Ontario Highway 38

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Highway 38
Frontenac County Road 38
Route information
Maintained by City of Kingston, South Frontenac and Central Frontenac Township
Length 67.0 km[2] (41.6 mi)
Existed April 25, 1934[1]–January 1, 1998[2]
Major junctions
South end  Highway 401 in Kingston
North end  Highway 7 near Sharbot Lake
Counties Frontenac
Major cities Kingston
Towns South Frontenac Township, Central Frontenac Township
Villages Hartington, Harrowsmith, Verona, Godfrey, Parham, Tichborne, Sharbot Lake
Highway system
Highway 37 Highway 40
Former provincial highways
    Highway 39  →

King's Highway 38, commonly referred to as Highway 38, was a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The road connects highways 2 and 401 in Kingston with Highway 7 west of Perth.

Highway 38 was designated in 1934 and remained relatively unchanged throughout its existence aside from some minor diversions. At the beginning of 1998, the entire highway was transferred to the City of Kingston and the municipalities of Frontenac County. It is now designated as County Road 38 throughout its length.

Route description [ edit ]

Filling in a swamp on the HartingtonVerona Diversion in 1936

County Road 38 is a north–south route located within Frontenac County in eastern Ontario. The southern terminus is at Highway 2 in the northwest corner of suburban Kingston, while the northern terminus is at Highway 7 north of the town of Sharbot Lake, approximately 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of Perth. The road carrying County Road 38 continues south of Highway 401 as Gardiners Road.[3]

There are several communities located along County Road 38 between Kingston and Sharbot Lake, including (from south to north) Harrowsmith, Verona, Godfrey and Parham. The western side of Frontenac Provincial Park is accessible from the route near Verona and Godfrey.[3]

History [ edit ]

Highway 38 was first assumed by the Department of Highways on April 25, 1934, connecting Highway 2 with Highway 7.[1] While the department initially constructed some diversions to improve the alignment of the route, which followed several concession roads north of Cataraqui, the route remained relatively unchanged from when it was established to when it was decommissioned.

One notable change, made soon before the highway was to be downloaded to the municipalities, was to rebuild the section in Kingston Township between Highway 2 and Highway 401, as a four-lane road on an alignment one block east of the former highway (now Midland Avenue, Kingston), in order to connect directly with Gardiners Road (formerly Frontenac County Road 6). This section (which serves an industrial park) was the first to be decertified as a provincial highway, truncating the road to run between highways 7 and 401 only. The current "Kingston 38" county road - style designation ends at Highway 2 although Gardiners Road as a local street continues to Bath Road (Highway 33).

Former Highway 38 south of Highway 401 as it enters Kingston

On January 1, 1998, the entirety of Highway 38 was transferred to the County of Frontenac and the City of Kingston.[2] It has since been designated as Frontenac Road 38.[3]

Major intersections [ edit ]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 38, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[4] The entire route was located in Frontenac County

Location km[4] mi Destinations Notes
Kingston 0.0 0.0  Highway 401Toronto, Cornwall
Central Frontenac 67.0 41.6  Highway 7Perth, Ottawa
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b "Appendix 4 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1935. p. 119.
  2. ^ a b c Highway Transfers List - "Who Does What" (Report). Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. June 20, 2001. p. 5.
  3. ^ a b c Mapart (2010). Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Peter Heiler Ltd. pp. 36, 48. § X54–D55. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
  4. ^ Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2008). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Retrieved February 13, 2012.

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