Alberta Highway 49

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Highway 49 shieldaltNorthern Woods and Water Route

Highway 49
Northern Woods and Water Route
Spirit River Highway
Route information
Length: 266 km (165 mi)
Major junctions
West end: BC 49 at British Columbia border
 
South end: Hwy 43 in Valleyview
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Saddle Hills County, Spirit River No. 133 M.D., Birch Hills County, Smoky River No. 130 M.D., Greenview No. 16 M.D.
Towns: Spirit River, Falher, Valleyview
Villages: Rycroft, Donnelly
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 47 Hwy 50

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 49, commonly referred to as Highway 49, is a highway in northwestern Alberta, Canada. It runs east-west from the British Columbia border to Donnelly, and then north-south to Valleyview.[1] Highway 49 has a total length of 266 km (165 mi)[2]

The portion of Highway 49 from Donnelly to the British Columbia is also known as the Spirit River Highway. It also comprises the westernmost segment of Alberta's portion of the Northern Woods and Water Route. After Donnelly, the Northern Woods and Water Route continues eastward along Highway 2 and then Highway 55.[3][4] Its southernmost section, between Highway 2 and Highway 43, is designated as a core route of Canada's National Highway System.

Route description[edit]

Highway 49 begins at the Alberta/British Columbia border (where it continues as British Columbia Highway 49 to the City of Dawson Creek) 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the locality of Bay Tree and is part of the Northern Woods and Water Route. The highway passes through Bay Tree, the locality of Gordondale, the Town of Spirit River, before intersecting Highway 2 in the Village of Rycroft. The highway continues east, passing by the hamlets of Wanham, Eaglesham, Tangent, and Watino before crossing the Smoky River. The highway then passes by the Village of Girouxville and the Town of Falher before again intersecting Highway 2, approximately 2 km (1 mi) west of the Village of Donnelly.[2]

At the Highway 2 intersection, known locally as the ‘Donnelly Corner’, Highway 49 turns south and becomes part of a core route of Canada’s National Highway System while the Northern Woods and Water Route continues eastward along Highway 2. The highway passes Guy and New Fish Creek before entering Valleyview and terminating at an intersection with Highway 43.[3]

History[edit]

The southern and eastern most sections of Highway 49 has seen a variety of highway designations.

Prior to 1990, Highway 49 continued east past Donnelly and through the Town of McLennan before terminating at Highway 2 in Triangle, 14 km (8.7 mi) west of the Town of High Prairie, along present-day Highway 2. At the same time, its present-day alignment between Donnelly and Valleyview was designated as Highway 34.[5][6]

In 1990/1991, Highway 34 between Valleyview and Donnelly was renumbered to Highway 43 and Highway 49 between Triangle and Donnelly was renumbered to Highway 2, resulting in Highway 49 terminating at the Donnelly Corner.[6]

Finally, on March 1, 1998, Highway 43 between Valleyview and Donnelly was renumbered to Highway 49 to allow for Highway 43 to travel west from Valleyview to Grande Prairie and the British Columbia border.[7]

Future[edit]

Alberta Transportation is conducting planning studies for upgrades along the Highway 2/49 corridor between Peace River and Valleyview,[8][9] which includes twinning the portion of Highway 49 south of Donnelly[9] and constructing a bypass around Valleyview.[10] There is no timeline for construction.

Major intersections[edit]

Rural/specialized municipality Location km[2] mi Destinations Notes
Continues as Northern Woods and Water Route (Alberta).svg BC 49 west (Spirit River Highway / Northern Woods and Water Route) – Dawson Creek
Saddle Hills County 0 0.0 AlbertaBritish Columbia border 55°46′42″N 120°00′00″W / 55.77830°N 120°W / 55.77830; -120 (49 km 00)
13 8.1 Hwy 719 north – Bonanza 55°50′07″N 119°49′39″W / 55.83540°N 119.82744°W / 55.83540; -119.82744 (49 km 13)
52 32 Hwy 725 north – Moonshine Lake Provincial Park, Blueberry Mountain 55°50′21″N 119°12′07″W / 55.83916°N 119.20200°W / 55.83916; -119.20200 (49 km 52)
↑ / ↓ 69 43 Hwy 727 north 55°46′49″N 119°00′33″W / 55.78020°N 119.00927°W / 55.78020; -119.00927 (49 km 69)
M.D. of Spirit River No. 133 Spirit River 78 48 Hwy 731 south 55°46′52″N 118°51′09″W / 55.78109°N 118.85257°W / 55.78109; -118.85257 (49 km 78)
Rycroft 88 55 Hwy 2 south – Grande Prairie
Hwy 2 north – Fairview, Peace River
55°45′23″N 118°41′55″W / 55.75638°N 118.69861°W / 55.75638; -118.69861 (49 km 88)
Birch Hills County Wanham 109 68 Hwy 733 south – Bezanson 55°43′50″N 118°23′43″W / 55.73046°N 118.39516°W / 55.73046; -118.39516 (49 km 109)
141 88 Hwy 739 north – Eaglesham 55°43′26″N 117°52′59″W / 55.72379°N 117.88304°W / 55.72379; -117.88304 (49 km 141)
154 96 Hwy 740 north – Tangent, Peace River Wildland Provincial Park, Shaftesbury Ferry 55°43′23″N 117°40′28″W / 55.72298°N 117.67433°W / 55.72298; -117.67433 (49 km 154)
↑ / ↓ Watino 157 98 Crosses the Smoky River 55°42′54″N 117°37′55″W / 55.71487°N 117.63182°W / 55.71487; -117.63182 (49 km 157)
M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 176 109 Hwy 744 north – Girouxville, Jean Cote, Peace River 55°43′24″N 117°20′05″W / 55.72321°N 117.33476°W / 55.72321; -117.33476 (49 km 176)
Falher 185 115 Main Street north 55°43′24″N 117°12′07″W / 55.72326°N 117.20183°W / 55.72326; -117.20183 (49 km 185)
Donnelly 189 117 Hwy 2 north – Peace River
Northern Woods and Water Route (Alberta).svg Hwy 2 east – McLennan, High Prairie, Edmonton
Hwy 49 branches south
Northern Woods and Water Route (Alberta).svg NWWR follows Hwy 2 east
National Highway System designation begins
55°43′24″N 117°07′53″W / 55.72321°N 117.13134°W / 55.72321; -117.13134 (49 km 189)
202 126 Hwy 679 east – Kathleen 55°36′26″N 117°08′23″W / 55.60711°N 117.13979°W / 55.60711; -117.13979 (49 km 202)
209 130 UAR 212 east – Guy 55°32′55″N 117°07′54″W / 55.548524°N 117.131560°W / 55.548524; -117.131560 (49 km 209)
218 135 Hwy 2A east – High Prairie, Slave Lake, Edmonton 55°27′47″N 117°08′16″W / 55.46310°N 117.13786°W / 55.46310; -117.13786 (49 km 218)
220 140 Crosses the Little Smoky River 55°27′21″N 117°09′46″W / 55.45573°N 117.16274°W / 55.45573; -117.16274 (49 km 220)
227 141 Hwy 676 west 55°24′14″N 117°10′11″W / 55.403770°N 117.169643°W / 55.403770; -117.169643 (49 km 227)
M.D. of Greenview No. 16 263 163 Hwy 669 east – Sunset House 55°05′00″N 117°15′19″W / 55.08322°N 117.25516°W / 55.08322; -117.25516 (49 km 263)
Valleyview 266 165 Hwy 43 – Grande Prairie, Whitecourt, Edmonton 55°03′42″N 117°16′57″W / 55.06157°N 117.28256°W / 55.06157; -117.28256 (49 km 266)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Provincial Highways 1 - 216 Series Progress Chart" (pdf). Alberta Transportation. March 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2015 ed.). City of Edmonton Transportation Services for Alberta Culture and Tourism. § F–1, F–2, F–3, F–3, G–3.
  4. ^ "Northern Woods and Water Route, Canada". PlanetWare Inc. 1995–2009. 
  5. ^ Province of Alberta Canada 1989 Official Road Map (Map). Alberta Tourism and Small Business. § F-3, G-3.
  6. ^ a b Province of Alberta Canada 1990 Official Road Map (Map). Alberta Tourism and Small Business. § F-3, G-3.
  7. ^ "Primary Highway renumbering to take place in the Peace Region". Government of Alberta. 1998-02-24. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Northwest Provincial Highway Projects". Highway 2. Alberta Transportation. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  9. ^ a b "West Provincial Highway Projects". Hwy 2 and Hwy 49. Alberta Transportation. 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  10. ^ "West Provincial Highway Projects". Hwy 43 and Hwy 49. Alberta Transportation. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 

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