Ontario Highway 560
|Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario|
|Length:||193 km (120 mi)|
|West end:||Highway 144 / Sultan Industrial Road|
|East end:||Highway 11 in Englehart|
|Divisions:||Sudbury District, Timiskaming District|
|Villages:||Shining Tree, Westree, Gowganda, Elk Lake, Mount MacDonald, Charlton, Englehart|
Secondary Highway 560, commonly referred to as Highway 560, is a provincially maintained secondary highway in the northern section of the Canadian province of Ontario. It begins in the west at an intersection with Highway 144 and the Sultan Industrial Road and proceeds 193 kilometres (120 mi) east to Highway 11 at Englehart. Having been re-aligned numerous times, the highway's current and former alignments follow each other very closely and are visible to each other for most of the length of the road, with third and fourth alignments in the nearby forests easily visible from the sky with photos from Google Earth between Highway 560A (a 10 km-long spur to Westree) and Elk Lake, for example.
The highway between Elk Lake and Highway 65 has been recently repaved, along with the new alignment being built. The old alignment of the road is still used in many areas, as a residential access to the highway.
There are few gas stations and services located along this route, as it travels through the most isolated parts of Northeastern Ontario. The highway is heavily travelled by logging trucks, and warning signs are posted along the route.
Highway 560A is a secondary highway which serves as a short spur route from Highway 560 to the community of Westree. Its total length is approximately 10.4 kilometres (6.5 mi).
Highway 560 was first designated in 1956, like many of the secondary highways in Ontario. Highway 560 initially provided the only access into the interior of the Temagami region and Gogama. However, in the mid-1960s, work began on a new link between Sudbury and Timmins. 31.5 kilometres (19.6 mi) was absorbed into the route of Ontario Highway 144 in April 1965. Since then, the western terminus of Highway 560 has been at Highway 144, and the route has remained unchanged.
|Highway 560 continues west as the Sultan Industrial Road|
|Sudbury||0.0||Highway 144 – Sudbury, Timmins|
|Morin Village||31.0||Highway 560A – Westree|
|41.7||Opikimimk River Bridge|
|Timiskaming||Gowganda||100.9||Gowganda Creek Bridge|
|Elk Lake||143.3||Highway 65 west – Matachewan||Beginning of Highway 65 concurrency|
|144.3||Highway 65 east – New Liskeard||End of Highway 65 concurrency|
|Charlton||173.9||Highway 573 (Bay Street)|
|Englehart||183.1||Highway 11 – New Liskeard|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Ontario Road Map (Map). Cartography by C.P. Robins. Ontario Department of Highways. 1956. § K29–L33.
- "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
- AADT Traffic Volumes 1955–1969 And Traffic Collision Data 1967–1969. Ontario Department of Highways. 1969. p. 114.
Notes: 2. Hwy. 144 renumbered from Sec. Hwy. 544 in April 1965
- Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. p. 105. § J16–18. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2007). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Retrieved September 2, 2011.