downtown Preston. Until 2005, this intersection was only controlled by stop signs on Fountain Street. Traffic descending Shantz Hill had exclusive right-of-way at this intersection.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 8 #27 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 8 #29 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Speed warning sign on Shantz Hill. This sign is now obsolete, as traffic signals were finally installed at this notorious intersection in 2005.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A small directional ramp on Westbound Hwy 8 allows traffic easier access to Shantz Hill. Note the old yellow warning paint on the bullnose of the traffic island.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 8 #30 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 8 #31 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Fountain Street showing the old directional ramp to Westbound Hwy 8 and the new traffic signals at the base of Shantz Hill.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A 1930s Department of Highways, Ontario (DHO) stormwater catch basin on Shantz Hill.
(Photograph taken on September 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #24 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 5 #23 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 5 approaching the Peters Corners Roundabout at the Junction of Hwy 8 & Hwy 52 near Dundas.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the guide sign on Eastbound Hwy 5 at the Peters Corners Roundabout. As a result of the new roundabout and corresponding highway realignments, the route of Hwy 8 was extended easterly for a few hundred metres, concurrently with Hwy 5. This was done to provide continuity in the route of Hwy 8 between Cambridge and the City of Hamilton-owned leg of Hwy 8 East leading to Dundas.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #28 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 5 #17 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Entering the Peters Corners Roundabout on Eastbound Hwy 5. To follow Hwy 52 South to Copetown, motorists must stay in the right lane, while motorists wishing to follow Hwy 8 West to Cambridge must stay in the left lane. Motorists heading to Dundas or Waterdown on Hwy 5 East & Hwy 8 East can utilize either approach lane. Traffic entering the roundabout must first yield to circulating traffic in both lanes of the roundabout before proceeding.
(Photograph taken on October 17, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 5 towards Paris from the central island of the new Peters Corners Roundabout. The roundabout was officially opened to traffic only minutes before this photo was taken on October 4, 2012. The new Peters Corners Roundabout is actually the Ministry of Transportation's third modern roundabout constructed on a provincial highway, but it is the first one to feature multiple entry lanes. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #21 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 5 #22 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The circulatory roadway at the Peters Corners Roundabout on Hwy 5 at Hwy 8 & Hwy 52 has been striped with two circulating lanes. Some North American jurisdictions paint circulatory road zone markings within the roundabout, while others do not.
(Photograph taken on October 17, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Entering the Peters Corners Roundabout on Northbound Hwy 52. To follow Hwy 5 West to Paris, motorists must stay in the left lane, while motorists heading to Dundas or Waterdown on Hwy 5 East & Hwy 8 East must stay in the right lane. Motorists wishing to follow Hwy 8 West to Cambridge can utilize either approach lane. Traffic entering the roundabout must first yield to circulating traffic in both lanes of the roundabout before proceeding. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #19 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 5 #25 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 52 towards Copetown from the central island of the new Peters Corners Roundabout. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green-and-white lane guidance sign on Westbound Hwy 5 at the Peters Corners Roundabout. The Ministry of Transportation elected to use green and white signs for lane indications on provincially-owned roundabouts, as they are not considered to be regulatory signs. Note the temporary Hwy 5 & Hwy 52 crown signs installed below the lane guidance sign. These two crown signs are technically not correct installations, but are merely in place temporarily to guide motorists until the permanent roadway identification guide sign is installed. At the time this photo was taken, the guide sign on the Westbound Hwy 5 & Hwy 8 approach had not yet been installed. It will be placed onto a large overhead sign structure. The channelized right turn lane on this approach carries traffic to Hwy 8 West. It is marked with a standard green turn-off guide sign. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 17, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #16 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 5 #26 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 5 & Hwy 8 towards Waterdown from the central island of the new Peters Corners Roundabout. The concurrent route of Hwy 5 & Hwy 8 ends at the new traffic signal being installed in the background. At this point Former Hwy 8 East turns right towards Dundas, while Hwy 5 continues east towards Waterdown and Burlington. Prior to the reconstruction of Peters Corners in 2012, Hwy 8 West and Hwy 8 East were one continuous roadway, crossing Hwy 5 at a badly-skewed intersection. Immediately adjacent to that intersection were two other crossroads which experienced frequent right-angle vehicle collisions. The new Peters Corners Roundabout effectively eliminates the risk of a right-angle collision, in addition to providing much-needed capacity improvements at this busy highway junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Turn-off to Hwy 8 West at the Peters Corners Roundabout. For capacity reasons, the through movement on Westbound Hwy 5 (at left) only required a single lane.
(Photograph taken on October 17, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #18 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 5 #20 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 8 towards Cambridge from the central island of the new Peters Corners Roundabout. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Circulating around the Peters Corners Roundabout, approaching the Hwy 5 West departure leg. The red paved area at left is a "truck apron", which was designed so that even oversized loads could be accommodated through the roundabout. Trucks carrying the giant windmill blades will be able to pass through, but will have to pass over the red truck apron in order to circulate around the central island. Truck operators carrying regular 53-foot trailers should not ordinarily have to use this truck apron.
(Photograph taken on October 4, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 5 #27 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Entering the Peters Corners Roundabout on Eastbound Hwy 8. To follow Hwy 52 South to Copetown or Hwy 5 West to Paris, motorists must stay in the right lane. Motorists heading to Dundas or Waterdown on Hwy 5 East & Hwy 8 East can utilize either approach lane. Traffic entering the roundabout must first yield to circulating traffic inside the roundabout before proceeding. The narrow space between the approach lanes is intended to give trucks more room to manoeuvre. It will be striped out with diagonal chevron "hatch" markings before the construction contract is completed.
(Photograph taken on October 17, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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