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Traffic on Highway 17 near Bruce Mines still limited (updated)

Sunday, April 20, 2014   by: Staff

11:49 p.m. update
Ontario Ministry of Transportation Travel Information Services indicates both the west and east bound lanes of Highway 17 at Big Perch Bay Road near Bruce Mines have been closed.
The highway was closed to facilitate emergency culvert repair. 
Ontario Provincial Police personelle are directing drivers to alternate in the east bound passing lane.
The full text of a release issued by the Thessalong Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police follows.
Original release: 5:45 p.m.
East Algoma (Thessalon) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Advisory:

Location:  Highway 17 at Big Perch Bay Rd (Bruce Mines)

Brief Description of Event:  Hwy down to one lane due to collapsing culvert.  MTO on scene

Detour (if available):  Not available

Estimated duration of Road Advisory: Unknown

O.P.P. Media Contact:  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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sooperman 4/20/2014 6:59:17 PM Report

so which lane is affected the east or west detour available...mto on scene lol...road maintenance transfield off for Easter wkd...just put lights on each side and good to go
Sam C 4/20/2014 9:07:33 PM Report

soooperman... does it matter which lane is closed? BOTH are affected
welcome2 4/20/2014 9:25:49 PM Report

Sam C, don't be too hard on "super"...just because he wouldn't be able to figure out that because one lane is shut down, does not mean traffic in the other direction doesn't move, it's not fair to make him look foolish-poor Canada
moose23 4/20/2014 9:32:04 PM Report

doesn't sound like anyone was injured. thank goodness. This site drains a wetland. Culverts draining wetlands often have a short life span due, in part, to acid corrosion. Not sure how they can be adequately inspected either as the water running through them is often very dark coloured due to tannins. I am concerned about the 2 culverts on HWY 17 at the Cranberry Creek at the bottom of the mile hill (Goulais) as I don't think they have been replaced in years - they will likely have some good rot at their base. Tis the season of washouts, frost boils and unexpected potholes ... drive with care!
Kurt 4/20/2014 10:09:35 PM Report

Its the westbound lane that's closed, just drove by an hour ago. Also, Transfield was on the scene with the OPP. It looked like a sinkhole the size of a manhole on the shoulder.
inferno 4/20/2014 11:05:56 PM Report

are they allowing traffic through? is there a sign man or traffic light? confusing message
Pakadeva 4/21/2014 2:03:34 AM Report

Good Heavens, if you want those nitpicking details, how about driving out to find out for yourself? I don't think this announcement calls for an essay!
F150Guy 4/21/2014 7:22:35 AM Report

They had flashing traffic sings 2km ahead of time it was down to 1 lane, had a flag man both ends and flashing lights for people to slow down. It was down to one lane on the east bound side with many lights and orange cones to get you through the area because of the fog and drizzle of rain in the pitch dark. This was at aprox 10pm.
Sam C 4/21/2014 7:47:26 AM Report

Inferno..."Highway down to one lane due to collapsing culvert" suggests to me that traffic was getting through.

During the repairs, if you don't want to wait for traffic to be directed through, you could head up Hwy 638, turn at Cloudslee Rd, the go back out to Hwy 17 on Duff Rd.
Norm 4/21/2014 7:50:25 AM Report

Thunderbirds win and will go back to Kirkland Lake for game six. Good fast hockey. Go Birds.
Tag33&1/3rd 4/21/2014 10:23:53 AM Report

Go Leafs Go!
Go Hounds Go! (just getting ready to cheer for both 360 some days from now!
old-cat33 4/21/2014 10:37:08 AM Report

Norm,we are talking road closure not hockey Nerd!
Eagle Eye 4/21/2014 11:04:28 AM Report

I agree with Moose23 on all levels. Thank goodness no one was hurt. If this was late at night, dark, and the culvert collapse had opened up a gaping hole in the black highway, it wouldnt take much for a car travelling at a fast speed to end up in the bottom of the hole - it has happened many times before. I question if these culverts are getting regular & thorough inspections? Why aren't materials that are more durable being used? Moose23 has highlighted 2 other culverts, but wakeup everyone...there are hundreds of culverts like these along Hwy17, between SSM to with care!
Norm 4/21/2014 12:10:55 PM Report

You wouldn't call me a nerd after the puck goes top corner glove side on you. lol
old-cat33 4/21/2014 2:33:27 PM Report

LOL @ Norm!
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