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

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

A series of views of Highway 401 looking east from Kennedy Road (Mississauga) towards the 401/403/410 interchange.  In the upper photo, taken several years before the complex freeway portion of highway was extended westerly, the 18+ lane, 4 carriageway Highway 401 narrowed to a meagre, 6+ lane, two carriageway freeway just east of the Kennedy Road overpass.  The lower photos were taken shortly after construction to widen the highway to twelve lanes through the Hurontario Street interchange was completed.  Within the modern photos, the inner-most lane of the freeway has been barricaded off from traffic until the complex freeway is again extended to the west through the Mavis Road interchange.  Once widening has been completed to the west through Mavis Road, the now closed inner express lanes will be opened as a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, the first such lane along Highway 401 in the province.  Click here to jump to the view looking westerly from the Kennedy Road overpass.

 

Upper photos taken: June 24th, 2008.

 

Lower photos taken: August 19th, 2014.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Signage for the core to collector transfer for the Dixie Road interchange.  This sign is out of date as there is no longer a transfer from the Express Lanes to Collector Lanes at Highway 410.

Photo taken: August 26th, 2009.
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Highway 410 leads north of Highway 401 into Brampton.  Click here for Highway 410 images.

Highway 403 leads south and west of Highway 401 to Hamilton, Brantford and eventually meets Highway 401 again in Woodstock.  Click here for Highway 403 images.

City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Signage for the Highway 403 exit along the westbound Express lanes, and for Highway 403 and Highway 410 along the westbound Collector Lanes  This is a very major interchange -- just over half of all westbound traffic departs the 401 for either Highway 403 or Highway 410.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: September 20th, 2009.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: September 10th, 2011. 

City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Advanced signage in both the Express and Collector Lanes denoting the Highway 403/410 interchange.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: September 20th, 2009.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: September 10th, 2011.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

View of the 401/403/410 interchange as seen looking west from the Dixie Road overpass.  The Highway 401/403/410/ interchange is 4-levels high and contains 7 high-speed flyover ramps.  Geographically it is far and away the largest interchange in Canada.  What's more, despite its already enormous size, this interchange is likely to get larger, as there are currently no ramps between the Toronto-bound 403 and Highway 401-West nor are there ramps between Highway 401-East and the Hamilton-bound 403.  These ramps are proposed  to be constructed in the future, some grading work was completed for a ramp from the westbound 401 to the Hamilton-bound 403 as part of the extension of the complex freeway to west of Hurontario Street.

 

Photos taken: May 3rd, 2009.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Signage for Highway 403/410 affixed to the Dixie Road overpass.  The ramp to the 403 is located roughly 1km upstream of this sign.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: September 20th, 2009.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 16th, 2013. 

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Highway 401 looking east from Dixie Road.  Dixie Road is located at kilometre marker 346.  These photos showcase the widest section of highway in Ontario.  At 18-through lanes this section of Highway 401 is also the widest highway in Canada.

Upper photo taken: May 3rd, 2009.

Lower photo taken: June 20th, 2010.


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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
Westbound signage at the off-ramp to Dixie Road.  Note the queued traffic along the right side of the freeway for the Dixie Road off-ramp.  The westbound off-ramp to Dixie Road is often congested even during off-peak periods such as when this photo was taken.  To help alleviate congestion, the City of Mississauga along with MTO are planning to extend Creekbank Road overtop of Highway 401 and construct a new westbound off-ramp from the collector lanes to the extended Creekbank Road.
Photo taken: May 16th, 2013.
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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
Advanced signage for the westbound collector lane off-ramp to Dixie Road.

Photo taken: May 16th, 2013.
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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
Two views along Highway 401 traveling eastbound through Mississauga at the changeable message signs located in advance of the Airport Basketweave.  During periods of light traffic, changeable message signs located in advance of a major intersection often double as pre-advanced signage for the interchange -- as is the case on both of the pictured signs to the right.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: August 26th, 2009.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: March 19th, 2011.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
Overhead signs located atop both the Express and Collector Lanes in advance of the Airport Transfer.  Beyond this transfer the collector lanes become nothing more than long ramps to Highway 427 and Renforth Drive.  All Eastbound Highway 401 traffic is directed into the Express Lanes.  There is a gap in the collector lanes between Highway 427 and Highway 409.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 19th, 2009

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: August 26th, 2009.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Exit signage for the Highway 427/Renforth Drive exit.  This transfer is a basketweave; the ramp to Highway 427 and Renforth Drive from the Express Lanes passes under the ramp from the eastbound Collector Lanes to the Express.  Beyond this transfer all through traffic must utilize the Express Lanes, as the Collector Lanes end at Highway 427.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: August 26th, 2009.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: March 19th, 2011.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Looking westerly along Highway 401 from roughly halfway between the Dixie Road and Renforth Drive interchanges, south of Pearson Airport.

Photo taken: September 26th, 2006.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
One of the last remaining M-C Freeway signs along the 401 in the whole of Ontario can be found in Mississauga.  Macdonald-Cartier Freeway signs have been phased out since the early 1990s.  Until about 2007/08 numerous signs existed in eastern Ontario, however with the designation of the 401 as the Highway of Hero's between Toronto and Trenton in 2007, M-C signs quickly disappeared.
Photo taken: September 20th, 2009.
City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

This diagram sign is located well in advance of the 403 interchange; notice that the distance to the interchange is not shown on the signage.  There are a few diagram signs strewn across the province that don't list distances on the signage.  In fact, near Ottawa, along Highway 416, there are several advanced exit signs that fail to list how far the signs are from the ramp.
Photo taken: September 20th, 2009.
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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Signage for the transfer to Dixie Road and Highway 410.

Photo taken: September 10th, 2011.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Advanced signage for the westbound transfer to the collectors south of the Airport.  Highway 410 bound traffic must use the collectors beyond this point as Highway 410 is not directly accessible from the Express lanes.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2009.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
The overhead changeable message sign in advance of the large 427 interchange complex is doubling as a pre-advanced sign for Eglinton Avenue.

Photo taken: October 7th, 2014.
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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
The advanced signage for the off-ramp to Eglinton Avenue is affixed to the Renforth Drive overpass.  An exit tab is used on the advanced signage for Eglinton Avenue because the exiting lane has already developed beneath the sign.  For the past two decades, this has been the standard way that exit tabs have been applied to freeways in Ontario.
Photo taken: October 7th, 2014.
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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
View as the ramp to Eglinton Avenue departs the mainline lanes of Highway 401.  When the Eglinton Avenue interchange was constructed, it was envisioned that this ramp would lead to the Richview Expressway.  The Richview Expressway was an expressway that was envisioned for the Eglinton Avenue corridor between Highway 401 and what has become Black Creek Drive.  Obviously, such an expressway was never constructed. 
Photo taken: October 7th, 2014.
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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel
Easterly view nearing the Renforth Drive interchange.  The fly-over ramp linking the eastbound 401 to the northbound 427 is visible behind the Renforth Drive overpass.

Photo taken: May 17th, 2012.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

Looking west from the Renforth Drive overpass.  The complex freeway ends at this point, as the collector lanes split and head to and from the 427.  Highway 401 has 8-through lanes through the Highway 427 interchange.  The complex freeway resumes at Kipling Avenue, approximately 5km to the east.  Click here for this same view taken in May, 2009.
Photo taken: May 17th, 2012.

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City of Mississauga

Regional Municipality of Peel

View looking easterly towards the Highway 427 interchange from the Renforth Drive interchange.  Highway 427 runs parallel parallel to Highway 401 for a short distance complicating the interchange between the two freeways.


Photos taken: May 17th, 2012.

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Highway 427 is a commuter highway running through the west end of Etobicoke.  Click here for Highway 427 images.
City of Toronto Looking easterly along Highway 401 from the Carlingview Drive overpass.  The high-speed ramp from Highway 401 westbound to the southbound 427 runs through the top of this photo.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2006.

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City of Toronto Two views looking easterly from the high-speed flyover ramp from Highway 401 West to Highway 427 South.  The three lane entrance ramp entering the eastbound (right-hand) lanes of Highway 401 carries traffic from the northbound 427.

Photos taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Toronto The westbound signage at the ramp to Carlingview Drive is coupled with an advanced sign for the core to collector transfer in advance of the Dixie Road and Highway 410 interchanges.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2011.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the Carlingview Drive off-ramp.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2011.
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City of Toronto Signage approaching the westbound ramp to the southbound 427.  This high-speed ramp is arguably Ontario's most impressive freeway flyover; the ramp was narrowed to two lanes during June of 2011.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2011.

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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the Highway 427 interchange.  There is no direct connection between the westbound 401 and Highway 427 north.  Westbound traffic must utilize the 409 to access the northbound 427.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2009.

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City of Toronto Overhead changeable message sign in advance of the Highway 427 interchange.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2011. 
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City of Toronto Despite being a fairly new sign, this ground mounted sign announcing the upcoming Express/collector lane diverge reflects an outdated lane configuration.  This sign was erected during a period when MTO was experimenting with using clearview font on freeway guide signage.
Photo taken: September 19th, 2012.
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City of Toronto Eastbound advanced signage for the off-ramp to Dixon and Martin Grove Roads.  The sixth eastbound lane departs the eastbound carriageway at this exit.

Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto Eastbound view at the off-ramp to Dixon and Martin Grove Roads.  When Highway 401 was first widened to an urban cross-section through western Etobicoke during the 1960s and 70s, the highway was only eight lanes wide overtop of the Dixon and Martin Grove Roads interchange.  During a rehabilitation and reconstruction project that took place during the late 1990s, a fifth lane was added in each direction overtop of the structures by converting the inside left shoulder into a traveling lane.
Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto Eastbound changeable message signage just beyond the Dixon Road underpass.  It is fitting that when this photo was taken, this CMS was indicating congestion ahead.  The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 between Highways 427 and 400 is among the most chronically congested portions of expressway through the Greater Toronto Area.

Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto Second overhead diagram sign outlining Etobicoke's Express and collector split.

Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto Overhead advanced arrow signage for the Express-collector split.  The Kipling Avenue overpass hides the final pull through signage from motorists view until almost the point where the lanes diverge.  The hidden location of the Express and Collector split causes uninformed motorists to make last minute lane changes at the diverge, further exacerbating congestion problems that exist along this portion of Highway 401.
Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto

Two views looking west upon the 401 from Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke.  Highway 401 has 10 through lanes from Kipling Avenue to the Highway 427 interchange.

 

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.

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City of Toronto

Highway 401 looking east from the Kipling Avenue overpass in Etobicoke.  Highway 401 divides into a complex freeway beyond the Kipling Avenue overpass, maintaining a minimum cross-section of 12 lanes across four carriageways east from this point for over 40km to Brock Road in the City of Pickering

 

Photos taken: May 11th, 2014.

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City of Toronto Signage at the bull-nose of the eastbound split between the Express and collector lanes in Etobicoke.

Photo taken: May 20th, 2013.
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City of Toronto Immediately beyond the separation between the Express and collector lanes stands this sign advising motorists of the upcoming interchange with Highway 400.  This tri-chord gantry was erected during the reconstruction and widening of the eastbound Express lanes which was completed in 2005.  Initially, this gantry supported a much smaller sign for Highway 400 (which can be seen here, taken in April, 2006) which was quickly replaced by the current signage.
Photo taken: May 20th, 2013.
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City of Toronto View looking westerly from the Highway 409 overpass towards the Kipling Avenue overpass.  The Kipling Avenue overpass looks as if it was designed to be wide enough to allow dual six-lane carriageways through the span.  Since this photo was taken, an additional westbound lane was constructed underneath of the Kipling Avenue overpass as part of a project to add an additional westbound collector lane between Highway 400 and Dixon Road.
Photo taken: September 20th, 2009.


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City of Toronto The eastbound off-ramp to Islington Avenue is located a short distance beyond the start of the collector lanes.

Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto The ramp to Islington Avenue departs the eastbound collector lanes immediately before the ramp from the eastbound lanes of Highway 409 converge on the left.

Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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Highway 409 is a short highway connecting Highway 401 East to Highway 427 North and Pearson International Airport.  Click here for Highway 409 images.
City of Toronto Two views looking westerly from the Islington Avenue overpass in Etobicoke.  West of Islington Avenue, Highway 401's Collector/Express setup ends and the highway narrows to a ten lane cross-section.  At the time that these photos were taken a contract to rehabilitate the eastbound Express Lanes was underway.  This contract saw the eastbound Express Lanes widened from three to four lanes between Highway 409 and Highway 400.  Since these photos were taken, this contract has been completed, and as of 2011, additional contracts to rehabilitate the eastbound collectors, and westbound Express Lanes have been completed.  Between 2010 and 2013, work is ongoing to widen and rehabilitate the westbound collector lanes through this area.

Photos taken: May 11th, 2014.

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City of Toronto View looking easterly along Highway 401 from the Islington Avenue overpass.  Notice the braded ramps on the left side of the photo (the westbound lanes), which links the westbound 401 to Highway 409 and Islington Avenue.

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.

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City of Toronto Signage over both the westbound express and collector lanes as the ramp to Highway 409 leaves the freeway mainline.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 10th, 2014.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage from overtop of both the Express and Collector Lanes in advance of the ramp to Highway 409.  Click here for an addition view of the express lanes signage taken in January, 2009.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 10th, 2014.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Signage for the westbound off-ramp to Islington Avenue.  Beyond the off-ramp to Islington Avenue, the westbound express lanes pass beneath the ramp from the westbound express lanes to Highway 409.

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014
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City of Toronto Westbound collector lane signage in advance of the single lane off-ramp to Islington Avenue.  Additionally, Islington Avenue is directly accessible from the express lanes via the express lane exit to Highway 409.

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014
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City of Toronto Between the Islington Avenue and Weston Road interchanges, the eastbound collector grows from two to four lanes.  One additional lane was gained from the on-ramp from the eastbound 409, while a second additional lane joins the freeway from the Islington Avenue on-ramp.  The additional lane from Islington Avenue quickly departs the freeway as the single lane off-ramp to Weston Road.
Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto The eastbound off-ramp curves overtop of the Humber River on its own structure independent of the highway's mainline.

Photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto

A series of views looking westerly from the Weston Road overpass along Highway 401.  The 2014 photos were taken after a series of construction contracts had wrapped up that saw Highway 401 extensively reconstructed and widened through the area.  Starting with central median and lighting upgrades that took place during the late 1990s, Highway 401, between Kipling Avenue and the Basketweave has been more or less under constant construction for over a decade until work was completed to rehabilitate the westbound collector lanes in 2013.  As of the writing of this commentary in 2014, only non-highway mainline construction work remains to upgrade this section of highway.  For additional photos of Highway 401 taken before and during the various stages of reconstruction between Kipling Avenue and Jane Street, click here.

 

Photos taken: May 11th, 2014.


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City of Toronto

View looking easterly from the Weston Road overpass.

 

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.

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City of Toronto Overhead changeable message sign along the westbound Express lanes of Highway 401 in advance to the Express Lane ramp to Highway 409.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: June 5th, 2011.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage from overtop of both the Express and Collector Lanes in advance of the basketweave.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 10th, 2014.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Westbound advanced signage for the ramp to Weston Road.  The fifth westbound collector lane, (that joined the collectors from the ramp from Highway 400 South) exits at the Weston Road interchange.

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Advanced overhead signage for the ramp to Highway 400 from both the Express and Collector lanes.  When these tri-cord signs were first erected, they featured advanced arrow signs but were quickly replaced with what stands now.  Note the lack of an exit tab overtop of the Express Lanes sign.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 20th, 2013.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 16th, 2013. 
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City of Toronto  Overhead signage for both the eastbound Express and Collector lanes exit to Highway 400.  Both ramps are only a single lane wide and unfortunately depart the freeway just over a crest of a hill.  The fourth eastbound lane in the Express Lanes departs at the Highway 400 off-ramp.
 
Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 20th, 2013.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto  Beyond the eastbound off-ramps to Highway 400, a changeable message sign stands overtop of both the Express and Collector lanes.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 20th, 2013.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: August 12th, 2012.
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City of Toronto View looking westerly from the Highway 400 southbound ramp over Highway 401.  The 401 rises quickly from underneath of the Highway 400 interchange to go overtop of CP's MacTier Subdivision.  This quick hill directly west of the 400 is the cause of much congestion in the westbound collector lanes, as the ramp from Highway 400 south deposits a considerable amount of slow moving truck traffic into the right lane at the bottom of the pictured hill.  This situation was alleviated somewhat with the addition of an extra westbound collector lane from the Highway 400 on-ramp westerly to the off-ramp to Dixon Road.  Construction was completed on this project late in 2013.

Upper photo taken: November 25th, 2007.

Lower photo taken: October 12th, 2013.

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City of Toronto View looking east from the southbound Highway 400 structure over the 401 towards the northbound structure.  Notice the new jersey barriers instead of the stylish 'double rail' barrier on the high-level flyover between Highway 400 South and Highway 401 East.

Photo taken: November 25th, 2007.

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Highway 400 is Southern Ontario's major north-south freeway.  It leads north from Toronto extending to Parry Sound.  Click here for Highway 400 images.
City of Toronto View looking easterly along Highway 401 from the Highway 400 interchange.  This photo was taken shortly after the westbound Express Lanes were rehabilitated and widened.  in 2007, An extra westbound lane was added to the westbound Express Lanes through the Highway 400 interchange.
Photo taken: November 25th, 2007.

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City of Toronto Signage in the westbound collector lanes for the ramp to Highway 400-North and Black Creek Drive.  Click here for an additional view of this interchange taken in May, 2004 before the westbound lanes were reconstructed.
Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the Highway 400 interchange.  The fourth westbound collector lane departs the mainline lanes of Highway 401 at this interchange.  Unlike the eastbound off-ramp, Highway 400 is only accessible from the collector lanes.  The Basketweave was constructed as close to the Highway 400 interchange as it is to facilitate movements between the Express Lanes and Highway 400.  With today's knowledge of traffic operations, and today's traffic volumes, direct ramps between Highway 400 and the Express Lanes would have been a preferable choice instead of the Basketweave.
Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Eastbound view approaching the Basketweave.  A basketweave is the colloquial name for a set of simultaneous ramps between the Express and Collector Lanes that pass overtop of each other via a grade separation.  There are several locations where ramps between the Express and Collector lanes cross in this fashion on GTA area expressways, however this is the only location known as "the Basketweave".
Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: December 1st, 2014

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: July 10th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Eastbound signage overtop of both the express and collector lanes at the Basketweave.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: December 1st, 2014

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: July 10th, 2014.
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City of Toronto A morning rush hour view of Highway 401 looking west from westbound lanes of the Basketweave.  Notice the three-level Highway 400 interchange in the background of this photo.  The westbound Express Lanes through the Highway 400 interchange were being reconstructed at the time this photo was taken.
Photo taken: July 30th, 2005.

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City of Toronto Signage approaching the westbound Basketweave in both the Express and Collector lanes.  Unlike the eastbound direction, there is no direct access to Highway 400 from the Express lanes.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 10th, 2014.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 11th, 2014.

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City of Toronto Advanced signage from overtop of both the Express and Collector Lanes in advance of the basketweave.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: May 10th, 2014.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the ramp to Keele Street from the eastbound collector lanes.  The fourth eastbound collector lane exits the freeway mainline at this interchange.

Photo taken: July 10th, 2014.
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City of Toronto View of the eastbound collector lanes as the off-ramp to Keele Street departs the freeway mainline.

Photo taken: July 10th, 2014.
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City of Toronto View looking northeasterly at the western facade of the Keele Street overpass.  The Keele Street underpass was replaced during a multi-year construction project that was completed in 2014.  The new Keele Street overpass is the first overpass to use stamped concrete parapets along the 401 in the Greater Toronto Area.
Photo taken: October 23rd, 2014.

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City of Toronto Each of the four parapet walls of the Keele Street overpass have been stamped with a decorative 401 shield.

Photo taken: October 23rd, 2014.

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City of Toronto Looking west from the Keele Street overpass.  Just out of view in this photo are both the Basketweave and the Highway 400 interchange.  Click here for an additional view from this vantage point, taken July 23rd, 2006.

Photo taken: October 23rd, 2014.

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City of Toronto Looking east from the Keele Street overpass along Highway 401.  The stretch of Highway 401 between the Basketweave and the Allen Road was widened from 12 to 14 lanes over a series of contracts during the early 2000s.  Click here for an additional view from this vantage point, taken July 23rd, 2006.

Photo taken: October 23rd, 2014.


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City of Toronto Westbound signage at the off-ramp to Keele Street.

Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto Signage situated overtop of the westbound collector lanes in advance of the Keele Street interchange.  The fourth westbound collector lane that entered the highway from the Allen Road interchange exits at Keele Street.
Photo taken: May 11th, 2014.
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City of Toronto The first eastbound transfer beyond the Basketweave is located at the Allen Road interchange.  At this location, traffic traveling in the Express Lanes is provided access to the Collector lanes.

Photo taken: May 20th, 2013.
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City of Toronto An overhead sign for the Allen Road core to collector transfer has been affixed to the ramp from the Allen to Yorkdale Road in advance of the bull-nose.  The replaced parapet wall on the overhead structure pictured makes this structure among the least aesthetically pleasing overpasses along the 401 in the Greater Toronto Area.  A better parapet replacement project would have seen a false curb installed along the outside of the parapet to mimic typical 1960s and 70s era structure design.
Photo taken: May 20th, 2013.
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City of Toronto Second pull-through overhead signage for the Allen Road transfer.  From a distance, this overhead sign is obscured by the Allen Road structures.

Photo taken: May 20th, 2013.
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City of Toronto View looking westerly towards the Allen Road interchange along Highway 401.  The interchange between Highway 401 and Allen Road (which at that point was known as the Spandina Expressway) was the first 3-level freeway to freeway interchange completed in Ontario.  The interchange was completed in 1965.
Photo taken: August 25th, 2006.

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City of Toronto Looking easterly towards Bathurst Street along Highway 401.  Notice the braided ramp that carries both the Express and collector westbound ramps to the Allen Road interchange.  There are several direct ramp connections between Allen Road and the Express Lanes.
Photo taken: August 12th, 2006.

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City of Toronto Signage in both the westbound Express and Collector Lanes for the exit to Allen and Yorkdale Roads.  The ramps from both the Express and Collector Lanes converge into a single ramp in between the Express and Collector Lanes before passing overtop of the Collector lanes and splitting into ramps to Yorkdale Road and Allen Road north and south.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: August 4th, 2013.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: August 3rd, 2013.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the Allen and Yorkdale Roads from both the Express and Collector Lanes.  The advanced signage for the Allen / Yorkdale Road exit from the Collector Lanes is signed at the exit to Bathurst Street.

Upper (Express Lanes) photo taken: August 4th, 2013.

Lower (Collector Lanes) photo taken: August 3rd, 2013.
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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the ramps to both Allen and Yorkdale Roads as well as for Bathurst Street.  Unlike US Interstates, left exits are signed fairly simply on Ontario's highways.

Photo taken: August 4th, 2013.
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City of Toronto Westbound diagram sign in the collector lanes informing traffic of the next two exits along the collector lanes.  It is unusual for an exit ramp to depart from the left side of the collector lanes, so extra signage was installed to inform drivers that the ramp to the left is in fact an exit, and not a transfer to the Express lanes.
Photo taken: August 4th, 2013.
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City of Toronto Eastbound changeable message sign along the collector lanes of Highway 401 in advance of the Avenue Road interchange.

Photo taken: July 21st, 2011.
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City of Toronto View looking easterly in the collector lanes at what has quickly become one of the last Highway 11A shields along the 401.  Rounded truss gantries supporting signage still featuring now defunct highway numbers (as pictured) are quickly finding their way to the scrap piles.
Photo taken: May 19th, 2009.
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City of Toronto

Two photo that show Highway 401 as seen from the west side of the Avenue Road overpass in Toronto.  The westbound Express lanes were being resurfaced at the time that these photos were taken.

 

Photos taken: July 13th, 2011.

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Highway 11A was downloaded in 1997, but served as a useful alternate to Highway 11 into Downtown.  Click here for Highway 11A images.
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A few photos showing Highway 401 looking east from the Avenue Road (Highway 11A) overpass in North York.  The section of freeway surrounding the Avenue Road interchange has the distinction of being the first section of the Toronto By-pass to have been reconstructed as a twelve lane freeway.  The 1965 Department of Highways annual report reports that approximately one-mile of new four-carriageway twelve-lane highway was completed by the fall of 1964.  While the lane configuration of Highway 401 has changed very little since 1964, the view looking easterly from the Avenue Road structure has.  During the 1960s, the Yonge Street corridor (which is starkly visible in today's photos) had none of the high-rise development that can be seen today.  It wasn't until 1974 that the Yonge Subway line breached the 401 and was completed to Finch Station, bringing the pictured high-rise development along with it.


Upper photos taken: May 29th, 2009.

 

Lower two photos taken: March 16th, 2011.

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City of Toronto Advanced signage for the eastbound off-ramp from the collector lanes to Yonge Street.

Photo taken: July 2nd, 2010.
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City of Toronto Overhead signage for the Yonge Street exit.  The 401 does not meet Yonge Street at a standard parclo-interchange; a semi-directional ramp carries traffic from Highway 401 east directly to northbound Yonge Street in North York.

Photo taken: July 2nd, 2010.
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City of Toronto Westerly view at the Express to Collector transfer at the western edge of the Hogg's Hollow Bridge over the Don River.  Click here for a similar view taken from the Collector lanes in May, 2007, before construction to rehabilitate the Hogg's Hollow Bridges had been complete; this photo shows the highway when it still had steel beam barrier and conventional mast truss lighting.
Photo taken: August 4th, 2013.
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City of Toronto  Westerly view at the advanced signage for the Hogg's Hollow transfer.  This photo was taken shortly after a near decades long construction project had been completed to rehabilitate each of the three (formerly four) high-level structures that cross the deep ravine.  Click here for a view taken in May, 2007, that looks west across the eastbound collector lanes during the rehab project.
Photo taken: August 4th, 2013.
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Before Highway 11 was truncated north of Barrie in 1997, Highway 11 followed Yonge Street through Toronto.  Click here for Highway 11 images.
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