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Page 18: Present Day King's Highway 17 Photographs (Terrace Bay to Selim Hill)


HWY 17 #747 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #751 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Approaching Terrace Bay on Northbound Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Terrace Bay Canadian Pacific Railway Overhead on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1948.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #749 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #750 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 at the Terrace Bay Railway Overhead.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 17 at the Terrace Bay Railway Overhead. A sidewalk was added to the eastern side of the structure several years ago.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #748 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #746 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Western side of the Terrace Bay Railway Overhead. The original steel beam deck was replaced during a recent bridge rehabilitation project. However, the bridge piers are more or less original. The clearance below the structure was also increased slightly when the deck was replaced.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 17 in Terrace Bay. Terrace Bay is a new town that was established in the 1940s to provide housing to employees of the new Aguasabon Hydro Development and a nearby timber sawmill. The town has a rather suburban aura to it. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #745 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #744 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing south along Hwy 17 from Simcoe Plaza in Terrace Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 towards Simcoe Plaza in Terrace Bay. Simcoe Plaza is Terrace Bay's Main Street.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #743 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #742 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Terrace Bay has a rather unique downtown. Since this was a new town that was planned and laid out during the 1940s, Terrace Bay's "Main Street" is a collection of shops situated in a semi-circular shopping centre known as Simcoe Plaza. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 from Simcoe Plaza in Terrace Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #720 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #721 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north along Hwy 17 from Terrace Bay, approaching the Aguasabon River Bridge.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Eastern side of the Aguasabon River Bridge on Hwy 17 in Terrace Bay. Structure completed in 1948.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #722 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #723 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The piers of the Aguasabon River Bridge are on concrete-filled steel sheet pile footings. Arched piers such as this were commonly used on Department of Highways-built bridges of 1930s and 1940s vintage.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Western side of the Aguasabon River Bridge on Hwy 17 in Terrace Bay. This bridge was extensively rehabilitated a number of years ago. A new sidewalk was added to the western side of the structure.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #725 - © Cameron Bevers

Above - The Aguasabon River Gorge is one of several dramatic canyons along the north shore of Lake Superior. The canyon opens up immediately west of the Aguasabon River Bridge on Hwy 17 near Terrace Bay.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #724 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #752 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Facing north across the Aguasabon River Bridge on Hwy 17 in Terrace Bay.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Terrace Bay sign on Southbound Hwy 17. Terrace Bay is the largest community along the north shore of Lake Superior between Nipigon and Marathon.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #726 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #727 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Former alignment of Hwy 17 approaching Hays Lake between Schreiber and Terrace Bay. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The former Hwy 17 alignment at Hays Lake marks the approximate eastern limits of the North Shore Highway as it existed prior to World War II. Work was halted on the highway's extension easterly from Schreiber towards White River when war broke out in 1939. Construction on Hwy 17 was not resumed to any great extent by the Department of Highways until 1947. However, by that time, Ontario Hydro had finalized plans to dam the Aguasabon River near Terrace Bay and flood the former river valley. As a result, a 15 km section of Hwy 17 had to be relocated onto a new alignment on higher ground. While this portion of the old 1930s alignment of Hwy 17 still exists, the balance of the highway now sits on the bottom of Hays Lake.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #728 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #753 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The old 1930s alignment of Hwy 17 was flooded below Hays Lake at this location in 1948.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Relocated Hwy 17 (Hays Lake Diversion), facing south towards Terrace Bay. The Aguasabon Hydro Development's water tower can be seen beside the highway. A massive tunnel, almost a kilometre in length, was built below Hwy 17 near the water tower. The underground aqueduct carries water from nearby Hays Lake down to the generating station on the shores of Lake Superior below.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #754 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #729 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - View of Lake Superior from Hwy 17 between Terrace Bay and Schreiber. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing north along Hwy 17 across the Schreiber Canadian Pacific Railway Overhead between Terrace Bay and Schreiber. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #730 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #731 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Eastern side of the Schreiber Railway Overhead on Hwy 17. Structure completed in 1948.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Schreiber Railway Overhead is a three-span steel girder structure. The girders are slightly arched at the abutments and over the pier caps, resulting in a shallower deck profile.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #732 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #733 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Below-deck view of the Schreiber Railway Overhead on Hwy 17, showing the slightly arched steel girder design above the pier caps.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Steam guard on the Schreiber Railway Overhead, which protected the structural steel girders from corrosion from the exhaust expelled by older steam-powered railway locomotives.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #734 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #735 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Steel flanges support the sidewalk extensions on the Schreiber Railway Overhead on Hwy 17.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - The Schreiber Railway Overhead is one of the last remaining bridges in Northwestern Ontario to retain its original steel handrails.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #738 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #739 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Lamont Lake Diversion on Hwy 17 near Schreiber. During the mid-1990s, a new alignment of Hwy 17 was cut through a rocky hill (at left). The old alignment of Hwy 17 (at right) was ultimately abandoned. It is now used as a snowmobile trail in winter.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Abandoned section of Hwy 17 at Lamont Lake near Schreiber. The highway was relocated to remove several sharp curves in the old highway.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #740 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #741 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - This section of Lamont Lake Road was Hwy 17 until fairly recently. The asphalt was removed from the former highway alignment after the new diversion opened to traffic in the mid-1990s.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - A portion of the old highway's double-yellow centreline can still be seen on Lamont Lake Road where it rejoins Hwy 17 near Schreiber.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #736 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #737 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - The community of Schreiber lies nestled in the rugged hills north of Lake Superior. Unlike its modern neighbour Terrace Bay, Schreiber's history dates back more than a century when it was established as a fishing village which later became an important Canadian Pacific Railway administration hub. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Hwy 17 winds its way towards Schreiber through a series of reverse curves. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 30, 2006  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #755 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #756 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Plaque in Schreiber commemorating the Japanese-Canadian Road Camps of the 1940s. The paranoia-fuelled decision to intern Japanese-Canadians during World War II was a particularly disgraceful moment in Canadian history that must never be forgotten.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Facing south along Hwy 17 from Walker Lake Hill in Schreiber. The highway widens to four lanes through town. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)





HWY 17 #757 - © Cameron Bevers             HWY 17 #758 - © Cameron Bevers

Left - Distance sign on Northbound Hwy 17 leaving Schreiber. From this point, it is still over 90 km to Nipigon and over 200 km to Thunder Bay.
(Photograph taken on September 3, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)

Right - Sunset over Walker Lake on Hwy 17 in Schreiber. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photograph taken on August 29, 2011  -  © Cameron Bevers)




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