|South end:||Highway 401|
|Highway 7 East – Brampton|
|North end:||Highway 6 / Highway 7|
|Roads in Ontario|
The Hanlon Parkway or Hanlon Expressway is a high-capacity at-grade suburban limited-access road connecting the city of Guelph with Highway 401 in the Canadian province of Ontario. The 17 km (11 mi) route travels in a generally north-south direction in the city's west end. It is signed as Highway 6 for its entire length; from Wellington Street to Woodlawn Road, it is multiplexed with Highway 7. The speed limit alternates between 70 and 80 km/h (45 and 50 mph).
Though the road was originally designed as a freeway, budget limitations precluded the construction of overpasses; apart from the interchanges with the 401 and with Wellington Street West (Highways 7 and 24), all junctions are signalized at-grade intersections. There are also two railway crossings near the northern terminus, though both are for spur lines. The Hanlon is graded and landscaped similarly to a freeway, with broad flat shoulders and an open median.
The Government of Ontario has announced plans to build a new Highway 7 freeway bypass joining the current northern terminus of the Hanlon Parkway to the Conestoga Parkway in Kitchener; if the project goes ahead, it is likely that the Hanlon will be upgraded to a freeway for its full length and given a 400-series highway designation.
The Hanlon Parkway begins at a trumpet interchange with Highway 401 and cuts through several farms towards Hanlon Road, where it curves slightly westward and follows the right-of-way of that road. It enters Guelph at Maltby Road, skirting the outskirts of urban development. The lone interchange along the expressway lies just north of the Speed River at Wellington Street, where the expressway jogs westward to travel parallel to and west of Silvercreek Parkway. At its northern terminus, Highway 7 travels west while Highway 6 continues east along Woodlawn Road.
The road is named after nearby Hanlon Creek, which itself is named for the Hanlon family, who deeded their land to the city.
Prior to the construction of the Hanlon Parkway, Hanlon Road existed as far north as College Avenue. Edinburgh Road was the westernmost crossing of the Speed River. On the opposite side of the valley, Silvercreek Road continued, as it does today, along the same right-of-way as Hanlon Road. With the rapid suburban expansion of Guelph in the 1950s and 1960s, a revised transportation plan was conceived to handle the increasing traffic load. The Guelph Area Transportation Study was completed in 1967, and recommended a new controlled-access highway to allow through-traffic on Highway 6 to bypass Guelph. Route planning, engineering and design was subsequently completed in 1969. Construction began between Waterloo Avenue and Stone Road in 1970; this section opened in June 1972. The next section, from Stone Road to Clair Road, opened in October 1973. In 1975, the northern section from Waterloo Avenue to Woodlawn Road opened. The final section south to Highway 401 was opened by 1977.
Initially, the Hanlon featured no interchanges; the Wellington Avenue interchange was built in the early-1990s. Despite this, the parkway corridor was designed for the eventual construction of interchanges.
|at-grade||Wellington County Road 34|
|at-grade||Concession 4, Maltby Road W.|
|at-grade||Clair Road W., Phelan Drive|
|at-grade (Future Interchange)||Laird Road|
|at-grade||Kortright Road W./Downey Road|
|at-grade||Stone Road W.|
|at-grade||College Avenue W.|
|interchange||Highway 7 and former Highway 24, Wellington Street W. (Wellington Road 124)|
|at-grade||Speedvale Avenue W.|
|at-grade||Highway 6 Highway 7, Woodlawn Road West.|