Ontario Highway 4
Location of Highway 4 in Southern Ontario
Current route Former route
|Length:||100.8 km (62.6 mi)|
|Existed:||February 26, 1920 – present|
|South end:||Highway 3 – St. Thomas|
| Highway 401
|North end:||Highway 8 – Clinton|
|Major cities:||St. Thomas, London|
King's Highway 4, also known as Highway 4, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. Originally much longer than its present 100.8 km (62.6 mi) length, more than half of Highway 4 was transferred to the responsibility of local governments in 1998. In its present form, it travels between Highway 3 in Talbotville Royal, north-west of St. Thomas, and Highway 8 in Clinton.
Highway 4 was first designated in 1920, when a 27 km (17 mi) route between Talbotville Royal and Elginfield was assumed by the Department of Highways. Over the next half century it was extended north and east to Highway 24 near Singhampton, and south to Port Stanley.
In its present form, Highway 4 travels through Talbotville Royal, Tempo, Scottsville, Lambeth, London, Northcrest, Uplands, Arva, Birr, Elginfield, Lucan, Clandeboye, Mooresville, Centralia, Exeter, Hay, Hensall, Kippen, Brucefield, Vanastra, and Clinton.
As of April 2008, Highway 4 officially does not exist within the City of London except south of Glanworth Drive, but instead is now signed with green "TO 4" trailblazer crown signs. The City was considering alternate routes for Highway 4 through the city in the early 2000s but this never materialized. Further north in Clinton, Highway 4 ends at the southern limits, though it remains signed.
The King's Highway 4 was originally designated in 1920 when the provincial government assumed the road running from Talbotville Royal to Elginfield through London. In 1927, the highway was further extended with the assumption of the road from Elginfield to Clinton. In the 1930s, the highway was again extended as far north as the intersection of Highway 10 in Flesherton, and south to Edith Cavell Boulevard in Port Stanley. In the 1970s, Highway 4 reached its maximum length when it was extended from Flesherton to Singhampton. However, in 1998, the Mike Harris government, seeking to balance the provincial budget, off-loaded responsibility for the Clinton–Singhampton and Talbotville-Port Stanley sections of Highway 4—almost 65% of its total length—back onto municipal governments.
|Elgin||Talbotville Royal||0.0||0.0||Highway 3 – St. Thomas|
|6.0||3.7||Highway 401 – Windsor, Toronto||Exit 177|
|Middlesex||London||10.5||6.5||Highway 402 – Sarnia|
|12.5||7.8||Longwoods Road / Colonel Talbot Road||Formerly Highway 2 west|
|23.1||14.4||York Street / Clarence Street||Formerly Highway 2 east|
|29.0||18.0||Fanshawe Park Road||Formerly Highway 22|
|Arva||31.6||19.6||County Road 28 (Medway Road)|
|37.2||23.1||County Road 16 (Ilderton Road)|
|Elginfield||45.4||28.2|| Highway 7 east – St. Marys, Stratford
County Road 7 west (Elginfield Road)
|Access to Highway 23 via Highway 7 east|
|Clandeboye||54.3||33.7||County Road 28 (Denfield Road)|
|Huron||Centralia||64.2||39.9||County Road 21|
|Exeter||72.4||45.0||County Road 83 (Thames Road)||Formerly Highway 83|
|Hensall||80.3||49.9||County Road 84 (King Street)||Formerly Highway 84|
|Kippen||84.3||52.4||County Road 12 (Kippen Road)|
|Brucefield||90.4||56.2||County Road 3 (Mill Road)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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