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Hwy 17 closed from Batchawana to Wawa (update)

Monday, April 14, 2014   by: Staff



3:30 p.m. update

Highway 17 from Batchawana to Wawa is now open.

10 a.m. original release

Wawa Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advised of the following Road Advisory:

Location:  Highway 17 from Batchawana to Wawa closed

Brief Description of Event: Bad weather and icy roads

Detour (if available):  N/A

Estimated duration of Road Advisory: N/A

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 or call 511 for Traveller's Information such as Winter Road Conditions, Construction Reports, Road Closures, Traffic Reports, Traffic Cameras and Interactive Mapping.


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mallet 4/14/2014 10:41:04 AM Report

AGAIN... Jezz, if you don't speed it's safe...
ranny 4/14/2014 10:57:05 AM Report

Hard to drive going down on that steep hill when icy. It's not about the speed, it's about the condition and how the highway was designed.
Just Curious 4/14/2014 11:48:42 AM Report

ranny, it's all about the crappy road maintenance we are getting up here now. Drove 17 for years as a transport driver and it was rare that the road was ever closed..
ducky58 4/14/2014 1:56:45 PM Report

It's not the road it's the idiot driver's. They have to learn to slow down.
habsfan 4/14/2014 4:26:55 PM Report

Its the slow ones that cause other people to pass. Thats the problem. A snowflake falls and the stupid people do 60 in a 90. Can't drive , get off the road.
willoweep 4/14/2014 5:24:33 PM Report

habsfan and it's people with your attitude that are part of the problem 90 means in ideal road conditions.

Have you never heard adjusting your speed to weather conditions?.

What's the big emergency to get to Town 10 min's sooner?

Ambulances will give you a nice fast ride ,problem is you will probably take out another vehicle while proving your driving skills .

ducky58 4/14/2014 5:31:55 PM Report

That's right willoweep i drove truck on that road for over 25 years and you are right. the speeders are the worst. they are in a hurry to get nowhere. Then the fun begins.

soyouthink 4/14/2014 7:03:21 PM Report

Drove that highway more times than i would like to remember. One night leaving Wawa at about 11pm. Weather was good when i left. 20 min south all hell--weather broke loose. No road blocks to stop me or opp any where in sight. A grey hound bus passed me. Made it safe. Followed the bus although pretty dicey.All the way thinking that there should be warning signs. Long story short ,got home safe
Sam C 4/14/2014 8:09:38 PM Report

soyouthink... went for a drive once, turned onto 556, then came back to 17 on 552. When we got back to Heyden, we cam up the back side of an OPP roadblock. They had closed the highway about 15 min after we went by, but it wouldn't have mattered since we went down the Searchmont highway.

Unfortunately, once the decision is made there is likely to be vehicles already on the highway. I agree, signs (like the new one at Heyden) would be nice, but... even if they had one every 20 km, where would you pull over to wait?

It's just a bad stretch of highway.
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