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Ontario Highway 592 (#2) Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1961-Present
  • Current Status: In Service
  • Location: Northeastern Ontario
  • Districts Served: Muskoka and Parry Sound
  • Towns Served: Novar & Emsdale
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 11 Interchange - Novar
  • Northern Terminus: Hwy 11 Overpass - South of Katrine
  • Current Length: 14.8 km / 9.2 miles
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History of Secondary Highway 592 (#2):

The Secondary Highway 592 designation was used again on a different highway in the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound beginning in 1961. The current route of Highway 592 is a local highway that roughly parallels Highway 11 between Novar and the Katrine area. This highway is actually a former alignment of Highway 11, which had been bypassed by a new improved highway route between Novar and Katrine during the 1950s. Old Highway 11 was officially re-designated as Secondary Highway 592 within the District of Parry Sound by an Order-in-Council, effective March 23, 1961. Within the District of Muskoka, the short section of Old Highway 11 from Novar southerly to the Highway 11 Junction was re-designated as Secondary Highway 592 by an Order-in-Council, effective March 29, 1961. Highway 592 was already paved at the time of the highway's designation in 1961.

As originally designated in the early 1960s, Highway 592 turned northwesterly into the community of Novar from Highway 11. After passing through Novar, Highway 592 crossed over to the eastern side of Highway 11 where the highway continued north towards Emsdale. As a result, Highway 592 intersected with Highway 11 three times within a distance of about 10 miles. In order to simplify the highway numbering in the area, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications discontinued signing the Highway 592 Loop through Novar at some point during the 1970s. The Novar Loop was then assigned a 7000-Series route number (Highway 7160), although the loop remained as an unsigned provincial highway for many years thereafter. Following this change, signing of the southernmost Highway 592 Junction south of Novar was discontinued. From that point onwards, the signed route of Highway 592 began at Highway 11 at the northern entrance to Novar and was only signed east of Highway 11. During reconstruction of Highway 11 through Novar in 2001, Highway 592 was linked to the new Novar Interchange via a newly-built service road along the eastern side of Highway 11. At the north end of Highway 592, the direct connection to Highway 11 was severed as a result of the construction of the new four-lane route of Highway 11 in 2008. Highway 592 now crosses Highway 11 via a grade-separated crossing. As a result, traffic from Highway 592 has to use Katrine Road in order to reach Highway 11 at the next interchange to the north.

The bypassed Novar Loop (Old Highway 592/Highway 7160) straddled the boundary between the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound. Jurisdiction over the section of Old Highway 592 from the Highway 11 Junction south of Novar to the district boundary line at Boundary Road was transferred from the province to the District Municipality of Muskoka, effective January 1, 1998. Although this section of the road is officially known as Muskoka District Road 592, it does not have a posted numerical designation and is merely signed as "Novar Road". The remainder of the Old Highway 592 Loop through Novar (Main Street) was transferred to the Township of Perry, effective May 12, 2004. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on Highway 592 is 80 km/h (50 mph). Services are available on this highway adjacent to the Highway 11 Interchange in Novar. Prior to 1960, an unrelated Highway 592 also existed in the Fort Frances area.

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