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Page 16: Present Day King's Highway 17 Photographs (White River to Marathon)


HWY 17 #353 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #354 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 towards Wawa from the Hwy 631 Junction in White River.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 from the Hwy 631 Junction in White River. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #355 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #356 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 631 from the Hwy 17 Junction in White River. Hwy 631 runs north from Hwy 17 at White River towards Hornepayne. Eventually, Hwy 631 links up with Hwy 11 between Hearst and Longlac.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Junction and distance signs at the southern terminus of Hwy 631 at the Hwy 17 Junction. White River's famous thermometer sign is located just beyond the highway junction. The White River thermometer sign is a tourist attraction, proclaiming White River's unofficial title as being the coldest place in Canada. Although it wasn't an official measurement, the temperature in White River reportedly plunged to -72 Degrees Fahrenheit (-58 Degrees Celsius) on a bone-chilling winter night back in 1935. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #319 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #316 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17 north of White River. Structure completed in 1960. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Marathon at the White Lake Narrows Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #317 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #318 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The White Lake Narrows Bridge is a very unusual design, known as a Stabbogen type arch. This was the first time that a bridge of this design was built in Canada. It features a lightweight overhead steel arch which stiffens and reinforces a deep steel plate girder deck through tensioned vertical rods. The result is this impressive steel bowstring arch bridge, which is arguably one of Ontario's most beautiful bridges. Examples of the Stabbogen design are fairly common in Europe, particularly in Germany. The design never saw widespread use in North America, and consequently, bridges of this type are very rare here. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Bridge manufacturer's plaque on the White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17 north of White River.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #695 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #696 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south across the White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17 north of White River.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Marathon from the White Lake Narrows Bridge. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #698 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #697 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Steel plate girder superstructure of the White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17 between White River and Marathon. This remarkable bridge is truly an engineering masterpiece, providing a perfect balance between beauty and function. It is one of the finest bridges ever constructed in the Province of Ontario. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #699 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #700 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Overhead steel arch of the White Lake Narrows Bridge on Hwy 17. The White Lake Narrows Bridge is one of only three overhead steel arch bridges ever built on a King's Highway. The two other examples include the arched centre span of the Burlington Skyway on the Queen Elizabeth Way and the Montreal River Bridge located on Hwy 11 in Latchford.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The 275-foot overhead steel arch of the White Lake Narrows Bridge is supported on two concrete piers in the channel. The arch is affixed to a heavy-duty steel plate girder main span. The two approach spans are 90 feet in length and are simply supported steel plate girder structures. The total length of the White Lake Narrows Bridge is 455 feet (139 metres). The rest of the White Lake crossing was achieved through the construction of a long causeway. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #693 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #694 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Marathon at Cigar Lake. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 17 at Cigar Lake near Marathon, facing south towards White River. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #692 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #690 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching the Black River Bridge on Hwy 17 between White River and Marathon, facing north.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Black River Bridge on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1958.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #691 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #688 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the steel handrail design of the Black River Bridge on Hwy 17 near Marathon.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Steel River Bridge is a three-span steel plate girder structure.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #689 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #687 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Black River Bridge has two deep longitudinal steel girders. The two girders support multiple transverse steel deck beams.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Marathon at the Black River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on September 5, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #357 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #358 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards the Pic River near Marathon. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Pic River Bridge on Hwy 17, facing south towards White River. Structure completed in 1961. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #359 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #360 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Pic River Bridge features a unique continuous through truss design across its three spans. All other multiple-span truss bridges on Ontario's Highways are comprised of separate individual trusses.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up view of the intricate steel truss members of the Pic River Bridge on Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #361 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #362 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The abutments of an earlier bridge across the Pic River can be seen on the western side of the existing bridge. The rotting timber cribs now lie in ruins, slowly being reclaimed by the forest.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Still going! The Pic River Bridge is by far the longest steel through truss bridge on Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #363 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #364 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Marathon at the Pic River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Pic River Bridge on Hwy 17 south of Marathon.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #365 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #366 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The Pic River Bridge consists of one continuous Warren Truss assembly supported over two piers, resulting in three spans.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Below-deck view of the Pic River Bridge south of Marathon.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #367 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #370 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Pier design of the Pic River Bridge near Marathon.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Close-up of a riveted connection of truss members on the Pic River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #368 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #369 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Fixed pin connection on the northern Pic River Bridge abutment.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Roller connection on the southern Pic River Bridge abutment. The roller connection allows subtle longitudinal movement of the span due to expansion and contraction of the structural steel at various seasonal temperatures.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #371 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #372 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Close-up of the Pic River Bridge's concrete parapet wall design.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards the Pic River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #313 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - Facing south along Hwy 17 towards White River at the Pic River Bridge south of Marathon. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2003  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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