History of Secondary Highway 516 (#2):
Secondary Highway 516 is a minor collector highway connecting Highway 599 to Sioux Lookout in Northwestern Ontario. The highway traverses an extremely remote and sparsely populated region. There are no communities of any significant size along Highway 516's route, other than Sioux Lookout located at the western end of the highway. The highway was first established in the 1970s as a forest access road known as the Marchington Lake Road, but the road was eventually upgraded and improved. Curiously, the Marchington Lake Road was first shown as Secondary Highway 516 on the 1982 edition of the Ontario Official Road Map, but the provincial Order-in-Council that legally designated the route as Secondary Highway 516 was not approved until December 8, 1983. A different, unrelated Highway 516 existed in the Huntsville area up until 1972.
Highway 516 is a good quality paved two-lane road, with a posted speed limit of 80 km/h (50 mph). There are no services on this highway, other than in Sioux Lookout. Moose are quite common along Highway 516. These enormous animals can often be seen crossing the highway corridor. This represents a serious collision hazard, because these animals are difficult for motorists to see at night. Slow down and be prepared for moose if you plan to use Highway 516 at night.
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