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Ontario Highway 602 Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1956-Present
  • Current Status: In Service
  • Location: Northwestern Ontario
  • District Served: Rainy River
  • Towns Served: Fort Frances & Emo
  • Western Terminus: Hwy 11 & Hwy 71 - Emo
  • Eastern Terminus: Hwy 11 & Hwy 71 - Fort Frances
  • Current Length: 47.1 km / 29.3 miles
HWY 602 ROUTE MARKER - © Cameron Bevers
Secondary Highway 602 Sign © Cameron Bevers

History of Secondary Highway 602:

Secondary Highway 602 is a local highway in the District of Rainy River that provides access to a number of rural townships lying south of Highway 11 & Highway 71 between Fort Frances and Emo. Highway 602 was first designated by an Order-in-Council dated May 9, 1956. The route was first depicted on a Preliminary Route Plan prepared by the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) in May, 1956. Highway 602 has remained more or less the same ever since the route was first established in 1956, apart from one diversion near the Highway 611 Junction that was constructed in the mid-1960s. Jurisdiction over the old alignment of Highway 602 (via Old School Road) was transferred from the Ministry of Transportation & Communications (MTC) to the Municipal Township of Alberton, effective April 20, 1977. When Highway 602 was first established in the 1950s, the entire highway was gravel-surfaced. A primed bituminous surface was constructed along the highway in 1967-1968.

As originally assumed in 1956, provincial jurisdiction over Highway 602 ended at the western limits of the Town of Fort Frances at Oakwood Road. The balance of the route of Highway 602 from Oakwood Road to the Highway 11 & Highway 71 Junction in Fort Frances was considered to be a non-assumed portion of the highway under municipal jurisdiction. This non-assumed section of Highway 602 through Fort Frances was formally designated as a Municipal Connecting Link by an Order-in-Council, effective February 8, 1962. The Municipal Connecting Link status of Highway 602 through Fort Frances was revoked by a Minister's Order dated September 18, 1997, although the route of Highway 602 through Fort Frances is still signed through the town in order to preserve route continuity. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on Highway 602 is 80 km/h (50 mph). There are no services available on this highway, although services are available along Highway 11 & Highway 71 in both Emo and Fort Frances.

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