Ontario Highway 810

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Highway 810
Route information
Maintained by Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length 42.6 km[1] (26.5 mi)
Major junctions
South end  Highway 553 at Bull Lake
North end Richie Falls
Districts Algoma
Highway system
Highway 809 Highway 811

Tertiary Highway 810, commonly referred to as Highway 810, is a provincially maintained access road, extending from Bull Lake to Richie Falls on the Aux Sables River system north of Massey. A northerly extension of Highway 553, the road was formerly part of that highway until 1976, when it was downgraded from secondary to tertiary status and renumbered as 810.

Route description [ edit ]

Highway 810 is the southernmost tertiary highway in the province and is located approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Sudbury. A large portion of the route follows alongside the River aux Sables in the River aux Sables Provincial Park.[2] There is relatively little human habitation along Highway 810, owing to the extremely remote and rugged location. On an average day, only 50 vehicles travel along the route.[1] The highway begins 33.3 kilometres (20.7 mi) north of Highway 17, at Whisky Lake Road. At this point, Highway 553 ends and Highway 810 begins, travelling north through the Canadian Shield. As it snakes northward parallel with the River aux Sables, the route passes several resource access roads which travel even further into the wilderness.[2] The highway ends at Ritchie Falls, 42.6 kilometres (26.5 mi) north of its southern terminus, north of which the roadway that carried it continues as a forest access road.[1]

Highway 810, unlike most other tertiary highways, is maintained by the Ministry of Transportation during the winter months.

History [ edit ]

The road that Highway 810 follows was originally opened as the Massey Tote Road by the Spanish River Lumber Company at the turn of the 20th century, and provided access for loggers between Lake Huron and logging sites on the River Aux Sables, which the road closely paralleled.[3][4][5] In early 1956, this road became Highway 553.[6][7] The northern 42.6 kilometres (26.5 mi) of Highway 553 were redesignated as Highway 810 on November 20, 1974.[citation needed] Since then, the highway has remained unchanged.[1][2]

Major intersections [ edit ]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 810, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[1] The entire route is located in Algoma District.[2] 

Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Unorganized Algoma District 0.0 0.0  Highway 553 south – Massey Highway 810 and Highway 553 share termini.
Richie Falls 42.6 26.5 Highway ends at river crossing
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2008). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Government of Ontario. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. pp. 89, 105. § A9–C10, K15. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
  4. ^ "Hugh Cummings Photography Collection - Then & Now".
  5. ^ "Your use of this Ontario Geological Survey document (the "Content") is governed by the terms set out on this page ("Terms of Use"). By downloading this Content, you (the "User") have accepted, and have agreed to be bound by, the Terms of Use"(PDF).
  6. ^ Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1956. § M–N28.
  7. ^ "Ontario Secondary Roads Now Designated 500, 600". 112 (33, 119). The Globe and Mail. February 4, 1956. p. 4. Two new Ontario road numbers appear on the province's 1956 official road map which will be ready for distribution next week. The new numbers are the 500 and 600 series and designate hundreds of miles of secondary roads which are wholly maintained by the Highways Department. More than 100 secondary roads will have their own numbers and signs this year. All of these secondary roads were taken into the province's main highways system because they form important connecting links with the King's Highways
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