Hurontario Street

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Ontario 10.svg Simcoe Road 124 sign.png

Hurontario Street
Main Street
Centre Road
Highway 10
Simcoe County Road 124
Hurontario St. within Mississauga
Route information
Maintained by City of Mississauga
City of Brampton
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Town of Orangeville
Town of Mono
Township of Mulmur
Simcoe County
Town of Collingwood
Existed: 1818[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Lakeshore Road in Missisauga
   Queen Elizabeth Way
Peel Regional Road 20.png Queensway
Dundas Street
Burnhamthorpe Road
 Highway 403
Eglinton Avenue
 Highway 401
 Highway 407
Peel Regional Road 15.svg Steeles Avenue
Peel Regional Road 6.svg Queen Street
Peel Regional Road 107.png Bovaird Drive
 Highway 410
 Highway 9
 Highway 89
------ Name/Course break ------
Resumes at/as Simcoe Road 124 sign.png Simcoe Road 124 near Glen Huron
Simcoe Road 91 sign.png Simcoe Road 91
 Highway 26 (First/Huron Streets)
North end: Side Launch Way in Collingwood
Location
Divisions: Peel
Dufferin
Simcoe
Major cities: Mississauga
Brampton
Towns: Caledon
Orangeville
Mono
Collingwood
Highway system

Roads in Ontario

Nearby arterial roads
← Mavis Road/
Chinguacousy Road
;
Highway 10 (North of Orangeville)
Hurontario Street
Cawthra Road;
Highway 410;
Airport Road →

Hurontario Street is a roadway running in Ontario, Canada between Lake Ontario at Mississauga and Lake Huron's Georgian Bay at Collingwood. Within the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, it is a major urban thoroughfare, which serves as the divide from which street numbering is split into east and west except at its foot in the historic Mississauga neighbourhood of Port Credit. Provincial Highway 10 utilizes the road through the rural Town of Caledon as far north as Orangeville. The highway designation formerly continued south through Brampton and Mississauga, but the highway was downloaded through both cities in 1997 due to its increasingly urbanized nature and the presence of the 400-series Highways 410 and 403.

Highway 24 followed the street's northern section from near Glen Huron to Collingwood, but was also downloaded (to Simcoe County), as it was deemed by the province to be of insufficient importance to be retained in the highway system, and is now known as Simcoe County Road 124 through that stretch.

Within much of Brampton, the road is named Main Street.

History[edit]

Hurontario Street was created by a survey in 1818 and originally called Centre Road,[1] and a bypassed section still exists with that name. The street's name is linked to its start and end points at Lake Huron and Lake Ontario.[1]

Route description[edit]

Looking north up Hurontario St. from Dundas St. in Mississauga

The street begins in Mississauga at Lakeshore Road in Port Credit. North of the Canadian National rail underpass, it enters the low-density residential district of Mineola, which extends north to the Queen Elizabeth Way. Then it enters the Cooksville neighbourhood, a higher-density area of highrises and commercial development. At Burnhamthorpe Road, Hurontario passes through Mississauga's City Centre, with the spectacular Absolute World condominium towers rising at the northeast corner. After crossing Highway 403, it passes through more suburban mid-density residential development until it approaches Matheson Boulevard, where a preserved historic farmstead, the Britannia Farm, operated by the Peel District School Board, is located. The road then enters an industrial and commercial area, still under development, which extends beyond Highway 401 all the way to the city limits near Highway 407. It then enters Brampton, where it changes name to Main Street after crossing Steeles Avenue. Main St. runs alongside the Etobicoke Creek valley until reaching Brampton's historic downtown, where it passes landmarks such as Gage Park, Brampton City Hall, and the Rose Theatre Brampton. At Bovaird Drive (formerly Highway 7), the name Hurontario resumes, and the street passes through a lengthy mixed residential/industrial rural-urban fringe zone until it reaches Highway 410 at Brampton's northern city limits. At Highway 410, the Highway 10 designation begins as the street enters rural Caledon, and it has a discontinuity of sorts through the interchange as it defaults onto Valleywood Boulevard northbound and the 410 southbound, with ramps connecting the two sections.

South end of the middle section of Hurontario with the Orangeville Reservoir in the distance
Hurontario St. in downtown Collingwood

The road continues northward as the undivided four-lane Highway 10 until reaching Orangeville, where the highway leaves the Hurontario Street alignment to head for the City of Owen Sound, although it parallels it very closely for about 21 km. (13 mi.) as it follows First Line] WHS (West of Hurontario Street). The reason for the highway's chosen alignment was due to old Orangeville's location farther to the west and (in the case of the former Highway 24 segment to the north), difficult terrain. In Orangeville, it runs as a residential side street and breaks at the Orangeville Reservoir. In Mono, it resumes as a minor gravel sideline to Highway 89, where it breaks again. It resumes once more in Mulmur Township as a series of broken minor roads with several names (including the aforementioned Centre Rd.) north of Boyne Valley Provincial Park, passing through the hamlets of Dunedin and Glen Huron. North of Glen Huron, it joins Simcoe County Road 124 (which, along with Highway 10, carries the Orangeville-Collingwood through traffic south of this point), until its terminus in Collingwood at Side Launch Way, one block north of First and Huron Streets (Highway 26). The final block is a short one-way northbound extension built in 2009[2] to serve a residential redevelopment project on the site once occupied by the now-closed Collingwood Shipyards.

Vernacular[edit]

Use of the "Highway 10" vernacular on commercial signage in Mississauga

The street is colloquially referred to as "Highway 10" by traffic reporters, and even by residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton (with the exception of the latter's downtown area), rather than by its street names – a situation made even more peculiar by the fact that the provincial highway designation is defunct in these cities. A prime example of this is the common reference to the street's intersection with Dundas Street as "5 and 10". The most likely reason for this is that the areas along the road were developed during the suburban era after its identity as a highway was firmly entrenched. The Ministry of Transportation's traffic camera continues to identify Hurontario as "Hwy 10" as well,[3] as does some signage at the Hurontario & 407 Park and Ride lot and transit terminal. However, the street name predominates in Collingwood.

(Click to enlarge) Route of Hurontario St. (Orange), in relation to Highway 10 (Grey), and the northern part of former Highway 24 (Black)

One result of the use of the terminology is the frequent conflation of Hurontario Street as corresponding to the entire length of Highway 10 to Owen Sound, due to the highway's northern terminus being in that city, which is coincidentally also situated on Lake Huron's Georgian Bay (See graphic on right for route comparison).

Public Transit[edit]

Hurontario St. is one of the busiest transit corridors in the 905 Region of the Greater Toronto Area. Mississauga and Brampton each run separate systems, but routes cross city boundaries. In addition to local routes operated by both cities, Brampton Transit operates a rudimentary bus rapid transit line along it, branded as Züm, and Mississauga's MiWay runs a limited-stop express bus route. The MiWay express bus and the southern portion of Zűm are slated to be replaced by a proposed light rail transit line that is to be constructed along the street in Mississauga and a short distance in Brampton (see Hurontario-Main LRT). The project has received funding approval by the Government of Ontario.[4] It is currently in the design phase and construction is projected to begin by mid-2018.[citation needed]

The base trunk routes serving the street are:

Mississauga (MiWay):

Route Direction and Termini
19
Hurontario[5] NB To Hurontario & 407 Park and Ride SB To Port Credit GO station
via Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal
103
Hurontario Express[6] NB To Brampton Gateway Terminal
(Steeles Avenue)
SB To Port Credit GO station
Bypasses City Centre Transit Terminal

Brampton (Brampton Transit):

Route Direction and Termini
2
Main[7] NB To Heart Lake Town Centre
via Sandalwood Parkway
SB To Maritz Drive (Derry Road)
via Highway 407 Park and Ride
502
Züm Main[8] NB To Sandalwood Parkway SB To Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal
Bypasses Highway 407 Park and Ride and Downtown Brampton Terminal

Further north:

GO Transit runs a bus route along the road to Orangeville from Brampton's downtown bus terminal.

Route Direction and Termini
37
Orangeville/Brampton[9] NB To Orangeville GO Park and Ride SB To Brampton Downtown Terminal

In Collingwood, Colltrans' East Route[10] operates along Hurontario for part of its run.

Attractions and institutions along Hurontario Street[edit]

Attractions and institutions along Hurontario Street in urban Peel Region include (south to north):

Caledon to Collingwood:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History Bytes" Check |url= value (help). Heritage Mississauga. Mississauga Heritage Foundation. Retrieved November 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Google Maps view of construction of street extension in Collingwood in 2009". 
  3. ^ "COMPASS Traffic Cameras - QEW - Halton, Peel Regions". Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Newsroom: Ontario Moving Forward with Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit Project". 
  5. ^ "19 Hurontario" (PDF). MiWay Route Maps. City of Mississauga. 28 January 2013. Retrieved November 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "103 Hurontario Express" (PDF). MiWay Route Maps. City of Mississauga. 2 September 2013. Retrieved November 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "2 Main" (PDF). Brampton Transit Route Maps. City of Brampton. 2 November 2015. Retrieved November 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "502 Züm Main" (PDF). Brampton Transit Route Maps. City of Brampton. 2 November 2015. Retrieved November 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ Orangeville/Brampton GO Bus Map
  10. ^ "Colltrans Route Map and Schedule" (PDF).  (1.69 MB)