Red Deer County News

Posted on: April 9, 2018

Hwy 2 Interchange Update

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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.

WHAT’S NEW
• As of March 23, a temporary traffic pattern change will be in effect along Highway 2, between Taylor Drive and south of Gaetz Avenue. Northbound Highway 2 traffic will be detoured onto the southbound lanes of Highway 2 where both northbound and southbound traffic will operate. This temporary pattern change is required to erect girders for the Gaetz Avenue bridge, and is anticipated to be in effect until early April, weather permitting.
• Two lanes will be accommodated in each direction and traffic will be separated by barriers.
• Reduced speed limits remain in effect. Motorists are asked to drive safely and obey the speed limits through the construction zone.

What to Expect in 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

For more information, visit: www.transportation.alberta.ca

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