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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 103. Please note that Highway 103 was renumbered as Highway 69 in 1976, which in turn was renumbered as Highway 400 in 1997. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order, while present day photographs (Year 2000 to date) are arranged by location from south to north. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 103 Photographs


HWY 400 #273

Above - Eastern side of the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Old Hwy 103, now Hwy 400 (July, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #272             HWY 400 #274

Left - Facing south along Old Hwy 103 (now Hwy 400) towards the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene (July, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Western side of the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Old Hwy 103 (June, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #251             HWY 400 #257

Left - Matchedash Bay Bridge on Old Hwy 103 (later Hwy 400) in Waubaushene (June, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north along Old Hwy 103 towards Port Severn from the Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene (June 25, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #264             HWY 400 #265

Left - Pier construction for the new Southbound Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 structure at the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene (May 11, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - New underpass construction at the Hwy 12 Interchange on Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 in Waubaushene (May 11, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #253             HWY 400 #254

Left - Advance grading for the twin southbound Matchedash Bay Bridge on Old Hwy 103 (later Hwy 400) in Waubaushene (1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Clearing and grubbing operations for the future southbound Hwy 400 Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene in 1988. In the background, Old Hwy 103 traffic is using the future northbound lanes of Hwy 400.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #255             HWY 400 #256

Left - Grading for the new Matchedash Bay Bridge on Old Hwy 103 (later Hwy 400) in Waubaushene (1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Preparatory work and utility pole relocations for the future construction of the southbound Hwy 400 Matchedash Bay Bridge (1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #252             HWY 400 #260

Left - Facing north along Old Hwy 103 towards Port Severn from the Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene in 1988. The existing two-lane highway was twinned through Waubaushene in 1990-1991. The resulting four-lane Hwy 69 was renumbered as Hwy 400 in 1997.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - View of Matchedash Bay from Old Hwy 103 in Waubaushene (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #258             HWY 400 #259

Left - Facing north along Old Hwy 103 (now Hwy 400) towards Port Severn at the Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene on September 29, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Eastern side of the Matchedash Bay Bridge on Old Hwy 103 at Waubaushene (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #276             HWY 400 #275

Left - Facing south across the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Old Hwy 103 (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Western side of the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Old Hwy 103 in 1988, before the highway was twinned. Note the graded fill for the new southbound structure in the foreground. Photo taken on September 29, 1988.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #262             HWY 400 #263

Left - Facing north along Old Hwy 103 (Hwy 69) towards Port Severn from the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene in 1990. Note the construction of the new structure at left, that will carry the future southbound lanes of the highway. This point marked the southern terminus of Hwy 69 for almost 20 years. The Hwy 12 Interchange also marked the northern terminus of Hwy 400 up until 1997, when Hwy 400 was extended along the completed four-lane section of Hwy 69 from Waubaushene to the McDonald River, north of Port Severn. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in May, 1990.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 12 at the Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 Interchange at Waubaushene (May, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #277             HWY 400 #261

Left - Facing north across the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Old Hwy 103 (June 21, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Old and new Matchedash Bay Bridges on Old Hwy 103 at Waubaushene (June 21, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #266             HWY 400 #267

Left - Facing south along the future southbound lanes of Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 from the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene (October 17, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Dual structures on Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 at the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene (October 17, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #268             HWY 400 #269

Left - Completed southbound Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 Overpass at the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene (October 17, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Future southbound lanes of Hwy 69 & Hwy 400, facing north from the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene on October 17, 1990. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #270             HWY 400 #271

Left - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards the completed Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 Interchange in Waubaushene (August 17, 1992)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing south along the new southbound lanes of Hwy 69 & Hwy 400 approaching the Hwy 12 Interchange in Waubaushene (August 17, 1992)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)


Present Day King's Highway 103 Photographs


HWY 103 #1 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 103 #2 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - In the mid-1950s, the Department of Highways embarked on an ambitious project to link Hwy 103 at Port Severn to MacTier. The route of Hwy 103 (later known as Hwy 69) was diverted around the proposed site of a bridge across the Moon River. The soil conditions at the bridge site were not adequately tested during the highway's design phase, reportedly as a result of an engineering oversight. Contracts were tendered and construction of the new highway began. When the results of the soil tests became available, engineers learned that the proposed bridge would have to be moved due to unfavourable soil conditions at the initial bridge site. As a result, a considerable portion of the planned highway was rendered useless. This aborted Hwy 103 alignment south of Moon River is now a Jeep trail.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The construction of Hwy 103 progressed to the point that culverts had been constructed underneath the proposed highway. Had the soil tests been carried out early in the design phase, construction would not have proceeded. An abandoned concrete culvert (centre of photo) is visible from the current highway.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 103 #3 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 103 #4 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Another view of the aborted alignment south of the cancelled Moon River Bridge on Hwy 103. Note the disused concrete culvert to the right of the hydro pole.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Several rock cuts were blasted, and the grading was practically completed before the oversight was discovered. This is a small rock cut on the aborted Hwy 103 alignment north of Moon River.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 103 #5 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 103 #6 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - A large rock cut on the aborted Hwy 103 alignment. Note the height of the truck for scale. The soil conditions at the Moon River Bridge site resulted in the relocation of almost 2 km of the proposed highway.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Grading was halted after the proposed bridge at Moon River was cancelled due to unfavourable soil conditions. What makes this situation so unique is that the highway approaches were almost complete when engineers decided to relocate the bridge site. While the exact sequence of these events will never be known for sure, it can be said with great certainty that the Department of Highways would not have allowed construction to proceed if the soil tests were in fact carried out properly. By the time the results of the soil condition tests were known, it was too late to salvage the planned highway. This unfortunate oversight likely cost the Department of Highways millions of dollars to rectify.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 103 #7 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 103 #8 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View of aborted Hwy 103 alignment immediately north of the proposed Moon River Bridge
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - North end of aborted Hwy 103 alignment at Moon River. The actual Hwy 103 (later known as Hwy 69) is seen in the background.
(Photograph taken in September, 2002  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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