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This page contains present day photos (Year 2000 to date) of Ontario's King's Highway 17, arranged by location from Espanola westerly to Thessalon. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Webmaster (Cameron Bevers), unless specifically noted otherwise. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 11: Present Day King's Highway 17 Photographs (Espanola to Thessalon)


HWY 17 #531 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #530 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west towards Massey along Hwy 17 near Webbwood
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western approach to Webbwood on Hwy 17
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #503 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #528 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern side of the Webbwood Railway Overhead on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1952.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Webbwood Railway Overhead. This railway underpass was designed to accommodate twin tracks.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #527 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #526 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards Massey at the Webbwood Railway Overhead
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards Webbwood at the Webbwood Railway Overhead
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #529 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #516 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the parapet design of the Webbwood Railway Overhead on Hwy 17
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - These abandoned concrete bridge abutments west of Webbwood used to carry Hwy 17 across Birch Creek. The bridge was abandoned and removed after Hwy 17 was diverted away from this area during a highway improvement project in 1952.
(Photograph taken on July 1, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #502 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #504 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards the Birch Creek Bridge prior to reconstruction
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards the Birch Creek Bridge prior to reconstruction
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #500 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #501 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east at the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 west of Webbwood
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 near Webbwood
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #496 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #498 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Birch Creek Bridge was completed in 1957 and replaced with a new structure in 2006
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - These timber piles (bents) once supported an even earlier wooden structure on Hwy 17. They stood prominently on the western banks of Birch Creek, until they were removed during a bridge replacement project. The new Birch Creek structure was built in 2006 on the southern side of the existing 1957 structure.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #497 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #499 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Southern side of the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 west of Webbwood
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The crumbling Birch Creek Bridge was replaced during a highway reconstruction project in 2006
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #495 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #525 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west at the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 near Webbwood. During the bridge replacement project, the crest of the hill in the background was significantly cut down to improve visibility for drivers on Hwy 17 approaching a nearby intersection situated just beyond the hill's crest.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of the Birch Creek Bridge replacement project in 2006. The new 2006 structure (at left) was opened to traffic shortly before this photo was taken. The 2006 structure was built at a much higher elevation than the old 1957 structure (seen here at right), which greatly improved the vertical alignment of the highway by reducing the depth of the sag curve approaching the bridge.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #524 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #523 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Old meets new: The new 2006 structure overshadows the old 1957 structure. The elevation of the new bridge deck is over 1 metre higher than the old bridge deck.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east across the old 1957 Birch Creek structure, which was removed from service as soon as the new 2006 structure was opened
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #522 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #521 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Deck view of the original 1957 structure at Birch Creek. This virtually flat bridge deck largely contributed to the highway's poor vertical alignment, by necessitating the incorporation of two rather abrupt sag curves on either end of the structure when the highway was originally being designed.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Structure identification number and date stamp (2006) on the new Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #520 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #519 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 at the old Birch Creek Bridge. Note the new highway alignment at left, which provides a much smoother vertical profile than the old highway alignment.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards the Birch Creek Bridge, showing both the old and new highways
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #518 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #517 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The new alignment of Hwy 17 has much smoother geometry, when compared to the old highway
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards the Birch Creek Bridge, showing both the old and new highways
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #489 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #491 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 at the River aux Sables Bridge in Massey
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Side view of the River aux Sables Bridge. Structure completed in 1958.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #490 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #492 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The original River aux Sables Bridge still stands directly beside the current Hwy 17 Bridge. This narrow one-lane structure carried traffic on Hwy 17 up until 1958.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Deck view of the old River aux Sables Bridge at Massey. The bridge is now used as a winter snowmobile trail.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #493 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Side view of the old River aux Sables Bridge in Massey. This grand early 20th Century concrete arch structure is one of the most impressive arch bridges in Ontario. Sadly, this attractive bridge is almost impossible to view or photograph in profile because it is sandwiched between a railway bridge on one side and the current Hwy 17 bridge on the other. A better side view of the arch bridge can be seen in this historic postcard, which shows the River aux Sables in the 1940s, long before the construction of the current Hwy 17 bridge at Massey.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #494 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #513 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 17 at the River aux Sables Bridge in Massey
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Trans-Canada Highway sign on Hwy 17 near Cutler
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #481 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #482 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Serpent River Bridge on Hwy 17 near Cutler. The bridge was completed in 1937 & 1938 and replaced in 2004.
(Photograph taken on August 31, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards Massey at the Serpent River Bridge
(Photograph taken on August 31, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #483 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #484 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Northern side of the Serpent River Bridge on Hwy 17. The long rigid frame span was completed in 1937 and the short rigid frame span was completed in 1938. The extra span was built to improve water flow beneath the structure.
(Photograph taken on August 31, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Picturesque view of the Serpent River at Hwy 17 near Cutler
(Photograph taken on August 31, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #485 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #505 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Abandoned Hwy 17 bridge across the Serpent River near Cutler. This short pony truss bridge was likely built in the 1920s.
(Photograph taken on August 31, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - New Serpent River Bridge on Hwy 17 near Cutler. Structure completed in 2004.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #506 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #507 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The new Serpent River Bridge has a pedestrian walking trail from a roadside picnic area to a series of waterfalls on the northern side of the highway. The new span is slightly longer than the old bridge, allowing pedestrians safe passage below Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of the new Hwy 17 bridge from the Serpent River Falls south of Elliot Lake
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #508 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #509 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards the Hwy 108 Junction at the new Serpent River Bridge
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Box-beam guide rails on the new Serpent River Bridge. This type of bridge parapet is becoming quite common on bridges in Northern Ontario.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #510 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #511 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Part of the former 1937 bridge abutment was strategically left in place to resist erosion of the rock and gravel fill placed below the walking trail
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards Cutler at the new Serpent River Bridge
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #512 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #532 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Structure identification number and date stamp (2004) on the new Serpent River Bridge on Hwy 17
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Green directional sign on Hwy 17 at the Hwy 108 Junction at Serpent River. Elliot Lake is a sizeable city situated about 25 km north of the Hwy 17 Junction.
(Photograph taken on July 16, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #514 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #515 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards Cutler from the Hwy 108 Junction
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction of Hwy 17 and Hwy 108, facing north towards Elliot Lake
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #486 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #487 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Concrete arch culvert at Lauzon Creek on Hwy 17 east of Blind River
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Lauzon Creek Culvert on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1937.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #488 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing east along Hwy 17 at the Lauzon Creek Culvert near Blind River
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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