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Washout closes Searchmont highway (update)

Sunday, April 27, 2014   by: Staff

12:50 a.m. update
The OPP wish to advise motorists that Hwy 532 north of Searchmont is now open to traffic.

Original 5:45 p.m. advisory - Hwy 532 closed

Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following road advisory:

Location:  Hwy 532

Brief description of event: MTO has closed Hwy 532 north of Searchmont due to a washout

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 for traveller's information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping.


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Sam C 4/26/2014 6:38:30 PM Report

The awesome power of water never ceases to amaze me.
iamtc 4/26/2014 7:40:45 PM Report

The neglected roads and poor workmanship is mostly the reason this happend cheaper bids is cheaper work save a little or spend a lot to get it done correctly so this does not happen I see this all the time around here .
ThinkAgain 4/26/2014 8:22:14 PM Report

Strange there was NO announcement from the MNR considering they deal with surrounding areas.
Maybe the long weekend put everyone behind schedule.
rcssm69 4/26/2014 8:38:29 PM Report need to get laid big time!!!
D.Hasselhoff 4/26/2014 10:33:00 PM Report

@iamtc your lack of knowledge is baffling and embarrassing. Last year after the Massive September rainfall 552 was damaged. It was completely rebuilt and paved within weeks. Same after the November rainfall, whatever damage it had caused was being worked on the morning after. As we all expected a lot of water this year, the creeks and streams were widened prior to the snow even started melting so before you start running your mouth about what type of work our road workers actually do out here, ask someone who knows a thing or two instead of sounding like a negative prick. Thank you to all that have been busting their butts over these last couple interesting months of abnormal weather.
Sam C 4/27/2014 8:02:19 AM Report

iamtc... the best-constructed road in the world could wash out, given enough water. Water can undercut a road (ie: sinkholes) or wash it out from the side, and there's very little anyone could do about it.

In reality, we humans are rather insignificant specks in our fight against nature.
Sam C 4/27/2014 8:04:15 AM Report

ThinkAgain... think again. The MNR has made several announcements concerning the Goulais River watershed. However, their concern is the river itself, not roads.

When a road washes out, it IS usually the Police that make that announcement.
frnlak 4/27/2014 11:00:34 AM Report


You are so correct and it's not funny.
Of course those with blinders on can only see the road that runs to the ski hill. The main road here is 556 that runs from Heyden to the Chapleau highway and the worst stretch is the Ranger Lake Road. Transfield has all but forgotten this portion of highway all winter which resulted in numerous preventable accidents. If the village of Searchmont was not there i'm sure that this situation would not have been remedied so quickly. Due to all the lawsuits, Transfield is forced to be up to snuff. If anyone out there thinks that Transfield did or are doing a good job then you must be on crack.
frnlak 4/27/2014 11:04:30 AM Report

This has nothing to do with the workmanship which is supurb, but has everything to do with management. And yes I have had dealings with Transfield.
rcssm69 4/27/2014 3:13:15 PM Report

frnlak...yes it has nothing to do with the news article...SO WHY BRING IT UP!!!!!!!
FirstChairLastCall 4/27/2014 3:56:05 PM Report

reconstruction of that highway was done terribly.

Here we go...

The road is slightly too narrow resulting in the guard rails being too close to the road. This has resulted in major plowing problems and the inability to move the snow back far enough to run down instead of across the road as it is doing now.

The culverts are cheap and have collapsed in many spots causing preventable road washout not only this winter but the previous springs as well. (Check the sootoday archives for reader submitted photos. There are many)

The steep heavy flow culverts that were previously fit with debris filters to prevent clogs and back ups were not put in during this coinstruction. They used standard no filters. Guess what's happening?

The areas where heavy runoff is created by waterfalls no longer have under road culverts to flow the water properly. This has also caused backups and washout.

The surface of the road in many areas was not graded properly creating pooling water and sink spots.

The list goes on. Local news has reported on these issues, the info is public record and if you frequent this highway, you would be aware as well.

While you are also correct about mother natures power Sam... there is undeniable preventable problems there as well.
Repairman 4/27/2014 4:25:08 PM Report

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