Saskatchewan Highway 955

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Highway 955
Route information
Length: 245 km (152 mi)
Existed: 1979 – present
Major junctions
From: Hwy 155 in La Loche
To: Cluff Lake mine
Highway system
Provincial highways in Saskatchewan

Highway 955 is a highway in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It runs from Highway 155 near La Loche to Cluff Lake Mine.

The highway is approximately 245 km (152 mi.) long and is almost entirely unpaved. A 4.5 km section is paved from La Loche to the Clearwater River Dene Nation. From there a paved access road leads to the First Nations village of Clearwater.[1]

The highway carries the name Semchuk Trail. Martin Semchuk [2] and John F. Midgett both from Meadow Lake and Jonas Clarke of La Loche were involved in building the original trail in 1955-56.[3]

Highway 955 has nearly no intersections with other roads due to its northern location. About one-third of the way to Cluff Lake Mine, there is an access road to Descharme Lake. According to provincial road maps dating from the early 1980s, a seasonal/winter road at one point continued north from Cluff Lake to the shore of Lake Athabasca and then across the lake towards Uranium City, but this appears to no longer be in use.

Highway 955 passes through Clearwater River Provincial Park. It is also the closest roadway to the Carswell structure, the largest astrobleme in Saskatchewan at 35 kilometres (22 mi) in diameter.[4] Highway 955 traverses the Douglas River. This large valley is the Carswell meteor impact rim.[5] Uranium is mined at three sites along the perimeter of the Carswell structure near the terminal end of Highway 955.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "History of La Loche-Transportation". Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Trucking route will help north". The Leader-Post (1956-07-10) (Regina, Saskatchewan). p. 3. 
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (ice roads)". Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ Harper, Charles (2006). "Astroblemes". The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan Details. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  5. ^ Geoscape Northern SaskatchewanGeoscience for our Canadian Shield Community - Meteorite impact, Government of Canada, 2008-01-07, retrieved 2007-12-29 
  6. ^ Geoscape Northern SaskatchewanGeoscience for our Canadian Shield Community - Meteorite impact, Government of Canada, 2008-01-07, retrieved 2007-12-29 

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