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Highway 2 / Gaetz Avenue Interchange Improvement Project

What's New

  • With construction of the new southbound access to Highway 2 underway, permanent closure of the frontage road along Gasoline Alley West (between the businesses and Highway 2) has been confirmed for the week of July 23, 2018 (weather dependent).
    • Access to all businesses along Gasoline Alley West will be maintained via Leva Avenue.
    • This closure will result in some traffic pattern changes.
    • In the short-term, southbound access to Gasoline Alley West will be provided directly from Highway 2 through the Leva Avenue roundabout. Permanent access to Gasoline Alley West will be provided via a new collector-distributor road currently under construction.
    • This change is necessary to provide safer access and to accommodate additional lanes on Highway 2.
    • Access to Gasoline Alley West for northbound traffic remains unchanged.
    • Click here for map of closure, short-term access and traffic flow.
    • Alberta Transportation is currently working with Red Deer County to provide an alternate commercial truck rest area at Highway 2 and Highway 42, south of Red Deer. It is anticipated to open later this year.
  • Night closures will be in effect for Highway 2A (Taylor Drive), from 19 Street to south of the Highway 2/2A turn-off, each night from July 23 to July 27 (weather dependent). The closures will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night and will re-open to traffic each morning.
    • Motorists wanting to head south on Highway 2A will be re-routed to the Highway 2/32 Street interchange, then back to the Highway 2A turn-off.
    • Motorists wanting to travel north on Taylor Drive from Highway 2A will be detoured to the Highway 2/McKenzie Road interchange, then back north on Highway 2 to access Taylor Drive from 19 Street.
    • Click here for the detour plans.
  • A temporary traffic change will be in effect along Highway 2, between Highway 2A (Taylor Drive) and south of Gaetz Avenue starting July 18 (weather dependent). Southbound Highway 2 traffic will be detoured onto the northbound lanes where both northbound and southbound traffic will operate.
    • This temporary traffic pattern change will be in place for the summer.
    • Click here for the detour plan.
  • Reduced speed limits remain in effect. Motorists are asked to drive safely and obey the speed limits through the construction zone.
  • To view current traffic conditions on:
    • Highway 2 and Gasoline Alley East, south of the Gaetz Avenue turn-off, click here.

What to Expect in 2018

The following work is planned for 2018:

  • Girder installation for the Gaetz Avenue bridge over the winter, and completion and opening of the bridge in late 2018
  • Construction of the new southbound Highway 2 bridge over Taylor Drive
  • Completion and opening of the northbound and southbound collector-distributor bridges over Taylor Drive
  • Demolition of the old northbound Highway 2 bridge over Taylor Drive
  • Opening of the permanent alignment for Gaetz Avenue northbound
  • Completion of remaining two MSE walls
  • Opening of the roundabout at Leva Avenue
  • Closure of Gasoline Alley West frontage road (to coincide with the opening of the southbound collector-distributor road)
  • Construction of overhead sign structures and guide signs

2017 Construction Progress

A significant amount of bridge work was completed in 2017, including:

  • Opening of the new northbound Highway 2 bridge over Taylor Drive
  • Construction of the northbound collector-distributor road bridge over Taylor Drive (80% complete)
  • Construction of the southbound collector-distributor road bridge over Taylor Drive (60% complete)
  • Demolition of the Gaetz Avenue bridge
  • Demolition of the old southbound Highway 2 bridge
  • Construction of the abutments for the southbound Gaetz Avenue bridge
  • Pier construction for the Gaetz Avenue bridge

Other accomplishments for 2017 included:

  • Construction and opening of the new northbound and southbound lanes along Highway 2
  • Some widening of the existing Highway 2
  • Construction of the majority of the mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls (2 short sections remain to be constructed)
  • Street lighting replacement at the Highway 2 / 32 Street interchange
  • Construction of high mast street lights in the median of Highway 2
  • Grading of the roundabout at Leva Avenue
  • Grading work for the northbound and southbound collector-distributor roads

For more information, please email us at info@hwy2gaetz.com.

In 2016, Alberta Transportation began a multi-year project to construct a new interchange at Highway 2, Gaetz Avenue and Taylor Drive, south of the City of Red Deer.

In addition to being an important corridor for highway travel, Gaetz Avenue and Taylor Drive provide access to key destinations for local residents.

The new interchange will:

  • Accommodate increased traffic volumes on Highway 2 by providing for three lanes in each direction.
  • Improve safety for motorists on these roads by separating high and low speed traffic getting to and from the highway.
  • Integrate the Taylor Drive and Gaetz Avenue interchanges into one full interchange system, improving safety and ease of travel.

Construction of the interchange began September, 2016, and is estimated to be open to traffic in 2018, and completed in 2019, weather dependent.

The project will include the removal of three bridge structures, construction of five new bridge structures, reconfiguration of ramps and intersections, realignment of Highway 2, expansion to six lanes between 32 Street and Mackenzie Road and the construction of new collector-distributor roads.

The interchange system is designed to separate high speed highway traffic from low speed local traffic. This will be accomplished with the construction of a new collector-distributor road system. The collector-distributor road system will include a one-way road on each side of the highway that will run parallel to the highway.

Motorists can expect some delays in the area during construction, however, two lanes in each direction will be open on Highway 2 during the day, and access to businesses in Gasoline Alley East and Gasoline Alley West will be maintained.

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Construction/Traffic Cameras

To view a live feed of construction activities and traffic, please click here.

Video Fly Through

To view a video fly through of the project, click here.

For the most up-to-date information on construction or travel delays, please visit 511.alberta.ca or search #hwy2gaetz @511Alberta and @ABTransComm on Twitter.