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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 15. 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 15 Photographs


HWY 15 #20             HWY 15 #30

Left - Looking west along Hwy 15, one mile east of Bell's Corners in 1948. This historic photo shows the area where Richmond Road (Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15) crosses over Hwy 416 today, between Bell's Corners and Ottawa. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in 1948.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1948)

Right - Department of Highways' Roadside Park on Hwy 15 (today's Hwy 7) at Innisville in 1950. This small roadside park was established in 1947 for the convenience of motorists traveling to and from Ottawa. The park was built between the original highway alignment which ran behind the park to the left and the relocated highway at right. Although the stone fireplaces were removed many years ago, this roadside park and picnic area is still in operation today on Hwy 7 north of Innisville. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 17 #39

Above - Trans-Canada Highway Sign at the junction of Hwy 15 & Hwy 17 in Ottawa. Photo taken on July 19, 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)





HWY 15 #31             HWY 15 #32

Left - A scenic view of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa in 1950, approaching the Wellington Street Bridge near Parliament Hill. Although they are not particularly obvious in this photo, note the four King's Highway route markers mounted onto a single post on Rideau Canal Drive at left. For many years, the routes of Hwy 15, Hwy 16, Hwy 17 and Hwy 31 all followed Rideau Canal Drive along a city-signed scenic loop through Downtown Ottawa. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in 1950.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1950)

Right - Facing south along Rideau Canal Drive (Hwy 15, Hwy 16, Hwy 17 & Hwy 31) in Ottawa in 1951. See an Enlarged Photo here. Photo taken in 1951.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 15 #1

Above - New pavement and zone markings on a new Hwy 15 alignment east of Crosby. Photo taken on June 8, 1951.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1951)





HWY 15 #41

Above - Craig Street Bridge over the Tay River on Hwy 15 (later Hwy 43) in Perth (1954)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1954)





HWY 15 #29

Above - Circa 1955 postcard view of Gore Street (Hwy 15, later Hwy 43) in Downtown Perth, facing north from the Tay River Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of L. F. Charter)





HWY 15 #8             HWY 15 #9

Left - Broken concrete pavement on Hwy 15 near Smiths Falls. Photo taken in 1958. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)

Right - Bell's Corners Subway on Hwy 15 west of Ottawa. Photo taken in 1958. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)





HWY 29 #6

Above - Outdated railway subway on Hwy 29 (later Hwy 15) in Smiths Falls in 1958. Narrow, low clearance railway subways such as this one were quite common on Ontario's highways until the 1960s. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1958)


Present Day King's Highway 15 Photographs


HWY 401 #249 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 401 #250 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 401 from the Hwy 15 Overpass east of Kingston. The rocky topography of this area prompted the highway's designers to use a "diamond" interchange at Hwy 401 & Hwy 15. The diamond interchange design is quite uncommon in Ontario, despite its widespread use in many other North American jurisdictions. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 9, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 401 towards Kingston from the Hwy 15 Overpass. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on April 9, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #33 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #34 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Abandoned Hwy 15 alignment north of the Hwy 32 Junction near Seeley's Bay. This superelevated curve was abandoned when the highway's alignment was improved in the 1950s. The revised highway at left features a curve with a lower superelevation rate and more gradual horizontal curvature. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Another view of the abandoned Hwy 15 alignment north of the Hwy 32 Junction. Originally, this was a twin-slab concrete highway. In order to construct the new highway alignment at right, the former northbound concrete lane was broken up and removed. The former southbound lane was left in place to serve as an access road to a nearby cemetery. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #35 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #7 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Another abandoned Hwy 15 alignment between the Hwy 32 Junction and Morton. This twin-slab concrete pavement was constructed in 1934, when Hwy 15 was paved between Seeley's Bay and Elgin. This particular section was bypassed during a highway improvement project in the 1950s, in order to remove a steep grade on the original highway. The old concrete highway now serves as a private residential driveway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Site of the Old Morton Creek Bridge on a former alignment of Hwy 15 at Morton. The old bridge was removed in 1934, when a new highway alignment was constructed north of Morton on an improved grade. Only the old concrete bridge abutments remain today. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #6 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #5 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Former Hwy 15 alignment north of Morton, facing south towards Seeley's Bay. This steep grade and narrow roadway was bypassed by a new Hwy 15 diversion in 1934. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Abandoned curve on a former alignment of Hwy 15 about 3 km north of Morton, showing an old section of twin-slab concrete pavement. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #36 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #37 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 15 towards Elgin at the Crosby Creek Bridge south of Crosby. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Crosby Creek Bridge on Hwy 15 south of Crosby. This single-span steel girder structure was completed in 1931. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #38 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #39 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 15 towards Crosby at the Crosby Creek Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Crosby Creek Bridge on Hwy 15 south of Crosby. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #3 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #4 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old Hwy 15 alignment at Blanchards Hill, facing south towards Crosby. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Old culvert on Old Hwy 15 at Blanchards Hill - "ONTARIO PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY 1926". See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #2 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #40 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north towards Smiths Falls on Old Hwy 15 at Blanchards Hill. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Old culvert on a former Hwy 15 alignment near Lombardy - "ONTARIO PROVINCIAL HIGHWAY 1925". See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on July 31, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #24 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #23 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 15 through the Canadian Pacific Railway Subway on Cornelia Street in Smiths Falls. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Smiths Falls Subway on Hwy 15 was completed in 1969, under a connecting link agreement between the Town of Smiths Falls and the Department of Highways. This new four-lane subway replaced a very narrow old two-lane subway with a limited overhead clearance of 11 feet, 8 inches (3.55 metres). The new subway also has sidewalks for pedestrians on both sides of the road. The old Smiths Falls Subway only had one sidewalk on the eastern side of Hwy 15. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #21 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #22 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 15 towards the Smiths Falls Subway on Cornelia Street. Compare this present-day photo of the Smiths Falls Subway to this 1958 photo of the old Smiths Falls Subway on Hwy 15 (Formerly Hwy 29). See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Plaque commemorating the completion of the new Smiths Falls Subway on Cornelia Street (Hwy 15) on October 31, 1969. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #25 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #26 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Immediately north of the Smiths Falls Subway, northbound Hwy 15 traffic turns left from Cornelia Street onto Union Street. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Intersection of Cornelia Street and Union Street in Smiths Falls. From this intersection, Hwy 15 quickly leaves Smiths Falls on its route north to Carleton Place. Southbound traffic on Hwy 15 enters town via a channelized right-turn lane. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #27 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #28 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 15 towards Carleton Place from the intersection of Cornelia Street and Union Street in Smiths Falls. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 15 towards the Smiths Falls Subway from the intersection of Cornelia Street and Union Street. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 3, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #473 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #472 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west towards Perth along the Carleton Place Bypass (Hwy 7) near Napoleon Street. The Carleton Place Bypass was completed and opened to traffic in December, 1959. The new bypass was built to relieve recurring traffic congestion on Bridge Street through Downtown Carleton Place, which once carried the former routes of Hwy 15 & Hwy 29. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green guide sign on eastbound Hwy 7 indicating the upcoming Hwy 15 Junction in Carleton Place. As a result of the mass highway downloading spree of 1997-1998, the Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 Junction is the only non-freeway junction of two provincial highways in the Ottawa area. Up until the mid-1990s, Hwy 15 followed Franktown Road north from Hwy 7 through Downtown Carleton Place, where the route then continued north towards Arnprior. As a result of the highway downloading of 1997-1998, Hwy 15 no longer continues north from Carleton Place. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #469 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #468 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Green guide sign for Franktown Road in Carleton Place. Up until the mid-1990s, Hwy 15 followed Franktown Road north from Hwy 7 through Downtown Carleton Place, where the route then continued north towards Arnprior. As a result of the highway downloading of 1997-1998, Hwy 15 no longer continues north from Carleton Place. A new truck bypass for Hwy 15 (McNeely Avenue) was constructed in the 1990s along the eastern side of Carleton Place, in order to divert through traffic away from Bridge Street (Old Hwy 15). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 7 towards the Hwy 15 Junction in Carleton Place. From here, motorists can either turn left and follow Franktown Road north into Downtown Carleton Place or turn right and head south along Hwy 15 towards Smiths Falls and Kingston. Ottawa lies 38 km straight ahead via Hwy 7. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #460 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #461 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 7 towards the Hwy 15 Junction in Carleton Place. Prior to 1998, Hwy 15 was one of several highways leading south from Hwy 7 to Hwy 401 between Ottawa and Peterborough. As a result of the mass highway downloading of 1997-1998, Hwy 15, along with Hwy 37 and Hwy 62, form the only north-south provincial highway links between Hwy 7 and Hwy 401 between here and Peterborough. Prior to 1998, motorists could take their pick from five other King's Highways (Hwy 38, Hwy 41, Hwy 30, Hwy 45 and Hwy 28) to reach Hwy 401 from Hwy 7. However, all five of these highways were transferred to municipalities and are therefore no longer provincial highways today. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Guide sign marking the Hwy 15 Junction on westbound Hwy 7 in Carleton Place. The route of Hwy 15 extends south from Carleton Place to Smiths Falls and ultimately, Kingston. Prior to 1998, Hwy 15 shared a brief concurrent route with Hwy 7 between Franktown Road and McNeely Avenue (East Carleton Place Bypass). However, this concurrent routing was very short-lived and was discontinued when the section of Hwy 15 from Carleton Place to Arnprior was downloaded to Lanark County and the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #462 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #464 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Franktown Road (Formerly Hwy 15) towards Downtown Carleton Place from the Hwy 7 Junction. Up until the 1990s, Hwy 15 extended north from Carleton Place to Arnprior. The northern section of Hwy 15 from Carleton Place to Arnprior fell victim to the mass highway downloading spree of 1997-1998. As a result, Hwy 15 now reaches its northern terminus at the Hwy 7 Junction in Carleton Place. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly on southbound Franktown Road, indicating the start of Hwy 15 at the Hwy 7 Junction in Carleton Place. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #466 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #465 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Franktown Road (Hwy 15) towards the Hwy 7 Junction in Carleton Place. This intersection has been an important provincial highway junction ever since the Franktown Road was assumed as a new provincial highway in 1936. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 7 towards Perth from the Hwy 15 Junction in Carleton Place. Up until the completion of the Carleton Place Bypass in 1959, there was no through road here. Traffic heading west to Perth had to turn right and follow Franktown Road and Bridge Street through Downtown Carleton Place in order to continue west to Perth. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #467 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #476 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Guide sign marking the Hwy 15 Junction on eastbound Hwy 7 in Carleton Place. Heading eastbound, Hwy 15 is the last provincial highway junction along Hwy 7 before Hwy 417 in Ottawa. Following the completion of the East Carleton Place Bypass (McNeely Avenue) in the mid-1990s, Hwy 15 was briefly routed along Hwy 7 from this intersection easterly to McNeely Avenue. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching the northern terminus of Hwy 15 at the Hwy 7 Junction in Carleton Place. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #477 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #478 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Green guide sign marking the Hwy 7 Junction on northbound Hwy 15 in Carleton Place. Motorists arriving at this junction can either continue straight ahead on Franktown Road into Downtown Carleton Place, turn left and head west towards Perth or turn right and head east towards Ottawa. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 15 towards Smiths Falls from the Hwy 7 Junction in Carleton Place. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #479 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Hwy 15 Ends sign at the Hwy 7 Junction in Carleton Place. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 7 #463 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 7 #480 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Trans-Canada Highway route marker assembly on Hwy 7 at the Hwy 15 Junction in Carleton Place. The Central Ontario Route of the Trans-Canada Highway follows Hwy 7 between Ottawa and Sunderland, northeast of Toronto. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction assembly at McNeely Avenue (Hwy 15 Bypass) and Hwy 7 in Carleton Place. Note the bilingual green "TO/VERS 15" trailblazer, which directs traffic to Hwy 15 South. For a couple of years in the mid-1990s, Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 shared a short concurrent route for about 600 metres between McNeely Avenue and Franktown Road. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #10 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #11 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 (Robertson Road) towards the Bell's Corners Subway near Ottawa. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The narrow Bell's Corners Subway shown in the historical 1958 photo above was demolished in 1966 and replaced with this modern railway subway. The new Bell's Corners Subway accommodates a four-lane divided highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #12 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #13 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Below-deck view of the Bell's Corners Subway on Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 west of Ottawa. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 towards the Bell's Corners Subway near Ottawa. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #14 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #15 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The centre median of Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 approaching the Bell's Corners Subway is comprised of a wide concrete rumble strip known as a "singing median". Many four-lane highways built in Ontario during the 1960s and 1970s had singing medians. However, this style of centreline treatment is no longer popular with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The singing median is slowly disappearing from the Ontario landscape as older highways are reconstructed. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the singing median on Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 at Bell's Corners. The concrete centre strip has a series of intermittent alternating recessed grooves and raised humps, which provides drivers with an audible warning that their vehicle's tires have encroached over the centreline of the highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #16 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #17 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (1966) on the Bell's Corners Subway on Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Deck view of the Bell's Corners Subway on Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15. This former railway line has been converted to a walking trail. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 15 #18 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 15 #19 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 towards Bell's Corners from the former railway subway. This section of Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 now has a distinctly suburban aura. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Conversely, the view of Old Hwy 7 & Hwy 15 facing west from the Bell's Corners Subway still resembles a rural four-lane King's Highway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 12, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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