Alberta Highway 22X
|Length:||74 km (46 mi)|
|From:||Hwy 24 / Hwy 901 near Carseland|
|To:||Hwy 22 (Cowboy Trail) near Priddis|
|Wheatland County, Rocky View County, Foothills No. 31 M.D.|
Highway 22X goes from the junction of Highway 24 and Highway 901, westerly to the junction of Highway 22 just east of Priddis over a distance of about 54 km (34 mi). The highway passes through southern Calgary, where it becomes Stoney Trail and over Highway 2 (Deerfoot Trail within Calgary). When the highway crosses Macleod Trail (Highway 2A), it changes its name to Spruce Meadows Trail, after the show jumping facility of the same name that it passes. About 10 km (6.2 mi) after it exits the west end of the city, the 22X ends at Highway 22 just east of the Hamlet of Priddis.
The Marquis of Lorne Trail portion of Highway 22X has, in recent history, earned a reputation of being extremely dangerous. Southward growth of Calgary had turned the small rural highway (it remains a 2-lane rural arterial road in many places) into an urban street that was not suited for high traffic volumes. Highway 22X remains a major access road for these communities: Bridlewood, Somerset and Silverado
Until the late 1990s, all of Highway 22X within the City of Calgary went by the name "Marquis of Lorne Trail", until the owners of Spruce Meadows successfully lobbied the city to rename the western portion after the internationally known show-jumping facility. It is now known as "Spruce Meadows Trail" or simply, "22X". In 2009, the province announced plans to complete the southeastern portion of the Calgary ring road by extending the still-under-construction East Freeway (or Stoney Trail) south from Highway 1A. Provincial announcements and media have indicated that the ring road project also includes the portion of Highway 22X from the East Freeway to Macleod Trail. This section of roadway is being upgraded to freeway standards and when opened will be assigned the 201 designation and Stoney Trail name like the rest of the ring road.
- Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 5
- 2010 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart (map, 8 MB) by Alberta Transportation.