History of Tertiary Highway 802:
Tertiary Highway 802 is a local collector highway serving a handful of small communities in the Thunder Bay District. The highway serves as an access road from Highway 11 to the community of Kashabowie and the now-abandoned copper mining town of Burchell Lake. The Burchell Lake and Kashabowie access roads were first designated as Highway 802 on May 24, 1962. Until 2012, the highway had a total length of 13.7 km, including a short 1.8 km concurrent routing with Highway 11. The highway is paved from Kashabowie to Highway 11, and again from the former Burchell Lake townsite entrance northerly for about 4 km. The rest of the highway is gravel-surfaced. Highway 802 is maintained year-round.
In 2012, another new section of Highway 802 was reportedly established. The Lac Des Mille Lacs Road leading south from Highway 17 in the Upsala area is shown on the 2012 Official Ontario Road Map as Highway 802. This new section of Highway 802 is approximately 28 km in length, but it is discontinuous from the southern section of Highway 802 in the Kashabowie area. The northern section of Highway 802 ends at Pine Point on Lac Des Mille Lacs. There is roughly a 20 km gap between the discontinuous northern and southern sections of Highway 802. It is not certain at this time if there are plans to complete a link between the two sections of Highway 802, although by doing so, the Ministry of Transportation would be able to provide another north-south highway link between Highway 11 and Highway 17.
Photographic History of Tertiary Highway 802
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