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Hwy 17 north closed due to weather (5:50 p.m. update)

Saturday, January 04, 2014   by: Staff
5:50 p.m. update
OPP wish to advise motorists that Highway 17 from White River to Batchawana is now fully open.

Original 3 a.m. advisory - Hwy 17 closed White River to Batchawana

Superior East (Wawa) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following road advisory:

Location: Hwy 17  White River to Batchawana

Brief description of event:  Hwy closed due to severe winter weather

Detour (if available): None

Estimated duration of road advisory: Unknown

The O.P.P. will distribute details and updates of the road advisory as information becomes available.

Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website for Traveller's Information such as Winter Road Conditions, Construction Reports, Road Closures, Traffic Reports, Traffic Cameras and Interactive Mapping.

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Mr. Poster 1/4/2014 9:06:14 AM Report

It looks like we dodged another bullet in the city.
dadal 1/4/2014 10:07:23 AM Report

We`re not out of it yet. Deep freeze set to hit Sunday or Monday. Before that we WILL get more snow.
Beej 1/4/2014 10:09:36 AM Report

Hwy 17 north closed due to weather
Saturday, January 04, 2014

Still haven't quite got it yet, Sootoday??

Post the time the article was put online
AND, when there are updates to it, post the time of those also.
Sam C 1/4/2014 10:20:43 AM Report

@Beej... just WHAT is your problem? The date is given. Does it really matter whether the article was posted at three minutes after midnight, quarter to six, or five minutes to nine?

The highway is closed, and more information is available using the link to the MTO website (included in the article), or by calling 5-1-1.
Sam C 1/4/2014 10:27:35 AM Report

FYI... according to the MTO's website, the Hwy 17 closure was reported at 22:09, and was updated at 22:39.

SooToday's info is from an OPP News Release, with no time indicated.

I find SooToday stories are posted in a timely manner, certainly more timely than the local daily broadsheet.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/4/2014 10:30:02 AM Report

Wow this highway has closed a lot so far this winter eh?
I'm In 1/4/2014 10:42:53 AM Report

Thanks, Sam C I don't know what the other posters would do if you weren't around pointing out things in the news articles that they missed or couldn't grasp (not)
buddyjewel 1/4/2014 10:56:44 AM Report

Beej take a pill already. If you look to the right side of the news heading 'link' it shows the time the article was posted. In this case it was posted at '1/4/2014 3:05:51 AM'
It is unknown when the highway will re-open according to police, but I'm thinking after the conditions improves.
Hope this helps!
Mr. Poster 1/4/2014 11:16:59 AM Report

Is the highway closed more often than ever because there is a shortage of equipment or manpower? Is someone trying to save a buck? .....or is it shut down because it is truly a hazard?
B Boy 1/4/2014 11:26:23 AM Report

Maybe the OPP are just making a prudent decision closing the highway in order to save lives.

Or would you just prefer more lives to be lost due to winter weather?
Pete B 1/4/2014 11:57:48 AM Report

The hiway is closed more often now due to poor road conditions. Transfield is a company based out of New Zealand and they somehow got a huge maintenance contract from the province if Ontario. They operate at the provincial minimum! As the bid the contract very low. Ask any trucker or person that travels the hiway frequently and they will confirm that Transfield does not maintain aswell as companies in the past
steve53000 1/4/2014 12:17:42 PM Report

ya really got to give credit where credit is due the people who take care of plowing the roads threw Garden River deserve big congrates at least they care about the lives of people who travel the highways the hwy from bruce to the soo other than the Res was terrible over the last few days
just my view
mallet 1/4/2014 6:35:38 PM Report


I cannot say past Havilland, but I have had no problems driving to the Soo this or any other time that Tansfield have had the contract. I haven't had any problem with the other independents either as the Municipal roads are all done by local contractors. It is not the MTO that closes the roads it is the OPP and I would trust their judgement over the distance rather than a MTO foreman in one district..
chummy 1/4/2014 7:10:15 PM Report

I travel the highway every day from harmony transfield does a good job keeping highway cleared for the most part. Unlike the stretch of highway from city limits to trading post who's is never in good shape. The city should keep that part better for sure
Timbob 1/4/2014 7:24:38 PM Report

Y'all can continue to make excuses, turn a blind eye to the situation, try to be nice guys, whatever.

The FACT is that this highway is closed 100x more than it was ever closed 20 years ago - and we had worse winter weather then.

Those who are able, can easily come to several obvious conclusions.
Timbob 1/4/2014 7:26:32 PM Report

and we had less winter accidents 20 years ago.
good4now 1/5/2014 12:41:49 AM Report

Highway closure was once RARE !!
About 15 years ago, or so, the Sault Star driver to Wawa retired and was featured in an article in that paper.
I wish I could recall the exact number of times that he missed the delivery to Wawa, but I am sure that in his roughly 30 or more years of work, he only missed delivery less than three times!
Perhaps someone with more precise info could correct me.
Stugatzu 1/5/2014 10:45:39 AM Report

And there were also less cars on the road 20 years ago, so do tell... what's your point?

Twenty years ago, the average family did not have two cars per household....putting _MORE_ cars on the road, increasing the chances of an accident.

Oh... and to whoever said it...
Transfield is Australian, not from New Zealand.
Timbob 1/5/2014 10:45:00 PM Report


So you say there are more cars on Hwy. 17 now than 20 years ago. Arguable.

But even if that's the case, then all the more reason to have the highway cleared and salted BETTER than it was 20 years ago, not worse!
Stugatzu 1/6/2014 4:57:13 PM Report

Timbob -- we can't compare apples to oranges if we're talking about plowing and sanding the roads; simply because the MTO handled it 20 years ago, and now it is privatized and run by Transfield Services.

When the province does something, they don't care about costs... they just do it. When a private company does it, they _MUST_ turn a profit, or it isn't worth doing.

I understand what you're saying.... but we can't compare services from 20 years ago and now --- simply because it isn't even the same people maintaining the roads.
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