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Hwy 17 closed Sault Ste Marie to Wawa (updated)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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10 a.m. update
 
Highway 17 is now open from Batchewana to Wawa.
 
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8 a.m. update
 
Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Advisory:

Location:  Highway 17 closed from Batchewana to Wawa

Brief Description of Event:  Highway 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.

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3 p.m. update

The Ministry of Transportation Ontario reports the section of Highway 17 from Highway 563 at Batchawana to Highway 101 at Wawa is closed in both directions.

The ministry website says that section of Highway 17 is closed due to the weather, no detour is available and the duration of the closure is unknown

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Original release: 11:23 a.m.

Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Advisory:

Location:  Highway 17 closed from Sault Ste Marie to Wawa

Brief Description of Event:  Highway 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 at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca for Traveller's Information such as Winter Road Conditions, Construction Reports, Road Closures, Traffic Reports, Traffic Cameras and Interactive Mapping.

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jojoe71 1/28/2014 11:28:02 AM Report

what the hell is that all about? I'm in goulais and the sky is sunny and blue.
greendreams 1/28/2014 11:33:03 AM Report

I've heard this morning snowstorm in Montreal River.
Beej 1/28/2014 11:36:03 AM Report

The ridiculous wind is causing almost permanent whiteouts north of town, not to mention huge snow drifts.
Was just talking to a friend there.
Can't drive when you can't see!
willy2006 1/28/2014 11:41:23 AM Report

MTO site says from 552 to Wawa. 552 is just shy of Batchewana.
jojoe71 1/28/2014 11:44:05 AM Report

Shy of Wawa ? I'd say 552 is in Goulais.
Luckyducky 1/28/2014 11:46:50 AM Report

Sault Ste Marie - Hwy 17 closed from Hwy 552 Goulais River to Hwy 101 Wawa due to severe winter weather - no detour

From the MTO Website....
Sam C 1/28/2014 12:32:57 PM Report

They close the highway at a junction, even if the problem is further up. They don't want people getting half-way to Batchewana and have to turn around, and it's just easier to give the junction as a landmark.
willy2006 1/28/2014 12:37:35 PM Report

Sam C, that must be the logic behind the headline. It's just misleading to those that live north of the city, but before the closure. (Heyden, Searchmont, Goulais, etc.)
CynthiaM 1/28/2014 12:43:41 PM Report

I just drove in from Goulais, I live near Mountain View school. The OPP was stationed at 552 with the Northbound lane closed from there on. The hwy is snowpacked but clear.
Sam C 1/28/2014 2:26:33 PM Report

willy2006... its the logic behind the headline AND behind where the OPP/MTO set-up the roadblock.

As for the headline, it matches the description in the OPP's News Release.

It's likely more for travellers than for "locals." Someone driving through hearing the highway is closed "from the Sault" would just find a place to stay in town. Telling them it's closed at Goulais may not convey the same meaning to them.
willy2006 1/28/2014 2:54:36 PM Report

MTO site updated at 1:30.

"HWY 17 CLOSED FORM BATCHAWANA HWY 563 TO WAWA HWY 101"
Gater 1/28/2014 3:14:04 PM Report

It say's no detour available??
Would not the Hwy 129 route @ Thessalon North to Hwy 101 to Wawa be an alternate Route for anyone coming from the East??
alps 1/28/2014 3:27:44 PM Report

You could take the 129 to Chapleau then Wawa but it is a very dangerous highway in the winter and very slow going. It took some people 8 hours to get to Wawa when in the summer its a 3-4 hour drive.
nana8 1/28/2014 5:28:48 PM Report

If your driving a transport it's better to close where they can get there rigs turned around so yes they close it at Heyden
RonBes 1/28/2014 5:50:51 PM Report

Transfield = transFAILed. I hope they were among the contractors charged for not living up to their contractual obligations.

This is what privatizing highway maintenance gets you; zero cost savings and far worse value for money.

That said, the weather is pretty nasty, but it's an indisputable fact that these companies are not fulfilling their contracts.
Kristina 1/28/2014 8:52:14 PM Report

your right Gator. 129 is an alternate route from wawa. my partner and I were just discussing this. he is working in a mine near marathon. if the highway's are still blocked off @ 4am when he's done work, he will be taking that route back here to Thessalon. it's snow packed, and a windy road, I just hope he makes it here. :-)
shorty38 1/28/2014 9:34:28 PM Report

for those thinking about using Hyw 129 for a detour just remember that 129 is in much worse condition than 17. 129 is rutted, snow & ice buildup, crazy drivers that do not slow down. The only reason it is so bad, no maintenance.
Transfield does not know what a grader is.
willy2006 1/28/2014 9:58:07 PM Report

RonBes, Transfield was one of the contractors fined. Apparently hefty fines for substandard road maintenance in the Thunder Bay area. Oddly enough, the same day the story was reported (yesterday) there's been quite an increase in highway plowing activity here in the Goulais Hwy 17 area. I found the story on cbc.ca & forwarded it onto SooToday this morning. I thought it would have made interesting news, given it is the same contractor responsible for maintaining our area.
dchamp27 1/29/2014 12:18:13 AM Report

I just drove from Thunder Bay to Sudbury via Hwy 101/129 and Hwy 101 got closed behind me. It was complete whiteout conditions until 1/2 hr east of Wawa. Other than that, 101/129 was snow packed but clear visibility. If you don't know that highway, I wouldn't recommend detouring.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/29/2014 9:02:17 AM Report

Closed daily -- news should be highway open! One hell of a winter this year!
Louis 1/29/2014 9:07:07 AM Report

Ive lived in Goulais most of my life and I have NEVER seen the highways closed so often, or worse maintained since transfield has taken over. Not to mention the banks aren't pushed back, the operators clearly aren't being trained properly, I've seen snowplows with the plow so far over the line they have almost hit oncoming traffic. I wonder why the MTO isn't following these guys around to figure out why they are doing such a poor job?
willy2006 1/29/2014 10:46:30 AM Report

I couldn't agree with you more, Louis. Just last week I was nearly ran off the road by a plow truck coming into the oncoming lane. My wife arrived home the same night & had the same experience. Hopefully Tranfields poor performance isn't measured in injuries.
stephy17 1/29/2014 11:25:00 AM Report

i dont know where all these people that comment are .. but seems to me your in your house complaining on the roads you havent been driving on because the amount of snow thats hit the ground is crazy and banks on 17 to goulais are pushed back and ive seen graders out all the time as i drive the hwy to goulais twice a day from town seems like more people spend there time complaing then adjusting to the winters we have. you can only maintain it so much roads are now becoming better because its finally stopped snowing for the time being
derek 1/29/2014 11:37:23 AM Report

I live on mission rd in Goulais River.

I have no complaints other than more sand on roads is needed and people need to learn how to drive or stay home. HAHA.

Banks are pushed back and roads graded when needed.

Lots of snow this year! Drive snowmobile to town instead. Groomers having a hard time this year with all the snow and cold conditions.. go figure
guestwho 1/29/2014 5:52:09 PM Report

why would the opp not set up near 4th line or somewhere close to town and advise travellers that the hiway is closed further north ,at list they wouldn`t have to do a U turn and drive 1/2 hr back to get a room!!Does the MTO use that sign just before Heyden or is it still there just for looks?
hunters 1/29/2014 11:45:44 PM Report

FYI - all the Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding community Transfield Services folks you complain about, are all proud First Nations & Canadian people,employed by MTO and working jointly to keep the public highways safe for travel.

These folks are hard working people deserving more respect.

The highway closures are reflective to geographics and extreme weather conditions not the snowplow operators or MTO contracts.

Start using common sense, and keep the politics out of highway maintenance.

Support your communities, buy a snowmobile.

The only persons authorized to close any Ontario Hwy are the OPP.

Good night





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