History of Secondary Highway 653:
Secondary Highway 653 was a major collector highway that once extended from Highway 17 north of Renfrew to the inter-provincial bridge between Chenaux and Portage-du-Fort, Quebec. The new highway connection to the Chenaux Bridge was completed and opened to traffic on July 21, 1966. The highway was paved at the time it was opened to traffic. The route of Highway 653 remained unchanged until 1977, when it was shortened by about 1 km when the Renfrew Bypass was completed and opened to traffic. Rather than terminate at Old Highway 17 in Haley, Highway 653 was truncated at the new Highway 17 Bypass. On January 1, 1998, the entire route of Highway 653 was downloaded to Renfrew County. The road is now known as Renfrew Road 653. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit on Highway 653 is 80 km/h.
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