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At the height on Highway 48's modern length, it ran from the Highway 401 interchange in Scarborough, northerly through Markham to Sutton.  At Sutton, the highway made a 90 degree turn, and headed easterly to Coboconk (via a co-designation with Highway 12).  In 1998, Highway 48 was downloaded from Vinegar Hill in Markham, southerly to Highway 401, in Scarborough.  This decommissioned section is now known as Markham Road.  Also in 1998, Highway 48 was decommissioned east of Highway 12 to Coboconk.  This portion of Highway 48 is now known as Durham Highway 48, and Kawartha Lakes Road 48.  In 2004, all Highway 48 shields were removed from Highway 12, thus eliminating the now redundant co-designation.  Highway 48 now runs from Vinegar Hill northerly to Highway 12 near Beaverton.


Old Style King's Highway 48 Shield

 

Southern Terminus:  Pre-1998: At the Highway 401 interchange in Scarborough.

                                         Currently: Highway 7 ends just south of the Highway 7 junction at Vinegar Hill.

Eastern Terminus:  Pre-1998: Junction Highway 35 just north of Coboconk.

                                       Currently: At the Highway 12 junction, southeast of Beaverton.

Length:  Pre-1998: 129.2 km.  Currently: (approx) 71.0 km.

Multiplexes:  Before downloading there was a 12.9 km multiplex with Highway 12.  This multiplex was signed until 2004.

Freeway:  No

AADT (2002):  Highest:  13,300, from 16th Avenue northerly to 17th Avenue in Markham;

                             Lowest:  6,700, from Durham Road 23 easterly to Highway 12.

Road Info:  Highway 48 is a very high standard, and also very busy highway.  Despite being so busy, Highway 48 traffic along the route seems to flow well, at any given time of the day.  Highway 48 between Markham and Beaverton is personal favourite route of mine, and I would recommend the route to any area roadgeek who is looking for a nice highway to drive.  Highway 48 features a rural speed limit of 80km/h.


Communities and Major Intersections along Highway 48 north from Scarborough to Beaverton then East to Coboconk

Proper Municipality Name Community Name Distance Intersecting Road

In Toronto, Highway 48 is known only as Markham Road

City of Toronto Scarborough 0 km / 129.2 km King's Highway 401 (Autoroute Macdonald-Cartier Freeway)
City of Toronto Scarborough 1.0 km / 128.2 km Sheppard Avenue
City of Toronto Scarborough --- Finch Avenue
Toronto - Markham Boundary Scarborough 5.9 km / 123.3 km Steeles Avenue

Toronto - York Boundary.  In York Region, Highway 48 is known as Markham Road and York Road 68.  In Toronto, Highway 48 is known only as Markham Road

Town of Markham Markham --- Fourteenth Avenue (York Road 71)
Town of Markham Markham (Vinegar Hill) --- Highway 407 ETR

Current Southern (1998) Terminus of Highway 48 is located at Vinegar Hill, just south of Highway 7

South of Vinegar Hill Highway 48 is known as Markham Road and York Road 68.

Town of Markham Markham 10.1 km / 119.1 km King's Highway 7 / York Road 7 (Highway 7)
Town of Markham Markham --- Sixteenth Avenue (York Road 73)
Town of Markham ----- 14.2 km / 114.0 km Major Mackenzie Drive (York Road 25)
Town of Whitchurch Stouffville Ringwood 20.3 km / 108.9 km Stouffville Road (York Road 14) (Old Highway 47)
Town of Whitchurch Stouffville ----- 24.5 km / 104.7 km Highway 47 (Bloomington Road, York Road 40) & Bloomington Road (York Road 40)
Town of Whitchurch Stouffville Ballantrae 28.7 km / 100.5 km Aurora Road (York Road 15)
Town of Whitchurch Stouffville Vivian 32.9 km / 96.3 km Vivian Road (York Road 74)
Whitchurch Stouffville - East Gwillimbury Boundary ----- 34.9 km / 94.2 km Davis Drive (York Road 31)
Town of East Gwillimbury Mount Albert 38.9 km / 90.2 km Mount Albert Road (York Road 31)
East Gwillimbury - Georgina Boundary ----- 49.4 km / 80.0 km Ravenshoe Road (York Road 32)
Town of Georgina Baldwin --- -----
Town of Georgina ----- 55.4 km / 73.8 km Old Homestead Road (York Road 79)
Town of Georgina Sutton 58.2 km / 71.0 km High Street (York Road 9)
Town of Georgina ----- 60.8 km / 68.3 km Park Road (York Road 18)
Town of Georgina Virginia --- -----
Town of Georgina ----- --- Weir's Sideroad (York Road 81)
Town of Georgina ----- 69.3 km / 59.9 km Pefferlaw Road (York Road 21)
Georgina - Brock Boundary ----- 71.9 km / 57.3 km Lake Ridge Road (Durham Road 23)
Township of Brock ----- 93.2 km / 48.7 km King's Highway 12-South

Highway 12 marks the current northern terminus of Highway 48.

At Highway 12-South:  NB: To continue east on downloaded Highway 48, turn left at the traffic lights.  SB: Take the ramp to the right towards Sutton.

Township of Brock ----- 86.6 km / 42.6 km Simcoe Street (Durham Road 15)
Township of Brock ----- 90.7 km / 38.5 km Mara Road (Durham Road 23)

At Highway 12-North:  NB: Take the ramp to the right towards Bolsover onto Durham Highway 48.  SB: Turn Left at traffic lights towards Toronto.

Township of Brock ----- 80.5 km / 35.9 km King's Highway 12-North
Township of Brock Ball Subdivision 97.6 km / 31.6 km Simcoe Road 50

Durham - Kawartha Boundary:  In Kawartha Lakes, Highway 48 is known as Kawartha Lakes Road 48.  In Durham, it is known as Durham Highway 48.

City of Kawartha Lakes Bolsover --- -----
City of Kawartha Lakes ----- 102.9 km / 29.3 km Highway 46
City of Kawartha Lakes ----- 104.6 km / 24.6 km Centennial Park Road (Kawartha Lakes Road 33)
City of Kawartha Lakes Kirkfield 110.2 km / 19.0 km Highway 503 (Kawartha Lakes Road 6) & Kirkfield Road (Kawartha Lakes Road 6)
City of Kawartha Lakes ----- 110.2 km / 17.0 km Hartley Road (Formerly Victoria Road 3)
City of Kawartha Lakes ----- 114.7 km / 14.5 km Highway 505 (Kawartha Lakes Road 35) & Fenel Road (Kawartha Lakes Road 35)
City of Kawartha Lakes ----- --- Kawartha Lakes Road 41
City of Kawartha Lakes ----- 129.2 km / 0 km King's Highway 35

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