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Page 5: Present Day King's Highway 12 Photographs (Beaverton to Orillia)


HWY 12 #162 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #163 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 from the Beaver River Bridge in Beaverton. Note the long queue of northbound traffic approaching the traffic signals at nearby Durham Road 15. This highway does experience congestion on summer weekends, as it is a popular "cottage country" route which serves the eastern side of Lake Simcoe. This section of the highway is part of the Beaverton Bypass, which was completed and officially opened to traffic between the present day Hwy 48 South Junction and the intersection at Durham Road 23 (Mara Road) on November 4, 1966. Until recently, Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 shared a well-signed, overlapped route along the Beaverton Bypass. All references to Hwy 48 were removed from the highway in 2004, so it is now signed as Hwy 12 only. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Beaver River Bridge on Hwy 12 & Hwy 48, facing south towards Whitby. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #164 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #165 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Beaver River Bridge on Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 in Beaverton. This three-span post-tensioned concrete bridge was completed in 1965. The introduction of post-tensioned concrete bridges in Ontario during the 1960s allowed designers to make use of very shallow bridge decks, when compared to conventional concrete girder bridges. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (1965) on the Beaver River Bridge on Hwy 12 & Hwy 48. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #166 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #167 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 at the Beaver River Bridge in Beaverton. The signalized intersection with Durham Road 15 can be seen in the background. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Beaver River Bridge was replaced in 2006-2007, in order to accommodate intersection capacity improvements at Durham Road 15. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #168 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #169 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 towards the Durham Road 15 Intersection in Beaverton. Prior to the intersection's reconstruction, there was a channelized right turn lane with a short acceleration taper from eastbound Durham Road 15 to southbound Hwy 12 & Hwy 48. This right turn channelization was removed as a result of the intersection reconstruction, in an effort to improve traffic operations. Without a full acceleration lane, a right turn channel can actually impede traffic flow on the main highway, as slow traffic entering the highway is forced to quickly merge into the adjacent through lane. As originally designed, this intersection had two northbound and two southbound through lanes. One of the northbound through lanes was later converted to a right turn only lane, which greatly impacted the capacity of this signalized intersection to serve northbound traffic (hence the long northbound queue seen in earlier photos). The reconfigured intersection has separate left and right turn lanes and two through lanes in both directions, which has greatly improved traffic operations at the intersection. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 from the Durham Road 15 Intersection in Beaverton. As part of the intersection improvements, median islands were constructed approaching the intersection. Prior to reconstruction, the secondary traffic signal pole was located on the left-hand side of the highway, as seen in this photo. Median-mounted secondary signal poles are strongly preferred on wide highways with more than four lanes, as the signal heads are placed directly in front of the motorist rather than off to the left side of the highway where they are far less conspicuous. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #170 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #171 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Older 1960s-era traffic signal pole on southbound Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 at Durham Road 15. The traffic signal head has a 12 inch (30 cm) red display lens and 8 inch (20 cm) amber and green display lenses. During reconstruction of the intersection, new traffic signal heads were installed with 12 inch (30 cm) display lenses for all three signal indications. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 from the Whites Creek Bridge between Beaverton and Gamebridge. The "platooning" effect that the traffic signals in Beaverton have on traffic flow along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 is quite evident in this photo. After the traffic signals turn green, dozens of vehicles are discharged from the intersection and suddenly fill an empty void in the highway downstream of the signals. Traffic platooning such as this can be either beneficial or problematic for traffic waiting to enter the highway downstream of the traffic signals. Motorists waiting at side entrances and intersections may have trouble finding adequate gaps to enter the highway if a platoon of vehicles is approaching or passing by. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #172 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #176 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Whites Creek Bridge on Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 north of Beaverton. This three-span post-tensioned concrete bridge was completed in 1965. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 towards Brechin at the Whites Creek Bridge north of Beaverton. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #174 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #175 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (1965) on the Whites Creek Bridge on Hwy 12 & Hwy 48. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 towards Beaverton at the Whites Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #173 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #177 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Whites Creek Bridge on Hwy 12 & Hwy 48 north of Beaverton. The Whites Creek Bridge was also replaced in 2006-2007. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Old Hwy 12 in Gamebridge, approaching the Talbot River Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #178 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #179 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Talbot River Bridge on Old Hwy 12 in Gamebridge. This concrete bowstring arch bridge was built by the Department of Public Highways of Ontario (DPHO) in 1930. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south across the Talbot River Bridge on Old Hwy 12 in Gamebridge. Like many DPHO-built bridges of this vintage, the Talbot River Bridge has a sidewalk cantilevered out from one side of the concrete truss. Some bowstring bridges built on provincial highways in rural areas of the province had no sidewalk at all, while ones built in urban areas typically had cantilevered sidewalks on both sides. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #180 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #181 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Talbot River Bridge on Old Hwy 12 is a typical example of a concrete bowstring truss bridge. The Province of Ontario built dozens of these attractive structures along the provincial highway system in the second half of the 1920s and early 1930s. Counties and townships also built large numbers of these structures up until the 1930s. As Ontario's highways became busier, many of these bowstring arch bridges had to be replaced because they were too narrow to accommodate fast, heavy traffic. Only a handful of these bridges still survive today, mostly located on bypassed highway alignments such as this example in Gamebridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Talbot River Bridge on Old Hwy 12 in Gamebridge. This bowstring bridge has a total span length of 71 feet, 6 inches. It was nearly identical in design to the Whites Creek Bridge on Old Hwy 12 north of Beaverton, which was also built in 1930. The Whites Creek Bridge was replaced with a new structure in the 1980s. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #184 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #183 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Sadly, the aging Talbot River Bridge was closed to traffic permanently in October, 2018. It was subsequently demolished and replaced with a new structure in 2019. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Talbot River Bridge on Old Hwy 12 in Gamebridge, facing south. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #182 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #185 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Old Hwy 12 towards the Hwy 12 Junction in Gamebridge. For a number of years during the 1960s, Old Hwy 12 through Gamebridge was signed as Hwy 12B. Jurisdiction over Hwy 12B through Gamebridge was transferred from the province to the Townships of Thorah and Mara in 1967. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on September 17, 2017  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 12 about 2 km north of Brechin. The Hwy 169 Junction can be seen in the distance. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #188 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #189 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 12 towards Brechin near the Hwy 169 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green guide sign for Hwy 169 on northbound Hwy 12 near Brechin. Until the late 1990s, Hwy 169 was a King's Highway which extended from Hwy 12 north of Brechin to MacTier, via Washago and Gravenhurst. Jurisdiction over the southern leg of Hwy 169 from Brechin to Washago was transferred to the County of Simcoe in 1998. This section of Hwy 169 is now officially known as Simcoe Road 169. The northern leg of Hwy 169 from Gravenhurst to MacTier is now officially known as Muskoka Road 169. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #186 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #187 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Distance guide sign on southbound Hwy 12 at the Hwy 169 Junction near Brechin. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly and fingerboard destination signs at the Hwy 12 & Hwy 169 Junction between Brechin and Orillia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #190 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #191 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 12 from the Hwy 169 Junction near Brechin. The community of Brechin lies about 3 km to the south of the Hwy 169 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A channelized right turn lane carries traffic from northbound Hwy 12 to northbound Hwy 169. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #192 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #193 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern terminus of Hwy 169 at the Hwy 12 Junction north of Brechin. These two highways have met at this rural highway junction ever since the new Brechin-Washago route of Hwy 69 (later known as Hwy 169) was first established in 1952. Prior to 1952, Hwy 12 & Hwy 69 joined together immediately east of the Atherley Narrows Bridge near Orillia. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 169 towards Washago from the Hwy 12 Junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #194 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #195 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 12 from the Hwy 169 Junction north of Brechin. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the Hwy 169 Junction on Hwy 12, facing south towards Brechin. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) plans to convert this stop-controlled intersection to a roundabout in the coming years, in order to more effectively deal with both existing and future traffic demand at this highway junction. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 12 #196 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 12 #197 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Distance guide sign on northbound Hwy 12 at the Hwy 169 Junction near Brechin. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green guide sign marking the upcoming Hwy 169 Junction on southbound Hwy 12. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 23, 2016  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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