Ontario Highway 658
|Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario|
|Length||29.4 km (18.3 mi)|
|History||Highway 128 (1956–1975)|
Highway 666 (1975–1985)
|South end||Highway 17 – Kenora|
|North end||CNR Station in Redditt|
Secondary Highway 658, commonly referred to as Highway 658, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The highway extends 29 kilometres (18 mi) between the city of Kenora and the community of Redditt. For a decade, Highway 658 was numbered as Highway 666, leading to numerous sign thefts and a petition by members of a church on the route. This petition eventually led to the route being renumbered in late 1985.
Highway 658 travels through communities lying north of Highway 17, the Trans-Canada Highway. It is mostly rural, being surrounded by ranches and equipment sheds as well as the boreal forest and rock outcroppings of the Canadian Shield. Though it is signed as beginning at the Kenora Bypass (Highway 17A), the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) traffic counts indicate that the section through Kenora is maintained as a connecting link. In the town of Redditt, the highway ends at a train station served by Via Rail.
Highway 658 was originally designated on July 21, 1966, travelling north from Highway 17, west of Whitefish. The route was 19.3 kilometres (12.0 mi) long, passing west through Worthington and turning north to near Fairbank Provincial Park. This route and most other secondary highways in the area were transferred to the Regional Municipality of Sudbury when it was established on January 1, 1973, and is now known as Greater Sudbury Municipal Road 4.
The current iteration of Highway 658 was originally designated as Highway 128, a route which came into existence on January 18, 1956. In 1975, the route was one of several King's Highways redesignated as Secondary Highways; it was given the number 666. Local citizen and two churches located along the route began to petition the MTO in 1982, requesting the number be changed due to concerns with its connotation as the "number of the beast". The route number was officially changed to 658 on November 1, 1985, though signs indicating "Formerly Highway 666" were attached to reassurance markers along the highway.
|Kenora||0.0||0.0||Highway 17 – Kenora||Beginning of connecting link agreement|
|3.8||2.4||Highway 17A||End of connecting link agreement|
|16.3||10.1||Highway 659 (Coker Road)|
|Redditt||29.4||18.3||Redditt Canadian National Railway station|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2008). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Government of Ontario. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. p. 106. § G3. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7.
- AADT Traffic Volumes 1955–1969 And Traffic Collision Data 1967–1969. Ontario Department of Highways. 1969. p. 146.
- Moving into the 20th Century. Windsor Star, June 14, 1972.
- Canadian Press (October 23, 1985). "Devil Taken Off the Road". Ontario. Ottawa: The Citizen. p. A5.
You have to understand. For people who take the Bible very literally, this is a real concern." - Merv Farrow; "Although Highway 658 becomes official Nov. 1...