|This was the scene in Wawa, Ontario., on Friday Oct. 26, 2012. Flooding closed part of the TransCanada Highway and a state of emergency was declared in Wawa, Ontario. (VANESSA MOYNIHAN/QMI AGENCY)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - The Trans-Canada Highway is fully open again through Wawa in northern Ontario, where flood waters washed away sections of it Friday.
The section north of town was reopened Wednesday. There was also flood damage on Hwy. 17 to the south of Wawa, but that portion was re-opened on Sunday afternoon.
Police are warning motorists to drive with caution over the repaired gravel sections.
“The Ministry of Transportation has been working real hard and so have all the guys that have been working out there,” said Chris Wray, Wawa’s chief administrative officer.
Official anticipated the highway reopening Thursday, so were finished ahead of schedule.
“They’ve done a great job,” said Wray of a reconstruction effort that went from dawn to dusk daily.
Hwy. 17’s closure put a big dent in sales for community businesses, such as Tim Hortons, that depend on highway traffic for business.
It was also bad news for cross-country drivers, who were forced to detour hours to the north, or drive through the U.S., to cross that areas of the country.