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This page contains historical and present day photos of Ontario's King's Highway 17B (North Bay Business Route). All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order, while present day photographs (Year 2000 to date) are arranged by location from east to west. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Historical King's Highway 17B (North Bay) Photographs


HWY 17 #277 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #305 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Advance direction sign for the Hwy 17B (Fisher Street) Junction on the North Bay Bypass.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 towards the Hwy 17B Junction (Fisher Street) in North Bay. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on June 4, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17B #20 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17B #17 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17B at the Duchesnay Creek Bridge west of North Bay.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern side of the Duchesnay Creek Bridge on Hwy 17B. Structure completed in 1935.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17B #19 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17B #18 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern side of the Duchesnay Creek Bridge on Hwy 17B west of North Bay. This unique timber deck truss bridge was completed in 1935, and is the only one of its kind on Ontario's highways. Timber deck truss road structures never saw widespread use in Ontario, so examples such as this one are very rare. I know of only one other timber deck truss road structure in the province, and it is on a municipal road in the New Liskeard area. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Duchesnay Creek Bridge on Hwy 17B offers a rare glimpse into the past, where 1930s-era road builders often preferred timber bridge construction in the northern parts of Ontario. The components of these timber bridges could be transported to a proposed bridge site easily and then assembled, rather than continually hauling large volumes of concrete from construction plants many miles away. Nearly all timber bridges in Ontario were timber trestles or arched timber through truss bridges. The Duchesnay Creek Bridge is the only surviving timber deck truss structure on Ontario's provincial highway system.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17B #21 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17B #22 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Until recently, the original timber handrails of the Duchesnay Creek Bridge were intact. Sadly, the original timber handrails were removed during a bridge rehabilitation contract in 2003, and replaced with temporary concrete barriers.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the massive timber superstructure of the Duchesnay Creek Bridge on Hwy 17B. This intricate timber structure is one of the province's most interesting highway bridges, yet it isn't particularly well known. This is probably because the timber deck truss isn't noticeable from the highway above. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17B #23 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17B #24 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Commanda Township Railway Overhead on Hwy 17B west of North Bay, crossing a former CNR line.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Southern side of the Commanda Township Railway Overhead on Hwy 17B west of North Bay. This 11-span concrete structure was built in 1938 to carry Hwy 17 over the CNR line, bypassing a badly skewed at-grade railway crossing. This section of Hwy 17 was renumbered as Hwy 17B in the late 1950s. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17B #25 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17B #26 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View underneath the Commanda Township Railway Overhead on Hwy 17B. The skewed angle of the railway forced designers to utilize a very complicated but ingenious pier arrangement. It's hard to believe that this bridge was built over 70 years ago.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - On the two spans which crossed the former railway lines, the longitudinal deck beams change in alignment so that they ran perpendicular to the railway line, joining into a set of central piers. This surprisingly complex bridge is actually quite reflective of the time period when it was built. In the 1930s, it seemed that engineers found it more important to triumph over an obstacle, rather than look for design trade-offs to get better value out of a project. Had this bridge been designed even 10 years later, the entire roadway alignment would have been shifted so that it crossed the railway closer to a right angle, thereby reducing the overall bridge length and corresponding construction costs.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17B #27 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Northern side of the Commanda Township Railway Overhead on Hwy 17B west of North Bay.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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