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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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Present Day 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 1936.
(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 1936, 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)





HWY 17 #1169 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1170 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along the North Bay Bypass (Hwy 17) from the Hwy 17B Junction. When the North Bay Bypass was completed and opened to traffic in 1953, it provided instant traffic relief to a very congested section of Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 which passed through Downtown North Bay. Today, Hwy 11 & Hwy 17 pass through the city via this limited-access arterial highway, as opposed to the former highway routes which followed downtown city streets. The North Bay Bypass widens from two to four lanes in the background, just beyond Duchesnay Creek. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17B (Main Street) from the North Bay Bypass (Hwy 17). Up until the completion of the North Bay Bypass in 1953, all Hwy 17 traffic had to pass through the city centre. The old route of Hwy 17 through North Bay was ultimately renumbered as Hwy 17B in 1958. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1171 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1168 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the North Bay Bypass (Hwy 17) Junction on Hwy 17B in Commanda Township, facing west. From this photo, it is very obvious that the highway used to continue to curve west on its route towards Sturgeon Falls and Sudbury. Once the North Bay Bypass was completed, westbound traffic departing from North Bay on Hwy 17B had to make a sharp turn to the right in order to access Hwy 17 and the North Bay Bypass. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction sign assembly at the western terminus of Hwy 17B at the Hwy 17 Junction west of North Bay. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1165 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1167 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 17 at the Hwy 17B Junction west of North Bay. At this location, the North Bay Bypass (at left) tied into the original 1937 route of Hwy 17, seen at right. The original westbound lane of Hwy 17 departing from North Bay was realigned so that it met the new North Bay Bypass at a right angle. The original eastbound lane of Hwy 17 was left in place and now serves as a channelized right turn lane from the North Bay Bypass to eastbound Hwy 17B. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green guide sign marking the exit to Hwy 17B (Main Street) on eastbound Hwy 17. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1166 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1164 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards the Hwy 17B Junction west of North Bay. Originally, Hwy 17 curved to the right and headed into Downtown North Bay via the present-day route of Hwy 17B. The right turn lane is channelized to provide easier access to Hwy 17B from eastbound Hwy 17. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western terminus of Hwy 17B at the Hwy 17 (North Bay Bypass) Junction in Commanda Township, west of North Bay. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 20, 2012  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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