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

Proper Municipality Name Photo Description Photo

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City of London

Highway 401 looking east from the Southminster Bourne overpass in the southwest end of London.  Around the curve in the distance, the central median narrows and the former grassed median has been replaced by a much safer tallwall style barrier.  Click here for an additional view from this vantage point, taken September, 2005.  Click here to jump to the view looking west from the Southminster Drive overpass.

 

Photos taken: September 17th, 2013.

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City of London Advanced signage for the Highway 4 interchange along Highway 401 east.

Photo taken: May 21st, 2012.
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City of London Ground mounted signage for the ramp to Highway 4-South.  Highway 4 crosses Highway 401 at one of the few remaining cloverleaf interchanges along Highway 401.

Photo taken: May 21st, 2012.
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City of London Ground mounted signage for the ramp to Highway 4-North.  The speed change lane between the on-ramp from Highway 4-South and the off-ramp to Highway 4-North is very short.

Photo taken: May 21st, 2012.
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City of London View looking west from the Highway 4 overpass.  Between 1957 and 1963 the western terminus of Highway 401 was located at this junction.

Photo taken: April 11th, 2005.

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Highway 401 meets Highway 4 at a cloverleaf interchange in the very Southwest of the City of London.  Click here for Highway 4 images.
City of London View looking easterly from the Highway 401 overpass.  The Highway 4/401 interchange is a very tight interchange due to the large skew that Highway 4 and 401 intersect at.

Photo taken: April 11th, 2005.


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City of London

Highway 401 looking west from the Glanworth Drive overpass in the southwest of the City of London.  The interchange shown in the photo is with Highway 4.  This interchange is one of the last full cloverleaf's left in the province (ignoring a small ramp modification in the NE quadrant).

Photo taken: April 24th, 2004.


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City of London Looking east from the Glanworth Drive overpass.  Glanworth Drive is located about 500m east of the Highway 4 interchange.

Photo taken: April 14th, 2005.


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City of London Signage along Highway 401 denoting the exit to northbound Highway 4.

Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.

City of London Advance signage for the upcoming Highway 4 interchange.  Notice that because Highway 4 meets the 401 at a cloverleaf interchange, exit 177 is subdivided into 177A and 177B.

Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.

City of London Advanced signage for the Wonderland Road interchange.

Photo taken: November 15th, 2015.
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City of London Eastbound signage at the off-ramp to Wonderland Road.

Photo taken: November 15th, 2015.
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City of London View looking easterly towards the Wonderland Road underpass along Highway 401.  The Highway 401 interchange opened to traffic on November 11th, 2015.

Photo taken: November 15th, 2015.

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City of London A series of views approaching the Highway 401 grade separation along Wonderland Road.  The Wonderland Road grade separation has been constructed with NU girder beams.  NU girders are an alternative to the standard concrete I-beam.  There use typically offers moderate cost savings compared to the more typical CPCI design.  Also of note at the Wonderland Road interchange are the decorative maple leafs that have been embossed into the wingwalls of the Wonderland Road grade separation.  Such treatments are common in several US states, including Texas.

Photos taken: November 15th, 2015.

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City of London View looking westerly at the Wonderland Road underpass.

Photo taken: November 15th, 2015.

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City of London View looking westerly as the off-ramp to Wonderland Road departs from the freeway mainline.

Photo taken: November 15th, 2015.
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City of London Easterly view of the Scotland Drive overpass.  The Scotland Drive overpass was constructed during the late 1960s, several years after Highway 401 opened to traffic.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2013. 
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City of London Looking west from the Scotland Drive overpass.  The upper photo was taken prior to the commencement of construction for the Wonderland Road interchange, while the lower photo was taken a few days after the Wonderland Road interchange opened to traffic..  Click here for an additional view from this vantage point, taken September, 2005.

Upper photo taken: September 17th, 2013.

Lower photo taken: November 15th, 2015.

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City of London Looking east along Highway 401 from the Scotland Drive overpass in southwestern London.  Scotland Drive is located roughly at kilometre marker 180.  Click here for an additional view from this vantage point, taken September, 2005.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2013.


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City of London Advanced signage for westbound motorists approaching the Wonderland Road interchange.

Photo taken: November 15th, 2015.
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City of London View looking easterly through the Westminster Drive overpass.  The Westminster Drive overpass uses an attractive concrete rigid frame girder design.  The original Wellington Road structure that was demolished in 2008 used a similar design.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2013.
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City of London Looking west from the White Oak Road overpass in southwestern London.  White Oak Road is located roughly at kilometre marker 182.    Click here for an additional view from this vantage point, taken September, 2005.

Photo taken: September 19th, 2009.


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City of London Highway 401 looking east from the White Oak Road overpass.  The White Oak Road overpass is located just west of the Highway 402 flyover.  Notice the high-speed flyover running overtop of the mainline Highway 401 lanes in the photo.

Upper photo taken: September 23rd, 2005.

Lower photo taken: September 19th, 2009.


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Highway 402 departs westerly from the 401 bound for Sarnia, the Bluewater Bridge and the United States of America.  Click here for Highway 402 images.
City of London Old and new westbound signs for the Highway 402 interchange west of London.  Since the 2008 widening project along Highway 401 through the Wellington Road interchange, the third westbound lane has ended just beyond the off-ramp to Highway 402.

Upper photo taken: September 23rd, 2005.

Lower photo taken: July 24th, 2013.

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City of London

Highway 401 looking west from Dingman Drive. Dingman Drive is located approximately 1km east of the Highway 401/402 interchange.  Notice that the ramp from Highway 402 to the 401 no longer narrows to a single lane before joining the 401.  This was arguably the biggest improvement during the recent widening project.

 

Upper photo taken: November 4th, 2005.

 

Lower photos taken: May 21st, 2012.


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City of London Looking east from the Dingman Road overpass towards the Wellington Road interchange.

Upper photo taken: November 4th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: May 21st, 2012.

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City of London Old and new advanced signage for the Highway 402 interchange.  Despite the overhead sign support being widen enough for a three lane carriageway beneath it, the sign and gantry in the upper photo was completely removed and replaced with the diagram sign that is now located immediately east of the Dingman Drive overpass.

Upper photo taken: September 23rd, 2005.

Lower photo taken: July 24th, 2013. 

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City of London Eastbound advanced signage for the ramp to Wellington Road in London.  Traffic bound for Downtown London is directed to use this interchange.

Photo taken: July 24th, 2013.
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City of London The eastbound off-ramp to Wellington Road.

Photo taken: July 24th, 2013.
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City of London Looking west from the Wellington Road overpass in London.  The upper photo shows Wellington Road intersecting the 401 at a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange.  This interchange was replaced with the modern parclo A4 configuration during a multiyear construction project that was completed in 2008.  The lower photo shows the reconfigured interchange.

Upper photo taken: November 4th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: May 21st, 2012.

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City of London Before and after views of the Macdonald Cartier Freeway taken looking easterly from the Wellington Road overpass in London.  As evident from the photos, the reconstruction was quite substantial.

Upper photo taken: November 4th, 2005

Lower photos taken: May 21st, 2012.

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City of London New signage heading westbound for Wellington Road in London.  Wellington Road is the principal access from Highway 401 into Downtown London.  The text marking Wellington Road as the access into Downtown/Centre-Ville is a nice touch, and was not found on the previous incarnation of this signage.
Photo taken: September 19th, 2009.
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City of London Eastbound signage at the off-ramp to Exeter Road.  The off-ramp to Exeter Road was moved a considerable distance to the west during the highway widening through the Wellington Road interchange.  The former configuration had the ramp to Exeter Road depart the highway just overtop the crest of a hill.

Photo taken: October 1st, 2010.
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City of London The upper sign no longer stands; it is from the days when Highway 401 narrowed to 4-lanes at the Wellington Road interchange, and when the ramps to Wellington Road North and Exeter Road shared a common exit from the westbound 401.  The lower photo is of the same sign truss, shot after the Wellington Road interchange was reconstructed, and the ramp to Exeter Road was separated from the ramp to Wellington Road.

Upper photo taken: April 16th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: September 19, 2009.
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City of London View looking easterly from the Adelaide Street South underpass towards the Highbury Avenue interchange.  Overhead signs were installed at the Highbury Avenue interchange as part of the upgrade of the Wellington Road interchange.

Photo taken: September 19th, 2009.

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City of London Advanced signage for the eastbound off-ramp to Highbury Avenue.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2013.
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City of London Eastbound signage at the ramp to Highbury Avenue.

Photo taken: September 17th, 2013. 
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City of London Westbound signage at the off-ramp to Highbury Avenue.  Westbound traffic bound for St. Thomas is directed to exit at Highbury Avenue.  Eastbound traffic bound for St. Thomas is directed to use Highway 4, several kilometres to the west.
Photo taken: July 24th, 2013.
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City of London Westbound advanced signage for the Highbury Avenue off-ramp.

Photo taken: July 24th, 2013.
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City of London  A changeable message sign greets drivers approaching the Highbury Avenue interchange in London. 

Photo taken: April 20th, 2007.
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City of London Looking west along Highway 401 from the Old Victoria Road overpass.  Old Victoria Road is located roughly at kilometre marker 193.  This is a fairly typical looking view of Highway 401 through London.

Photo taken: August 31st, 2009.


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Highway 401 looking east from the Old Victoria Road overpass in London.

 

Photo taken: August 31st, 2009.

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City of London Eastbound advanced signage for the Veterans Memorial Parkway interchange in London.

Photo taken: September 25th, 2014.
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City of London Signage at the eastbound off-ramp to Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Photo taken: September 25th, 2014. 
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City of London View looking west from the Veterans Memorial Parkway overpass in eastern London.  The Old Victoria Road overpass is visible in this photo.  Old Victoria Road was at one point considered as the eastern part of the London Ring Road.  Instead the city and province chose to route the eastern leg a few kilometres to the east, at what is now Veterans Memorial Parkway (formerly Highway 100).
Photo taken: September 19th, 2009.

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Veteran's Memorial Parkway was formerly Highway 100, and leads northerly along the eastern edge of London.  Click here for Highway 100 images.
City of London Looking east from the Veterans Memorial Parkway.  Veterans Memorial Parkway is located at kilometre marker 194.

Photo taken: September 19th, 2009.


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City of London Westbound signage for Veterans Memorial Parkway  Veterans Memorial Parkway was formerly known as Airport Road.  Airport Road was formerly known as Highway 100.

Photo taken: September 19th, 2009.
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Page 4 - Aerials

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

Proper Municipality Name Photo Description Photo
City of London View looking northerly at the Highway 4/401 cloverleaf interchange in the southwestern portion of the city of London.

Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 85kb.

City of London A wide angle photo looking northwesterly towards London at the Highway 4/401 cloverleaf.

Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 70kb.

City of London This view looks south towards St Thomas at the Highway 4/401 cloverleaf interchange.

Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 60kb.

City of London View looking northeasterly towards the Highway 4/401 cloverleaf interchange.  The Highway 4/401 cloverleaf was a textbook example of a cloverleaf until very recently when the westbound to northbound off-ramp was realigned to meet Glanworth Road instead of meeting directly with Highway 4.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 85kb.

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City of London Wide angle view of the Highway 401/402 semi-directional-'Y' interchange looking westerly.  At the top of this photo the Wonderland Road/402 interchange is visible.  This interchange was constructed in 1997 and  is the newest interchange on Highway 402.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 85kb.
City of London A more close-up view of the Highway 401/402 interchange.  Because both Highways 401 and 402 are east-west freeways, this interchange is not full access.

Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 80kb.

City of London View looking easterly towards the Wellington Road and Highbury Avenue interchanges along Highway 401 in London.  The 401 passes a considerable distance south of most of the City of London.  It is only between Wellington Road and Highbury Avenue that development has surrounded the Highway 401 corridor.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 85kb.
City of London Looking north towards the Wellington Road interchange.  Starting in the summer of 2006 the Wellington Road interchange will be reconstructed as a 'parclo' A-4 as part of a project to widen Highway 401 to 6-lanes between Wellington Road and Highway 402.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 150kb.

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City of London A more zoomed in view of the Wellington Road interchange.  Originally, Wellington Road met Highway 401 at a full cloverleaf interchange.  The eastbound to northbound loop was removed in the late 1980s when Highway 401 was first 6-laned between Wellington Road and Highbury Avenue.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 90kb.
City of London Looking southwesterly towards the Wellington Road interchange.  In this photo virtually the entire project limits of the contract to widen Highway 401 to six lanes through western London is shown.  Click here for more pre-construction photos between Wellington Road and Highway 402.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 90kb.
City of London View looking northerly at the Highbury Avenue interchange along Highway 401.  In addition to showing the Highway 401 interchange, this photo showcases the entire length of Highbury Avenues short freeway section in London.  Before 1991 Highbury Avenue was part of the provincial highway network as Highway 126.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 110kb.

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City of London The Highbury Avenue interchange in more detail.  When originally opened in 1963, Highbury Avenue (Highway 126) met Highway 401 at a cloverleaf interchange.  This interchange was reconstructed to its current configuration in the early 1990s when Highway 401 was widened to six lanes through Eastern London.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 85kb.
City of London View looking north at the Highway 401/Veterans Memorial Parkway interchange.  Veterans Memorial Parkway (formerly Airport Road) was widened to 4-lanes for much of its length during the 2005 construction season.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 95kb.
City of London Another view of the Highway 401/Veterans Memorial Parkway interchange, this time looking northwest.  The trumpet interchange at Veterans Memorial Parkway is quite similar to the trumpet interchange at the Hanlon Parkway in Guelph.
Photo taken: April 28th, 2006.  Size: 75kb.

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