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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 400 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 4: Historical King's Highway 400 Photographs (1980 to 1989)


HWY 400 #188             HWY 400 #206

Left - Facing west along Hwy 88 towards Bond Head from the Hwy 400 Overpass near Bradford (April 29, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 88 towards Bradford at the Hwy 400 Overpass (April 29, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #207             HWY 400 #213

Left - Steel handrail on the Hwy 88 Overpass on Hwy 400 near Bradford (April 29, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - Facing north along Hwy 400 towards the new Hwy 93 Interchange near Hillsdale (April 29, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #216

NEW Above - Facing south along Hwy 400 towards the new Hwy 93 Interchange near Hillsdale (April 29, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #238

NEW Above - Close-up view of the "angled" turn-off sign marking the exit to Hwy 93 from Hwy 400 South. These signs were used extensively on Ontario freeways during the 1970s. The angled freeway signs were gradually phased out and replaced with rectangular signs beginning in the 1980s. In my opinion, these angled turn-off signs were an excellent idea. Their unique shape helped drivers to immediately differentiate turn-off signs from all other rectangular-shaped ground-mounted guide signs on the freeway, even at a considerable distance. These angled signs were particularly useful at "Parclo-B" interchanges such as the Hwy 93 Interchange, where the exit ramp is hidden on the far side of the grade separation and would therefore be less apparent to a driver. Photo taken on April 29, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #214             HWY 400 #215

NEW Left - Facing south along Hwy 93 at the Hwy 400 Interchange. Until 1980, these two highways met at an at-grade intersection. Photo taken on April 29, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - Facing south across the newly-completed Hwy 93 Overpass on Hwy 400 (April 29, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #227             HWY 400 #226

NEW Left - Steel frame for the Bayfield Street Overpass widening on Hwy 400 in Barrie (June 23, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - The original 1951 Bayfield Street Overpass in Barrie was widened in 1981 to provide a southbound left turn lane across the structure. A new loop ramp was also constructed in the northwest interchange quadrant. At the time this photo was taken, preliminary grading on the new loop ramp was just getting underway in the background. Photo taken on June 23, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #228             HWY 400 #229

NEW Left - Excavating the southeast wingwall during the Bayfield Street Overpass widening project in Barrie (June 23, 1981)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - The expansion of the Bayfield Street Overpass was done entirely on the south side of the original 1951 structure. This bridge widening and interchange ramp reconfiguration project greatly improved traffic flow at the busy Bayfield Street Interchange. Photo taken on June 23, 1981.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #235

NEW Above - View underneath the Bayfield Street Overpass in Barrie, showing the original 1951 structure and the new extension that was built in 1981 (April 1, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #230

NEW Above - Facing north along Hwy 400 towards the St. Vincent Street Overpass in Barrie (April, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #232             HWY 400 #231

NEW Left - Sign on Hwy 400 marking the St. Vincent Street Overpass in Barrie (April, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - Facing north across the St. Vincent Street Overpass on Hwy 400 in Barrie (April, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #272

Above - 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 400 #273

Above - Eastern side of the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Hwy 69 (July, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #239

NEW Above - Facing south along Hwy 400 towards the Hwy 401 Interchange in Toronto (December 10, 1982)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011)





HWY 400 #217             HWY 400 #219

NEW Left - Facing south along Hwy 400 towards the Hwy 93 Interchange near Hillsdale (July, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - Facing south across the Hwy 93 Overpass on Hwy 400 near Hillsdale (July, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #218             HWY 400 #220

NEW Left - Green guide sign on Hwy 93 marking the ramp to Hwy 400 North (July, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

NEW Right - Facing north across the Hwy 93 Overpass on Hwy 400 near Hillsdale (July, 1983)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #251             HWY 400 #274

Left - Matchedash Bay Bridge on Hwy 69 (later Hwy 400) in Waubaushene (June, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Western side of the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Hwy 69 (June, 1984)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #189             HWY 400 #257

Left - Northern side of the Hwy 88 Overpass near Bradford in September 1985, showing the new parapet wall built when the bridge was rehabilitated in 1983.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 69 towards Port Severn from the Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene (June 25, 1987)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 7 #139

Above - Aerial view of the reconstruction of the Hwy 400 and Hwy 7 Interchange in Vaughan in 1988. The original Hwy 7 Cloverleaf was replaced with a new interchange and expanded structure in 1987-1988 in order to accommodate the future construction of new ramps to serve the proposed Hwy 407 Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2009)





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 400 #253             HWY 400 #254

Left - Advance grading for the twin southbound Matchedash Bay Bridge on Hwy 69 (later Hwy 400) in Waubaushene (1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Clearing and grubbing operations for the future southbound Hwy 400 Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene in 1988. In the background, Hwy 69 traffic is using the future northbound lanes of Hwy 400.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #255             HWY 400 #256

Left - Grading for the new Matchedash Bay Bridge on Hwy 69 (later Hwy 400) in Waubaushene (1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Preparatory work and utility pole relocations for the future construction of the southbound Hwy 400 Matchedash Bay Bridge (1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #252             HWY 400 #260

Left - Facing north along Hwy 69 towards Port Severn from the Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene in 1988. The existing two-lane highway was twinned through Waubaushene in 1990-1991. The resulting four-lane Hwy 69 was renumbered as Hwy 400 in 1997.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - View of Matchedash Bay from Hwy 69 in Waubaushene (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #258             HWY 400 #259

Left - Facing north along Hwy 69 (now Hwy 400) towards Port Severn at the Matchedash Bay Bridge in Waubaushene on September 29, 1988. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Eastern side of the Matchedash Bay Bridge on Hwy 69 at Waubaushene (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #276             HWY 400 #275

Left - Facing south across the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Hwy 69 (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)

Right - Western side of the Waubaushene CN Railway Overhead on Hwy 69 in 1988, before the highway was twinned. Note the graded fill for the new southbound structure in the foreground. Photo taken on September 29, 1988.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2012)





HWY 400 #196             HWY 400 #197

Left - Rehabilitation of the Hwy 27 (Essa Road) Underpass at Hwy 400 in Barrie (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

Right - The original 1940s concrete bar and post railing on the Hwy 27 Underpass was replaced by a new parapet wall during this project (September 29, 1988)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #192             HWY 400 #193

Left - Rehabilitation of the Hwy 89 Overpass at Hwy 400 near Cookstown (April, 1989)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

Right - During the rehabilitation of the Hwy 89 Overpass, the decorative Ontario coat-of-arms were removed from the bridge (April, 1989)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #194             HWY 400 #195

Left - Rehabilitation of the Hwy 89 Overpass at Hwy 400 near Cookstown (April, 1989)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)

Right - The rehabilitation of the Hwy 89 Overpass was one of several bridge reconstruction projects on Hwy 400 in the 1980s and early 1990s (April, 1989)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)





HWY 400 #233

NEW Above - Facing north along Hwy 400 from the St. Vincent Street Overpass in Barrie (November 9, 1989)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010)




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