Alberta Highway 9

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Highway 9
Route information
Length: 325 km (202 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Hwy 1 / Hwy 797 near Langdon
  Hwy 72
Hwy 21
Hwy 10
Hwy 56
Hwy 27
Hwy 36
Hwy 41
East end: Saskatchewan border near Alsask
continues east as Hwy 7
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Rocky View County, Wheatland County, Kneehill County, Starland County, Special Area No. 2, Special Area No. 3
Towns: Irricana, Drumheller, Hanna
Villages: Beiseker, Munson, Youngstown, Cereal
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 8 Hwy 10

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 9[1] is an east-west highway through south-central Alberta, Canada. It is designated a core route in Canada's National Highway System, connecting the Calgary Region with Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.[2] Highway 9 spans approximately 325 km (202 mi) from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) east of Calgary to Alberta's border with Saskatchewan.[3][4]

Route description[edit]

Highway 9 descending into the Red Deer River valley in Drumheller

Highway 9 begins at its interchange with Highway 1 approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Chestermere and 20 km (12 mi) west of Strathmore, and approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) north of Langdon via Highway 797. For its first 45 km (28 mi), Highway 9 generally runs in a north/south direction to Beiseker. At Beiseker, Highway 9 runs in an east-west direction for 64 km (40 mi) to Drumheller. It then runs north/south for 22 km (14 mi) from Drumheller to its intersection with Highway 27 east of Morrin. The highway then runs east/west for the balance of route to the Saskatchewan border, providing connections to Hanna and Oyen as well as numerous smaller communities, and generally running parallel to Highway 12 to the north. The highway continues as Saskatchewan Highway 7 in a northeast direction toward Saskatoon.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

Over the past few years, the province of Alberta has executed a number of upgrades to the highway, widening shoulders and realigning the road (most recently just west of Drumheller, although the new alignment now bypasses the Horseshoe Canyon landmark as a result). As of 2007, however, the province has yet to twin any stretch of the busy highway, and there have been calls[citation needed] for interchanges to be built at its junctions with Highway 21 and the Trans-Canada due to the number of fatal automobile accidents that have happened at these locations.

A full scale interchange was constructed in 2007 where Highway 9 crosses the Trans-Canada Highway. As well, the junction with Highway 21 was changed to a four-way stop in early 2011.

Highway 9 is currently undergoing a major construction project from the junction with Highway 840 to just west of Highway 21. The project is slated for completion in spring 2011. The speed limit in this construction zone is reduced to 80 km/h.

Major intersections[edit]

The following is a list of major intersections along Alberta Highway 9 from west to east.[3][4]

Municipality km Description
Rocky View County 0 Begins at Hwy 1 east of Chestermere and north of Langdon
Preceded by Hwy 797
13 Hwy 564 – Calgary, Delacour, Ardenode
19 Hwy 566 west – Kathyrn, Balzac, Calgary
33 Hwy 567 west – Airdrie, Cochrane
Town of Irricana 35 Urban Approach Road 144 (2 Street) branches to the west into Irricana
Village of Beiseker 44 Hwy 72 west – Crossfield
Hwy 806 north – Acme, Linden
Hwy 9 turns east
Wheatland County/
Kneehill County
64 Hwy 21 – Three Hills, Rockyford, Hwy 1
70 Hwy 836 north – Carbon
83 Hwy 840 south – Rosebud, Standard
99 Hwy 841 south – Dalum
Town of Drumheller 107 Hwy 10 east – East Coulee
Hwy 56 south – Dalum, Hussar, Bassano
Hwy 56 concurrency begins
108 Hwy 575 west – Carbon, Acme
Crosses the Red Deer River
109 Hwy 838 north
Access to Royal Tyrrell Museum
110 Hwy 576 east
Starland County 129 Hwy 27 west – Morrin, Three Hills, Olds
Hwy 56 north – Big Valley, Stettler, Camrose
Hwy 56 concurrency ends
142 Hwy 849 south – Michichi, Rosedale
152 Hwy 851 – Delia
162 Urban Approach Road 122 (Range Road 165) branches to the north to Craigmyle
Special Area No. 2 173 Hwy 855 north – Endiang, Halkirk
175 Hwy 862 south – Gem
Town of Hanna 182 Range Road 144 branches to the north into Hanna
Special Area No. 2 190 Hwy 36 north – Castor, Killam, Viking
Hwy 36 concurrency begins
193 Hwy 36 south – Brooks, Vauxhall, Taber
Hwy 36 concurrency ends
Village of Youngstown 238 Hwy 884 south – Jenner, Ralston, Suffield
Hwy 884 concurrency begins
Special Area No. 3 245 Hwy 884 north – Veteran, Amisk
Hwy 884 concurrency ends
Village of Cereal 268 Hwy 886 – Consort, Buffalo
Special Area No. 3 292 Hwy 41 – Consort, Oyen, Medicine Hat
310 Hwy 899 north – Altario, Provost
Hwy 899 concurrency begins
311 Hwy 899 south
Hwy 899 concurrency ends
Hamlet of Sibbald 314 Range Road 20 branches to the south into Sibbald
Special Area No. 3 325 Ends at Saskatchewan border west of Alsask
Succeeded by Hwy 7
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 3 
  2. ^ a b "National Highway System". Transport Canada. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "2010 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart". Alberta Transportation. March 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  4. ^ a b c Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2010 ed.). Section L–6, L-7, L–8.

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