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Sultan Industrial Road

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West end:  Highway 667 at Sultan
Length  79.7 km
Province  Ontario
Towns:  Sultan
Constructed  19 September 1978
Town  Sultan
Existed:  September 19, 1978 – present
East end:  Highway 144 at  Highway 560 junction

Roger trucker at the sultan industrial road


The Sultan Industrial Road, also sometimes unofficially known as Ramsey Industrial Road, is a private road in the Canadian province of Ontario. Originally built as a resource route for E. B. Eddy's logging and lumber operations in the northwestern Sudbury District, the road is now owned and operated by Domtar following its acquisition of E. B. Eddy in 1998. It is under a public access agreement with the province, permitting its use for public travel.

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Map of Sultan Industrial Rd, Sudbury, Unorganized, North Part, ON P0M, Canada

Route description

The road, which has a gravel surface, begins at the intersection of Highway 144 and Highway 560, 96 km (60 mi) north of Cartier and 32 kilometres (20 mi) south of Gogama. It travels westward through remote forests to the terminus of Highway 667 at Sultan approximately 80 km (50 mi) to the west. The road is one of the only intersections along Highway 144 apart from its termini. The route also provides the only terrestrial road access to the community of Biscotasing and the ghost towns of Jerome Mine and Ramsey. It has a speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph), as defined in Ontario Regulation 681; however, logging trucks routinely travel in excess of 110 km/h and so caution is advised.

Many municipal politicians and media commentators in the area have also lobbied for the road to be upgraded to full provincial highway status, as the route would reduce the length of a trip from Sudbury to Wawa by fully 100 kilometres (62 mi) compared to the current routing of Highway 17, and would provide an alternate route for traffic in the event of a closure of Highway 17's Montreal River Hill segment.

History

The Sultan Industrial Road was initially constructed by the private logging company, E.B. Eddy Forest Products Limited. On September 19, 1978, an agreement was signed between the company and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, predecessor to the Ministry of Transportation. This agreement opened the road for public use under the maintenance of the company. The road has remained unchanged since, with the exception of the responsibility for its maintenance, which is now under the jurisdiction of Domtar following its acquisition of E.B. Eddy in 1998.

Major intersections

The following table lists the major junctions along Sultan Industrial Road. The entire route is located in Sudbury District. 

References

Sultan Industrial Road Wikipedia


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