Detailed Project Information
New interchange system components:
When you drive through this area in the future, you will see:
- Three lanes in each direction on Highway 2 between McKenzie Road and 32 Street.
- Three reconstructed bridges and two new bridges that carry Gaetz Avenue and Taylor Drive traffic over the highway.
- A slight realignment of Highway 2, reducing the bend in the road between Gaetz Avenue and Taylor Drive, to improve safety.†
- New collector-distributor roads on the east and west sides of the highway to access Gasoline Alley businesses and providing a single entry point back onto the highway in order to improve safety.
Take a look at the final design here.
Why construct this interchange now:
The Highway 2/Gaetz Avenue Interchange project is a high priority for Alberta Transportation. Upgrades to these interchanges will address increased traffic volumes, the influx of local traffic onto Highway 2 and improve spacing between the two interchanges.
When complete, this interchange will improve traffic flow and safety and accommodate increased growth in the Red Deer region.
The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs over the next three years and is part of the Alberta Jobs Plan initiative.
What you can expect through construction
Construction of the interchange began in September 2016 and has an estimated completion in fall 2018, weather dependent. As with any type of highway construction, drivers may experience delays.
Alberta Transportation is working with the contractor to maintain two open lanes of traffic in each direction on Highway 2 during the day, during construction season.†The open lanes will be subject to reduced speeds through the construction zone.
The project will be constructed in stages with various closures and detours required to accommodate construction of the new bridges and roadways. On September 30, 2016, southbound Gaetz Avenue at Highway 2 was closed. The closure will remain in place for the duration of the project. Traffic will be diverted to 19 Street, then Highway 2A (Taylor Drive) in order to access Highway 2 southbound.†Temporary traffic signals will be installed at the Highway 2A (Taylor Drive) interchange ramp to provide access to Highway 2 southbound. Additional access to Highway 2 southbound is available using 49 Avenue / 40 Avenue and McKenzie Road.†
Another significant future impact will be the eventual closure and removal of the service road on Gasoline Alley West in 2018.
We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@Hwy2Gaetz.com.
Burnt Lake Gravel Pit
Update: Hauling of granular fill material from the pit began again in May 2017 and will take place throughout the construction season. Crushing activities have also resumed on site and will take place 24-hours a day, 7 days a week through June 2017.
A temporary asphalt plant will be placed at the Burnt Lake Gravel Pit with asphalt production intermittent for the duration of the project. Please check back for details on when the asphalt plant will be up and running.
To accommodate interchange construction, the contractor will be using material from Alberta Transportationís gravel pit and borrow site near Burnt Lake Trail, west of Red Deer. Due to the proximity to the interchange construction, these sources will provide the necessary gravel and borrow material for the project at significant cost-saving compared to trucking in materials from other sites.
Alberta Transportation has worked closely with the contractor to ensure noise is mitigated where possible by replacing back-up alarms with strobe lights on the trucks, muffling the exhaust from the generators and enclosing portions of the crusher.
Hauling of materials from the Burnt Lake borrow site will be ongoing and the frequency is dependent on construction requirements.
Additional information can be found here.
Navigating the future roundabout at Leva Avenue and Waskasoo Avenue
The final design of the new collector-distribution road system on the west side of Highway 2 includes a roundabout at Leva Avenue and Waskasoo Avenue.
A roundabout is a circular intersection designed for improved traffic flow at a slower speed. Traffic circulates in a counter clockwise direction around a central island. Roundabouts are new for many drivers, but following†seven basic steps will help you safely navigate roundabouts as a motorist or cyclist:
- Note the appropriate exit.
- As with any intersection, choose the correct lane before entering the roundabout.
- Slow down as you approach the roundabout and be aware of crossing pedestrians.
- Yield to all traffic inside the circular lane and wait for an appropriate gap.
- Maintain a safe speed, between 30 and 40 km/h, through the roundabout.
- Never change lanes within the roundabout.
- Signal for a right turn as you approach the desired exit, while maintaining a safe speed.
For further information about roundabouts, please click here.