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 22 Hwy 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 an east-west highway in Alberta, Canada. It is a spur of Highway 22, a north-south highway.[2]

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", 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 when construction of the southwest leg is completed in 2021.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

Rural/specialized municipality Location km[1] mi Exit Destinations Notes
M.D. of Foothills No. 31 Priddis 0.0 0.0 Hwy 22 (Cowboy Trail) – Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Bragg Creek, Cochrane
City of Calgary 6.5 4.0 85 Street SW / 144 Street W Calgary city limits
Becomes Spruce Meadows Trail
11.3 7.0 37 Street SW / 96 Street W Former Hwy 773 south
12.4 7.7 Future Hwy 201 north Future interchange[5]
13.0 8.1 24 Street SW
13.9 8.6 Tournament Lane – Spruce Meadows
14.7 9.1 James Mckevitt Road / Spruce Meadows Way – Spruce Meadows Future interchange[5]
16.2 10.1 6 Street SW / Sheriff King Street Future interchange[5]
17.4 10.8 5 Macleod Trail (Hwy 2A south) – City Centre, Fort Macleod, Lethbridge Partial cloverleaf interchange with traffic signals on Hwy 22X.
Hwy 201/22X hidden concurrency begins
Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) east • Hwy 22X becomes unsigned
19.5 12.1 3 Sun Valley Boulevard / Chaparral Boulevard Interchange
20.6 12.8 Crosses Bow River
21.9 13.6 1 McKenzie Lake Boulevard / Cranston Boulevard Interchange
Eastbound exit, westbound entrance
23.1 14.4 101 Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2; Exit 234) – City Centre, Lethbridge Interchange
25.1 15.6 99 52 Street SE – South Health Campus Interchange
Westbound access to Cranston and Auburn Bay
27.8 17.3 96 Stoney Trail (Hwy 201) north
88 Street SE
Interchange
Hwy 201 concurrency ends
Hwy 22X exits freeway
31.2 19.4 120 Street SE / Range Road 285 Calgary city limits
Rocky View County Indus 37.4 23.2 Hwy 791 north – Chestermere
Range Road 281A
44.2 27.5 Range Road 273 – Langdon Former Hwy 797
Wheatland County 54.1 33.6 Hwy 24 – Cheadle, Carseland, Vulcan
Hwy 901 east – Siksika Nation, Gleichen

See also[edit]

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.