Ontario Highway 63

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Highway 63
Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation
Length: 63.5 km[2] (39.5 mi)
Existed: August 25, 1937[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: North Bay northern city limits
   Highway 533 near Eldee
North end: Route 101 between Thorne and Témiscaming
Highway system
←  Highway 62   Highway 64  →

King's Highway 63, commonly referred to as Highway 63, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Route description[edit]

Highway 63 begins at the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 11 and Highway 17) in North Bay and travels 63.5 kilometres (39.5 mi) northeast to the Ontario-Quebec provincial boundary, where the highway continues as Route 101 to Témiscaming. Before 1998, the road included a section of Cassells Street extending into downtown North Bay. Prior to this section being removed from the highway, Highway 63's total length was 65.4 kilometres (40.6 mi).

Highway 63 is situated entirely within Nipissing District. It travels through the communities of Redbridge, Balsam Creek, Eldee and Thorne.[3]

History[edit]

On August 25, 1937, the North Bay – Temiskaming Road was assumed by the Department of Highways as Highway 63.[1] The road existed prior to this point as a northern development road. However, on April 1, 1937, the Department of Northern Development merged into the Department of Highways. As a result, numerous highways were assumed in the northern regions of Ontario in mid-1937.[4] The highway remained unchanged for over 60 years, until January 1, 1998, when the Connecting Link agreement through North Bay from Main Street to Highway 11 / Highway 17 - the North Bay Bypass - was rescinded. As a result, Highway 63 was shortened by 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi).[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 63, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[2] The entire route is located in Nipissing District.[3] 

Location km[2] Mile Destinations Notes
North Bay −1.9 Main Street Transferred to North Bay in 1998; formerly Highway 11B / Highway 17B
0.0 0.0   Highway 11 / Highway 17 North Bay Bypass; Beginning of North Bay Connecting Link agreement
3.5 2.2 Rees Street End of North Bay Connecting Link agreement; access to North Bay Water Aerodrome
8.4 5.2 Peninsula Road
Redbridge 17.7 11.0 Songis Road North Bay city limits
Balsam Creek 23.5 14.6 Folkestone Road
  39.2 24.4  Highway 533 – Mattawa
Thorne 62.2 38.6 Birch Street
  63.5 39.5 Ottawa River Bridge Ontario–Quebec border
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Closed/former

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Appendix 3 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1938. p. 80. 
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2007). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Peter Heiler Ltd (2010). Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). pp. 105, section K18. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
  4. ^ Shragge, John; Bagnato, Sharon (1984). From Footpaths to Freeways. Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Historical Committee. p. 71. ISBN 0-7743-9388-2. 

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