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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 12 dating from 1980 to 1989. 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 2: Historical King's Highway 12 Photographs (1980-1989)


HWY 12 #58             HWY 12 #71

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 12 towards Orillia at the Talbot River Bridge on the Gamebridge Bypass. Photo taken on October 7, 1981. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Trent Canal Bridge on Hwy 12 at Gamebridge, facing north. Photo taken on October 7, 1981. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #70             HWY 400 #272

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 12 towards Orillia at the Trent Canal Bridge at Gamebridge, north of Beaverton. Photo taken on October 7, 1981. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 69 (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)





HWY 11 #673             HWY 12 #56

Left - Deck rehabilitation on the Hwy 12 South Overpass on Hwy 11 in Orillia (1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 12 at the Talbot River Bridge on the Gamebridge Bypass. Photo taken on July 17, 1985. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #57             HWY 12 #72

NEW Left - Western side of the Talbot River Bridge on Hwy 12 at Gamebridge, north of Beaverton. Photo taken on July 17, 1985. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - High-Level Hwy 12 Bridge over the Trent Canal at Gamebridge, north of Beaverton. This structure replaced a low-level swing bridge that crossed the Trent-Severn Waterway at the Gamebridge Lock (Lock 41) up until the early 1960s. Photo taken on July 17, 1985. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #61             HWY 12 #60

NEW Left - Talbot River Bridge on the Gamebridge Bypass (Hwy 12), facing south towards the Trent Canal Bridge. Photo taken on August 13, 1987. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 12 towards Orillia at the Talbot River Bridge near Gamebridge. Photo taken on August 13, 1987. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





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 12 #48             HWY 12 #49

NEW Left - Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Overhead on Hwy 12 near Coldwater, facing west towards Waubaushene. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Northern side of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Overhead near Coldwater. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #92             HWY 12 #91

NEW Left - Coldwater River Bridge on the Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12). Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing west along the Coldwater Bypass (Hwy 12) at the Coldwater River Bridge. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #88             HWY 12 #89

NEW Left - Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead on Hwy 12 near Port McNicoll, facing east towards Waubaushene. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Southern side of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) Overhead near Port McNicoll. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #54             HWY 12 #55

NEW Left - Facing east along Hwy 12 towards Victoria Harbour at the Hog River Bridge. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Northern side of the Hog River Bridge on Hwy 12 near Victoria Harbour. Photo taken on September 15, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #40             HWY 12 #41

NEW Left - Facing south along Hwy 12 at the Atherley Narrows Bridge in Orillia in 1989. Up until the 1960s, Hwy 12 crossed a low-level bridge with an opening span at the Trent-Severn Waterway, which passes through Atherley Narrows on its route between Lake Simcoe and adjacent Lake Couchiching. Whenever marine traffic required passage through Atherley Narrows, highway traffic was forced to stop while the swing span was opened. By the 1960s, the old bridge at Atherley Narrows was causing severe traffic congestion to occur on Hwy 12, particularly during the summer months. In 1964, a new high-level structure was built by the Department of Highways across Atherley Narrows, bypassing the old swing bridge. The new high-level bridge at Atherley Narrows was officially opened to traffic on August 24, 1965. Click here to see a circa 1955 postcard view of the old swing bridge. Following the completion of the high-level bridge, the old swing bridge was abandoned and demolished. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Lake Simcoe side of the Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12, as seen from the Orillia (northern) side of the structure. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #42             HWY 12 #43

NEW Left - View underneath the Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12 in Orillia in 1989. The first high-level structure at Atherley Narrows was a simply supported five-girder (precast) concrete structure, with a single steel plate girder span over the boat channel. In 1998-1999, the Atherley Narrows Bridge was replaced when a new concrete four-lane high-level structure was built on the site of the existing 1964 bridge. The original high-level structure was first "twinned" by building a brand new structure adjacent to it to carry the future northbound lanes of Hwy 12. Following the completion of the new two-lane northbound structure, the old 1964 bridge was torn down and replaced with a new two-lane bridge carrying the future southbound lanes of Hwy 12. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Lake Couchiching side of the Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12, as seen from the Atherley (southern) side of the structure. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #44             HWY 12 #45

NEW Left - Facing north across the Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12 towards Orillia. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Lake Simcoe side of the Atherley Narrows Bridge on Hwy 12, as seen from the Atherley (southern) side of the structure in 1989. Portions of the original Hwy 12 alignment leading to the low-level swing bridge at Atherley Narrows can still be seen poking up through the grass at left. During construction of the new twin bridges at Atherley Narrows in the late 1990s, the former site of the low-level bridge was excavated, removing all traces of the old asphalt highway. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #59             HWY 12 #73

NEW Left - Facing north along Hwy 12 at the Talbot River Bridge on the Gamebridge Bypass. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)

NEW Right - Facing south along Hwy 12 towards Beaverton at the Trent Canal Bridge near Gamebridge. Photo taken on August 16, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)





HWY 12 #90

NEW Above - Facing east along Hwy 12 at the Sturgeon River Bridge near Waubaushene. Photo taken on September 7, 1989. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2014)




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