History of Secondary Highway 648:
Secondary Highway 648 was a minor collector highway that connected several small communities in eastern Haliburton County to Highway 121. Highway 648 was created out of a major route renumbering which took place in the Tory Hill, Kinmount and Bobcaygeon area in 1964. In an effort to simplify provincial highway route numbering in the area, sections of Highway 109, Highway 111, Highway 121, Highway 500 and Highway 503 had their route numbers removed or reassigned to other routes. Highway 648 was created when the north-south leg of Highway 111 which ran from Dyno Mines to Highway 500 near Highland Grove was renumbered as Highway 648. In addition, a section of Highway 500 which ran from the Highway 111 Junction westerly to the Highway 121 Junction east of Tory Hill was also renumbered as Highway 648. The new route number came into effect on March 1, 1964. The resulting route formed a rather strange loop via Harcourt, Wilberforce and Highland Grove, in addition to a short stub of Highway 648 which extended south from Highway 121 to Dyno Mines. The bizarre route of Highway 648 intersected Highway 121 no fewer than three times, including a 1.8 km route overlap with Highway 121 between the centre and east junctions. The route of Highway 648 remained more or less the same up until 1997, when the route was decommissioned as a provincial highway. On March 31, 1997, Highway 648 was turned over to the County of Haliburton. The county elected to retain the "648" route number for the loop portion of the former highway. The loop became Haliburton Road 648. However, the county logically chose to renumber the north-south section of Former Highway 648 to Dyno Mines as County Road 48, which resulted in the removal of the overlapped portion of Highway 648 which ran concurrently with Highway 121. The route of Highway 648 is paved for its entire length. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on Highway 648 is 80 km/h (50 mph). Services are available in Wilberforce and Harcourt.
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