Ontario Highway 538
|Length||5.6 km (3.5 mi)|
|West end||Highway 17 at Algoma Mills|
|East end||Highway 17 between Algoma Mills and Pronto|
Secondary Highway 538, commonly referred to as Highway 538, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The highway is 5.6 kilometres (3.5 mi) in length and follows an older alignment of Highway 17 east of Blind River and near the village of Algoma Mills, between the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and the shoreline of the North Channel of Lake Huron, while the present Highway 17 runs north of the railway tracks. The route was designated in 1956 and has remained unchanged since.
Highway 538 is a short and narrow highway which follows a former alignment of Highway 17, at which it begins and ends. It starts in the west at Algoma Mills, travelling east initially before turning south and passing beneath a CPR rail line. The route descends along the western bank of Lauzon Creek before turning southeast and crossing it. It passes several shops and continues towards the shoreline, at which point it curves northeast. The highway travels around Bootlegger's Bay before diverging from the shoreline, turning north and ascending towards Highway 17. From this point until its eastern terminus, the highway travels alongside a parcel of the North Channel Inshore Provincial Park, a waterway park scattered along the North Channel shoreline. Immediately south of Highway 17 and the CPR tracks, the route curves east and follows parallel to Highway 17 for several kilometres. Following this, it abruptly curves north, crosses the railroad tracks and ends.
Like other provincial routes in Ontario, Highway 538 is maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. In 2010, traffic surveys conducted by the ministry showed that on average, 140 vehicles used the highway daily along the section between Highway 17 and Miranda Boulevard in Algoma Mills while 60 vehicles did so each day along the section east of there, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively.
|Algoma Mills||0.0||Highway 17 – Sault Saint Marie, Massey|
|Township of North Shore||5.6||Highway 17 – Sudbury, Massey|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2007). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Government of Ontario. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
- "Historical Sketch". Algoma Mills. Township of North Shore. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
- Parks Ontario (December 12, 2006). North Channel Inshore Provincial Park Interim Management Statement (PDF) (Report). Government of Ontario. pp. 1, 14. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
- Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. p. 88. § F5. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
- Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1956. § O31.
- "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