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King's Highway 42 -

Highway 42 was a local highway that extended westerly from Highway 29 through to Westport, west of Highway 15.  Presumably, Highway 42 was commissioned to direct tourists from Highway 29 north of Brockville into the Rideau Lakes region of the province.  The western terminus of Highway 42 was located at the village of Westport, which is a pretty illogical terminus for a southern Ontario King's Highway.  Of the King's Highway's that existed until 1997/98, only a handful of highways did not have both termini at other major king's highways; of these roads, generally the bulk of them didn't end at other highways because there was no logical highway to link them to.  From Westport on the other hand, Highway 38 is accessible via a paved (and very scenic) County Road, about 20km to the west, and Highway 7 is accessible via the Maberly Road (County Road 36), another paved county road.  So, all this said, it shouldn't be surprising that Highway 42 was downloaded to the County of Leeds & Grenville in 1997. 

King's Highway 42 Shield

  Western Terminus:  North junction Leeds & Grenville Road 10 in Westport

Eastern Terminus:  Junction Highway 29 at Forthton.

Length:  52.8km

Multiplexes:  None

Freeway: No

AADT (1994):  Highest: 3,000, from Athens easterly to Highway 29;

                             Lowest: 1,100, from Highway 15 easterly to Leeds & Grenville Road 33.

Status:  Entirely downloaded:  New name is Leeds & Grenville Road 42.

Road Info:  Generally highways that were transferred to local jurisdictions in 1997 were unimportant highways that not very well maintained by the province.  While this is true in general, I wouldn't say that it is the case for Highway 42.  Most of Highway 42 was a pretty modern road up until 1997.  The highway is not very busy and is often quite scenic as it serves communities nestled in small rolling hills and adjacent to picturesque lakes.  While it is not one of those roads that leads anywhere particularly important, anyone looking for a Sunday drive, especially a Sunday drive during the autumn, would not be disappointed with Highway 42.  Highway 42 has a rural posted speed limit of 80km/h.


Highway 42 information:  

Detailed Route information available below
Virtual Tour of Highway 42   History of Highway 42
Photographic History of Highway 42

Communities and Major Intersections located along Highway 42 from West to East:

Proper Municipality Name Community Name Distance Intersecting Road

Leeds & Grenville County has numbered downloaded Highway 42 to: Leeds & Grenville Road 42

Township of Rideau Lakes Westport 0km / 52.8km Lanark County Road 10-North
Township of Rideau Lakes (Former) Westport East Limits 0.7km / 52.1km Lanark County Road 10-South
Township of Rideau Lakes Newboro --- -----
Township of Rideau Lakes Crosby 13.9km / 38.9km King's Highway 15
Township of Rideau Lakes Fortar --- -----
Township of Rideau Lakes ----- --- Leeds & Grenville Road 8-West
Township of Rideau Lakes Philipsville --- Toledo Road (Leeds & Grenville Road 8-East)
Township of Rideau Lakes (Former) Delta West Limits 26.3km / 26.5km -----
Township of Rideau Lakes (Former) Delta East Limits 28.4km / 24.4km -----
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands ----- 31.4km / 21.4km Lyndhurst Road (Leeds & Grenville Road 33)
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Soperton --- -----
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Washburns Corners --- -----
Township of Athens (Former) Athens West Limits 43.6km / 9.2km -----
Township of Athens Athens --- Leeds & Grenville Road 5-North & Leeds & Grenville Road 40
Township of Athens Athens --- Leeds & Grenville Road 5-South
Township of Athens (Former) Athens East Limits 44.9km / 7.9km -----
Township of Athens ----- --- Leeds & Grenville Road 30
Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Glen Elbe --- -----
Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley Forthton 52.8km / 0km Highway 29 (Leeds & Grenville Road 29)
Highway 42 ENDS

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