Weather Woes Lead to Highway 17 Closure Between Sault Ste. Marie and Batchawana Bay

Highway Closure

SAULT STE. MARIE – Highway 17 between Wawa and Batchawana Bay is officially closed to traffic due to deteriorating weather and road conditions. This closure poses a significant inconvenience for motorists accustomed to traversing this major roadway.

Alternate Routes:

For those in need of reaching their destinations, an alternative detour is available. Motorists are advised to take Highway 101 from Wawa to Chapleau, then switch onto Highway 129 to Thessalon, eventually rejoining Highway 17. This detour, although longer, ensures a safer travel path amidst the current weather challenges.

Additional Roadwork Alert:

Additionally, travelers should note that the Sultan Industrial Road at Stephens (approximately 66-67km) is scheduled for closure on Tuesday, October 31st from 8 am to 4 pm. This closure is due to maintenance work being conducted by CN at the rail crossing location. The 8-hour work window may cause additional delays for those on the road, and alternative planning is advised.

Safety Precautions:

Motorists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and to remain updated on the weather forecasts and road conditions before embarking on their journeys. Winter tires, a full tank of gas, and an emergency road kit are highly recommended for those who need to travel.

Stay Informed:

For updated road conditions and other traveler information, individuals are encouraged to visit,, or call 5-1-1. These platforms provide real-time updates and are crucial resources for ensuring safe travel during adverse weather conditions.

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