Highway 634 (Ontario)


Highway 634 (Ontario)

Infobox road
highway_name = Highway 634
marker_

length_km = 80.3
length_notes =
direction_a = North
direction_b = South
direction = North/South
starting_terminus = Abitibi Canyon Hydroelectric dam at Otter Rapids, Ontario
ending_terminus = Highway 11 in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario
cities = Smooth Rock Falls, Fraserdale
counties = Cochrane District, Ontario


alternate_name =
established = 1965 (As Hwy 807), 1977 as Hwy 634

Highway 634 is a long and remote highway that travels through Northern Ontario from its southern terminus at Highway 11 in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario to the Ontario Power Generation hydroelectric dam on the Abitibi River at the community of Otter Rapids, Ontario.

This is the second highway in Ontario to be named Highway 634 (with the original Highway 634 being near Sudbury). Its original designation was Highway 807, but was renumbered in 1977, shortly after a route renumbering. The road was re-aligned around the eastern part of Smooth Rock Falls in the mid-1990s.

Although the 2003 Ontario Official Road Map shows the road as completely paved for its entire length, the northernmost 15 kilometres (9 miles) are gravel-surfaced. There are no gas stations on this road, aside from in Smooth Rock Falls.

Route description

Highway 634 is a long and isolated bush highway that connects the Abitibi Canyon hydroelectric dam with the rest of the province, as well as serving the small community of Smooth Rock Falls. The road is 80.3 km (50 miles) in length. Like most other two-lane roads in Ontario, the speed limit is 80 km/h (50 mph) although there are sections where such cannot be maintained. The first 65 km (41 miles) is paved, with the last 15 km (9 miles) is gravel. Overall, conditions on the road are good, with several uneven and rough spots.

Communities

Communities along this road are listed from south to north:

* Smooth Rock Falls
* Brownrigg
* Fraserdale

A forest road travels west from Fraserdale to the community of Smokey Falls

Southern terminus

The southern terminus was originally Highway 11 in Smooth Rock Falls, but after the massive highway downloading that took place province-wide in 1998, the portion of the road within the town limits of Smooth Rock Falls was downloaded to the town, and is no longer provincially-maintained, making another of several "detached highways" (one that is not connected to other provincially-maintained roads in the network).

Former designations

Highway 634 was originally designated to a highway in the Sudbury area in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Before becoming the current Highway 634, this road was numbered as Highway 807, which is also a re-used highway number (as the number was used near Atikokan in the early 1980s.

External links

* [http://www.thekingshighway.ca/Hwy634_2.htm Highway 634 at TheKingsHighway.ca]
* [http://www.thekingshighway.ca/Hwy807.htm Highway 807 at TheKingsHighway.ca]
* [http://members.aol.com/Hwys/OntHwys/OntHwys611-635.html Ontario Highways 611-635]


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