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Page 13: Present Day King's Highway 17 Photographs (Sault Ste. Marie to Agawa River)


HWY 17 #625 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #626 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead guide signs approaching the junction of Hwy 17, Hwy 17B and Hwy 550 in Sault Ste. Marie. Between this highway junction and the Hwy 11 Junction in Nipigon, Hwy 17 is signed by MTO as a north-south route. This overhead sign was installed by the City of Sault Ste. Marie and refers to Hwy 17 North, with "West" in brackets. This was done to provide additional guidance to motorists, since it may not be obvious to drivers that they actually have to turn north on Hwy 17 at Sault Ste. Marie in order to proceed west.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards the Root River Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on July 15, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #627 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #628 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 towards Sault Ste. Marie at the Root River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on July 15, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Root River Bridge on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1960.
(Photograph taken on July 15, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #629 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #630 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Root River Bridge on Hwy 17 in Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on July 15, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The handrails of the Root River Bridge were originally painted green. However, the green paint has worn off over the years in some places.
(Photograph taken on July 15, 2007  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #631 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #632 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Former alignment of Hwy 17 (MacIntyre Road) between Sault Ste. Marie and Heyden.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Root River Culvert on Old Hwy 17 (MacIntyre Road) near Heyden. Structure completed in 1944.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #633 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #634 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the 1944 date stamp on the Root River Culvert on Old Hwy 17 (MacIntyre Road).
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Root River Culvert on Old Hwy 17 (MacIntyre Road) near Heyden.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #596 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #597 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 between Heyden and Goulais River, north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 at the Goulais River Bridge, north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #598 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #599 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Goulais River Bridge on Hwy 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie. Structure completed in 1960.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Bridge manufacturer's plaque on the Goulais River Bridge on Hwy 17. To my knowledge, this is the only steel truss bridge manufactured by Ardelt Industries Ltd. on a King's Highway. The Goulais River Bridge was part of a major highway realignment project, which saw about 12 km of Hwy 17 relocated north of Heyden.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #600 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #601 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 towards Sault Ste. Marie at the Goulais River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 through the Goulais River Bridge. Since this steel through truss bridge was completed relatively recently, there is no height restriction at the bridge entrance. As trucks were allowed to travel with progressively higher loads on Ontario's highways, low bridge clearances became a collision hazard which doomed many of Ontario's earlier through truss bridges.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #602 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #619 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Goulais River Bridge on Hwy 17, north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Stokely Creek Bridge on Old Hwy 17 (Havilland Shores Road). This section of Hwy 17 was bypassed during a highway relocation project about 50 years ago.
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #620 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #621 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Old Hwy 17 (Havilland Shores Road) at the Stokely Creek Bridge north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Stokely Creek Bridge was built in the mid-1930s by the Department of Northern Development, just before the road between Sault Ste. Marie and Batchawana Bay was taken over by the Department of Highways and designated as Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #622 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #603 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Considering its age, the Stokely Creek Bridge on Old Hwy 17 (Havilland Shores Road) has preserved remarkably well. This simple bridge design was used extensively during the construction of Northern Development Trunk Roads in the 1930s.
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Harmony Beach at the Havilland Bay Causeway. This newer diversion bypassed the original 1930s alignment of Hwy 17, which hugged the shoreline at the base of the cliff off to the right of this photo. The new causeway eliminated several sharp curves on the original highway's route.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #623 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #604 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Dusk over the Havilland Bay Causeway, north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Havilland Bay Causeway on Hwy 17, facing north towards Harmony Beach.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #635 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #605 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 across the Havilland Bay Causeway, north of Sault Ste. Marie. Traces of the original 1930s alignment of Hwy 17 can be seen departing to the right from the curve in the current highway. Originally, the highway followed the shoreline, but a new route for Hwy 17 was later blasted through the rocky outcrop beside Havilland Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Hwy 17 from the top of the Havilland Bay Rock Cut, facing south towards Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #636 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #606 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Looking north along Hwy 17 through the rock cut at Havilland Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Looking south along Hwy 17 through the rock cut Havilland Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #609 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #608 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The old 1930s route of Hwy 17 re-emerges from the woods on the north side of the Havilland Bay Rock Cut. The old alignment of Hwy 17 is now a private road, which serves a number of homes that were built along the original highway out on the point.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Hwy 17 from the top of the Havilland Bay Rock Cut, facing north towards Harmony Beach. The notably mountainous terrain along the Lake Superior shoreline north of Sault Ste. Marie surprises many first-time visitors to the area, who are more accustomed to seeing the comparatively subdued shoreline terrain of Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #607 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #610 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 between Havilland Bay and Harmony Beach.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of Havilland Bay from Hwy 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #390 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #611 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 between Havilland Bay and Harmony Beach, north of Sault Ste. Marie. The spectacular shoreline highway from Sault Ste. Marie to Nipigon has many scenic vistas to offer.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 at the Harmony River Bridge. Structure completed in 1962.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #612 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #613 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Harmony River Bridge on Hwy 17. This structure carries a diversion of Hwy 17 around the community of Harmony Beach. The former alignment of Hwy 17 runs directly through the small beach community.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 17 at the Harmony River Bridge. The Harmony Beach Diversion was constructed in the early 1960s to allow high-speed through traffic to bypass the winding route of Hwy 17 through Harmony Beach.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #615 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #616 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Harmony River Bridge on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1962.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Harmony River Bridge on Old Hwy 17 (Harmony Beach Road). This timber trestle structure was completed in 1950.
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #617 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #618 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south across the Harmony River Bridge on Old Hwy 17 (Harmony Beach Road).
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north across the Harmony River Bridge on Old Hwy 17 (Harmony Beach Road).
(Photograph taken on September 6, 2004  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #614 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #641 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Batchawana Bay near Jones Landing.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 17 beside Batchawana Bay near Chippewa Falls.
(Photograph taken on September 1, 2008  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #624 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #387 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Trans-Canada Highway historical plaque at the Chippewa Falls Picnic Area on Hwy 17 near Batchawana Bay.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 near Alona Bay, north of Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #388 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #389 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Large rock cut on Hwy 17 north of Alona Bay, facing south towards Sault Ste. Marie.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of the rock cut on Hwy 17 at Alona Bay. Note the wire netting and concrete patching installed on the near-vertical rock face. This was done to reduce the risk of loose rocks falling onto the highway below.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #391 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #392 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Abandoned Hwy 17 alignment north of Alona Bay. The original highway passed well to the east of the large Alona Bay Rock Cut, but was abandoned during a highway improvement project in the 1960s.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The original highway alignment rejoins the current highway north of the Alona Bay Rock Cut.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #393 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #394 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The original white centre lines are still visible on the abandoned Hwy 17 alignment.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The elevation of the new road was reduced considerably compared to the original highway. The former alignment emerges at the top of a large embankment. In this photo, I am standing on the original pavement while my camera is positioned on the current highway. The scale of this massive grade reduction at Alona Bay is quite apparent.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #373 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #374 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Montreal River carved out this narrow gorge at Montreal River Harbour. The bridge above carries Hwy 17 north into Lake Superior Provincial Park.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 17 rounds a sharp horizontal curve before ascending the Montreal River Hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #375 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #376 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 part-way up the Montreal River Hill. This long 7% grade proves to be quite difficult for heavy trucks to ascend. A passing lane has been added along northbound Hwy 17 to facilitate vehicle overtaking on the hill. The hill at Montreal River is one of the most significant grades on Hwy 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa. A fog-enshrouded Lake Superior can be seen in the background beyond the base of the hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 17 rounds another curve part-way up Montreal River Hill. Note the traces of the original 1940s highway alignment at right, which was bypassed in order to improve the highway's geometry.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #377 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #378 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This beautiful reverse curve on Hwy 17 near the top of Montreal River Hill is arguably one of the most spectacular sections of highway in the province. The highway offers motorists a stunning view of Lake Superior to the west, before the road slips through a notch between two forested mountains near the hill's crest.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - View of the reverse curve on Montreal River Hill from the highway's elevation.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #379 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #380 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Hwy 17 rounds one final curve before emerging at the summit of Montreal River Hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - An older creosoted timber box culvert still exists underneath Hwy 17 at Montreal River Hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #381 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #382 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the crest of Montreal River Hill from the north along Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The view of Lake Superior is revealed just over the crest of the Montreal River Hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #383 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #384 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Lake Superior lies almost 900 feet below the summit of Montreal River Hill. The highway then drops precipitously towards the lake through a series of sweeping curves, making it one of Ontario's most spectacular sections of highway. Sadly, this magnificent roadside view may one day be eliminated. The MTO is considering the possibility of relocating Hwy 17 further inland to improve the highway's geometry. Under this proposal, the Montreal River Hill would be closed off permanently to traffic.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Steep grade warning sign at the crest of Montreal River Hill on Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #385 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #386 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Wawa from the crest of Montreal River Hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 17 towards crest of Montreal River Hill.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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