Ontario Highway 416
Highway 416 is a highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. It connects the Trans-Canada Highway in Ottawa with Highway 401 between Brockville and Cornwall. The 76.4-kilometre-long freeway acts as an important trade corridor from Interstate 81 between New York and Eastern Ontario.
About Ontario Highway 416 in brief
King’s Highway 416, commonly referred to as Highway 416 and as the Veterans Memorial Highway, is a 400-series highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. It connects the Trans-Canada Highway in Ottawa with Highway 401 between Brockville and Cornwall. The 76.4-kilometre-long freeway acts as an important trade corridor from Interstate 81 between New York and Eastern Ontario. Highway 416 passes through a largely rural area, except near its northern terminus where it enters the suburbs of Ottawa. The freeway also serves several communities along its length, notably Spencerville and Kemptville. The final section of Highway 416 was officially opened by a World War I veteran and local officials on September 23, 1999. It was commemorated on the 54th anniversary of D-Day in 1998. It is also the fastest link between Ottawa and Toronto, as well as the fastest route between Toronto and Montreal. The route is surrounded by thick forests for the next 10 kilometres. As it passes beneath Leeds and Grenville County Road 44, the original routing of Highway 16 south of Spencerville, it exits the forest and enters farm fields. It passes alongside a large quarry, then jogs to the west along an S-curve, crossing the Jock River in the process. After this, it passes through an aesthetically designed bridge while traveling alongside the Stony Swamp. At the northern end of the swamp is an interchange with West Hunt Club Road. The highway is crossed by the Prescott Highway for the fourth and final time as that road turns northeast and travels into downtown Ottawa as Prince of Wales Drive.
Shortly thereafter is an interchange with Brophy Drive Bankfield Road; the latter provides access to the Prescott highway Prince of Welsh Drive. The last section of the freeway travels parallel to Cedarview Road, which was relocated for the freeway and relocated by the Canadian National Railway in Bells Corners, Bells, and Corners Village. It continues through a section of greenspace before descending into a trench beneath the Central Corners Road and traveling alongside Bruin Road and the Corners Corners Railway. It comes to an end with an interchange with West Hunt Road and continues through the suburb of Manotick. It ends at an interchange with Fallowfield Road, an intersection with Fallowfield Road and the latter providing access to Barrhaven which occupies land immediately to the east of the Stony Swamp. It then crosses the Rideau River and enters the City of Ottawa as it travels through a mix of farmland and forest. It crosses the line of the old Bytown and Prescott Railway,then curves to the northwest, providing an interchange at River Road. At the southeast corner of the River Road interchange is the Veterans Commemorative Park, dedicated in 2000 by the Royal Canadian Legion. The freeway continues through fields until it reaches the city’s downtown area.