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This page contains present day photos (Year 2000 to date) of Ontario's King's Highway 8, arranged by location from Peters Corners easterly to Hamilton. 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 9: Present Day King's Highway 8 Photographs (Peters Corners to Hamilton)


HWY 403 #163 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #164 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards Brantford from the Aberdeen Avenue Overpass in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Concrete and steel handrail design on the Aberdeen Avenue Overpass on Hwy 403. This handrail design never saw widespread use in Ontario. In addition to being used on the first phase of Hwy 403 through Downtown Hamilton, this handrail design was similar to the one used on certain bridges constructed along Hwy 401 (Hwy 2A) between Toronto and Oshawa in the late 1940s. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #158 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #160 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south across the Aberdeen Avenue Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north across the Aberdeen Avenue Overpass on Hwy 403. Aberdeen Avenue terminates at a "trumpet" interchange at Hwy 403. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #161 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #162 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Aberdeen Avenue Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. This four-span steel beam structure was completed in 1964. In 2010, this overpass was replaced during a "Rapid Bridge Replacement" project, in which the entire bridge was replaced with new spans within a single weekend. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Ramp "D" Overpass at the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. The ramp letters which I have referenced along the Hamilton section of Hwy 403 are a historical legacy which dates back to the original design of the freeway during the 1950s. Due to the complicated nature of the urban interchanges along this section of Hwy 403, engineers assigned different alphabet letters to identify all of the individual ramps during design and construction. Starting at the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange, the ramps were lettered more or less sequentially from that point easterly to the Hwy 6 Interchange, ultimately employing the ramp letters "A" through "S". See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #157 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #159 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Deck view of the Ramp "D" Overpass at the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Ramp "D" Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. This ramp carries traffic from Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street) to eastbound Hwy 403. This four-span steel beam structure was completed in 1964. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #165 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #156 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The ramps at the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange on Hwy 403 are in a "Trumpet B" configuration. The loop exit ramp to Aberdeen Avenue from westbound Hwy 403 is situated on the far side of the structure. For a number of years, the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange marked the western terminus of Hwy 403. It wasn't until 1969 that Hwy 403 was completed between Aberdeen Avenue and Hwy 2 in Ancaster. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 403 from the Longwood Road Overpass towards the Aberdeen Avenue Interchange in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #155 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #153 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - As seen in this photo, the eastbound and westbound Hwy 403 roadways follow independent horizontal alignments through Downtown Hamilton, resulting in a variable median width. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Longwood Road Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. This 8-span structure was built by the City of Hamilton around 1929 to span the Chedoke Creek Ravine. When Hwy 403 was built in the mid-1960s, the new freeway was strategically routed through two of the bridge's spans. The original bridge deck was replaced in 1969 by a new bridge deck supported on steel beams. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #154 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #152 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Date stamp (1969) on the Longwood Road Overpass across Hwy 403. The date stamp refers to the age of the bridge deck, since the piers of this bridge are original. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 403 from the Longwood Road Overpass in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #185 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #151 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead sign structure along westbound Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton, marking the exit to Hwy 8 West (Main Street). Prior to this sign structure's replacement in 2011, this Aluminum Tapered Leg (Type 1) overhead sign structure was the oldest of its kind on the King's Highways of Ontario. This sign structure was installed in 1965 as part of the extension of Hwy 403 from the Desjardins Canal to Aberdeen Avenue. Apart from routine maintenance and the replacement of the original signboard, this overhead sign structure remained unmodified for 46 years. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 12, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Overhead sign on eastbound Hwy 403 approaching the Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #169 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #170 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards Longwood Road from the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 Interchange in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. This complicated three-level interchange was built between 1961 and 1963, in preparation for the extension of Hwy 403 through Downtown Hamilton. The interchange was fully opened to traffic on July 9, 1965, in conjunction with the completion of the Hwy 403 extension from Desjardins Canal westerly to Aberdeen Avenue. Due to Downtown Hamilton's one-way street system, westbound traffic on Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 uses King Street to cross Hwy 403, while eastbound traffic uses Main Street. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #166 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #178 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 403 from the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Overpass. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 403 towards the Main Street Overpass from King Street in Downtown Hamilton. This five-span steel girder structure was completed in 1962. The Main Street Overpass spans all four lanes of Hwy 403, along with the entrance ramp to westbound Hwy 403 from King Street (Ramp H). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #167 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #168 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 from the Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 East (Main Street) Overpass. The Ramp "H" structure can be seen in the foreground, while the King Street and Ramp "J" structures can be seen in the background. This complicated multi-level interchange was designed in the 1950s and constructed in the early 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Deck view of the Ramp "H" Overpass at the King Street Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. This ramp carries traffic from westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 to westbound Hwy 403. The Ramp "H" structure was completed in 1963, and consists of six steel plate girder spans. The Ramp "H" Overpass diverges from the King Street Overpass part-way across the interchange. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #172 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #173 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Deck view of the westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. Completed in 1963, this 12-span steel plate girder structure is 910 feet (277 metres) in length. It is the second-longest freeway structure along Hwy 403. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Concrete and steel handrail design on the westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) Overpass on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #171 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #174 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Underneath the King Street Interchange on Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. The structure at left carries westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street), while the structure at right is Ramp "H" which carries traffic from Downtown Hamilton to westbound Hwy 403. Both structures were completed in 1963. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Ramp "J" Overpass on Hwy 403 as seen from the westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) Overpass. Structure completed in 1963. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #175 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #177 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Ramp "J" carries traffic from westbound Hwy 403 to eastbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (Main Street). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The exit from westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) to westbound Hwy 403 takes place part-way across the King Street Overpass. A series of expansion joints separates the King Street structure from the Ramp "H" structure, which diverges to the left. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #180 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #181 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) towards Hwy 403. As indicated on the overhead guide signs, the ramp to westbound Hwy 403 to Brantford exits from the left, while the ramp to eastbound Hwy 403 to Toronto exits from the right. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 7, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the overhead guide sign marking the upcoming westbound Hwy 403 ramp to Brantford, via Ramp "H". See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 7, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #182 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #183 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the overhead guide sign marking the upcoming eastbound Hwy 403 ramp to Toronto, via Ramp "G". A distance of 175 metres was recently added to the sign, suggesting that some motorists were mistakenly turning onto adjacent Breadalbane Street instead of the freeway on-ramp. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 7, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west across the westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) Overpass on Hwy 403. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 7, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #179 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #184 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead guide signs on westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange. Originally, the sign at left displayed both a Hwy 2 and a Hwy 8 provincial highway crown. As a result of the highway downloading of 1997-1998 and subsequent removal of the highway connecting links through Downtown Hamilton, the Hwy 8 crown was temporarily covered over by a municipal "flowerpot" route marker. Shortly after this photo was taken, the entire signboard was replaced, removing the reference to Hwy 2. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Overhead guide signs on westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) at the Hwy 403 Interchange in 2011. Note that the reference to Hwy 2 has been removed. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 7, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #176 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 403 #186 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 403 towards Burlington from the westbound Hwy 2 & Hwy 8 (King Street) Overpass in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on June 24, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Hwy 8 East (Main Street) exit on westbound Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 24, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 403 #187 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Hwy 8 East (Main Street) exit on westbound Hwy 403 in Downtown Hamilton, via Ramp "J". The exit to Hwy 8 West (Main Street) is 2 km ahead. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 24, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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