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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's Ottawa Queensway (King's Highway 417) dating from 1957 to 1999. 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 1: Historical King's Highway 417 Photographs (1957 to 1999)


HWY 417 #121

NEW Above - Construction of the new Ottawa Queensway at the Avenue "M" Overpass (today's Belfast Road), Contract #1958-260. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1959.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1959)





HWY 417 #120

NEW Above - Aerial view of the Alta Vista Drive Interchange (today's Vanier Parkway) on the Ottawa Queensway, facing east. It is believed that this photo was taken shortly before the new highway opened to traffic on November 25, 1960. This aerial photo shows the bizarre original ramp configuration at this interchange. As originally constructed, the ramps at this interchange were spliced with connections to and from adjacent Tremblay Road. The interchange was extensively reconfigured over the years and now looks very different today. The direct ramp connection from Tremblay Road to the westbound Ottawa Queensway was demolished many years ago. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1960.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1960)





HWY 417 #122

NEW Above - Plan from 1960 showing the eastern approach (Stage 1) of the Ottawa Queensway between Montreal Road (Old Hwy 17) and Hurdman Bridge over the Rideau River. This 6 1/2 mile section of the Ottawa Queensway was officially opened to traffic on November 25, 1960. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1960)





HWY 417 #123             HWY 417 #5

NEW Left - Concrete paving operations on the new Ottawa Queensway in 1960, facing east from the Cyrville Road Overpass. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1960.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1960)

Right - Aerial view of the completed Ottawa Queensway from Carling Avenue westerly to Richmond Road (1961)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 417 #17

NEW Above - Facing west along the Ottawa Queensway towards the Alta Vista Drive (today's Vanier Parkway) Overpass from Tremblay Road in 1961. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1961.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 417 #124

NEW Above - Plan from 1961 showing the western approach (Stage 2) of the Ottawa Queensway lying between Richmond Road (Hwy 7 & Hwy 15) and Carling Avenue. This 4 1/2 mile section of the Ottawa Queensway was officially opened to traffic on October 2, 1961. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1961)





HWY 417 #125

NEW Above - Concrete paving operations underway on a new section of the Ottawa Queensway east of the Carling Avenue Interchange. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1963.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1963)





HWY 417 #126

NEW Above - Plan from 1964 showing the western portion of the Downtown Section (Stage 3A) of the Ottawa Queensway lying between Carling Avenue and Bronson Avenue. This 2 3/4 mile section of the Ottawa Queensway was officially opened to traffic on May 15, 1964. It was followed later that year by the completion of Stage 3B from Bronson Avenue to O'Connor Street. Note that this section of the freeway was initially built with six lanes. Only the Downtown Section of the Ottawa Queensway featured six lanes (three lanes per direction) when the highway was first built. The balance of the freeway across Ottawa had a basic cross section of four lanes (two lanes per direction). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 417 #127

NEW Above - The central portion of the Downtown Section of the Ottawa Queensway (Stage 3B) is quickly taking form in this 1964 aerial photo, facing west from Elgin Street. Note the end of the completed section of the Ottawa Queensway lying west of Bronson Avenue in the background. Another new section of the Ottawa Queensway between Bronson Avenue and O'Connor Street was officially opened to traffic on September 17, 1964. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1964.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1964)





HWY 417 #128

NEW Above - Plan from 1965 showing the eastern portion of the Downtown Section (Stage 3C) of the Ottawa Queensway lying between O'Connor Street and Concord Street. This short 0.6 mile section of the Ottawa Queensway formed a strategic connection across the Rideau Canal and was officially opened to traffic on November 26, 1965. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1965)





HWY 417 #129

NEW Above - Plan from 1965 showing the Ottawa Queensway nearing completion, except for Stage 4 between Concord Street and Hurdman Bridge shown with dashed lines. This final section of the Ottawa Queensway was put into service on October 28, 1966, thus completing the new freeway across Ottawa after nearly a decade of construction. The 10-mile section of the Ottawa Queensway lying within the City of Ottawa's boundaries was constructed under a four-party cost-sharing agreement between the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO), the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission and the Government of Canada. The highway cost about $31 Million to build in the 1960s, roughly equivalent of about $275 Million in 2022 Dollars. The DHO contributed about $15 Million, or approximately 50% of the total project's cost. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1965)





HWY 417 #130

NEW Above - Completed final 3/4-mile section of the Ottawa Queensway (Stage 4) at the Alta Vista Drive Interchange and Hurdman Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1966.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1966)





HWY 417 #132             HWY 417 #131

NEW Left - Aerial view of the Parkdale Avenue Interchange on the Ottawa Queensway in 1968, facing east. This photo shows the original six-lane cross section of the Ottawa Queensway with a grass median. Also, note that the westbound exit ramp to Parkdale Avenue connected directly to Westmount Avenue. This exit ramp was reconfigured during reconstruction of Hwy 417 in the 1980s. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1968)

NEW Right - Eastbound Bear Brook Bridge under construction on Hwy 417 east of Ottawa, Contract #1969-28. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1969.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1969)





HWY 417 #134             HWY 417 #135

NEW Left - Moodie Drive Interchange under construction on Hwy 7 & Hwy 17 New (now Hwy 417) west of Ottawa, Contract #1969-16. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1969.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1969)

NEW Right - Asphalt paving operations underway on a new section of Hwy 7 & Hwy 17 New (now Hwy 417) west of Ottawa, Contract #1969-16. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1970)





HWY 417 #133

NEW Above - Driving piles for the new Anderson Road Overpass on Hwy 417 east of Ottawa, Contract #1970-64. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1970.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1970)





HWY 417 #136             HWY 417 #137

NEW Left - Temporary falsework being placed for the new 7th Line Overpass on Hwy 417 east of Ottawa, Contract #1970-64. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1971.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1971)

NEW Right - Bridge construction on Hwy 417 west of the Ontario-Quebec Boundary, Contract #1971-66. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1972)





HWY 417 #138             HWY 417 #139

NEW Left - Asphalt paving operations underway on the twin westbound roadway of Hwy 17 (now Hwy 417) at the Prescott and Russel County Road 4 Interchange east of Hawkesbury, Contract #1971-66. About 9 km of existing Hwy 17 was twinned in the early 1970s in order to create the new four-lane route of Hwy 417 immediately west of the Ontario-Quebec Boundary. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1972.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1972)

NEW Right - Construction of Hwy 417 immediately south of the Ottawa Queensway Interchange, Contract #1973-134. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1974.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1974)





HWY 417 #140

NEW Above - Aerial view of the Hwy 417 & Ottawa Queensway Interchange as it nears completion in 1975, facing east towards Orleans. The final link of Hwy 417 east of Ottawa was completed and officially opened to traffic on December 2, 1975. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1975.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1975)





HWY 417 #1             HWY 417 #3

NEW Left - Heavy grading in preparation for granular base construction on the Hwy 417 Extension near Carp Road in Kanata, Contract #1976-12. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1976.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1976)

NEW Right - Barn silos being relocated for the construction of Hwy 417 west of Ottawa, Contract #1976-12. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1977.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1977)





HWY 417 #4             HWY 417 #2

NEW Left - Grading progress on the Hwy 417 Extension facing east at Carp Road in Kanata, Contract #1976-12. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1978.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1978)

NEW Right - Paving operations along Hwy 417 west of Ottawa, Contract #1976-12. See an Enlarged Photo Here. Photo taken in 1978.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © King's Printer for Ontario, 1978)





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