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Before several sections of Highway 3 were downloaded, the Highway 3 designation extended from Sandwich Street at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor easterly to the QEW at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. This is notable, as no other Ontario highway has had the distinction to have both of its termini at international crossings. In 1997 and 1998 several sections of Highway 3 were decommissioned leaving three discrete sections of provincially maintained highway today. These sections now run from Sandwich Street in Windsor easterly to Highway 77 at Leamington; from Highway 4 at Talbotville to Townline Road just west of Port Colborne; and from Highway 140 to Rose Hill Road just west of Fort Erie. The decommissioned portions of Highway 3 have since been designated by the counties that now maintain the route. From west to east, the county roads that fill in the discontinuous segments of Highway 3 are: Essex Road 33, Essex Road 34, Chatham-Kent Road 3, Elgin Road 3, and Niagara Road 3.
Western Terminus: At Sandwich Street
in downtown Windsor
Eastern Terminus: Pre-1997: At the QEW interchange in Fort Erie.
Current: Rose Hill Road just to the west of Fort Erie
Discontinuity (since 1998): Highway 3 is now discontinuous in two places. Most notably, all of Highway 3 was downloaded between Highway 77 at Leamington to Highway 4 at Talbotville. Highway 3 is also discontinuous in Port Colborne as the connecting link has been repealed by the MTO. Fortunately within Port Colborne there are sporadic signs directing through traffic through the discontinuity.
Length: Pre-1997: 411.0km. Current: 115.7 km.
Freeway: Highway 3 is a super-2 expressway through St. Thomas
AADT (2002): Highest: 29,100, from Howard Avenue easterly to Highway 401 in Windsor;
Lowest: 2,750, from First Avenue easterly to Centennial Street on the St Thomas Expressway.
Road info: Highway 3 is generally in fairly good condition. The western segment of the route is in excellent condition but is quite congested. The central and longest segment has the most variance in condition but is in for the most part, good or fair shape. The eastern segment is once again all in good condition. The downloaded portion between Leamington and St. Thomas is at times fairly rough, but is for the most part quite lightly traveled. Highway 3 has a rural posted speed limit of 80km/h.
Highway 3 information:
Detailed Route information available
History of Highway
Photographic History of Highway 3
|VintageKingsHighways.com||Early 1990s Vintage Highway 3 photos|
Communities and Major Intersections located along Highway 3 between Windsor and Leamington from West to East:
Proper Municipality Name
|City of Windsor||Windsor||(0km) / (411.0km)||Sandwich Street|
|City of Windsor||Windsor||---||Wyandotte Street|
|City of Windsor||Windsor||---||Tecumseh Road|
|City of Windsor||Windsor||(4.4km) / (406.6km)||E. C. Row Expressway (Formerly Highway 7087) - To Highways 2 and 18|
|Windsor - LaSalle Boundary||Windsor South Limits||(6.7km) / 404.3km)||Todd Lane & Cabana Road|
|Windsor - LaSalle Boundary||-----||---||Huron Church Line (Essex Road 7)|
|Windsor - LaSalle - Tecumseh Boundary||-----||(10.3km) / (400.7km)||Howard Road (Essex Road 9)|
|Windsor - Tecumseh Boundary||-----||(11.2km) / (399.8km)||King's Highway 401|
|Town of Tecumseh||-----||(13.4km) / (397.6km)||Walker Road (Essex Road 11)|
|Town of Tecumseh||Oldcastle||---||-----|
|Town of Tecumseh||(Maidstone By-pass)||(18.4km) / (392.6km)||Talbot Road (Essex Road 34)|
|Tecumseh - Lakeshore Boundary||(Maidstone By-pass)||(21.2km) / (389.8km)||Essex Road 19|
|Lakeshore - Essex Boundary||(Essex By-pass)||(24.3km) / (386.7km)||Essex Road 8|
|Essex - Kingsville Boundary||(Essex By-pass)||(28.1km) / (382.9km)||Essex Road 23|
|Town of Kingsville||(Cottam By-pass)||(34.3km) / (367.7km)||Essex Road 27|
|Town of Kingsville||-----||(37.3km) / (373.7km)||Division Road (Essex Road 29)|
|Town of Kingsville||-----||(40.6km) / (370.4km)||Essex Road 18|
|Town of Kingsville||(Ruthven By-pass)||(43.9km) / (367.1km)||Essex Road 34|
|Kingsville - Leamington Boundary||-----||(---) / (---)||Albuna Townline Road (Essex Road 31)|
|Municipality of Leamington||(Leamington Bypass)||(---) / (---)||King's Highway 77 / Erie Street|
Detailed Route information for the remainder of Highway 3 Coming Soon!
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