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Photos shown in this table are arranged from West to East:

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West of Stratford, Highway 7 leads to St Mary's, Elginfield and eventually Sarnia.  Click here for Highway 7-West Images.
City of Stratford View looking westerly along Highway 7/8 through Downtown Stratford.

Photo taken: June 8th, 2010.

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Waterloo Street in Stratford carried the Highway 19 designation until 1998.  Click here for Highway 19-North Images.
City of Stratford  View looking westerly along Highway 7/8 approaching Downtown Stratford.  Before Highway 19 was transferred to local municipalities, Highway 19 continued north from this traffic light towards Tralee.

Photo taken: June 8th, 2010. 

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
View looking westerly into Stratford from the eastern city limits.

Photo taken: June 8th, 2010.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
Looking east from just east of Stratford.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
Highway 7/8 curves around a small lake just to the east of Stratford to create this very pleasant scene.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
View looking west from Highway 59 in Shakespeare.

Photo taken: August 1st, 2004

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
Easterly view from Highway 59 along Highway 7/8.

Photo taken: August 1st, 2004.


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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
View looking westerly through Shakespeare along Highway 7/8.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005. 

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
The drive from New Hamburg to Stratford is very pleasant, despite the long lines of traffic that drivers will inevitably encounter.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
View of the New Hamburg railway overhead -- looking east.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
Westerly view along Highway 7/8 from the New Hamburg Overhead.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2009.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
View looking easterly from the New Hamburg Overhead.  Highway 7/8 widens to a four-lane cross section just beyond the pictured curve.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2009.

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Township of Perth East

County of Perth
This view looks easterly towards the New Hamburg Overhead from just east of the Wilmot-Easthope Road.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2009.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Easterly view at the western start of the New Hamburg By-pass.  Traffic signals were added to this intersection in 2007.

Upper photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: September 17th, 2009.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking westerly towards the Wilmot-Easthope Road intersection.  The Wilmot-Easthope Road is a popular short-cut route for traffic bound to Highway 7 West of Stratford.

Photo taken: June 8th, 2010.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking easterly approaching the Peel Street intersection.  The New Hamburg By-pass was reconstructed during 2006 and 2007 to improve the pavement condition along the road as well as intersection geometry at several intersections.

Upper photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: October 15th, 2010.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking west towards Peel Street.  The right turn channel from Highway 7/8 to Peel Street was removed during the 2006/07 reconstruction.  There are several residential driveways immediately north of Highway 7/8 along Peel Street that conflicted with the ramp.

Upper photo taken: August 1st, 2004.

Lower photo taken: September 17th, 2009.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Temporarily mounted traffic signals at the Bleams Road intersection.  Unlike neighbouring Michigan, traffic signals are very seldom mounted on overhead wires.  A permanent traffic signal installation was added to this intersection in 2006/07.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking westerly from Waterloo Road 5.  The New Hamburg By-pass was completed in 1957 to avoid a very awkward routing through the town.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking easterly at the west end of the divided highway at the eastern end of the New Hamburg By-pass.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking westerly from Sandhills Road towards New Hamburg and Waterloo Road 51.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking easterly from Sandhills Road.  Despite the high design standard, Highway 7/8 is only posted at 90km/h.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

This picture is looking west off of the Waterloo Road 12 overpass west of the city of Kitchener.  Before the mid-1990s the 4-lane divided expressway ended at this interchange, only to restart as an at grade 4-lane undivided expressway a few kilometres west near New Hamburg.
Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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Township of Wilmot

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking easterly from the Waterloo Road 12 interchange.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

These views look west towards the Trussler Road interchange along Highway 7/8.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Easterly views of Highway 7/8 towards the Fischer Hallman Road interchange.

Photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

These photos show Highway 7/8 looking west from the Fisher-Hallman Road overpass in Kitchener.  The highway's median widens considerably for a short distance west of the Fischer-Hallman Road interchange.  It would seem that highway designers envisioned a considerably wider rural cross-section when the initial portion of the highway was opened in the 1970s than what was actually built later in the 1990s.

Upper photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

Lower photos taken: August 11th, 2016.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Easterly view of the Conestoga Parkway from Fischer Hallman Road.  The MTO is in preliminary design to widen the Parkway from Fischer Hallman Road easterly to Courtland Road.

Upper photo taken: June 10th, 2005.

Lower photos taken: August 11th, 2016.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking westerly at the off-ramp to Fischer-Hallman Road.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Westbound signage in advance of the Fischer-Hallman Road interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Eastbound advanced signage for the Homer Watson Boulevard interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking easterly at the off-ramp to Homer Watson Boulevard interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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A multi-year construction project to widen Highway 7/8 to six lanes between Fischer Hallman Road and Courtland Avenue was completed in 2016.  For photos of this construction project, click here.

City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking westerly at the off-ramp to Homer Watson Boulevard.  This off-ramp was widened from one to two lanes during a construction project that was completed in 2016.
Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Westbound advanced signage for the Homer Watson Boulevard interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Eastbound advanced signage for the Courtland Avenue interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking easterly at the off-ramp to Courland Avenue.  The fourth lane that joined the highway at the Homer Watson Boulevard interchange exits at Courtland Avenue.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View looking westerly at the off-ramp to Courland Avenue.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Highway 7/8 looking west towards the Courtland Avenue. interchange from the pedestrian overpass just east of Courtland Avenue.  Before, 2016, Highway 7/8 had a four lane cross-section from Courtland Avenue westerly to New Hamburg.


Upper photo taken: September 18th, 2005.

Lower photos taken: August 11th, 2016.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Highway 7/8 looking east from the same pedestrian overpass as the previous picture.  The Highway 7/8 interchange is located about 500m east of this overpass.


Upper photo taken: September 18th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: August 11th, 2016.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Westbound advanced signage for the Courtland Avenue interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

The advanced signage for the Highway 8 split from the eastbound lanes of the Conestoga Parkway.  Traffic bound towards Highway 401 is directed to follow Highway 8.  Click here for an alternate photo of this signage taken in August, 2004.
Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Three lanes continue easterly along Highway 7, while the right lane departs for Highway 8.  Click here for an alternate photo of this signage taken in August, 2004.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.

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Highway 7 continues easterly along the Parkway before departing for Guelph and beyond.  Click here for Highway 7-East images.
City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

View of the start of the Highway 8 freeway from King Street in Kitchener.

Photo taken: September 2nd, 2008.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Highway 8 driving west at the King Street exit.  At King Street, Highway 8 departs the current freeway alignment heading to the Conestoga Parkway via a loop ramp.  King Street leads travelers into Downtown Kitchener, and is the former route of Highway 8 before the Conestoga Parkway was constructed in the late 1960s.  Click here for an alternate photo of this signage taken in November, 2009.
Photo taken: November 11th, 2009.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Signage located at the eastbound Highway 7 split from the Highway 8 freeway.  Click here for an alternate photo of this signage taken in November, 2009.

Photo taken: November 11th, 2009.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Looking west along Highway 8 from the Franklin Street overpass.  This picture shows the Highway 7/8 interchange in good detail.  The Highway 7/8 interchange was extensively reconstructed as part of a multi-year construction project completed in 2004.  During this construction a new high-speed flyover ramp was constructed between westbound Highway 7 and eastbound Highway 8 replacing an outdated loop ramp.  Before the interchange was reconstructed, it was a very congested half-cloverleaf design.

Photos taken: October 18th, 2009.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Highway 8 looking east from the Franklin Street overpass.

Photo taken: October 18th, 2009.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Advanced signage for the upcoming Highway 7/8 interchange located just east of the Franklin Street overpass.  Click here for an alternate photo of this signage taken in November, 2009.

Photo taken: November 11th, 2009.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Approaching the Highway 7 interchange along Highway 8.  Click here for an alternate photo of this signage taken in November, 2009.

Photo taken: November 11th, 2009.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Eastbound advanced signage approaching the Fairview Road interchange.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Signage at the eastbound off-ramp to Fairview Road.

Photo taken: August 11th, 2016.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Partial overhead signs are becoming quite common along Ontario Highways.

Photo taken: November 11th, 2009.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
A rather sharp reversing curve greets Highway 8 travelers just west of Fairway Road.

Photo taken: July 2008.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
The median barrier on the new Fairway Road overpass has been embossed with a very attractive decorative pattern.

Photo taken: July 2008.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Oversized junction assembly at the Fairway Road interchange.

Photo taken: July 2008.
City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Westbound advanced signage for the off-ramp to Fairway Road.

Photo taken: November 11th, 2009.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
A series of views as Highway 8 passes overtop of the Grand River structures.  The upper photos show the Grand River structure while Highway 8 was a simple four lane freeway.  From 2009 to 2012, Highway 8 was widened from four to eight lanes through eastern Kitchener.  This work involved building a new twin structure over the Grand River in addition to a deck replacement on the existing 1960s era structure.

Upper photos taken: September 2nd, 2008.

Lower photo taken: July 21st, 2012.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Eastbound advanced signage for the ramp to King Street.  There is no direct connection from the freeway to the westbound 401, so traffic bound towards London along Highway 401 is also directed to exit at this interchange.

Photo taken: July 21st, 2012.
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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Driving east along Highway 8 approaching Highway 7187.  At this interchange, Highway 8 departs the freeway section and follows King Street to the 401, and into Cambridge.  Although commonly referred to as Highway 8, Highway 7187 carries freeway traffic bound for the eastbound 401.  (Travelers bound for the westbound 401 must exit the freeway here).

Upper photo taken: September 24th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: July 21st, 2012.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
A series of views showing Highway 8 as it traverses the Grand River valley looking westerly from the King Street underpass.  The photo sequence gives a snapshot of some of the construction work that was required in order to widen Highway 8 to eight lanes through the Grand River valley.  The upper (2009) photos were taken before any work to widen the highway had begun.  At that time, little had changed along Highway 8 through the Grand River valley (the Freeport Diversion) since it had been completed in the early 1960s.  The second (2010) photo was taken shortly after the new eastbound Grand River structure had been completed and opened to traffic.  Once the new eastbound Grand River structure had been opened to traffic, crews began to replace the deck on the pre-existing 1963 structure.  The third (2011) photo shows work continuing to re-deck the pre-existing Grand River structure as well as extend the King Street structures to the outside.  The lowest (2012) photos show the project shortly after work had been completed and all lanes had been opened to traffic.

Photos #1 and #2 taken:  May 29th, 2009.

Photos #3 and #4 taken:  September 19th, 2010.

Photo #5 taken: September 9th, 2011.

Photos #6 and #7 taken:  July 21st, 2012.

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Before Highway 8 was transferred to the Region of Waterloo, Hwy 8 followed King Street through Kitchener and Cambridge bound for Hamilton.  Click here for Cambridge to Hamilton Images
City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Two views looking easterly along the Highway 7187 freeway from just east of the King Street interchange.

Upper photo taken: May 29th, 2009.

Lower photo taken: July 21st, 2012.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
View looking easterly along Highway 7187 approaching the Maple Grove Road / Sportsworld Drive interchange.  Highway 7187 was widened to six lanes between King Street and Sportsworld Drive during the Grand River widening project.
Photo taken: September 2nd, 2008.

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City of Kitchener

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Another easterly view at the Maple Grove Road / Sportsworld Drive interchange.  The Highway 401 interchange is located at the final curve pictured in this photo.

Photo taken: June 23rd, 2009.

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Beyond the Maple Grove Road / Sportsworld Drive interchange, Highway 8 leads to Highway 401.  Click here for Highway 401 images.

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