Hwy 17B Hwy 17B (Sault Ste Marie) Hwy 17B   

Ontario Highway 17B (Sault Ste. Marie) Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1969-2006
  • Current Status: Decommissioned
  • Current Names: Trunk Road, Wellington Street, Andrew Street, Cathcart Street, Huron Street, Bay Street, Church Street, Pim Street & Great Northern Road
  • Location: Northeastern Ontario
  • Districts Served: Algoma
  • Towns Served: Sault Ste. Marie
  • Business Loop - Eastern Terminus: Hwy 17 - Sault Ste. Marie
  • Business Loop - Northern Terminus: Hwy 17 & Hwy 550 - Sault Ste. Marie
  • Bridge Loop - Western Terminus: Hwy 550B - Sault Ste. Marie
  • Bridge Loop - Eastern Terminus: Hwy 17B - Sault Ste. Marie
  • Business Loop - Length in 1989: 5.7 km / 3.5 miles
  • Bridge Loop - Length in 1989: 6.1 km / 3.8 miles
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History of King's Highway 17B (Sault Ste. Marie):

This complicated Business Route was first established in 1969, when a new Hwy 17 Bypass was opened just to the north of Sault Ste. Marie via Black Road and Second Line Road. The old Hwy 17 alignment through downtown via Trunk Road, Wellington Street, Andrew Street, Cathcart Street, Huron Street, Queen Street, Bay Street, Church Street, Pim Street and Great Northern Road became Hwy 17B. The entire route of Hwy 17B was considered to be a municipal connecting link, except for the section of Great Northern Road between McNabb Street and Second Line Road which remained under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation for several years following the completion of the Hwy 17 Bypass.

Until 1989, Ministry of Transportation mileage tables listed the Sault Ste. Marie Business Route in two different sections. The traditional Hwy 17B "Business Loop" via Trunk Road, Wellington Street, Pim Street, Church Street and Great Northern Road was 5.7 km in length. A different "Bridge Loop" departed from the Hwy 17B Business Loop at Church Street and Wellington Street, providing access to both Hwy 550B and the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge on Huron Street via Wellington Street, Andrew Street, Cathcart Street, Huron Street, Bay Street, Church Street and Pim Street. The "Bridge Loop" of Hwy 17B was 6.1 km in length.

The route of Hwy 17B remained more or less unchanged until 1997, when a portion of the route was decommissioned. The connecting link designation of the north-south leg of Hwy 17B via Pim Street and Great Northern Road was repealed under a Minister's Order dated September 18, 1997. In addition, the connecting link designation was removed from Andrew Street, which had previously formed a connection between the Hwy 17B Bridge Loop and Hwy 550B. The balance of Hwy 17B retained its connecting link status right up until 2006. On March 29, 2006, a Minister's Order was signed which formally revoked the connecting link status of all remaining portions of Hwy 17B through Sault Ste. Marie.





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