Ontario Highway 76

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Highway 76
Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length18.0 km[2] (11.2 mi)
ExistedSeptember 16, 1936[1]–March 31, 1997
Major junctions
South endHighway 3, Eagle
North endCounty Road 2 (Longwoods Road)
Highway system
Highway 72Highway 77
Former provincial highways
←  Highway 75  

King's Highway 76, commonly referred to as Highway 76, was a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The route began at Highway 3 in Eagle and progressed north through the community of West Lorne, encountering Highway 401 immediately before terminating southwest of Glencoe at Longwoods Road (formerly Highway 2). Today the route it followed is known as Elgin County Road 76 and Middlesex County Road 76.

Route description[edit]

Highway 76 began near the Lake Erie shoreline in Eagle, at Highway 3. From there it travelled northwest through a mixture of farmland and woodlots for 4.2 kilometres (2.6 mi) to the town of West Lorne, meeting . Immediately north of West Lorne before encountering an interchange with Highway 401. About 8.6 kilometres (5.3 mi) north of Highway 401, Highway 76 crossed over the Thames River. Highway 76 ended 2.1 kilometres (1.3 mi) beyond the river at Longwoods Road (then Highway 2) midway between Wardsville and Strathburn.


Highway 76 was first assigned by the Department of Highways (DHO), predecessor to today's Ministry of Transportation, on September 16, 1936. It was initially 5.6 kilometres (3.5 mi) long, connecting Highway 3 with the village of West Lorne to the northwest along an existing gravel township road.[1] The DHO quickly improved the route, fully paving it by 1938.[3] Several highway routings were altered southwest of London in late 1957, in anticipation for the construction of Highway 401. On December 5, 1957, Highway 76 was extended 12.4 kilometres (7.7 mi) northwest to Highway 2 between Wardsville and Strathburn.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 76, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[2] 

ElginEagle0.00.0 Highway 3
West Lorne5.43.4County Road 2
West Elgin7.44.6 Highway 401
MiddlesexSouthwest Middlesex18.011.2County Road 2 (Longwoods Road)Then Highway 2
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Appendix 3 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1937.
  2. ^ a b Provincial Highways Distance Table. Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. 1989. p. 75. ISSN 0825-5350.
  3. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by D. Barclay. Ontario Department of Highways. 1938–39. § G10.
  4. ^ "Appendix 2 - Schedule of Assumptions". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1958.

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