Alberta Highway 734

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Forestry Trunk Road
Route information
Length: 99 km (62 mi)
Major junctions
South end: Hwy 40
  Hwy 532
North end: Hwy 40 / Hwy 541
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Crowsnest Pass, M.D. of Ranchland No. 26, Kananaskis I.D.
Highway system
Provincial highways in Alberta
Forestry Trunk Road
Route information
Length: 27 km (17 mi)
Major junctions
South end: Hwy 40 / Hwy 579
North end: Hwy 734
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Bighorn No. 8 M.D.
Highway system
Provincial highways in Alberta

Alberta Highway 734.svg

Highway 734
Forestry Trunk Road
Route information
Maintained by Alberta Transportation
Length: 268 km (167 mi)
Major junctions
South end: Forestry Trunk Road
  Hwy 584
Hwy 591
Hwy 752
Hwy 11
North end: Hwy 40
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Clearwater County, Yellowhead County
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 733 Hwy 735
Highway 734 through the Foothills, southbound, north of Nordegg

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 734[1] is a highway in western Alberta, Canada that travels through the forested foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It is formerly part of Forestry Trunk Road and is still colloquially referred to as such.

Preceded by the remaining central segment of Forestry Trunk Road, Highway 734 begins south of the Red Deer River to the southwest of Sundre. Succeeded by Highway 40, which was also formerly part of Forestry Trunk Road, the highway ends north of the Pembina River.

Historically, Forestry Trunk Road is a north-south resource road that ran from the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) in southern Alberta to Highway 43 in northern Alberta. Over time, some segments of the road have been designated as parts of Highway 40 or Highway 734, while the northernmost segment between Highway 40 and Highway 43 is no longer named Forestry Trunk Road.

Currently, two segments of Forestry Trunk Road officially remain – a southern segment from the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass to Highway 541 to the southwest of Longview, and a short central segment from Highway 579 west of Cremona to south of the Red Deer River. The southern segment is preceded and succeeded by the first and second segments of Highway 40 respectively, while the central segment is preceded by the third segment of Highway 40 and succeeded by Highway 734.

Route description[edit]

The southern remaining segment of Forestry Trunk Road begins 3.8 km (2.4 mi) north of the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) as a continuation of the southernmost segment of Highway 40. Over its 99 km (62 mi) length, the gravel road provides access to numerous public campgrounds, crosses the Oldman River, and intersects with Highway 532. It also passes near the Bob Creek Wildland Provincial Park, Livingstone Falls, and the Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park before ending at its intersection with Highway 541 and the second segment of Highway 40, which was part of Forestry Trunk Road before being designated a provincial highway.

Another former segment of Forestry Trunk Road, now the third segment of Highway 40, begins at Highway 1A to the west of Cochrane and ends 46 km (29 mi) later at an intersection with Highway 579. Highway 40 continues as the central remaining segment of Forestry Trunk Road for 27 km (17 mi) to a point 8 km (5.0 mi) prior to the Red Deer River. The road then continues for 268 km (167 mi) as Highway 734 to north of the Pembina River, north of the Elk River Indian reserve, where it becomes the fourth segment of Highway 40.

Over its course, the central segment of Forestry Trunk Road combined with Highway 734 provides access to Ram Falls Provincial Park and numerous campgrounds, and intersects Highway 579, Highway 584, Highway 591, Highway 752, and Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway) west of Nordegg. This stretch also crosses the Red Deer, James, Clearwater, Ram, North Saskatchewan, Blackstone, Brazeau, and Pembina rivers.

Major intersections[edit]

Forestry Trunk Road[edit]

The following is a list of major intersections along the southern segment of Forestry Trunk Road from south to north.[2][3]

Municipality km Description Notes
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass/
Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66
0 Preceded by Hwy 40  
Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66/
Kananaskis Improvement District
65 Hwy 532 branches off to the east  
Kananaskis Improvement District 99 Ends at Hwy 40/ Hwy 541  
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

The following is a list of major intersections along the central segment of Forestry Trunk Road from south to north.[2][3]

Municipality km Description Notes
M.D. of Bighorn No. 8 0 Preceded by Hwy 40
Hwy 579 branches off to the east
 
M.D. of Bighorn No. 8/
Clearwater County
27 Succeeded by Hwy 734  
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Highway 734[edit]

The following is a list of major intersections along Highway 734 from south to north.[2][3]

Municipality km Description Notes
M.D. of Bighorn No. 8/
Clearwater County
0 Preceded by Forestry Trunk Road (central segment)  
Clearwater County 52 Hwy 584 branches off to the east  
71 Hwy 581 branches off to the east  
100 Hwy 752 branches off to the north  
191 Hwy 11  
Yellowhead County 268 Succeeded by Hwy 40  
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 26 
  2. ^ a b c Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2011 ed.).
  3. ^ a b c "Provincial Highways 500 - 986 Progress Chart". Alberta Transportation. March 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-13.