Ontario Highway 39
|Length:||33.8 km (21.0 mi)|
|Existed:||1934 – 1970 (re-numbered as Highway 2)|
|West end:||Highway 3B in Windsor, Ontario|
|East end:||Former Highway 2 in Belle River, Ontario|
|Counties:||Essex County, Ontario|
|Major cities:||Windsor, Tecumseh, St. Clair Beach, Puce, Belle River, Ontario|
Highway 39 is a former Provincial Highway in the northern part of Essex County. The road was roughly 34 km (21 mi) in length and travelled from the current junction of Essex county roads 22 and 42, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Belle River, west to Windsor.
The road originally travelled along what is now Essex County Road 2 (Tecumseh Road), where it led straight into Windsor along today's Tecumseh Road.
In 1961, the two-lane limited-access Pike Creek Bypass was created (and would eventually link up with the E.C. Row Expressway once it was built), that allowed traffic to avoid travelling down the busy County Road 2 (Tecumseh Road) between Puce and Tecumseh. Highway 39 was then re-routed along the new Pike Creek Bypass, deleting the other roads as provincial highways.
The new routing of the road led it along its old path towards Puce, but then diverged along the Pike Creek Bypass towards Manning Road (Essex CR 19). It then turned right (north) for around 2 km, where it met up with Tecumseh Road (CR 2, its old alignment) in Tecumseh. It then turned left and travelled along Tecumseh Road, to its terminus with Highway 3B (Oullette Avenue).
Aside from a brief segment east from Manning Road for about 1 km, the road is entirely 2-lanes and without store and house accesses (it was built as a two-lane expressway and only has access at intersections, with no adjacent properties or driveways).
Due to the huge housing boom in western Lakeshore, the road has become extremely congested, and many people have desired the road be widened to four lanes, or even a divided highway or freeway, but due to the narrow right of way, the road is being widened to four lanes as a new Super-Arterial road or even a Super 4, with the possibility of an interchange at Manning Road.
End of the Road
In 1970, Highway 2 was re-routed along all of Highway 39's path, thus deleting it. The Pike Creek Bypass was still in provincial control (as Highway 2) until 1998, when it, too was deleted. It is now known as Essex County Road 22.