Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this project needed?#
The project is needed to address increasing traffic demands on Highway 2. It will expand the capacity of the highway and provide numerous safety improvements.
Once the project is complete, what changes will I notice?
Noticeable improvements for drivers include:
- Expansion to six lanes on Highway 2, (three lanes in each direction) from 32nd Street to McKenzie Road,
- Elimination of the sharp curve in the northbound direction at the Gaetz Avenue overpass,
- Replacement of the left hand merge onto Highway 2 southbound from Gaetz Avenue with a ramp that will separate the low speed local traffic to Gasoline Alley from the high speed highway traffic,
- New northbound and southbound collector-distributor roads (similar to service roads), used to separate low speed, local traffic from high-speed, highway traffic.
Is this the best option?
The design of this interchange has gone through numerous evaluations to ensure that the best possible design has been selected to accommodate changing populations and transportation corridor use. The design will meet the growing traffic demands now and in the future, ensuring the safety of the travelling public along the Highway 2 corridor. This design will also accommodate the continued growth and development of neighbouring municipalities, including surrounding commercial development.
Have the public and business owners been involved in the planning?
Over the past few years, affected stakeholders including business owners and neighbouring municipal partners have been invited to participate in various consultation sessions which included open houses, information sessions and presentations to elected municipal officials.
How long will the interchange take to construct?
Construction began in 2016 and is expected to be complete in fall 2018, weather dependent.
When will southbound Gaetz Avenue re-open?
Southbound Gaetz Avenue at Highway 2 is closed and this closure will remain in place for the duration of the project. Traffic is being diverted to 19 Street, then Highway 2A (Taylor Drive) in order to access Highway 2 southbound. This closure is necessary to construct the new Gaetz Avenue bridge and new Highway 2 alignment.
How will traffic access Gasoline Alley?
During construction, access to Gasoline Alley will be maintained via McKenzie Road and Lantern Street (from Highway 2). Once complete, a new collector-distributor road system (similar to a service road) will allow drivers to access Gasoline Alley via Gaetz Avenue, Taylor Drive and Highway 2.
How will pedestrians access Gasoline Alley?
Currently, there is no pedestrian access from the City of Red Deer to Gasoline Alley. The selected design will accommodate pedestrians via a path along Taylor Drive, under Highway 2. The connecting trail systems are under the jurisdiction of the City of Red Deer and Red Deer County.
Why are you building a roundabout at the entrance to Gasoline Alley?
As part of the design process, Alberta Transportation is required to investigate opportunities to utilize roundabouts at controlled intersections. A roundabout was identified as the preferred option. Additional information on roundabouts can be found on our website at: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/roundabouts.htm
Will there be an impact to the environment?
Construction will impact surrounding wetlands. An environmental assessment has been completed and has determined the best way to minimize these impacts. Alberta Transportation will ensure that all required permits and approvals are in place.
Will there be disruption to traffic?
As with any type of highway construction, drivers may experience delays. Alberta Transportation is taking steps such as developing a staging plan to ensure that disruption to the travelling public can be minimized. Two lanes of traffic in each direction are expected to remain open during daylight hours on Highway 2, with a reduced speed limit.
How much will this project cost?
The project is estimated to cost $80 million.
Who is involved in constructing the interchange?
Alberta Transportation are the project owners; AECOM completed the engineering design and are the project managers overseeing construction; and the construction work is being undertaken by Flatiron Constructors Canada Ltd.
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