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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 117 (#2), which ran from Highway 11 easterly to Highway 35 in the Bracebridge area. 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 west to east. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 117 (#2) Photographs


HWY 118 #71

Above - Department of Highways' mulch motor-paver in operation on a Day Labour paving project on Hwy 117 (Formerly Hwy 118) east of Bracebridge in 1959. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 118 #73

Above - View of Hwy 117 (Formerly Hwy 118), 3 miles west of Baysville (1964)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1964)


Present Day King's Highway 117 (#2) Photographs


HWY 11 #1417 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1418 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Advance freeway exit guide sign on northbound Hwy 11 approaching the Hwy 117 Interchange in Bracebridge. Like Hwy 169 and the western portion of Hwy 118, the route of Hwy 117 was a former King's Highway which was transferred to the District Municipality of Muskoka during the provincial highway downloading spree of 1997-1998. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This interesting set of route markers was installed fairly recently along northbound Hwy 11 approaching the Hwy 117 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #1419 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1420 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards the Hwy 117 Interchange in Bracebridge. This was one of two new interchanges built along the Bracebridge Bypass during the 1970s. The other interchange was built at the Vankoughnet Road (Hwy 118) Junction in 1975. Other interchanges built along Hwy 11 between Bracebridge and the southern approach to Huntsville were built between the late 1980s and late 1990s. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - This municipal route marker at the Hwy 117 Interchange on Hwy 11 incorrectly identifies Muskoka as a county. Muskoka has officially been known as a "District Municipality" since 1971. The District Municipality of Muskoka operates as an upper-tier municipality, similarly to the way regional municipalities do throughout Southern Ontario. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #1421 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1422 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western terminus of Hwy 117 at the west ramp terminal at the Hwy 11 Interchange. The road ahead is Cedar Lane, which is a municipal street which winds its way slowly towards Bracebridge along the Muskoka River. Westbound traffic on Hwy 117 wishing to access Bracebridge's Town Centre and amenities are well-advised to use Hwy 11 rather than using Cedar Lane, as the latter road is a much slower route into town. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east across the Hwy 117 Overpass on Hwy 11. A new interchange was built at the junction of Hwy 11 & Hwy 117 in the 1970s under Contract #1978-82. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #1429 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1426 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern side of the Hwy 117 Overpass on Hwy 11 near Bracebridge. This two-span post-tensioned concrete structure was completed in 1979. Interestingly, this structure was built on alignment with the at-grade intersection which existed here previously. During construction of the new interchange, Hwy 117 traffic was routed through a temporary intersection which was located immediately to the north of the bridge construction site. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Hwy 11 from the Hwy 117 Interchange, facing south towards Bracebridge. Up until 1974, Hwy 117 was designated as part of Hwy 118. This was in the years before Hwy 118 was rerouted to the east of Bracebridge via Carnarvon and Haliburton. Between 1955 and 1974, the routes of Hwy 11 & Hwy 118 were overlapped between this junction and the old Hwy 118 Junction (Taylor Road) which led west from Hwy 11 into Downtown Bracebridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #1427 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1428 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west across the Hwy 117 Overpass at Hwy 11. Up until the construction of this grade separation in 1979, Hwy 117 met Hwy 11 at an at-grade intersection. Although motorists can reach Bracebridge's Town Centre by continuing straight ahead via Cedar Lane, it is considerably faster to use Hwy 11. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 117 from the Hwy 11 Interchange in Bracebridge. The ramps at the Hwy 117 Interchange are in a relatively uncommon four-ramp "Parclo A-B" configuration. Interchanges with this design have all ramps situated on only one side of the crossing road, with one loop ramp entering the freeway (the "A" ramp) and also one loop ramp exiting the freeway (the "B" ramp). These interchanges are often used in locations where a constraint (a river, in this particular instance) makes the construction of ramps on one side of the crossing road impractical from either a design or a construction cost perspective. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #1423 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1424 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Date stamp (1979) and structure identification number (Site #42-174) on the Hwy 117 Overpass on Hwy 11 in Bracebridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along the southbound lanes of Hwy 11 from the Hwy 117 Overpass near Bracebridge. The Muskoka River (North Branch) Bridge can be seen in background. This steel through truss structure originally carried both directions of traffic along Hwy 11 when it was initially opened to traffic in 1953. However, as traffic volumes along Hwy 11 continued to grow, the highway was expanded from two to four lanes. A separate structure was built at right under Contract #1973-80 in order to carry the northbound lanes of Hwy 11. As part of this contract, Hwy 11 was expanded from two to four lanes from just north of the Vankoughnet Road (Hwy 118) Interchange northerly to High Falls Road. For a couple of years in the mid-1970s, the northbound Hwy 11 carriageway at right came to an end at the hill in the background, where all Hwy 11 traffic converged back into a single two-lane roadway. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 11 #1425 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 11 #1430 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View of Hwy 11 facing north between the Hwy 117 Interchange and the dual bridges over the Muskoka River (North Branch). This photo clearly illustrates the growing importance of the Hwy 11 corridor within the provincial highway system. Traffic volumes more than doubled on this section of Hwy 11 from 2,700 vehicles per day in 1955 to almost 6,600 vehicles per day by 1972. Summer traffic volumes along the corridor exceeded 10,000 vehicles per day by 1972, resulting in periodic congestion especially at busy intersections. Throughout the 1970s, Hwy 11 was expanded from two to four lanes starting from Gravenhurst and continuing northerly to Huntsville. Grade-separated interchanges were gradually constructed at the busier intersections along the divided highway. The Hwy 117 Interchange is the last grade-separated crossing on Hwy 11 until the Hwy 141 Interchange near Port Sydney, which lies about 14 km to the north. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Hwy 117 Overpass on Hwy 11 in Bracebridge. The post-tensioned concrete bridge design was commonly used on many of Ontario's freeways between the 1960s and 1990s. These bridges are constructed using a cast-in-place method, with temporary formwork used to support the concrete until it has cured. Despite their solid appearance, post-tensioned bridges are actually not solid concrete slab bridges. Typically, they will have circular or rectangular-shaped voids contained within the superstructure. A network of cables or "tendons" within the superstructure are then used to provide additional structural support to the bridge both longitudinally (length-wise) as well as transversely (width-wise). These tendons are anchored into the bridge's abutments and then tensioned, which results in a very strong and also aesthetically-pleasing bridge design. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 30, 2023  -  © Cameron Bevers)





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