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Photos shown in this table are arranged from South to North:

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Photos taken from driver's perspective appear offset from centre-line photos:        

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Click here for Highway 12 images between Whitby and Sunderland.
Highway 7 heads to Lindsay and Peterborough east of the Highway 12 junction.  Click here for Highway 7 East.
Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Southerly view looking through the Highway 7 intersection towards Sunderland.

Photo taken: October 10th, 2012. 

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Southbound junction assembly at the eastern Highway 7 junction.  The Central Ontario Route of the Trans-Canada Highway departs Highway 12 at this junction.  This is not reflected by the junction signage.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006
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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking south along Highway 12 approaching the Highway 7 junction.  Notice, that since the preceding photo was taken, in 2006, a Trans-Canada Highway marker has been ambiguously affixed to the pictured junction assembly.  Placing the Trans-Canada Highway marker in this fashion provides no indication that the Trans-Canada Highway turns left from Highway 12 to Highway 7 at this intersection.  This is very poorly signed.
Photo taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking northerly from the Highway 7 East junction.

Photo taken: October 10th, 2010.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Northerly view along Highway 12 from just south of the Brock Concession 11 intersection.

Photo taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

This view looks northerly approaching the signalized intersection with Durham Road 12.  Highway 12 crosses Vrooman Creek a tributary to the Beaver River just south of its intersection with Durham Road 12.

Photo taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Southerly view approaching the Durham Road 12 intersection.

Photo taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Northbound junction assembly for Highway 48.  Straight through references to Highway 48 were removed from this assembly in 2004.

Photo taken: July 15th, 2006.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Looking north towards the southern Highway 48 junction along Highway 12.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006.

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Highway 48 continues south from Highway 12 in Beaverton.  Click here for Highway 48 images.
Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking south towards the Highway 48-South junction along Highway 12.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Green sign for Highway 48 sitting in front of a very dated light fixture.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006.
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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

The shield assembly on Highway 12 for the southern split of Highway 12/48.  Highway 48 leads southbound travelers towards Sutton and eventually Markham and Toronto.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Looking south from Thorah Concession 3.  The Beaverton By-pass was completed during the mid 1960s as part of a series of projects to improve the Central Ontario Route of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Looking north along Highway 12 from Concession Road 4.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Northerly view along Highway 12(/48) as the highway nears the Durham Road 15 junction.  As is pictured in the photo comparison, work started in 2006 to widen Highway 12 to four lanes in the vicinity of the Durham Road 15 intersection.  This brief four lane section has greatly improved traffic operations along this busy stretch of highway.

Upper photo taken: July 13th, 2006.

Lower photos taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham
Old junction tab in advance of the Highway 12(/48) junction on Durham Road 15 approaching Beaverton.  This sign no longer stands.

Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

This former Highway 12/48 junction assembly stood at the intersection of Durham Road 15.  It was removed sometime in 2004.

Photo taken: February 8th, 2004.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Former northbound assembly for Highway 12/48 that was located just north of the Durham Road 15 intersection.  As with the preceding sign assembly. the Highway 48 reassurance marker was removed from this signage assembly early in 2004.
Photo taken: February 8th, 2004.
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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking south towards Durham Road 15.  The upper photo shows an excellent example of a 1960s era traffic signal.  For example, notice the vintage traffic signal mast arms at the intersection.

Photo taken: July 13th, 2006

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Southbound signage approaching the signalized intersection with Durham Road 15.  The gravel shoulders of Highway 12 have become popular with truckers parking to use one of the adjacent fast food restaurants.  Highway 12 sees a high volume of trucks.
Photo taken: May 31st, 2012. 

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

This view looks southerly towards the intersection with Beaver Avenue.  Several fast food restaurants and gas stations have been constructed adjacent to Highway 12 along the Beaverton By-pass.  Instead of directly fronting along Highway 12, access to several businesses is provided via Beaver Avenue.
Photo taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking northerly along Highway 12 as it crosses White Creek.

Photo taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Two views southerly across the White Creek bridge.  The White Creek bridge was widened in 2006 in advance of Highway 12 being widened to four lanes around Beaverton.  Obviously (as of 2012), the four lane highway has yet to come to fruition.

Photos taken: May 31st, 2012.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Looking south along Highway 12/48 from just south of the Durham Road 23 intersection.  From Durham Road 23 southerly to the south Highway 48 junction Highway 12/48 by-passes Beaverton to the east.  The Beaverton Bypass was first opened to traffic in November 1966.
Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking north towards the Durham Road 23 intersection.  Intersection improvements were completed at this intersection in 2002 which included the widening to 4-lanes and traffic signal installation.

Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.


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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Looking north from the central median of the Durham Road 23 intersection towards Orillia.

Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.


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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Two northerly views approaching the eastern leg of Highway 48 north of Beaverton.  The Regional Municipality of Durham designated all of the former highway mileage that it inherited from the province during the 1990s as Regional Highways.  The highways were numbered as such, in an effort to maintain continuity within Durham's existing regional numbering scheme.  With the exception of Highway 48, all other highways transferred to the Region of Durham during the 1990s already had duplicate numbers in the pre-existing regional road network.  Numbering the inherited highways as Regional Highways proved to be a fairly ingenious solution to maintaining the former highway numbers without having to renumber existing regional roads.

Photos taken: July 11th, 2014.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Former green signage at the northern Highway 48 intersection.  This signage was removed in early in 2004.

Photo taken: February 8th, 2004.
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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Two southerly view approaching the Highway 48-East junction.

Upper photo taken: August 8th, 2004.

Lower photo taken: July 13th, 2006.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

Deck view looking northerly as Highway 12 crosses overtop of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Photo taken: July 11th, 2014.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking southeasterly as Highway 12 passes overtop of the Trent-Severn Waterway.  Between Balsam Lake and Lake Simcoe, the Trent Severn Waterway flows largely in a canal that runs parallel to the Talbot River.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking southwesterly towards the Trent-Severn Waterway bridge.  The gravel road in the foreground is a haul road that runs along the northern side of the canal.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Brock

Regional Municipality of Durham

View looking northerly approaching the Durham Road 50 junction.  Durham Road 50 is a short route running along Highway 12's former alignment through Gamebridge.  Click here for an additional image from this vantage point taken in July, 2006.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.


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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Southerly view across the Talbot River bridge along the Gamebridge by-pass.  The Talbot River is the boundary between the Regional Municipality of Durham and the County of Simcoe.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Northerly view at the northern end of the Gamebridge by-pass.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Southerly view at the northern end of the Gamebridge by-pass.  Highway 12 curves around the eastern side of the small community of Gamebridge.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Northerly view just north of the Rama Road 51 intersection north of Gamebridge.  Highway 12 crosses CN's Bala Subdivision at-grade just north of Gamebridge.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Northerly view approaching the Highway 169 junction.  Immediately south of the Highway 169 junction, Highway 12 curves to the west, following an alignment inland of the northern shore of Lake Simcoe.  Highway 169 continues northerly on what had been Highway 12's trajectory.
Photo taken: June 5th, 2012.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Southerly view towards Whitby from the Highway 169 intersection.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2012.

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Highway 169 leads traffic northerly from Highway 12 towards Washago, Gravenhurst and beyond.  Click here for Highway 169 images.
Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

This view looks northerly along Highway 12 from the Highway 169 intersection.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2012.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

This view looks southerly approaching the Highway 169 intersection.

Photo taken: June 5th, 2012.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

View looking northerly from just north of the Highway 169 junction towards a level railway crossing between Highway 12 and CN's Bala Subdivision.  Highway 12 crosses this railway line three times in a span of less than 10km north of Beaverton.  The Bala Subdivision is CN's mainline between Toronto and Western Canada.
Photo taken: June 5th, 2012.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Looking south along Highway 12 from the Sideroad 15 junction.

Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.


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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Northerly view from the Balsam Road intersection towards the intersection with Rama Road.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Looking south from the Simcoe Road 44 junction.  South of Simcoe Road 44, Highway 12 narrows from 4- to 2-lanes.

Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.


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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Looking north through the Simcoe Road 44 intersection.  This intersection is quite busy, as Simcoe Road 44 serves as the main route to Casino Rama.  Before 2004, Highway 12 met Simcoe Road 44 in Atherley at what is now Creighton Street North.
Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Two views looking southerly approaching the Simcoe Road 44 intersection.

Photos taken: August 24th, 2004.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

This view looks northerly through the Creighton Street intersection.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

Southbound signage at the Creighton Street intersection.  Note the supplementary signage directing traffic to continue along Highway 12 to access Casino Rama.  Before the Simcoe County constructed the Atherley by-pass, Creighton Street was part of Simcoe Road 44, and was the access road to Casino Rama.  Due to significantly increased traffic volumes due to the Casino, Simcoe County by-passed Creighton Street with a new alignment to the east early in the 2000s.
Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.
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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

View looking south from the Atherley Narrows Bridge towards the Creighton Street intersection.  Decades ago, before the current alignment inland alignment was constructed, Highway 69 (today's Highway 169) followed Creighton Street north from Atherley.  Click here for an additional photo taken from this vantage point, taken in November, 2004.
Photo taken: November 6th, 2004.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

View looking northeasterly from the Atherley shore towards the Atherley Narrows Bridge.  This four-lane bridge was constructed in 1998 and replaced a similar two lane structure that had been completed during the 1960s.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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Township of Ramara

County of Simcoe

View from the Orillia Shore looking southerly towards Atherley towards the Atherley Narrows Bridge.  The southbound (closest) span retains only the piers of the earlier 1960s span.  The bridge girders and concrete deck were fully replaced during the 1998 twinning project.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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City of Orillia Westerly view towards the Atherley Narrows Bridge from the adjacent former CNR Bridge.  The Atherley Narrows Bridge was widened in 1998 after a significant increase in traffic volumes that were caused by the opening of Casino Rama.  Congestion on the old two lane bridge was such an issue that Casino Rama launched a television ad campaign advising Toronto and area television viewers that the four lane structure had finally opened.
Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.

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City of Orillia Looking north from the Atherley Narrows Bridge towards Orillia.  Highway 12 is constructed to this cross-section northerly to the junction of Atherley Road at the beginning of the Orillia By-pass.  Click here for an additional photo taken from this vantage point, taken in November, 2004.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.


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City of Orillia  This view looks southerly along Highway 12 as it passes through Atherley Narrows.  Between Orillia and Atherley, Highway 12 runs across a narrow spit of land that separates Lake Simcoe from Lake Couchiching.
Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia  View looking northerly from about 100m north of Couchiching Point Road towards the Orillia By-pass intersection.

Upper photo taken: August 24th, 2014

Lower photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia  Two views looking northerly towards the Orillia By-pass intersection.  Through traffic continuing northerly along Highway 12 must turn left at this intersection.  Once carrying the Highway 12B designation, Atherley Road continues straight ahead from this intersection, bound for Downtown Orillia.

Photos taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Northbound signage approaching the Atherley Road intersection along Highway 12.  Wayfinding signage was added indicating the route of the Trans-Canada Highway through this junction during the Summer of 2014.

Photo taken: August 24th, 2014.
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City of Orillia Southerly view approaching the southern end of Highway 12's portion of the Orillia By-pass.  Southbound traffic must turn right at this intersection in order to follow Highway 12 South towards Whitby.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Easterly view from just east of the intersection with Forest Road towards the Atherley Road intersection and the end of the Orillia By-pass.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012. 

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City of Orillia This view looks northerly along Highway 12 approaching the signalized intersection with Forest Road.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Close-up of the primary southbound signal head along Highway 12 at the Forest Road intersection.  It is unusual to see a traffic signal of this vintage with full 30cm signal heads for all three phases.  Until recently, the standard traffic signal installed along provincial highways in Ontario had a 30cm signal head for the red phase with 20cm signal heads for the yellow and green phases.  Click here for a close-up view of the front and back of this signal.
Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Northerly view approaching the Gill Street intersection.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Southerly view approaching the signalized intersection with Gill Street.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Southerly view approaching the High Street intersection.  This is the only unsignalized intersection along Highway 12's segment of the Orillia By-pass.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Close-up view of the advanced signage for the West Street intersection.  Many of the road signs along the Orillia By-pass are quite dated.  The vintage of this sign is evident by its rounded white border.  The border is angular on modern signs.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.
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City of Orillia Two views looking northerly towards the West Street intersection.

Photos taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Southerly view towards the West Street intersection from the former CN Rail underpass.  The former CN Railway line that ran through Orillia from Barrie was abandoned in 1996, with the tracks lifted later.  The former alignment has since been turned into a walking and cycling trail.
Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Advanced signage for the Memorial Avenue intersection.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.
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City of Orillia Northerly view towards the Memorial Avenue intersection.  Memorial Avenue is the former alignment of Highway 11 into Downtown Orillia before the current freeway by-pass was constructed in the 1950s.  Between 1959 and 1982, Memorial Avenue was signed as Highway 11B through Orillia.
Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Southbound distance signage located just south of the Memorial Avenue intersection.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012. 
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City of Orillia  Northbound green signage directing motorists to the ramp to Highway 12 South.  Situated behind the signage is a set of obsolete traffic signal mast arms.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012. 

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City of Orillia Green signage, southbound, at the Memorial Avenue intersection.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.
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City of Orillia Two views looking southerly approaching the Memorial Avenue intersection.  Memorial Avenue is a busy commercial strip through Southern Orillia.  As such, the Memorial Avenue intersection is the busiest along Highway 12's segment of the Orillia By-pass.

Photos taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia  Northerly view towards the Highway 11 interchange from just north of the Memorial Avenue intersection.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012.

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City of Orillia Old style highway signage for Highway 12 located just west of the Memorial Avenue intersection.  This signage has long been replaced.

Photo taken: November 4th, 2004. 
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City of Orillia View looking towards the north towards the Mississauga Street intersection.  The Highway 11 interchange lies just beyond the signalized intersection with Mississauga Street.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012. 

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City of Orillia  View looking northbound approaching the Highway 11 interchange.  At this interchange, traffic continuing northerly along Highway 12 must follow the ramp to the right.

Photo taken: May 13th, 2012. 
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City of Orillia The junction assembly for the ramp from Highway 12 southbound to Highway 11 northbound.  This ramp is really only there for traffic from Simcoe Road 11 (Old Barrie Road) to access Highway 11 Northbound.  Despite being numbered Simcoe Road 11, and called the Old Barrie Road,  the road was never part of Highway 11 nor did it ever go directly to Barrie. 
Photo taken: February 8th, 2004.

 

City of Orillia Junction assembly facing motorists bound for either Highways 11 or 12 from the Old Barrie Road intersection.  This non-standard junction assembly has replaced with new signs with a more typical sign layout.

Photo taken: February 8th, 2004. 

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City of Orillia This interesting junction assembly was erected during 2014 and serves as a pre-advanced sign for the upcoming Highway 11/12 interchange.

Photo taken: September 28th, 2014.

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Highway 12 meets Highway 11 at an interchange along the Orillia By-pass.  Click here for Highway 11-South.
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