Alberta Highway 2
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Highway 2 highlighted in red
|Length:||1,272 km (790 mi)|
|South end:||US 89 at U.S. border in Carway|
|North end:||Hwy 43 near Grande Prairie|
|Major cities:||Calgary, Airdrie, Red Deer, Lacombe, Leduc, Edmonton, St. Albert|
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 2 is a major highway in Alberta, Canada that runs primarily north to south, linking Calgary and Edmonton to Northern Alberta and the United States border at Carway. The section between Edmonton and Fort Macleod is part of the CANAMEX Corridor that connects Canada to the United States and Mexico. Overall, Highway 2 is the longest and busiest highway in the province carrying 170,000 vehicles per day in central Calgary and 100,000 vehicles per day in Edmonton.
U.S. Route 89 enters Alberta from Montana becoming Highway 2, a lightly travelled two-lane highway traversing the foothills of southern Alberta to Fort Macleod where it becomes a divided highway. In Calgary, the highway becomes a busy freeway named Deerfoot Trail, well known for its heavy volume and crashes. Highway 2 continues into central Alberta through Red Deer and Edmonton, a stretch known as the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. In northern Alberta traffic levels decrease as the highway transitions into aspen parkland en route to Athabasca, then northwesterly along the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake into High Prairie, north to Peace River, west to Fairview and finally south to Grande Prairie.
Highway 2 has changed alignments several times as communities were bypassed on newly constructed roads, and the old alignment assumed the designation of Highway 2A. Work continues to increase the safety of the route, including the implementation of aircraft patrols, median widening, cable barrier installation, and upgrades to existing interchanges. Studies are underway to assess the feasibility of upgrading the Queen Elizabeth II section between Calgary and Edmonton to a freeway. Bypasses of Claresholm, Nanton and Fort Macleod are also planned as part of Alberta's effort to make its portion of the CANAMEX Corridor free-flowing from border to border.
- 1 Route description
- 2 History
- 3 Future
- 4 Major intersections
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Highway 2 is a core route in the National Highway System of Canada. The speed limit along most parts of the highway between Fort Macleod and Morinville is 110 km/h (68 mph) and in urban areas, such as through Claresholm, Nanton, Calgary and Edmonton, it ranges from 50 km/h (31 mph) to 100 km/h (62 mph). During the winter, accidents are common on the stretch of the highway between Calgary and Edmonton as the weather can change rapidly and drivers underestimate the conditions, overwhelming emergency services attempting to respond. As the main north-south access in Alberta, Highway 2 is the preferred path of the CANAMEX Corridor. Between Fort Macleod and Edmonton, Highway 2 maintains no fewer than four lanes of traffic and is largely a controlled-access freeway between Okotoks and Edmonton, with improvements underway to eliminate remaining at-grade crossings.
Highway 2 begins at the United States border, as the two lane U.S. Route 89 crosses into Canada at Carway. The road proceeds north through the Rocky Mountain Foothills to a brief concurrency with Highway 501, before bisecting the town of Cardston. At the north end of town, the highway enters Blood Indian Reserve No. 148 and Highway 5 splits west to Waterton Lakes National Park; it is briefly concurrent with Highway 2 before splitting east to cross the St. Mary River en route to Magrath and Lethbridge. Highway 2 continues north to another short concurrency with Highway 505 during which it crosses the Waterton River to Stand Off, continuing across the Belly River to Fort Macleod in the Municipal District of Willow Creek.
Less than 1 km before meeting Highway 3 southeast of Fort Macleod, Highway 2 becomes a divided highway. Highway 3 splits east to Lethbridge, and the combined Highways 2 and 3 turn due west through town as a divided highway at a speed limit of 50 km/h. West of town, the highways diverge at an interchange; Highway 3 continues west as the Crowsnest Highway to Pincher Creek and British Columbia, and Highway 2 turns north across the Oldman River as a divided highway. It continues approximately 25 km (16 mi) north to Granum from which Highway 519 splits to the east. In tandem with Highway 23, Highway 519 is often used by CANAMEX traffic to bypass Fort Macleod. Further north on Highway 2, the towns of Claresholm and Nanton are each bisected at reduced speed limit of 50 km/h. The highway is concurrent with Highway 533 for its brief distance through Nanton.
North of Nanton, the highway continues into the Municipal District of Foothills to a major junction with Highways 23 and 2A at High River, after which it veers northwest to cross the Highwood River. On the other side of the river, a second interchange provides access to Okotoks via Highways 7 and 2A, and Highway 2 continues north across the Sheep River to De Winton where Highway 2A splits into southwest Calgary as Macleod Trail, and Highway 2 veers northeast toward the Bow River valley and southeast Calgary.
|Length:||46 km[a] (29 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 2A near De Winton|
|North end:||Hwy 201, north Calgary|
From its split with Macleod Trail, Highway 2 becomes a major freeway named Deerfoot Trail that descends to cross the Bow River before entering Calgary city limits. In the city it crosses the river twice more, jogging back and forth between its east and west bank. The freeway intersects the Stoney Trail ring road at the south end of Calgary, with signage recommending that traffic en route to Calgary International Airport, Edmonton, and Medicine Hat use eastbound Stoney Trail as a bypass. Deerfoot Trail then merges with the major routes of Anderson Road and Bow Bottom Trail. Crossing Glenmore Trail (Highway 8), Memorial Drive (access to downtown Calgary) and 16 Avenue NE (Highway 1), Deerfoot Trail continues into north Calgary past the Calgary International Airport en route to a second interchange with Stoney Trail at the Calgary city limit. The Deerfoot Trail designation is dropped, and the highway carries on north into Rocky View County.
Queen Elizabeth II Highway
Queen Elizabeth II Highway
|Length:||261 km (162 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 201, north Calgary|
|North end:||41 Ave SW, Edmonton|
Highway 2 exits north Calgary as a six lane freeway called the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, a name it retains until the southern city limit of Edmonton. It passes the major shopping centre of CrossIron Mills before bisecting the city of Airdrie. North of Airdrie, the Queen Elizabeth II Highway extends to Highway 72 before bypassing Crossfield and entering Mountain View County, continuing north past interchanges at Highways 581 and 582 leading to the communities of Carstairs and Didsbury, respectively. The highway then meets Highway 27 at a cloverleaf interchange near Olds, approximately halfway between Calgary and Red Deer. Highway 2 enters Red Deer County, proceeding through interchanges with Highway 587 at Bowden, Highways 54 and 590 at Innisfail, and Highway 42 near Penhold before reaching the city of Red Deer. South of the city, from McKenzie Road to 19 Street, the highway widens to six lanes through an area known as Gasoline Alley. It is a popular stop for travellers and truckers including fuel stations and food establishments on either side of the highway, accessible via the interchange at McKenzie Road. Continuing north the highway again reduces to four lanes, veering left to bypass Red Deer to the west while Gaetz Avenue splits north into Red Deer.
West of Red Deer, Highway 2 passes Red Deer College and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum before descending into the valley of the Red Deer River. It crosses the river alongside a railroad bridge, then curves north to an interchanges with Highways 11 and 11A, leading west to Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake, respectively. North of 11A, the highway crosses the Blindman River into Lacombe County to an interchange with Highway 597 at Blackfalds, before curving slightly northeast to an interchange at Highway 12 at Lacombe.
North of Lacombe, Highway 2 is again briefly concurrent with Highway 2A before reaching Highway 53 near Ponoka just after crossing the Battle River. The four lane highway continues approximately 30 km (19 mi) through gentle rolling hills of aspen parkland in Ponoka County to an interchange at Highway 611 where it enters Wetaskiwin County. Near Bearhills Lake, the highway meets Highway 13, providing access east to Wetaskiwin and Camrose, and west to Pigeon Lake. North of an interchange with Highway 616, the highway enters Leduc County before turning northeast toward the city of Leduc.
After entering Leduc city limits, Highway 2 meets Highway 2A, which proceeds southeast through Leduc's southern suburbs as a four lane arterial road. Highway 2 immediately travels over Highway 39 at a diamond interchange, serving as the main access to central Leduc and ultimately leading west to Drayton Valley. Now six lanes wide, Highway 2 curves slightly to the northeast to pass on the east side of Edmonton International Airport, still 13 km (8.1 mi) south of Edmonton city limits. The grass median significantly widens to over 100 m (330 ft), and access to the airport and Nisku is provided by an interchange at Airport Road. Traffic levels increase as commuters travel to and from the Leduc area to Edmonton, and the highway meets a second interchange at Highway 19/625 which serves the airport. The highway curves slightly to the northeast to an interchange at 41 Avenue SW, marking the Edmonton city limit and the end of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway designation.
Edmonton and Sturgeon County
Five separately named routes are designated as Highway 2 in the cities of Edmonton and St. Albert, denoted by varying levels of signage. At the south end of Edmonton, the highway significantly widens to five lanes each way. The northbound lanes become Gateway Boulevard and the southbound lanes Calgary Trail, and the two carriageways diverge to pass Gateway Park, located in the median of the highway and accessible from both directions. North of the park, the two directions of travel come back together, now at a reduced speed limit of 90 km/h (56 mph), to meet at the major east-west arterial of Ellerslie Road, providing access to Edmonton's southern residential areas of Heritage Valley, Edmonton, Ellerslie, and Summerside. This diamond interchange is intertwined with the major cloverstack interchange at Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) which immediately follows. Henday is a ring road that surrounds Edmonton, connecting Highway 2 to Highway 16. Signage directs traffic destined for Lloydminster to use the southeast portion of Henday to reach Highway 16 north of Sherwood Park. Traffic destined for Jasper, Cold Lake, and Fort McMurray are directed east onto the southwest portion of Henday to reach Highway 16 at Edmonton's west end.
The freeway ends as three lanes of Gateway Boulevard eventually widen to four, travelling north past South Edmonton Common through south Edmonton as a busy urban street to Whitemud Drive. Calgary Trail carries the southbound lanes of Highway 2 approximately 225 m (738 ft) to the west of Gateway Boulevard. The designation of Highway 2 turns west onto Whitemud Drive and it becomes a freeway once again, though now only at 80 km/h (50 mph), unlike the 100 km/h limit of the highway through Calgary.
Whitemud Drive descends to cross Whitemud Creek before curving north to span the North Saskatchewan River on the Quesnell Bridge. It then turns back west to meet Anthony Henday Drive again, now in the vicinity of West Edmonton Mall. Henday assumes the designation of Highway 2 for a 6.7 km (4.2 mi) stretch to Yellowhead Trail (Highway 16), though the concurrency is unsigned. Yellowhead Trail continues east into Edmonton as a six lane freeway, again unsigned as Highway 2, until St. Albert Trail which proceeds northwest through light industrial and commercial areas before crossing Anthony Henday Drive to exit Edmonton into St. Albert. The six lane road is the main artery of the city with a speed limit of 60 km/h (37 mph), and crosses the Sturgeon River before exiting the city to the north into Sturgeon County as a divided highway approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) beyond the Sturgeon River. North of the city, the highway intersects Highway 37 before an interchange at Highway 642 west of Morinville, the main access for the town.
Westlock County and Athabasca
Northern Woods and Water Route
|Length:||262 km (163 mi)|
|West end:||Hwy 2A west of High Prairie|
|East end:||Hwy 55 in Athabasca|
Highway 2 reduces to a two lane highway immediately after Morinville, extending north past Manawan and Haley Lakes into Westlock County and a three-way intersection with Highway 18 near Clyde and Westlock. The highway turns due east, briefly concurrent with Highway 18 for 1 km, before turning northeast through increasingly wooded areas and a short concurrency with Highway 663 to Athabasca. The highway descends through the town at 50 km/h as 50 Street toward the Athabasca River valley, before turning west to parallel the river as 50 Avenue. From this point until its split with Highway 49 over 200 km (120 mi) to the west, Highway 2 is designated as the Northern Woods and Water Route.
The speed limit returns to 100 km/h as the highway climbs from the valley toward Baptiste Lake. At the lake, the two lane Highway 2 turns north to follow the west bank of the Athabasca River for approximately 35 km (22 mi) before turning west at Lawrence Lake toward the unincorporated community of Hondo. There, it meets the northern terminus of Highway 44 before crossing the river and continuing northwest for 50 km to the southern terminus of Highway 88 in Slave Lake. Highway 88 follows the east bank of Lesser Slave Lake before a long journey north to Fort Vermilion. In Slave Lake, Highway 2 bisects the town at a limit of 60 km/h, before returning to 100 km/h west of Caribou Trail, following the scenic southern shore of Lesser Slave Lake to Highway 33 near Kinuso, which leads south to Swan Hills. At Driftpile the highway crosses a river of the same name en route to High Prairie at the west end of Lesser Slave Lake.
14 km (8.7 mi) west of High Prairie, the highway turns north past Winagami Lake to the town of McLennan on the south shore of Kimiwan Lake. It carries on west to a junction with Highway 49, locally known as 'Donnelly Corner'. The two lane highway proceeds north through aspen parkland past Lac Magloire to the town of Nampa, after which it crosses the Heart River, a tributary of Peace River. The highway then curves to the northwest and descends along the steep east bank of the Heart River into the town of Peace River. A passing lane aids eastbound traffic climbing from the valley.
The two lane highway continues west through the town of Peace River before crossing the river of the same name. Climbing on the west bank of the river, it widens to four lanes and meets Alberta Highway 684 (Shaftesbury Trail) before exiting Peace River, reducing to two lanes, and passing north of Peace River Airport. 5 km (3.1 mi) east Cardinal Lake, Highway 2 meets Highway 35, the Mackenzie Highway. Highway 2 turns south to Grimshaw, while Highway 35 turns north, following the Peace River to High Level. Highway 2 bisects Grimshaw as 51 Street, then exits the town before turning west shortly thereafter, winding through the aspen parkland of the Peace Country to the town of Fairview, in which a campus of Grande Prairie Regional College is immediately south of the highway. The road continues west out of Fairview as Highway 64A, while Highway 2 turns south to exit the town, curving west then south again toward the Peace River valley. It again curves west to descend along the river's steep north bank. The highway crosses the Peace River on the Dunvegan Bridge, a suspension bridge over 700 m (2,300 ft) long.:50 Passing lanes assist traffic climbing from the valley on both sides of the river.
The highway continues 20 km (12 mi) south to the town of Rycroft, where Highway 49 splits west carrying the remainder of the Northern Woods and Water Route to the British Columbia border. Highway 2 continues south to Highway 59 where it becomes a divided highway before bisecting Sexsmith and continuing to its terminus north of Grande Prairie at Highway 43. Prior to highway renumbering in northwestern Alberta, Highway 2 followed Highway 43's current alignment into British Columbia, where it became Highway 2 to Dawson Creek.
|Memorial Dr (Calgary)||165,530|
|32 St (Red Deer)||43,910|
|Ellerslie Rd (Edmonton)||92,750|
Highway 2 has a wide range of traffic levels along its length. At the south end, the highway is a lightly travelled two lane road from the United States border to Fort Macleod. It then doubles to four lanes and volume progressively increases until De Winton north of Okotoks, but remains relatively light. Within Calgary, volume climbs exponentially on Deerfoot Trail through the southern suburbs of the city reaching nearly 170,000 vehicles per day at Memorial Drive near downtown, making that stretch of Highway 2 the busiest roadway in western Canada. Volume swiftly drops north of Beddington Trail in Calgary, but remains moderate on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway until Edmonton where it again increases to nearly 95,000 vehicles per day in the vicinity of Ellerslie Road. Whitemud Drive, Anthony Henday Drive, Yellowhead Trail, and St. Albert Trail are all busy expressways carrying large volumes of local traffic, especially at peak hours. North of St. Albert the drop in traffic is brisk, increasingly so after Morinville where the highway is no longer divided. Volume remains very light through most of the Peace Country before briefly exceeding 20,000 vehicles per day near the northern terminus in Grande Prairie.
Alberta Transportation publishes yearly traffic volume data for provincial highways. The table compares the AADT at several locations along Highway 2 using data from 2015, expressed as an average daily vehicle count over the span of a year (AADT).
Enforcement and collisions
The Queen Elizabeth II Highway between Calgary and Edmonton is prone to collisions in the winter, sometimes resulting in hours of delay, closures, and redirection of traffic onto sections of the adjacent Highway 2A. Deerfoot Trail in Calgary is also prone to a higher than average number of collisions due to its high volume and concentration of interchanges within a relatively short distance.
Alberta Transportation has established several zones on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway where the 110 km/h speed limit is enforced by aircraft. The program is conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and was relaunched in 2013 after being on hiatus due to budget concerns. Several aircraft are used including the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter. The number of tickets written during the operation is generally not enough to negate the cost of operating the aircraft, but police have stated that they are catching drivers committing infractions over a longer stretch of the road. In 2016, Leduc proposed photo radar speed enforcement on Highway 2 between the south end of the city and Edmonton's southern limit to catch excessive speeders, pending provincial approval. It is already in use within Edmonton and Leduc limits, but it would be the first implementation on Highway 2. Some residents complained that revenue was the main objective of the project. The argument was refuted by Leduc mayor Greg Krischke, who stated that the project is not a "cash cow" and the primary objective is to reduce excessive speed and increase safety for first responders. An Alberta Transportation study shows that 100,000 vehicles exceeded 140 km/h (87 mph) on the stretch in 2015, and Krischke stated that drivers who do not want tickets should abide by the speed limit. However, in 2014, less than 10% of injury collisions in Alberta involved drivers travelling at unsafe speeds. Tailgating was a factor in almost 50% of injury collisions.
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On May 23, 2005, the section between Calgary and Edmonton was renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Highway in honour of Her Majesty's visit to Alberta as part of the province's centennial celebrations; the first road sign was personally unveiled by the Queen. It is the first highway in Canada to be named for the current Queen (Ontario’s Queen Elizabeth Way is named for Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother).
Highway 2 from Fort Macleod to south Edmonton is part of the CANAMEX Corridor, a divided highway with a combination of interchanges and several at-grade intersections except for a 50 km (31 mi) fully controlled access freeway section in Calgary. The only set of traffic lights on this CANAMEX section are in central Claresholm; a bypass is proposed that would carry Highway 2 to the east of town on a new free-flowing alignment. A similar bypass to the east of Nanton is also proposed. A bypass of Fort Macleod has also been planned, tentatively designated as Highway 2X. It would be constructed in conjunction with a Highway 3 bypass of the town, making both routes free-flowing through the area. Plans have also been drafted for significant reconstruction of the interchange of Highway 2 and Highway 23 near High River. The existing cloverleaf interchange was built in 1967 and does not meet the current standards in Alberta's Highway Design Guide.
In Calgary, where Highway 2 (Deerfoot Trail) experiences heavy congestion at peak hours, a major planning study is underway to determine the best course of action for upgrades to the freeway. In 2007, a study was completed by Alberta outlining plans for upgrades to the incomplete interchange of Glenmore Trail and Deerfoot Trail, one of the busiest road junctions in the province. Stage 1 of the proposed improvements would correct a pinch point on Deerfoot Trail by constructing a new three lane bridge to carry the northbound lanes over Glenmore. The southbound lanes would then be realigned on the existing bridges, such that Deerfoot Trail would be three lanes each way through the interchange, up from two.
Central and northern Alberta
Planning is underway to convert the Queen Elizabeth II Highway between Calgary and Edmonton to a freeway. Near Red Deer, traffic levels are close to 50,000 vehicles per day, and Alberta Transportation begins consideration of widening to six lanes when levels exceed 30,000 vehicles per day. South of Airdrie, reconstruction of an existing interchange at Highway 566 is proposed, and new interchanges have been planned at Township Roads 264 and 265 to support future development in the area. Widening of the highway from four to six lanes between Airdrie and Crossfield is planned, and between Highway 42 and Highway 597. Work is underway to straighten the alignment of Highway 2 at the south end of Red Deer. The project includes demolition of an existing bridge and construction of four new bridges for Highway 2. A substandard curve will be removed and straightened, and a left entrance to Highway 2 for southbound traffic from Gaetz Avenue will be reconstructed to crossover to the west side of the highway before joining the southbound lanes from the right side in a more conventional configuration. The existing bridges on this section of the highway were built in 1962.:35
Between Edmonton and Leduc, Alberta Transportation has drafted plans to construct a dual freeway system in conjunction with a second ring road approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) beyond Anthony Henday Drive. The existing interchange at Highway 2A south of Leduc would be closed and reconstructed to modern standards further south. Between Edmonton and 41 Avenue SW, the highway would be realigned several hundred meters to the west to facilitate construction of a large interchange with the outer ring road. The existing bridges at Airport Road, Highway 19, 41 Avenue SW, and Ellerslie Road have all been constructed with sufficient width to allow for construction of two additional sets of lanes. In 2015, a planning study was completed outlining a new interchange at 65 Avenue in Leduc. In northwest Edmonton, a planned extension of Ray Gibbon Drive will bypass St. Albert from Anthony Henday Drive to Highway 2. Upon completion of this road, Ray Gibbon Drive would be designated as Highway 2. An interchange at Cardiff Road is also planned, just south of Morinville.
North of Morinville, Highway 2 is a lightly travelled two lane highway carrying well under 10,000 vehicles per day, but in 2012 Alberta Transportation completed a study to plan for extension of twinning from Morinville to north of Highway 18 near Clyde. In 2013, a study was completed analyzing possible truck bypasses of Athabasca, to the east and west of the current alignment. A 2010 study assessed twinning of Highway 49 from Valleyview to Donnelly, and Highway 2 from Donnelly to south of Nampa.
From south to north:
|Continues as US 89 south – St. Mary, Browning, Great Falls|
|Cardston County||Carway||0||0.0||Canada – United States border||Hwy 2 southern terminus
|||5||3.1||PAR 136 west – Police Outpost Provincial Park|
|||20||12||Hwy 501 south – Aetna, Milk River||Hwy 501 concurrency begins
|Cardston||21||13||Cardston Truck Bypass (Unsigned Hwy 501) north|
|23||14||Hwy 501 west (9th Avenue)||Hwy 501 concurrency ends
|25||16|| Hwy 5 west – Waterton Lakes National Park
Cardston Truck Bypass (Unsigned Hwy 501) south
|Hwy 5 concurrency begins
|Blood I.R. No. 148||26||16||Hwy 5 east – Magrath, Lethbridge||Hwy 5 concurrency ends
|||41||25||Hwy 505 west – Glenwood||Hwy 505 concurrency begins
|||45||28||Hwy 505 east – Spring Coulee||Hwy 505 concurrency ends
|Stand Off||55||34||Hwy 509 east – Coalhurst|
|↑ / ↓||||56||35||Crosses Belly River —|
|Cardston County||||59||37||Crosses Waterton River —|
|M.D. of Willow Creek No. 26||||75||47||Hwy 511 east|
|Fort Macleod||83||52||Divided highway begins|
|84||52||Hwy 3 east (Crowsnest Highway) – Lethbridge, Medicine Hat||Hwy 2 branches north
Hwy 3 concurrency begins
CANAMEX Corridor concurrency begins
|85||53||One-way road pair begins|
|86||53||Hwy 811 north (6 Avenue)|
|87||54||One-way road pair ends|
|89||55||89||Hwy 3 west (Crowsnest Highway) – Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Cranbrook||Hwy 2 branches north
Hwy 3 concurrency ends
|||90||56||Crosses Oldman River —|
|||92||57||Hwy 785 west – Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump|
|Granum||109||68||Hwy 519 east – Nobleford, Picture Butte|
|Claresholm||126||78||Hwy 520 – Barons|
|Stavely||143||89||Hwy 527 west – Willow Creek Provincial Park|
|||149||93||Hwy 529 east – Champion|
|Nanton||165||103||One-way road pair begins|
|166||103||Hwy 533 west – Chain Lakes Provincial Park||Hwy 533 concurrency begins
|167||104||Hwy 533 east (18 Street) – Vulcan||Hwy 533 concurrency ends
|168||104||One-way road pair ends|
|↑ / ↓||Connemara||173||107||Township Road 170 / 722 Avenue
(Former Hwy 2A north)
|M.D. of Foothills No. 31||||179||111||674 Avenue E – Cayley|
|||183||114||Hwy 540 west – Bar U Ranch National Historic Site|
|High River||193||120||194||Hwy 23 (12 Avenue SE) – Blackie, Vulcan|
|194||121||24 Street NE||Southbound exit only
|196||122||197||498 Avenue E
To Hwy 543 west – Longview
|||201||125||202||1104 Drive E – Mazeppa||Southbound exit, northbound entrance
|||205||127||Crosses Highwood River —|
|Aldersyde||208||129||209|| Hwy 7 west to Hwy 2A – Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, High River
Hwy 547 east – Mossleigh
|||210||130||Crosses Sheep River —|
|||222||138||222|| Hwy 2A south – De Winton, Okotoks
Hwy 552 east
|Hwy 2A concurrency begins
|||224||139||225||Hwy 2A north (Macleod Trail) – Calgary, City Centre||Hwy 2A concurrency ends
Northbound exit, southbound entrance
|South end of Deerfoot Trail|
|Heritage Pointe||226||140||227||Dunbow Road – De Winton|
|↑ / ↓||||228||142||Crosses Bow River —|
|City of Calgary||231||144||232||Cranston Avenue / Seton Boulevard –South Health Campus|
|234||145||234|| Hwy 201 (Stoney Trail) (Exit 101)
(Unsigned Hwy 22X)
|235||146||234B||McKenzie Lake Boulevard / Cranston Boulevard||Southbound exit, northbound entrance
|235||146||236||McKenzie Towne Boulevard / McKenzie Lake Boulevard|
|237||147||238||130 Avenue SE|
|239||149||240||Barlow Trail north|
|240||150||241||24 Street SE / Douglasdale Boulevard|
|242||150||Ivor Strong Bridge across Bow River —|
|243||151||243||Anderson Road / Bow Bottom Trail|
|245||152||246||11 Street SE – Shopping Centre||Southbound exit and entrance
|245||152||247||Glenmore Trail west – Shopping Centre
To Heritage Meadows Way / Heritage Meadows Road
|Northbound exit and entrance
(Unsigned Hwy 8 west)
|Northbound traffic uses Exit 247 to Glenmore Trail west
|249||155||Calf Robe Bridge across Bow River —|
|250||160||251||Peigan Trail east / Barlow Trail south|
|253||157||254||17 Avenue SE east / Blackfoot Trail south
(Former Hwy 1A east)
|255||158||256||Memorial Drive – City Centre|
|257||160||258||Hwy 1 (TCH) (16 Avenue NE) – Banff, Medicine Hat|
|259||161||260||32 Avenue NE|
|262||163||263||64 Avenue NE|
|264||164||265||Beddington Trail west / 11 Street NE south||Northbound exit, southbound entrance
|266||165||266||96 Avenue NE / Airport Trail – Calgary International Airport|
|267||166||268||Country Hills Boulevard – Delacour, Calgary International Airport|
|270||170||271||Hwy 201 (Stoney Trail) (Exit 60)|
|North end of Deerfoot Trail • South end of Queen Elizabeth II Highway|
|Rocky View County||Rocky View||273||170||273||CrossIron Drive – CrossIron Mills||Northbound exit, southbound entrance
|274||170||275||Hwy 566 – Balzac, CrossIron Mills, Kathyrn|
|City of Airdrie||281||175||282||Yankee Valley Boulevard|
|283||176||(284)||East Lake Crescent||Northbound exit only
|284||176||285||Hwy 567 (Veterans Boulevard) – Cochrane, Irricana|
|Rocky View County||||294||183||295|| Hwy 2A north – Crossfield
Hwy 72 east – Beiseker, Drumheller
|||304||189||305||Hwy 2A – Crossfield, Carstairs, Acme|
|Mountain View County||||314||195||315||Hwy 581 – Carstairs|
|||325||202||326||Hwy 582 – Didsbury, Linden|
|Olds||339||211||340||Hwy 27 – Sundre, Trochu, Three Hills|
|Red Deer County||||352||219||353||Hwy 2A south – Olds||Southbound exit only
|Bowden||356||221||357||Hwy 587 – Red Lodge Provincial Park|
|Innisfail||364||226||365|| Hwy 54 west – Caroline
Cottonwood Road / Range Road 284
Hwy 2A north – Penhold, Red Deer
Hwy 590 east – Big Valley
|||383||238||384||Hwy 42 – Penhold, Pine Lake|
|Gasoline Alley||390||240||391||McKenzie Road|
|391||243||Willow Street – Petrolia Industrial Park||Northbound exit only
|391||243||Leva Avenue||Southbound exit only
|City of Red Deer||392||244||394|| Hwy 2A / Gaetz Avenue – Lacombe, Penhold, Innisfail
To Hwy 595 east
|Northbound exit, southbound entrance
|393||244||394|| Hwy 2A (Taylor Drive) – Lacombe, Penhold, Innisfail
Hwy 595 east (19 Street) – Delburne
|Current Southbound exit, northbound exit under construction
Future Exit 395
|396||246||397||32nd Street / C&E Trail – Red Deer College|
|398||247||Crosses Red Deer River —|
|400||250||401||Hwy 11 (67th Street) – Stettler, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House|
|404||251||405||Hwy 11A – Sylvan Lake|
|Red Deer County
||No major junctions|
|↑ / ↓||||409||254||Crosses Blindman River —|
|Lacombe County||Blackfalds||411||255||412||Hwy 597 east / Aspelund Road west – Joffre|
|Lacombe||421||262||422||Hwy 12 – Gull Lake, Bentley, Stettler|
|||430||270||431|| Hwy 2A south – Lacombe, Stettler, Red Deer
Milton Road / C&E Trail
|Hwy 2A concurrency begins
|||436||271||437||Hwy 2A north – Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Leduc||Hwy 2A concurrency ends
|↑ / ↓||||438||272||439||Hwy 604 – Morningside|
|Ponoka County||||445||277||446||Matejka Road|
|||446||277||447||Gee Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance
|||447||278||Crosses Battle River —|
|Ponoka||449||279||450||Hwy 53 – Rimbey, Bashaw|
|↑ / ↓||||468||291||469||Hwy 611 – Maskwacis, Usona|
|County of Wetaskiwin No. 10||||481||299||482||Hwy 13 – Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Ma-Me-O Beach, Winfield|
|||487||303||488||Correction Line Road|
|||496||308||497||Hwy 616 – Millet, Mulhurst|
|Leduc County||||507||315||508||Kavanagh, Glen Park District|
|City of Leduc||514||319||516||Hwy 2A south – Millet, Wetaskiwin, Ponoka|
|516||321||517|| Hwy 39 west – Calmar, Thorsby, Drayton Valley
50 Avenue – Leduc City Centre
|518||322||519||50 Street – Leduc Business Sector|
|520||320||521||Leduc Business Sector||Northbound exit only
|Leduc County||Nisku||521||324||522||Airport Road / 10th Avenue – Edmonton International Airport|
|524||326||525|| Hwy 19 west – Devon
Hwy 625 east (20th Avenue) – Beaumont
|↑ / ↓||||531||330||North end of Queen Elizabeth II Highway • South end of Calgary Trail (southbound) and Gateway Boulevard (northbound)|
|532||41 Avenue SW|
|City of Edmonton||535||332||Ellerslie Road|
|536||333||Hwy 216 (Anthony Henday Drive) (Exit 78)||CANAMEX Corridor concurrency ends
National Highway System designation ends
|537||334||19 Avenue NW||No southbound entrance
|538||334||23 Avenue NW|
|539||335||Freeway ends, splits into one-way road pair|
|540||340||34 Avenue NW|
|541||336|| Hwy 14 east (Whitemud Drive) – Wainwright
Gateway Boulevard – City Centre
|Hwy 2 branches west
|North end of Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard • East end of Whitemud Drive • Freeway begins|
|544||338||119 Street / 122 Street|
|545||339||Rainbow Valley Bridge across Whitemud Creek —|
|549||341||Quesnell Bridge across North Saskatchewan River —|
|550||340||149 Street||No eastbound exit
|551||342||159 Street (to 156 Street)|
|552||343||170 Street – West Edmonton Mall||Former alignment of Hwy 2
|553||344||178 Street – West Edmonton Mall|
|555||345||18[i]|| Hwy 216 south (Anthony Henday Drive)
Whitemud Drive west (to Hwy 628 west)
|Hwy 2 branches north
South end of Hwy 216 hidden concurrency
|West end of Whitemud Drive • South end of Anthony Henday Drive|
|556||345||19[i]||87 Avenue / Webber Greens Drive – West Edmonton Mall|
|558||347||21[i]|| Hwy 16A west (Stony Plain Road) – Spruce Grove, Stony Plain
100 Avenue– City Centre
| Hwy 16 (TCH) west (Yellowhead Trail) – Jasper
Hwy 216 north (Anthony Henday Drive)
|Hwy 2 branches east
South end of Hwy 216 hidden concurrency
West end of Hwy 16 hidden concurrency
|North end of Anthony Henday Drive • West end of Yellowhead Trail|
|565||351||381[ii]||170 Street||Former alignment of Hwy 2
|569||354||381[ii]||St. Albert Trail
Hwy 16 (TCH) east (Yellowhead Trail) – Lloydminster
|Hwy 2 branches north
East end of Hwy 16 hidden concurrency
|East end of Yellowhead Trail • South end of St. Albert Trail|
|573||356||156 Street / Campbell Road|
|574||357||Hwy 216 (Anthony Henday Drive) (Exit 31)|
|City of St. Albert||575||357||Gervais Road / Hebert Road|
|576||358||Sir Winston Churchill Avenue|
|576.5||358.2||Crosses Sturgeon River —|
|577||359||McKenney Avenue / Bellerose Drive|
|578||359||Giroux Road / Boudreau Road|
|578.5||359.5||Villeneuve Road / Erin Ridge Road
Hwy 633 west – Villeneuve
|North end of St. Albert Trail|
|Sturgeon County||||585||364||Hwy 37 – Fort Saskatchewan, Onoway||Interchange
|Morinville||595||370||Hwy 642 (100 Avenue) – Sandy Beach||Interchange
|||597||371||Divided highway ends|
|||612||380||Hwy 651 – Legal, Busby|
|Westlock County||||625||388||UAR 79 east – Vimy|
|||635||395|| Hwy 18 west – Westlock, Barrhead
To Hwy 44 north – Slave Lake, Peace River
|Hwy 2 branches east
Hwy 18 concurrency begins
|Clyde||637||396||Hwy 18 east – Thorhild||Hwy 2 turns north
Hwy 18 concurrency ends
|||655||407||UAR 160 east – Tawatinaw|
|||664||413||Hwy 661 – Dapp, Rochester, Newbrook|
|Athabasca County||||692||430||Hwy 663 west – Fawcett||Hwy 663 concurrency begins
|||694||431||Hwy 663 east – Boyle||Hwy 663 concurrency ends
|Athabasca||708||440|| Hwy 55 east – Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray
To Hwy 813 north – Calling Lake, Wabasca-Desmarais
|Hwy 2 branches west
|East end of Northern Woods and Water Route|
|||722||449||Hwy 812 west – Sunset Beach, South Baptiste||Hwy 2 branches north and then turns west.
|M.D. of Lesser Slave River No. 124||||780||480||Hwy 44 south – Chisholm, Westlock, Edmonton||Hwy 2 branches north
|||784||487||Hwy 2A north – Hondo, Smith||Hwy 2 turns west
|||787||489||Crosses Athabasca River —|
|Slave Lake||839||521||Hwy 88 north (Bicentennial Highway) – Red Earth Creek, Fort Vermilion|
|840||520||Main Street S|
|||859||534||UAR 124 north – Widewater|
|Canyon Creek||862||536||UAR 167 north|
|Big Lakes County||||881||547||Hwy 33 south (Grizzly Trail) – Swan Hills, Barrhead, Whitecourt|
|||885||550||UAR 124 north – Kinuso|
|||898||558||UAR 170 north – Faust|
|||921||572||UAR 166 north – Joussard|
|||939||583||Hwy 750 north – Grouard, Gift Lake|
|Enilda||944||587||UAR 174 south|
|High Prairie||955||593||Hwy 749 (48 Street)|
|Triangle||970||600||Hwy 2A west – Valleyview||Hwy 2 branches north
|M.D. of Smoky River No. 130||||991||616||Hwy 679 – Winagami Lake Provincial Park|
|McLennan||1,005||624||Centre Street N|
|Donnelly||1,018||633||UAR 136 north|
|1,020||630|| Hwy 49 south – Valleyview, Edmonton
Hwy 49 west – Falher, Rycroft
|Hwy 2 branches north
National Highway System designation begins
|West end of Northern Woods and Water Route|
|Northern Sunrise County||Nampa||1,055||656||Hwy 683 west – Marie-Reine|
|||1,074||667||Hwy 688 north – St. Isidore||Hwy 2 turns northwest
|Town of Peace River||1,082||672||Hwy 744 south (100 Street) – Girouxville||Interchange
|1,082.4||672.6||98 Street||Hwy 2 turns west
Interchange; eastbound exit, westbound entrance
|1,083||673||Crosses Peace River —|
|1,084||674||Hwy 684 south (Shaftesbury Trail)||Interchange
|1,086||675||Hwy 743 north (74 Street)|
|M.D. of Peace No. 135||||1,092||679||Passes Peace River Airport|
|Roma Junction||1,094||680||Hwy 2A south – Grimshaw|
|||1,102||685||Hwy 35 north (Mackenzie Highway) – Manning, High Level, Hay River, Yellowknife||Hwy 2 branches south
National Highway System designation ends
|North end of Mackenzie Highway|
|||1,103||685||PAR 106 west – Queen Elizabeth Provincial Park|
|Grimshaw||1,106||687||Hwy 2A east (55 Avenue) – Peace River||Mile Zero Mackenzie Highway
|South end of Mackenzie Highway|
|1,106.2||687.4||Hwy 685 west (50 Avenue) – Hines Creek|
|||1,110||690||Hwy 684 east – Peace River, Shaftesbury Ferry||Hwy 2 turns west
|Berwyn||1,117||694||UAR 238 north|
|Brownvale||1,129||702||Hwy 737 north|
|M.D. of Fairview No. 136||Whitelaw||1,142||710||Hwy 735 north|
|Bluesky||1,155||718||UAR 214 north|
|Fairview||1,164||723|| Hwy 64A west – Hines Creek, Fort St. John
Hwy 732 north (113 Street)
|Hwy 2 branches south
|||1,176||731||Hwy 64 north – Hines Creek, Fort St. John|
|Dunvegan||1,190||740||Dunvegan Bridge across Peace River —|
|M.D. of Spirit River No. 133||Rycroft||1,210||750|| Hwy 49 west – Spirit River, Dawson Creek
Hwy 49 east – Falher, Donnelly, Valleyview
|Saddle Hills County||||1,227||762||Hwy 677 east||Hwy 677 concurrency begins
|||1,228||763||Hwy 677 west – Woking||Hwy 677 concurrency ends
|County of Grande Prairie No. 1||||1,254||779||Divided highway begins|
|||1,256||780|| Hwy 59 west – Buffalo Lake, La Glace
Hwy 674 east – Teepee Creek
|Sexsmith||1,258||782||100 Avenue||Sexsmith north access
|1,259||782||95 Avenue||Sexsmith south access
|||1,262||784||Hwy 672 west – Hythe|
|1,273||791|| Hwy 43 east – Valleyview, Whitecourt, Edmonton
Hwy 43X west (Future Grande Prairie Bypass)
Hwy 2 northern terminus
|Continues as Hwy 43 west (100 Street) – Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Calgary and Edmonton Trail
- CANAMEX Corridor
- Pan-American Highway
- Transportation in Calgary
- Transportation in Edmonton
- Deerfoot Trail length is derived from the difference between the locations of the northbound Macleod Trail bridge over Deerfoot Trail (here and after known as the "south end" located at a mileage of 2.456 km on the section of Highway 2 known as "2:15") and the southbound Deerfoot Trail bridge over westbound Stoney Trail NE (here and after known as the "north end" located at a mileage of 48.859 km on section "2:15"), a distance of 46.403 km (28.8335 mi).
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Eaten said two main problems he sees on the roads are people going too fast and following too close. He also believes winter tires are crucial in this kind of weather.
- Government of Alberta—CANAMEX Trade corridor
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This route is now a popular shortcut for motorists wishing to bypass the town of Fort MacLeod...
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Recent crash statistics reinforce the fact, that Deerfoot Trail is the most likely road in the city, where people will be involved in a crash.
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“Observing from the air really gives you a chance to see the big picture, and really pick out vehicles travelling faster for a long period of time, as well as other dangerous manoeuvres,” said [Sheriff Jason] Graw... aboard the Eurocopter AS350...
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Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary is now known as the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.
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A long-term plan to relocate Highway 2 (Queen Elizabeth 2 Highway) so that it no longer runs directly through the town is central to Claresholm’s planning. Within the next five to 10 years, a highway bypass is expected to be located about 800 metres from the downtown area.
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The Municipal District of Willow Creek has accepted in principle the proposed locations of four interchanges when Highway 2 becomes a freeway...
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...several open houses in all have occurred in the communities that would be affected by the Highway 2 realignment... The land for the highway realignment has been officially designated...
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[Mayor] Blake believes it may be as many as 10 years  before construction begins... The provincial government conducted a study of the proposed bypass in 2006, which recommended constructing an interchange with access to Nanton at Highway 533.
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Highways typically get an expansion to between six or eight lanes when volumes reach between 30,000 and 50,000 cars per day, the [Alberta Transportation] document states.
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The Highway 2 Planning Study, from Highway 42 to Highway 597 has identified the recommended improvements required for Highway 2 to be widened to six and ultimately eight lanes within the study limits.
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[Ray Gibbon Drive is] identified [as] an ultimate freeway corridor, which includes limited highway access & interchange locations.
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Planning has been completed for an Interchange at Highway 2 and Cardiff Road. Project is outside the departments three-year construction program.
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