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ON: Former exit names on the 401
« on: May 10, 2018, 09:04:19 PM »

I was just wondering if there's any recollection of this. My father who was a trucker back in the 80s refers to certain exits by names that don't appear on the signage.

For instance, the two examples that come to mind, is that he exclusively refers to Exit 250 on the 401 as "Drumbo Road", and Exit 825, the final 401 exit as "Curry Hill Road". Is there any evidence that these former names were actually used on the signs?
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Re: ON: Former exit names on the 401
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2018, 01:54:55 AM »

I recall Drumbo Road, and in fact aside from formal settings I don't know anyone in the area who actually says Oxford Road 29. Same with Foldens Line in place of Oxford Road 6.

Anyway, I'll do some digging around, see if I come across some old sign details so we can see conclusively.
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Re: ON: Former exit names on the 401
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 02:23:07 AM »


For instance, the two examples that come to mind, is that he exclusively refers to Exit 250 on the 401 as "Drumbo Road", and Exit 825, the final 401 exit as "Curry Hill Road". Is there any evidence that these former names were actually used on the signs?

I remember Curry Hill Road. Maybe it was changed because it was  considered racist? :)

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Re: ON: Former exit names on the 401
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 10:36:11 AM »

Found the old sign layouts, it was indeed called Drumbo Road back in the 80s
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Re: ON: Former exit names on the 401
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 02:56:40 PM »

My guess is the reason why the switch to Oxford Road 29 reflects how street signage on the road itself treats it.

I haven't done my research, but an honest hypothesis is that County Roads in Oxford County are a rather "new" thing. Consider that once one crosses into Brant, the magical name, Drumbo Road appears. All other signage literally calls it "Oxford Road 29".

I was kind of wondering why the MTO never went with this approach, but it makes sense now:

     \29/
   Innerkip
   Drumbo


On a side note, do you know what the future plans are regarding signage for Exit 320. I ask this because I'm curious if new signage would make reference to "Martin St" as it does intersect directly with Highway 401, interestingly enough, the Martin St designation appears to disappear north of the 401, so it is a debatable case if Martin St should be signed on the exit.
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Re: ON: Former exit names on the 401
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 08:53:17 AM »

Any updates to names on the signs would be the call of Halton Region in that case. As the project is being done as a design-build (and it's not mine) the sign patterns for the current job were not readily available. Guess we'll all get to wait and see!
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