Alberta Highway 13

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Highway 13
Route information
Maintained by Alberta Transportation, the City of Wetaskiwin, and the City of Camrose
Length: 366 km[1] (227 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Range Road 74 near Alder Flats
 
East end: Hwy 14 at Saskatchewan border near Hayter
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Wetaskiwin No. 10 County, Camrose County, Flagstaff County, Provost No. 52 M.D.
Major cities: Wetaskiwin, Camrose
Towns: Daysland, Killam, Sedgewick, Hardisty, Provost
Villages: Bittern Lake, Bawlf, Lougheed, Amisk, Hughenden
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 12 Hwy 14

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 13, commonly referred to as Highway 13, is an east–west highway through central Alberta. It spans from Alder Flats, 7 km (4.3 mi) west of Highway 22, to the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.[2] East of the City of Wetaskiwin, it generally parallels a Canadian Pacific rail line.

Route description[edit]

From the west, Highway 13 begins at Alder Flats and then intersects Highway 22.[3] It continues east, passing south of Buck Lake and Winfield before crossing Highway 20.[1] The highway then passes south of Battle Lake, the headwaters of the Battle River, and then south of Pigeon Lake, passing through the hamlets of Westerose and Falun prior to intersecting Highway 2 (Queen Elizabeth II Highway), approximately 51 km (32 mi) south of Edmonton.[4][1]

East of Highway 2, Highway 13 enters the City of Wetaskiwin as 40 Avenue and then turns north along Highway 2A (56 Street). At the north side of Wetaskiwin, the highway turns east and passes north of Gwynne and through Bittern Lake. After crossing Highway 21, it enters the City of Camrose as 48 Avenue.[4]

East of Camrose, Highway 13 generally travels in a southeast direction, passing by Ohaton, Bawlf, Daysland and Strome before intersecting with Highway 36 (Veterans Memorial Highway) in Killam. The highway continues southeast passing by Sedgewick, Lougheed, Hardisty, Amisk and Hughenden before intersecting with Highway 41 north of Czar. The highway travels by Metiskow, through Provost, and by Hayter. Upon entering Saskatchewan, Highway 13 continues as Highway 14 to Saskatoon.[4][1]

History[edit]

The section of Highway 13 west of Wetaskiwin used to be designated as Highway 19 but was renumbered sometime in the 1960s.[5]

Highway 13A[edit]

Segments of Highway 13A in Alberta
Segments of Highway 13A in Alberta

Highway 13A
Location: Ma-Me-O Beach
Length: 7.4 km (4.6 mi)

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 13A is the designation of the following two current and one former alternate routes of Highway 13.[1]

Ma-Me-O Beach

From 2.0 km (1.2 mi) east of Westerose to 5.6 km (3.5 mi) west of Falun, the first segment of Highway 13A travels 7.4 km (4.6 mi) through Pigeon Lake Indian Reserve 138A. It provides access to the Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach on the southern shore of Pigeon Lake. This segment, which runs north of Highway 13, formed the original Highway 13 alignment prior to it being realigned to bypass the Indian reserve and summer village to the south in the 2000s.

Highway 13A
(68 Street, Camrose Drive)
Location: Camrose
Length: 8.2 km (5.1 mi)
Camrose

The second segment of Highway 13A is a southern bypass of Camrose and is 8 km (5.0 mi) in length. Commissioned in 1989,[7] the route follows 68 Street south from Highway 13 (48 Avenue) for 2.4 km (1.5 mi) and then turns east and becoming Camrose Drive, reconnecting with Highway 13 on the eastern ends of Camrose.[1] Highway 13A serves as the main dangerous goods route through Camrose, as dangerous good are prohibited on Highway 13 (48 Avenue) through the centre of the city, and is maintained by the City of Camrose.[8]

Wetaskiwin

Highway 13A is a former alternate route of Highway 13 through Wetaskiwin. From the present Highway 13 (west) / Highway 2A intersection, Highway 13A used to proceed east along 40 Avenue for 1.6 km (0.99 mi), then turned north and followed 47 Street for 3.2 km (2.0 mi) and reconnected with Highway 13 at the present-day Highway 13 / Highway 814 intersection.[9] The route was decommissioned in mid-1980s.[10]

Highway 13A
(40 Avenue, 47 Street)
Location: Wetaskiwin
Length: 4.8 km (3.0 mi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Google (December 1, 2016). "Highway 13 in central Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2015 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart" (pdf). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  3. ^ "2016 Provincial Highway 1-216 Progress Chart" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. March 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2016 ed.). Alberta Culture and Tourism. § J–5, J–6, J–7, K–7, K–8. 
  5. ^ Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (1963 ed.). Government of the Province of Alberta.
  6. ^ Alberta Road Atlas (2005 ed.). Oshawa, ON: MapArt Publishing Corp. pp. 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67.
  7. ^ Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (1989 ed.). Alberta Culture and Tourism. § Camrose. 
  8. ^ "City of Camrose Map". City of Camrose. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (1982 ed.). Alberta Culture and Tourism. § Westaskiwin. 
  10. ^ Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (1988 ed.). Alberta Culture and Tourism. § Westaskiwin.