Construction of Hwy. 401 through Mississauga:THROWBACK THURSDAY


    Right now’s picture is a 1958 hen’s-eye view of Freeway 401 below development, through half of what’s now Mississauga.

    Whereas Lakeshore Highway and the QEW (initially Center Highway) had been the primary intercity highways through Peel, they had been each rapidly overwhelmed — a end result of the realm’s fixed development.

    Whereas the idea of quicker highways with out native enterprise or native site visitors turned common at a 1939 convention of the Ontario Good Roads Affiliation, the province needed to look ahead to the Second World Battle to finish earlier than they may put their plans into motion.

    The primary part of Freeway 401 opened in 1947. When this photograph was taken, in 1958, its western terminus was Freeway 27, close to Malton Airport. Two years later, the highway was open through to Milton.

    Associated Content material

    Municipalities would typically purchase aerial pictures to assist land use planning and transportation. Whereas particular person aerial images of Peel exist again to the 1920s, Ontario commissioned the primary main set in 1944 to doc the waterways of the province. The set featured right now, from the Toronto-based Photographic Survey Company, had been taken in March and April 1958, and are the earliest photos of their type within the Area of Peel Archives.

    For extra from the archives, go to

    Throwback Thursday is offered by Peel Artwork Gallery, Museum and Archives. PAMA is a spot to discover, be taught and make connections about Peel Area’s tradition and heritage.




    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    15 + thirteen =