Alberta Highway 9

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Highway 9
Alberta Highway 9 (highlighted in red) and Saskatchewan Highway 7 form a core route of the National Highway System between Calgary and Saskatoon
Route information
Length: 325 km[1] (202 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Hwy 1 (TCH) / Hwy 797 near Langdon
 
East end: Hwy 7 at Saskatchewan border near Alsask
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
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
Highway system

Provincial highways in Alberta

Hwy 8 Hwy 10

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 9, commonly referred to as Highway 9, is a highway in south-central Alberta, Canada, which together with Saskatchewan Highway 7 connects Calgary to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan via Drumheller. It is designated as a core route of the National Highway System, forming a portion of an interprovincial corridor.[2] Highway 9 spans approximately 325 km (202 mi) from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) east of Calgary to Alberta's border with Saskatchewan.[1][3][4]

Route description[edit]

Highway 9 descending into the Red Deer River valley in Drumheller

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.[2][4]

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

A partial cloverleaf 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.

Major intersections[edit]

The following is a list of major intersections along Alberta Highway 9 from west to east.[1][4]

Rural/specialized municipality Location km[3] mi Destinations Notes
Rocky View County 0 0.0 Hwy 1 (TCH) – Calgary, Strathmore, Medicine Hat
Hwy 797 south – Langdon
Hwy 9 begins and travels north.
Grade separated.
13 8.1 Hwy 564 – Delacour, Calgary
19 12 Hwy 566 west – Keoma, Kathyrn, Balzac, Calgary
33 21 Hwy 567 west – Airdrie
Irricana 35 22 UAR 144 west
Beiseker 43 27 UAR 141 west
44 27 Hwy 72 west – Crossfield
Hwy 806 north – Acme, Linden
Hwy 9 branches east.
Wheatland County /
Kneehill County
64 40 Hwy 21 – Three Hills, Strathmore
70 43 Hwy 836 north – Carbon
83 52 Hwy 840 south – Rosebud, Standard
Kneehill County 99 62 Hwy 841 south – Dalum
Town of Drumheller 107 66 Hwy 10 east / Hwy 56 south (Railway Avenue S) – Rosedale
5 Street SE
Hwy 9 branches northwest
Hwy 56 concurrency begins
108 67 2 Street SW
Hwy 575 west (South Dinosaur Trail) – Nacmine
Hwy 9/56 branches north
108.5 67.4 Crosses Red Deer River
109 68 Hwy 838 west (North Dinosaur Trail) – Royal Tyrrell Museum
110 68 Hwy 576 east
Starland County Munson 119 74 Township Road 302
129 80 Hwy 27 west – Morrin, Three Hills
Hwy 56 north – Stettler
Hwy 9 branches east
Hwy 56 concurrency ends
142 88 Hwy 849 south – Michichi
152 94 Hwy 851 – Byemoor, Delia
162 101 UAR 122 north – Craigmyle
Special Area No. 2 173 107 Hwy 855 north – Watts, Endiang
175 109 Hwy 862 south – Gem
Hanna 182 113 Range Road 144
190 120 Hwy 36 north – Castor, Viking Hwy 36 concurrency begins.
193 120 Hwy 36 south – Brooks, Taber Hwy 36 concurrency ends.
Special Area No. 3 Youngstown 238 148 Hwy 884 south – Big Stone Hwy 884 concurrency begins.
245 152 Hwy 884 north – Veteran Hwy 884 concurrency ends.
Cereal 268 167 Hwy 886 – Sedalia, Consort, Buffalo
Oyen 292 181 Hwy 41 – Consort, Oyen, Medicine Hat
310 190 Hwy 899 north – Esther Hwy 899 concurrency begins.
311 193 Hwy 899 south Hwy 899 concurrency ends.
Sibbald 314 195 Range Road 20
325 202 AlbertaSaskatchewan border
Continues as Hwy 7 east – Alsask, Kindersley, Saskatoon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "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. 
  2. ^ a b "National Highway System". Transport Canada. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b Google (November 30, 2016). "Highway 9 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Alberta Official Road Map (Map) (2010 ed.). Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. § L–6, L-7, L–8.