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Alberta Provincial Highway No. 46, commonly referred to as Highway 46, was a highway in north-central Alberta, Canada connecting Edmonton to Lac La Biche. It existed between the 1950s and 1970s, and has formed portions of Highways 55 and 63 since the late 1970s.[2][3]

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Highway 46
Route information
Length152 km[1] (94 mi)
Existed1950s–c. 1977
Major junctions
South end Hwy 28 near Radway
  Hwy 63 near Atmore
North end Hwy 36 in Lac La Biche
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities
Thorhild, Athabasca, Lac La Biche
TownsLac La Biche
Highway system
Provincial highways in Alberta
Hwy 45Hwy 47

Route descriptionEdit

Highway 46 began at Highway 28 west of Radway and travelled north to through Boyle.[4] North of Boyle, Highway 46 turned east through Grassland and Atmore, ending in Lac La Biche.[4]

HistoryEdit

A portion of the gravel road that later became Highway 46 had been constructed by the late 1930s.[5][6] Construction of Highway 63 between Atmore and Fort McMurray began in 1962.[7] In the late-1970s, in conjunction with new highways being constructed between Athabasca and Boyle as well as between Lac La Biche and Cold Lake, the 30 km (19 mi) east-west section between Atmore and Lac La Biche was renumbered to Highway 55.[3] The 89 km (55 mi) north-south section between Radway and Boyle became part of Highway 63, while a 23 km (14 mi) concurrency with Highways 55 & 63 was established between Boyle and Atmore.[3]

Replacement highways

Current Number Length
(km)
Length
(mi)
Southern terminus Northern terminus Notes
  Hwy 63 89 55 Hwy 28 near Radway Former Hwy 664 at Donatville Hwy 664 replaced by Hwy 55.
   Hwy 55 / Hwy 63
23
14
Former Hwy 664 at Donatville Hwy 63 at Atmore
  Hwy 55 40 25 Hwy 63 at Atmore Hwy 36 in Lac La Biche Hwy 55 continues east.
     Concurrency

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Google (January 26, 2017). "Former Highway 46 in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Province of Alberta Canada Official Road Map 1976/77 (Map). Alberta Business Development and Tourism. §§ H-6, H-7, I-6.
  3. ^ a b c Province of Alberta Canada Official Road Map 1978/79 (Map). Alberta Business Development and Tourism. §§ H-6, H-7, I-6.
  4. ^ a b "Shell Map of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba". Shell Oil Company. 1956. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Map of Alberta in 1935". Peel's Prairie Provinces - University of Alberta. Ottawa: Topographical Survey of Canada, Department of the Interior. 1935. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  6. ^ MacPherson (1940). "Road Map - Province of Alberta". Edmonton: Department of Public Works. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Klinkenberg, Marty (May 27, 2012). "Twinning not only option for reducing the carnage, says original road builder". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved January 10, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)