Originally Posted by haljackey
London's a toilet bowl. The forks of the Thames is pretty much the low-point and that's where downtown is.
If the 401 ran just a bit to the north, you might be able to see downtown from it on a clear day. But alas they put the 401 (and 402) way out there because they expected London to grow to the south. It grew to the north. Nice job planners!
Falso. They put the 401 down there to merely access the city, but not to go in it. The same can be said how the 401 just skirts the edge of Kitchener, and when it was built in Toronto, it went through farm fields. It was simply a bypass to Highway 2. It was actually originally called Highway 2A, as an alternative to get around downtown Toronto.
It only took 15 years for the highway to be developed around, and to go from 4 lanes total to over 16.
The 402 potentially could have went around to the north, but I'm not sure exactly why.
Either way this discussion is now going WAY off-topic.