King's Highway 11 - Images


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Photos shown in this table are arranged from EAST to WEST:

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Easterly view approaching the Highway 587 junction.  Highway 587 runs southerly from Highway 11/17 and serves various small communities on the Sibley Peninsula.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Westerly view of a four lane undivided portion of Highway 11/17 a short distance west of Highway 587.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Looking easterly along Highway 11/17 from about halfway between the Highway 587 and Nelson Road intersections.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Westerly view approaching the Nelson Road intersection.  Lake Superior is visible from the top of this high hill.  Though the pictured westbound passing lane ends in this photo, the four lane divided highway begins only a few kilometres to the west of this location.
Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Two views looking westerly towards the start of the divided highway west of Nelson Road.  This portion of Highway 11/17 opened to traffic on September 26, 2013.  The new highway was constructed primarily on a new alignment located further inland than the former highway.  Despite being a four-land divided highway from this point easterly to Thunder Bay, the speed limit remains posted at 90km/h.

Photos taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
View looking easterly towards Nipigon approaching the eastern end of the divided highway.  Construction is scheduled to commence later this decade (2010s) to further extend the four lane highway easterly from Thunder Bay to Nipigon.
Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Westerly view as Highway 11/17 nears the Lakeshore Road intersection.  The former alignment of Highway 11/17 can be seen to the left of the current highway in this photo.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Two views looking easterly towards Nipigon approaching the Lakeshore Drive intersection.

Photos taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Easterly view along the new divided Highway 11/17 towards Nipigon.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014. 

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Two views looking westerly towards Thunder Bay several kilometres east of the Mackenzie River bridge.  It is somewhat insulting that an OPP Officer has chosen this location in order to enforce the rules of the road.  This portion of Highway 11/17 is unquestionably the most modern and high standard portion of highway in all of northwestern Ontario.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Easterly view approaching the Mackenzie Heights Road intersection.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
A series of views of the new Mackenzie River Bridge.  These massive twin haunched steel girder bridges were completed in 2013 as part of a larger highway realignment project.  The twin bridges are 180m in length and allow the newly twinned highway to cross the deep Mackenzie River gorge with minimal vertical deflection to the highway's alignment. The new Mackenzie River bridges were constructed using an innovative pre-cast concrete deck.  Deck segments were poured off-site and then trucked to the bridge construction site where they were erected into place using large cranes.  The deck segments were finally anchored together using a special field set concrete.  The use of pre-cast concrete bridge decks has grown in popularity in recent years.

Photos taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Deck view looking easterly towards the twin Mackenzie River bridges.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Westerly view towards the Mackenzie Station Road intersection from just west of the Mackenzie River bridge.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Easterly view approaching the Mackenzie Station Road intersection.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014. 

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Two views looking easterly along Highway 11/17 from just west of Mackenzie Station Road.

Upper photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

Lower photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
The upper photos show an easterly view approaching the start of the divided highway when the divided highway resumed just west of Mackenzie Station Road.  The lower photo was taken after the highway twinning project had been completed.

Upper photos taken: August 13th, 2014.

Lower photos taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay 
Two views looking westerly towards the intersection with the access road to the Shuniah Township Landfill site.  The upper photo was taken in 2014 a few weeks before the twinning of Highway 11/17 was completed.  The 2015 photo shows the completed highway.  The eastbound and westbound lanes follow independent vertical alignments through much of western Shuniah Township.

Upper photo taken: August 14th, 2014.

Lower photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
View looking westerly approaching the access road to the Shuniah Township Landfill Site.

Photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
This view looks westerly.  A westbound parking area has been roughed in approaching Thunder Bay between the Shuniah Township Landfill Site and the CPR underpass.
Photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
View looking easterly along Highway 11/17 just east of the the CPR underpass.  The westbound lanes follow a very different alignment overtop of the CPR compared to the pictured eastbound.
Photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Easterly view as Highway 11/17 passes overtop of the CPR overpass.  Somewhat surprisingly, the 1970s era CPR underpass was not significantly reconstructed during the recent highway twinning project.
Photo taken: August 1st, 2015. 

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Two views looking easterly approaching the MacGregor Road intersection.  Despite being constructed during the early 1970s, the original alignment of Highway 11/17 (today's eastbound lanes) has a considerably more undulating alignment than the modern 2010s westbound carriageway.  Though the eastbound lanes were reconstructed during the last phase of the highway twinning project, no significant modifications were made to the pre-existing highway's geometry.

Upper photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

Lower photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
A series of three views looking westerly as Highway 11/17 begins its decent down the large hill before the Highway 527 intersection.  The upper photo shows the highway before construction had been completed to widen the highway to four lanes.  The eastbound (opposing) lanes carried bidirectional traffic before construction was started to widen the highway.  The lower two photos show the highway once construction had been completed to four lane the highway. Westbound motorists are treated to a scenic view of Lake Superior as they descend down this large hill.

Upper photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

Lower photos taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
A series of three views looking easterly as Highway 11/17 climbs up onto a high ridge east of the Highway 527 junction.  The upper photo shows the highway several years before construction was started to widen this portion of the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes.  The middle photo shows a view of the highway after Highway 11/17 had been widened to four lanes from Thunder Bay easterly to just east of Highway 527.  The lower photo shows the highway once construction to four lane Highway 11/17 easterly from Highway 527 had been completed.

Upper photo taken: August 30th, 2006.

Middle photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

Lower photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
This view looks westerly approaching the Highway 527 intersection.

Photo taken: August 1st, 2015. 

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Highway 527 is a long spur highway that leads northerly through the wilderness to the remote community of Armstrong.  Click here for Highway 527 images.
Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
This signage for Highway 527 was updated with a more typical design during the construction that saw Highway 11/17 widened through the Highway 527 intersection.

Photo taken: August 30th, 2006. 
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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
Eastbound views approaching the Highway 527 intersection.

Upper photo taken: August 30th, 2006.

Lower photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
This eastbound distance signage is situated just east of the Terry Fox monument along Highway 11/17.  From this sign it is nearly the same distance to Sault Ste. Marie, as it is from Windsor to Brockville.
Photo taken: August 1st, 2015.

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Municipality of Shuniah

District of Thunder Bay
View looking westerly approaching the Terry Fox Rest Area that is located between the Highway 527 intersection and the Hodder Avenue interchange.
Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay Signage advising westbound motorists that they have entered the City of Thunder Bay.  Thunder Bay is the largest city to be located on Lake Superior.  (Duluth, MN has a larger metropolitan area, but smaller individual municipalities). 
Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay View looking easterly along along Highway 11/17 approaching the Terry Fox Rest Area.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay View looking easterly from a high rock-cut just east of the Hodder Avenue interchange.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay Two views looking westerly towards the Hodder Avenue interchange from a high rock-cut on the east side of the interchange.  The interchange between Hodder Avenue and Highway 11/17 is the first and only interchange in northwestern Ontario.  The Hodder Avenue interchange was opened to traffic in 2012 as part of the first phase of a series of contracts to four-lane Highway 11/17 east of Thunder Bay.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay View looking east along Highway 11/17 from the Hodder Avenue overpass.  Click here for a photo from this location taken in July, 2004, before the Highway 11/17 was widened to four lanes east of Hodder Avenue.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.


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City of Thunder Bay View looking westerly along Highway 11/17 from the Hodder Avenue interchange.  Click here for a photo from this location taken in July, 2004, before the construction of the Hodder Avenue interchange.
Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay Two views looking easterly as Highway 11/17 passes overtop of the Current River and approaches the Hodder Avenue interchange.

Photos taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay View looking westerly from just west of the Current River bridge as the Trans-Canada Highway climbs out of the Current River Valley.

Photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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City of Thunder Bay Looking easterly along the Thunder Bay Expressway towards the Balsam Street intersection.  Balsam Street is the first signalized intersection westbound travelers encounter upon entering Thunder Bay.

Picture taken: August 30th, 2006.  Size: 40kb.

Highway 102 is a shortcut route bypassing Highway 11/17 through Kakabeka Falls.  Click here for Highway 102 images.
City of Thunder Bay. Green sign denoting the Highway 102 intersection for eastbound motorists.  Signage along the Thunder Bay expressway is an interesting cross between standard two-lane highway signage and extruded aluminum signage that would appear on freeways.
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City of Thunder Bay Looking easterly along the Thunder Bay Expressway from just east of the Oliver Road intersection.  Notice that the hatch markings in the centre-line of the highway are only used approaching intersections, and not along the length of the expressway.
Picture taken: August 30th, 2006.  Size: 45kb.
City of Thunder Bay The Oliver Road intersection along the Thunder Bay Expressway is dwarfed by Mount McKay in the distance.  Oliver Road was at one time designated as Secondary Highway 590.  A number of highways in the Thunder Bay area were decommissioned during municipal reorganizations that took place in the 1970s.  Click here for high resolution image (215kb).
Picture taken: August 30th, 2006.  Size: 45kb.
City of Thunder Bay Looking easterly towards the Oliver Road intersection from just east of the Harbour Expressway intersection.  Click here for high resolution image (170kb).

Picture taken: September 4th, 2006.  Size: 40kb.

City of Thunder Bay Two views looking westerly towards the Harbour Expressway intersection along the Thunder Bay Expressway.  The upper photo shows the intersection before the Shabaqua Highway opened to traffic in 2007, and when Highway 11/17 continued through this intersection.  The lower photo was taken in 2014, and shows the intersection after the completion of the Shabaqua Highway.  Since the completion of the Shabaqua Highway in 2007, Highway 11/17 no longer continues straight through this intersection, instead turning westerly following the Shabaqua Highway towards Kakabeka Falls.

Upper photo taken: September 4th, 2006.

Lower photo taken: August 13th, 2014.

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Highway 61 leads southerly from Thunder Bay to the Minnesota Border at Pigeon River.  Click here for Highway 61 images.
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