Alberta Highway 22X

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Highway 22X shield

Highway 22X
Calgary area with Highway 22X highlighted in red
Route information
Length 54 km[1] (34 mi)
Major junctions
East end Hwy 24 / Hwy 901 near Carseland
  Hwy 2A in Calgary
Hwy 201 in Calgary
Hwy 2 in Calgary
West end Hwy 22 near Priddis
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities
Wheatland County, Rocky View County, Foothills No. 31 M.D.
Major cities Calgary
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 22Hwy 23
Looking east at the west terminus of Alberta Highway 22X from Alberta Highway 22

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 22X, commonly referred to as Highway 22X, is a highway in and around Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta, extending 54 kilometres (34 mi) to the east from Highway 22.[2] It is concurrent with Stoney Trail (Highway 201) between Macleod Trail and 88 Street in Calgary, becoming a freeway and forming the southernmost portion of a ring road around Calgary.

Route description[edit]

Highway 22X begins at Highway 22 near Priddis, running east toward Calgary and becoming Spruce Meadows Trail, named after the show jumping facility of the same name that it passes. The highway crosses Macleod Trail (Highway 2A) and becomes concurrent with Stoney Trail (Highway 201).[1] It crosses the Bow River, then Deerfoot Trail, and the concurrency ends when Stoney Trail branches north and Highway 22X continues east to its end at Highway 24 east of Calgary, continuing to Gleichen as Highway 901.[1]

History[edit]

Until it was upgraded in the 2010s as part of the Stoney Trail ring road project, the Marquis of Lorne Trail portion of Highway 22X had earned a reputation of being an accident-prone road. Southward growth of Calgary had turned the small rural highway (it remained a 2-lane rural arterial road for many years) into an urban street that was not suited for high traffic volumes.[citation needed]

Until the late 1990s, all of Highway 22X within the City of Calgary went by the name "Marquis of Lorne Trail" (with the French variant "Marquis de Lorne" used frequently by the city, although signage retained the English version), until the owners of Spruce Meadows successfully lobbied the city to rename the portion west of Macleod Trail after the internationally known show-jumping facility. That portion of 22X is now known as "Spruce Meadows Trail". In 2009, the province announced plans to complete the southeastern portion of Stoney Trail south from Highway 1A. This project included major upgrades to the Marquis of Lorne segment of 22X west from approximately 88th Street to Macleod Trail. Completed in late 2013, the upgrade resulted in the City renaming Marquis of Lorne Trail west of 88 Street as Stoney Trail and the province also re-designated the highway as Highway 201 (the designation of the rest of Stoney Trail).[1] As of 2015, the Highway 22X designation remains in place west of Macleod Trail and east of where Stoney Trail turns northward; east of the latter the highway also retains the Marquis of Lorne Trail name.[1]

Future[edit]

Alberta Transportation has plans for the Highway 22X corridor to eventually be developed into a freeway. [3] A portion of Highway 22X west of Macleod Trail will become part of Stoney Trail (Highway 201) when construction of the southwest leg is completed in 2021.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

Rural/specialized municipalityLocationkm[1]miExitDestinationsNotes
M.D. of Foothills No. 31Priddis0.00.0 Hwy 22 (Cowboy Trail) – Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Bragg Creek, CochraneContinues as Hwy 22 north
City of Calgary6.54.085 Street SW / 144 Street WCalgary city limits
Becomes Spruce Meadows Trail
11.37.037 Street SW / 96 Street WFormer Hwy 773 south
12.47.7Future Hwy 201 northFuture interchange[5]
13.08.124 Street SWNorthbound entrance into Bridlewood is slated for closure as part of construction of the above interchange.
13.98.6Tournament Lane – Spruce Meadows
14.79.1James Mckevitt Road / Spruce Meadows Way – Spruce MeadowsFuture interchange[5]
16.210.16 Street SW / Sheriff King StreetFuture interchange[5]
17.410.85 Macleod Trail (Hwy 2A south) – City Centre, Fort Macleod, LethbridgePartial cloverleaf interchange with traffic signals on Hwy 22X.
West end of Hwy 201 / Hwy 22X hidden concurrency / Becomes Stoney Trail
Continues as Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) • Hwy 22X becomes unsigned
19.512.13Sun Valley Boulevard / Chaparral BoulevardInterchange
20.612.8Crosses Bow River
21.913.61McKenzie Lake Boulevard / Cranston BoulevardInterchange; eastbound exit, westbound entrance
23.114.4101 Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2) – City Centre, LethbridgeInterchange; Exit 234 on Hwy 2
25.115.699 52 Street SE – South Health CampusInterchange
Westbound access to Cranston and Auburn Bay
27.817.396 Stoney Trail (Hwy 201 north) / 88 Street SEInterchange
East end of Hwy 201 concurrency; Hwy 22X exits freeway and becomes Marquis of Lorne Trail
31.219.4120 Street SE / Range Road 285Calgary city limits; Marquis of Lorne Trail name ends
Rocky View CountyIndus37.423.2 Hwy 791 north / Range Road 281A – Chestermere
44.227.5Range Road 273 – LangdonFormer Hwy 797
Wheatland County54.133.6 Hwy 24 – Cheadle, Carseland, Vulcan
Hwy 901 east – Siksika Nation, Gleichen
Continues as Hwy 901 east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Route map: Google

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Google (January 4, 2017). "Highway 22X in southern Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2015 Provincial Highway 1-216 Progress Chart" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Executive Summary" (PDF). CastleGlenn Consultants Inc. Alberta Transportation. September 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Agreement to Design, Build, Finance and Operate - Southwest Calgary Ring Road" (PDF). Alberta Transportation. September 13, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Southwest Calgary Ring Road". Government of Alberta. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2016.