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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks northerly from the southern terminus of Highway 406 at East Main Street.  The southern terminus of Highway 406 was first envisioned as the southbound off-ramp of a partial cloverleaf interchange, with the mainline of Highway 406 continuing southerly towards Highway 58A.  A further southerly extension of Highway 406 is today contingent upon the final alignment of Niagara's Mid Peninsula Highway.
Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view towards the southern terminus of Highway 406 at East Main Street.  A multiyear construction project commencing in 2011 will see this intersection replaced with a modern roundabout as part of the four-laning and "freewayalization" of Highway 406 between East Main Street and Port Robinson Road.
Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northerly view of Highway 406 from a few hundred metres north of the East Main Street intersection.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southbound signage warning drivers of the impending southern terminus of Highway 406 at East Main Street.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Two northbound views along Highway 406 approaching the Woodlawn Road intersection and the Port Colborne Harbour Railway (PCHR) at-grade railway crossing.  Highway 406 is the only 400-series highway in Ontario to cross a railway at-grade.  A widening contract that was called in 2011 will see Highway 406 four-laned with all at-grade intersections grade-separated, including the elimination of the pictured at-grade railway crossing.

Photos taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking southerly as Highway 406 passes over the Welland River on a long sweeping curve.

Photo taken: April 2nd, 2008.


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City of Welland

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Two views looking northerly along the 406 towards the Merritt Road intersection.  Starting in 2011, Highway 406 will be twinned and this signalized intersection will be replaced with a partial cloverleaf interchange.

Upper photo taken: April 2nd, 2008.

Lower photo taken: July 30th, 2011.


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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view along Highway 406 from the unopened Merritt Road overpass.  About 200m of advanced grading for the future northbound carriageway was completed as part of the construction of the new Merritt Road overpass.  Interestingly, to the north of the Port Robinson Road the highway was twinned to the west of the existing lanes -- through Merritt Road twinning has taken place to the east of the existing carriageway.
Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks northerly from the future Merritt Road overpass towards the still two-lane Highway 406.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Two views looking southerly along Highway 406 as the highway approaches the Merritt Road intersection.  Old Highway 58 departed Highway 406 at this junction leading through Downtown Welland.  This is the first traffic signal located on Highway 406 south of the freeway segment.

Upper photo taken: July 9th, 2007.

Lower photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Looking north along Highway 406 towards the Port Robinson Road at-grade intersection.  This at-grade intersection will be removed as part of Highway 406's conversion to a freeway.
Photo taken: July 7th, 2005

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound reassurance marker for Highway 406/58.  As of the Summer of 2011, the Highway 58 reassurance marker has been replaced with a green trailblazer.

Photo taken: July 7th, 2005.
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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Basterdized bilingual signage way in advance of the southern terminus of Highway 406 at East Main Street.  This sign should have read "406 Ends/Fin At/ East Main Street".  This sign no longer stands.
Photo taken: July 7th, 2005
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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This picture shows Highway 406 looking south towards the Port Robinson Road intersection.

Picture taken: July 7th, 2005.

City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking northerly at the new southern end of the divided highway, just to the north of the Port Robinson Road intersection.

Photo taken: October 22nd, 2007.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southbound overhead gantry denoting the southern end of the divided freeway.  Notice the Divided Highway ends sign is written in text, rather then a pictogram sign.

Photo taken: October 22nd, 2007.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Centre-line view of Highway 406 looking south from the Highway 20 interchange.  Highway 20 intersects Highway 406 via a parclo a-2 interchange.

Photo taken: October 22nd, 2007.

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Highway 20, now practically defunct, ran through the centre of the Niagara Peninsula between Niagara Falls and Hamilton.  Click here for Highway 20 images.
City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound view of Highway 406 from the Highway 20 interchange.  Surprisingly, during the construction contract for the twinning between Port Robinson and Beaverdams Road the northbound lanes of Highway 406 were only resurfaced in the immediate vicinity of the former Highway 20 intersection.
Photo taken: October 22nd, 2007.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Drivers view of the new signage denoting the Highway 20 exit.

Photo taken: April 2nd, 2008.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Two views looking northerly from the site of the former railway overhead.  For 36 years between the initial opening of Highway 406 in 1971 until the twinning south to Port Robinson Road opened in 2007, Highway 406 narrowed from a four-lane freeway to a two-lane single carriageway at-grade highway at this location.

Upper photo taken: July 7th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: October 22nd, 2007.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara
Southerly view along Highway 406 from the Beaverdams Road interchange.  Prior to a 2006/07 twinning contract, Highway 406 narrowed to a single two-lane carriageway south of Beaverdams Road.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara
This view looks northerly from the Beaverdams road overpass.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara
Signage for the northbound ramp to Highway 58 in advance to the Decew Road overpass.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking southerly as the freeway crosses Lake Gibson from the Decew Road overpass.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.


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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks northerly towards St. Catharines from he Decew Road overpass.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.


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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Overhead advanced sign for the upcoming and very large Highway 58 interchange.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.

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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking northerly at the signage for the Highway 58 interchange.  As is too often the case, the overhead sign that had previously existed at this location was replaced with semi-permanently mounted ground signage -- signage that is much too small for a large systems interchange.  At the time this photo was taken, new mounts had been installed for a new tri-chord overhead sign to replace the much too small signage that has existed here for many years too long.  As is obvious in the photo however, the new overhead signage had yet to be erected.
Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.
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City of Thorold

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Signage for St. David's Road East from Highway 406-south.  The interchange between St. David's Road and Highway 406 is tightly intertwined with the Highway 58/406 interchange.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Butterfly gantry for Highway 406 at the ramp to St. David's Road West.  St. David's Road meets Highway 406 at a parclo b4 interchange.  There are only a handful of interchanges with this design in the province.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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Highway 58 leads to the east side of the Welland Canal before rejoining Highway 406 at the Highway 20 interchange a short distance southerly.  Click here for Highway 58 images.
City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southbound signage at the high-speed off-ramp to Highway 58 East.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southbound advanced signage announcing the ramp to Highway 58.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound advanced signage for the off-ramp to Glendale Avenue.  The formidable Garden City Skyway dominates the St Catharines skyline from this vantage point.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound view along Highway 406 as the auxiliary lane from the Highway 58 interchange departs the freeway for Glendale Avenue.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view as the ramp to Glendale Avenue departs from Highway 406 South.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks southerly towards the Glendale avenue interchange from the CN Railway overhead.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.


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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking northerly CN Railway overhead towards Downtown St. Catharines. 

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.


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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

A southerly view of the CNR overhead.  Concrete rigid frame girder structures is an uncommon design for a freeway constructed in the 1960s.  Rigid frames were most common along freeways constructed in the 1950s.
Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound signage at the off-ramp to Westchester Road.  Interestingly, when the exit numbers were applied to Highway 406 early in 2011, the designer elected to designate Westchester Road as exit 6A, and Geneva Street as exit 6B, despite the fact that the mileage is progressing from north to south.  The designer was able to do this since there is only a single southbound off-ramp to Westchester Road.
Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara
Northbound view along Highway 406 at the Geneva Street off-ramp.  The owner of Keefer Developments, the large apartment building that dominates the photo, would have been well advised to have selected a different colour for their apartment complex.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking southerly from the Westchester Drive overpass in St. Catharines.  Highway 406 has an 80km/h speed limit between Westchester Drive and Fourth Avenue, due to some very sharp curves and overall tight geometry.
 

Upper photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

Lower photo taken: April 2nd, 2008.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Looking north along the 406 from Westchester Drive.  Highway 406 skirts the south side of Downtown St. Catharines.  Until 1982, Highway 406 terminated at this interchange with its last long ramp reaching high over the Old Welland Canal for Geneva Street.
 

Upper photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

Lower photo taken: April 2nd, 2008.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks southerly from the Geneva Street overpass along Highway 406.  Running through the left of the photo is the off-ramp from Highway 406 to Geneva Street.  You can see how industrial the structural steel looks that is supporting the Geneva Street off-ramp.  This structure was built in the early 1960s, at a time when the Ontario economy was based far more on heavy industry.  An industrial looking highway was considered more attractive at that time.
Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks northerly along the 406 from the Geneva Street overpass.

Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view looking somewhat southerly along Highway 406 from the western Westchester Road overpass.  Through Central St. Catharines, Highway 406 was constructed overtop of an historic alignment of the Welland Canal.

Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound view  from the western Westchester Road overpass along Highway 406.  Highway 406 opened to traffic in 1982 between Downtown St. Catharines (Geneva Street) and the Queen Elizabeth Way.  Very few urban freeways were constructed during the 1980's in Ontario, and Highway 406 has been altered very little since it first opened to traffic.  While the 406 is generally similar to most modern 400-series highways, the use of truss lighting, and low slung concrete jersey barriers to separate traffic are not common to many freeways in the province.

Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks again somewhat southerly (although slightly northerly) from the St. Paul Crescent Pedestrian Bridge towards the western Westchester Road overpass.  Highway 406 passes underneath of Westchester Road, then crosses underneath of Geneva Street before crossing back underneath of Westchester Road in a convoluted routing through Downtown St. Catharines.
Photo taken: May 8th, 2005. 

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks northbound along Highway 406 towards the massive Burgoyne Bridge.  The Burgoyne Bridge carries St. Paul Street over Highway 406 and Twelve Mile Creek.  The Burgoyne Bridge pre-dates the completion of Highway 406 by almost 7 decades.  The Burgoyne Bridge was built in 1915, and is facing Demolition by the Region of Niagara.
Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view along Highway 406 from the St. Paul Street overpass.  The riverside pathway was constructed in the early 1980s as part of Highway 406's construction.  Adding pedestrian facilities in proposed freeway corridors often makes new freeway construction much more palatable to the surrounding community.  Most new urban freeways, particularly those adjacent to waterways are met with at least some kind of local resistance prior to construction.
Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Two northbound view along Highway 406 from the St. Paul Street overpass in St. Catharines.  Highway 406 follows Twelve mile Creek for just shy of a kilometre in a rather substantial valley.  Through Downtown St. Catharines, the 406 is far more reminiscent of the Don Valley Parkway then it is of a typical 400-series highway.  Highway 406 is arguably one of the best urban freeway drives in the province of Ontario.  Twelve Mile Creek is crossed by the Queen Elizabeth Way by means of the iconic Henley Bridges.

Photos taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Brand new partial overhead sign in advance of the Winchester Road overpass.  Notice the new and rather substantial barrier that has been installed to protect the Burgoyne Bridge pier.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound view at the off-ramp to the Fourth Avenue interchange.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northerly view along Highway 406 approaching the Fourth Avenue Single Point Urban Interchange, or SPUI.  Note the rather excessive traffic signal setup towering over Fourth Avenue.  At a SPUI, all interchange ramps intersect at a single point, in this overtop of the freeway, hence the interchange name.
Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

This view looks southerly along Highway 406 from Fourth Avenue.  This is a not a very exciting vantage point.

Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Deck view of Fourth Avenue passing overtop of Highway 406.  The SPUI is a modern iteration of the classic diamond interchange.  Because all of the ramps converge at one point, there is no limiting issue with where to store opposing left turning vehicles as their is with a diamond.  This is Ontario's only SPUI.
Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northerly view from the Fourth Avenue interchange. 

Photo taken: May 8th, 2005.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view from the Martindale Road overpass towards the Fourth Avenue SPUI.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northerly view from the Martindale Road overpass.   Highway 406 widens out from its tight urban cross-section to a rural cross-section just beyond Martindale Road.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Southerly view from the First Street Louth Overpass.  The St. Catharines skyline is visible in the distance.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northerly view from First Street Louth.  Highway 406 serves as the western limit of St. Catharines urbanized area between this curve and the QEW.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.

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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking southerly from the Third Avenue overpass in the former township of Louth.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.


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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

View looking northerly from the Third Avenue overpass towards the QEW interchange.

Photo taken: September 20th, 2006.


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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Northbound diagram sign for the upcoming Queen Elizabeth Way interchange.  This overhead sign was recently updated to more accurately reflect the actual geometry of the interchange.

Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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City of St. Catharines

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Signage at the gore to the dual off-ramps to the QEW.  The vast array of warning signs standing in advance of the ramp to the Toronto-bound QEW seems to indicate a heightened collision rate along the ramp.  Motorists are advised to drive cautiously, and heed the warning sign's advice.
Photo taken: July 30th, 2011.
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Highway 406 ends at a trumpet interchange with the QEW in western St. Catharines.  Click here for QEW images.

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