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Page 15: Present Day King's Highway 17 Photographs (Espanola to Spanish)


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

Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards Webbwood, about 6 km west of the Hwy 6 Junction to Espanola. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Approaching Webbwood on Hwy 17, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. This single-span concrete rigid frame structure was completed in 1952, under Contract #1952-41. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Webbwood Railway Overhead on Hwy 17 near the western entrance to Webbwood. This railway underpass was originally designed in the early 1950s to accommodate twin tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). This railway line is now operated by the Huron Central Railway (HCR). See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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 across the Webbwood HCR Overhead. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards Webbwood across the Webbwood HCR Overhead. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





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

Left - Close-up of the concrete bar-and-post handrail design of the Webbwood HCR Overhead on Hwy 17. Developed in the early 1940s by the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO), the concrete bar-and-post handrail design became a necessity for the completion of highway bridges once steel supplies dried up during World War II. The design was used on many highway bridges built by DHO and municipalities from the early 1940s until the mid-1960s in lieu of steel panel handrails. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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 from service once Hwy 17 was diverted away from this area on an improved alignment during a highway improvement project which was completed in 1952. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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 about 1 km west of Webbwood prior to reconstruction in 2005-2006. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards the Birch Creek Bridge near Webbwood prior to reconstruction in 2005-2006. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





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

Left - Facing east across the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 west of Webbwood. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Northern side of the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 near Webbwood. This five-span steel girder structure was completed in 1957. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





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

Left - The Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 was completed and opened to traffic in November 1957 and was replaced with a new concrete structure in 2006. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - These timber piles (bents) once supported an even earlier wooden structure on Hwy 17, which was built in 1951-1952. The piles 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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 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. This five-span steel beam structure was completed in 1957. It was actually the third Hwy 17 bridge built at this location over a span of only 5 years. An eight-span laminated timber trestle structure was completed in 1952 as part of the Webbwood Diversion, under Contract #1951-87. This timber bridge was 100 feet in length and featured a single steel beam span across Birch Creek. Interestingly, the main span of the Birch Creek Bridge was built using steel girders purchased from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), following the completion of the Yonge Subway construction in the early 1950s. This was one of several Ontario highway bridges built using steel girders salvaged from the TTC, during the critical Post-War period where shortages of structural steel were commonplace. Unfortunately, a problem arose shortly after construction of the bridge, which saw the western bank of the creek begin to fail. It is believed that this slope failure was caused by the driving of the timber trestle bents, which resulted in subsurface settlement. After progressing for a couple of years, the slope failure ultimately doomed the newly-constructed bridge. The bridge was permanently closed in 1955 and a temporary Bailey Bridge was installed to carry traffic until a permanent replacement bridge could be constructed across Birch Creek. Construction began on the third (permanent) structure seen in this photo in 1956, under Contracts #1956-02 and #1956-102. At a length of 225 feet, the new bridge was more than double the length of the old structure. Fewer piers were installed into the bank to avoid the settlement progressing further. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The crumbling Birch Creek Bridge was replaced during a highway reconstruction project in 2006. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





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

Left - Facing west across the Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17 near Webbwood. During the bridge replacement project, the vertical crest of the hill in the background was significantly cut down in order to improve visibility for drivers on Hwy 17 approaching a nearby intersection situated just beyond the hill's crest. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 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 vertical sag curve approaching the bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Structure identification number (Site #46-159) and date stamp (2006) on the new Birch Creek Bridge on Hwy 17. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 3, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1450 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1451 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Approaching the eastern entrance to Massey on Hwy 17, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 towards Espanola from the eastern entrance to Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © 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. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Side view of the River aux Sables Bridge on Hwy 17 in Massey. This two-span concrete T-girder structure was completed in 1958. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 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 structure in Massey, although it remains largely hidden from view from the highway. This narrow one-lane concrete arch bridge carried all traffic on Hwy 17 up until 1958. Eastbound and westbound Hwy 17 traffic had to take turns while crossing this single-lane bridge. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Deck view of the old River aux Sables Bridge on Hwy 17 in Massey. The bridge is now used as a winter snowmobile trail. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 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 View, which shows the River aux Sables in the 1940s, long before the construction of the current Hwy 17 bridge at Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #494 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1453 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing east along Hwy 17 at the River aux Sables Bridge in Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on July 2, 2005  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - View of Sauble Street (Hwy 17) through Massey, facing east. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1454 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1455 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Approaching the Hwy 553 Junction on Sauble Street (Hwy 17) in Massey, facing west. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing east along Sauble Street (Hwy 17) from the Hwy 553 Junction in Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1457 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1456 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing north along Imperial Street (Hwy 553) from the Hwy 17 Junction in Massey. This long dead-end highway becomes a Tertiary Highway (Hwy 810) about 33 km north of Massey. Jurisdiction over the first 1.8 km of Hwy 553 was transferred from the province to the Town of Massey in 1998, so Hwy 553 is no longer under provincial ownership through town. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Southern terminus of Hwy 553 at the Hwy 17 Junction in Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1452 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Above - Facing west along Sauble Street (Hwy 17) at the Hwy 553 Junction in Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1460 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Above - Junction sign assembly at the southern terminus of Hwy 553 at the Hwy 17 Junction in Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1458 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1459 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Approaching Imperial Street (Hwy 553) along Hwy 17 in Massey, facing east. The Hwy 553 Junction is the only intersection controlled by traffic signals along Hwy 17 between the Hwy 6 Junction near Espanola and Blind River. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards Spanish from the Hwy 553 Junction in Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1461 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1462 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Distance guide sign on westbound Hwy 17 departing from Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards Spanish, about 1 km west of Massey. Hwy 17 traverses a long, straight section west of Massey. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1464 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1463 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Facing west along Hwy 17 towards Walford, about 8 km west of Massey. Although most sections of Hwy 17 between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie have a two-lane cross section, passing lanes appear quite frequently along the highway. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - An abandoned section of Hwy 17 can be seen curving off to the right at Graham Road, located about 2 km east of Walford. This old section of the highway hasn't carried any Hwy 17 traffic since it was bypassed by an improved highway alignment in 1951. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1465 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1467 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - View of Hwy 17, facing east from the end of the Walford Diversion. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - Facing east along Hwy 17 at the Algoma-Sudbury District Boundary, located about 2 km east of Spanish. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #1466 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #1468 - © Cameron Bevers

NEW Left - Entering the District of Algoma on Hwy 17, facing west towards Spanish. More than 500 km of Hwy 17's route is contained within Algoma District, which stretches along the highway corridor from Spanish northwesterly to White River. Only the adjacent Thunder Bay District is home to a larger proportion of Hwy 17's overall mileage. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

NEW Right - District of Algoma boundary sign on westbound Hwy 17. Ontario's northern district boundaries are signed in a similar manner to county and regional municipality boundaries found in Southern, Central and Eastern Ontario. See an Enlarged Photo Here.
(Photograph taken on August 28, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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