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Ontario Highway 611 Quick Facts:
  • Years in Existence: 1956-Present
  • Current Status: In Service
  • Location: Northwestern Ontario
  • District Served: Rainy River
  • Towns Served: None
  • Southern Terminus: Hwy 602 - Sherwood
  • Northern Terminus: Rose Road (Miscampell-Burriss Township Boundary)
  • Current Length: 22.2 km / 13.8 miles
HWY 611 ROUTE MARKER - © Cameron Bevers
Secondary Highway 611 Sign © Cameron Bevers

History of Secondary Highway 611:

Secondary Highway 611 is a local highway in the District of Rainy River that provides access to a number of rural townships in the Crozier area, west of Fort Frances. Highway 611 was designated by an Order-in-Council dated May 9, 1956, and was first depicted on a Preliminary Route Plan prepared by the Department of Highways of Ontario (DHO) in May, 1956. The route of Highway 611 extended north from Highway 602 at Sherwood via the Crozier Road for approximately 13 miles (21 km). The highway ended rather abruptly at the Miscampbell-Burriss Township Boundary north of Crozier. The route of Highway 611 overlapped with Highway 71 (later Highway 11 & Highway 71) for approximately 1 mile west of Crozier. Highway 611 was originally gravel-surfaced for its entire length, except for the overlapped portion of the route near Crozier via Highway 71, which was already paved. A primed bituminous surface was constructed for 10 km north of Highway 11 & Highway 71 in 1978. Another section of primed bituminous surface was constructed along Highway 611 between the Highway 602 Junction at Sherwood and the Highway 11 & Highway 71 Junction at Crozier in 1981. The northernmost 6 km of Highway 611 remains gravel-surfaced to this day.

The route of Highway 611 has remained more or less the same ever since the highway was first established in the 1950s. However, an anomaly existed in the route of Highway 611 near Crozier. As originally assumed in 1956, Highway 611 had a short spur which branched off of the main highway south of Crozier. This spur served as a cut-off route from the main route of Highway 611 to Highway 11 & Highway 71 East, via Pihulak Road. This section of the route was apparently signed as Highway 611 as well, meaning that Highway 611 intersected with Highway 11 & Highway 71 no fewer than three times within a distance of about 3 km. It was ultimately decided that the cut-off route via Pihulak Road was not needed in the provincial highway system. Furthermore, the spur made the route of Highway 611 through the Crozier area unnecessarily confusing for motorists. Jurisdiction over the short cut-off section of Highway 611 was transferred from the Ministry of Transportation & Communications (MTC) to the Municipal Township of Alberton, effective March 26, 1987. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on Highway 611 is 80 km/h (50 mph). There are no services available on this highway.

Photographic History of Secondary Highway 611

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