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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 11 dating from 1950 to 1959. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 3: Historical King's Highway 11 Photographs (1950 to 1959)


HWY 11 #47

Above - Postcard view of the Hwy 11 & Hwy 60 Junction in Huntsville (ca. 1950)
(Photo courtesy of Newt Winger)

This highway junction was extensively reconfigured when Hwy 60 was extended west from Old Hwy 11 to connect to the new Huntsville Bypass in 1973. Both highways were realigned so that the two roads intersected at right angles. Significant regrading also took place to improve the grades approaching the intersection. Click here to see a present-day view of the Hwy 60 Junction at Old Hwy 11 (now Muskoka Road 3) in Huntsville.





HWY 11 #11             HWY 11 #10

Left - Widening of Hwy 11 underway south of Thornhill, facing north. Photo taken on June 21, 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)

Right - Completed highway widening on Hwy 11 south of Thornhill. Photo taken on November 7, 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)





HWY 11 #12

Above - Newly-completed Hwy 11 Diversion between Gravenhurst and Bracebridge showing new zone markings, 1/2 mile north of Airport Road. Photograph taken on September 8, 1950. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)





HWY 11 #13             HWY 11 #14

Left - Construction of a relocated Hwy 11 alignment south of Bracebridge at Sharpe's Creek. Photo taken on August 10, 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)

Right - Newly-constructed Buskegon River Bridge on Hwy 11, 10 miles west of Cochrane. Photo taken on August 17, 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)





HWY 11 #15             HWY 11 #16

Left - New White Clay River Bridge in 1951, 12 miles north of Kenogami Lake. Photo taken on August 10, 1951.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)

Right - Zone striping on Hwy 11, 1 1/2 miles south of the Hwy 101 Junction in Matheson. Photo taken on August 10, 1951.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 11 #17

Above - Completed Buskegon River Bridge in 1951, 10 miles west of Cochrane. Photo taken on August 13, 1951.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 11 #690

Above - Crew replacing an old log guide rail with steel cable guide rail on Hwy 11 near Temagami. Photograph taken in 1951. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 11 #689

Above - Aerial view of Hwy 11 at Kapuskasing in 1952. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)





HWY 11 #201             HWY 11 #171

NEW Left - Junction of the Round Lake Cutoff (Hwy 11) and Hwy 112 near Tarzwell in 1952. As originally assumed in 1937, the route of Hwy 11 followed the highway to the right of this "Y" Junction. In the late 1930s, a program was initiated to reduce the highway distance between North Bay and Cochrane by constructing diversions along Hwy 11 at key locations. A new highway diversion known as the Round Lake Cutoff was completed from Tarzwell to Kenogami in 1941. The route of Hwy 11 was signed along this new diversion, as can be seen in this photo at left. Unfortunately, the bypassed section of Hwy 11 at right also retained the Hwy 11 route number. Motorists arriving at this "Y" Junction from the south were understandably confused, when they saw the route of Hwy 11 forking into two separate highways in front of them. In what was an apparent acknowledgement of this problem, note that the DHO had already removed the Hwy 11 shield over the Kirkland Lake sign at right even before this photo was taken in 1952. The problem was ultimately resolved in 1953, when the old north-south section of Hwy 11 leading into Kirkland Lake was given an entirely new King's Highway route number, thus creating Hwy 112. Photo taken on September 4, 1952.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)

NEW Right - Catch basin cleanout by a Department of Highways' Maintenance Crew on Hwy 11 south of Thornhill (1952)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)





HWY 11 #203             HWY 11 #202

NEW Left - New Watabeag River Bridge on Hwy 11, 3 1/2 miles north of Matheson. Photo taken on September 7, 1952.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1952)

NEW Right - Department of Highways' Asphalt Plant on Hwy 11 near Jellicoe in 1953. Paving Northern Ontario's Highways presented a unique engineering problem - how do you deliver hot-mix asphalt to remote road construction projects at the correct temperature? With no commercial suppliers in the area, the DHO had to establish its own asphalt production plant to surface Hwy 11 and other secondary roads in the Geraldton-Jellicoe area during the 1950s. Photo taken in 1953.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 11 #204             HWY 11 #199

NEW Left - Grass seeded slope on an earth cut along Hwy 11 north of North Bay (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)

NEW Right - Earth cut on a new alignment of Hwy 11 near Matheson (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 11 #194             HWY 11 #189

NEW Left - Sign marking the height of land between the Atlantic and Arctic Watershed on Hwy 11 near Kenogami (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)

NEW Right - New grade-separated crossing of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) on the North Bay Bypass (Hwy 11) near Nipissing Junction (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 11 #200             HWY 11 #192

NEW Left - Mulch pavement and new steel beam guide rail installation on the North Bay Bypass (Hwy 11) facing north towards Hwy 17. This was one of the earliest installations of steel beam guide rail in Ontario. Photo taken in 1953.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)

NEW Right - Roadside Park and landscaped rest area on Hwy 11 in Cochrane (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 11 #193             HWY 11 #196

NEW Left - Kabinakagami River Bridge on Hwy 11 west of Hearst (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)

NEW Right - Construction of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on the Orillia Bypass (1953)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)





HWY 11 #216             HWY 11 #217

Left - Muskoka River Bridge (North Branch) on the Bracebridge Bypass, shown shortly after it was completed in 1953. Photograph taken on October 20, 1953. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1953)

Right - Shekak River Bridge on Hwy 11, 30 miles west of Hearst. Note that a Bailey Bridge was installed across the original timber beam and timber crib structure, which was constructed in 1941. Photograph taken in 1954. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 11 #198             HWY 11 #195

NEW Left - New pavement and zone striping on Hwy 11, 1/2 mile north of Latchford (1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 11 approaching the Marten River Bridge, showing new pavement and zone striping. Photo taken on October 22, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 11 #197

NEW Above - Completed Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on the Orillia Bypass (1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 11 #697             HWY 11 #699

Left - Callander Bay Lookout on Hwy 11 south of North Bay (1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)

Right - View of the new Bracebridge Bypass on Hwy 11 (1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 11 #685

Above - Construction of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on the new Hwy 11 Bypass at Washago (1954)
See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 11 #687             HWY 11 #686

Left - Construction of the Trent-Severn Waterway Overhead on the Hwy 11 Washago Bypass in 1954. The new Washago Bridge replaced an old swing bridge that opened to allow marine traffic to pass on the Trent-Severn Waterway below. Until it was bypassed, the old Washago Swing Bridge was one of the worst congestion points on Hwy 11 north of Toronto, particularly in the peak summer months. The new high-level bridge seen here completely eliminated this traffic bottleneck. Photo taken in October, 1954.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Completed Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on the Hwy 11 Washago Bypass (February 7, 1955)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 11 #692             HWY 11 #693

Left - Jumping Caribou Lake Diversion on Hwy 11 south of Temagami in 1955. This major highway relocation project was completed in 1940, bypassing a winding section of the original Ferguson Highway. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)

Right - View of the pre-1940 alignment of the Ferguson Highway (Hwy 11) south of Temagami in 1955. When the Jumping Caribou Lake Diversion was completed in 1940, it bypassed an 18 km section of winding road with steep grades that typified the original Ferguson Highway. The original highway seen here is now known as Wilson Lake Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 11 #696             HWY 11 #257

Left - Department of Highways' Roadside Park at Klotz Lake east of Longlac (1955)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 11 near the Palisades of Pijitawabik near Beardmore (1955)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 11 #688

Above - Hwy 11 at the Montreal River in Latchford in 1955. Until the current Montreal River Bridge was completed in 1960, all traffic crossed over the Montreal River on the Latchford Dam. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 11 #256

Above - Facing east along Hwy 11 near Klotz Lake between Hearst and Geraldton, showing new asphalt pavement (1955)
See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 11 #933

Above - Postcard view of the Welcome Arch on Hwy 11B (Old Hwy 11) & Hwy 69 in Gravenhurst (ca. 1955). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Henry Fry)





HWY 11 #706             HWY 11 #704

Left - Postcard view of Hwy 11 approaching Callander, 9 miles south of North Bay (ca. 1955)
(Photo courtesy of William Forder)

Right - Postcard view of Hwy 11 near Marten River (ca. 1955)
(Photo courtesy of Newt Winger)





HWY 11 #698

Above - Hwy 11 at the Mattagami River in Smooth Rock Falls in 1955. Traffic on Hwy 11 crossed the Mattagami River on the Smooth Rock Falls Dam until 1956, when a new temporary bridge was completed over the Mattagami River by the Department of Highways. The current bridge over the Mattagami River at Smooth Rock Falls was officially opened to traffic on September 23, 1958.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 11 #694

Above - Approaching Temagami on Hwy 11 in 1955, facing north. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1955)





HWY 11 #702

Above - Temporary Bailey Bridge over the Mattagami River in Smooth Rock Falls, shown shortly after completion in 1956. Traffic on Hwy 11 crossed the Mattagami River Bailey Bridge up until the current Smooth Rock Falls Bridge was officially opened to traffic in 1958.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 11 #695

Above - Newly-surfaced section of Hwy 11 near Klotz Lake east of Longlac in 1956. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956)





HWY 11 #683             HWY 11 #684

Left - Severn River West Branch (Green River) Bridge on the Hwy 11 Washago Bypass (September 6, 1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 11 towards Gravenhurst at the Severn River West Branch (Green River) Bridge on the Washago Bypass (September 6, 1956)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 11 #701             HWY 11 #700

Left - Facing south along Hwy 11 near the Hwy 64 Junction at Marten River (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)

Right - Hwy 11 at Lake Helen, north of Nipigon (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 11 #703

Above - Callander Bay Lookout on Hwy 11 south of North Bay (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 401 #537

Above - Hwy 401 and Hwy 11 (Yonge Street) Cloverleaf in Toronto, facing north towards Richmond Hill (1958)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)

When the Yonge Street Interchange was first completed on Hwy 401 in 1953, it was a full eight-ramp cloverleaf. This interchange was completely reconfigured when this section of Hwy 401 was widened in 1966-1967. The full cloverleaf interchange seen here was replaced by a partial cloverleaf interchange with a directional ramp to serve the heavy eastbound Hwy 401 to northbound Hwy 11 movement. Note the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus loop situated within the cloverleaf interchange.





HWY 401 #538

Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 401 and Hwy 11 (Yonge Street) Cloverleaf in Toronto, facing south (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1959)

This aerial photo of the Yonge Street Interchange at rush hour clearly demonstrates the problem with this interchange design when traffic volumes are heavy and the opposing loop ramps are placed too close together. A red traffic signal on Yonge Street north of Hwy 401 has caused northbound traffic to queue right through the cloverleaf interchange and onto the eastbound loop ramp exiting from the freeway. The queue has also blocked access to the opposing loop ramp from northbound Hwy 11 to westbound Hwy 401. When the interchange was rebuilt in 1966-1967, a two-lane directional ramp was constructed to remove the bottleneck caused by the heavy eastbound Hwy 401 to northbound Hwy 11 movement.





HWY 11 #705

Above - Postcard view of the Vernon Narrows Bridge on the new Huntsville Bypass, shortly before being opened to traffic (1959)
(Photo courtesy of Ernie Dollimore)




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