Alberta Highway 9
|Length:||325 km (202 mi)|
|West end:||Hwy 1 / Hwy 797 near Langdon|
| Hwy 72
|East end:||Saskatchewan border near Alsask
continues east as Hwy 7
|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|
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 9 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. Highway 9 spans approximately 325 km (202 mi) from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) east of Calgary to Alberta's border with Saskatchewan.
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.
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (March 2011)|
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 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.
- Provincial Highways Designation Order, Alberta Transportation, p. 3
- "National Highway System". Transport Canada. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
- "2010 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart". Alberta Transportation. March 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
- Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2010 ed.). Section L–6, L-7, L–8.
- 2010 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart (map, 8 MB) by Alberta Transportation.
- Mile by Mile. Alberta Highway # 9