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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Junction 42 & Gasoline Alley West Updates

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What is all the action going on down at highway 42 and QEII?  

June 23rd brought the much anticipated announcement that PetroCanada is building a full service truck stop that will provide fuel, electric charging stations, food kiosks, a convenience store, and rest areas with a cardlock to follow shortly after. 

Ground breaking and earth moving has already begun and we are extremely excited to welcome Pet-roCan to Junction 42.

Back in October of 2018, Alberta Transportation worked together with Red Deer County to create the “Partnership Rest Area” where we have 47 paved and marked parking spaces for truckers and travellers to stop and take a rest along their routes.  

You may have also noticed signs along the QEII going north and south that indicate how many available parking spaces there are at the Junction 42 Partnership Rest Area.  

We have electronic counters that monitor how many spaces are available and can communicate that to the signs so that current vacancies are noted and made available at all times – quite the handy statistic!


Lots of Action going on with Gasoline Alley West as well.  With the near completion of the Alberta Transportation interchange, things are starting to come to a new normal at Gasoline Alley West.  

The new round-about at the north end is really assisting with the traffic flow.  We realize signage is still a challenge and are working on making that a bit more user-friendly in the near future by installing a large “Welcome to Gasoline Alley” sign and more directional way-finding signage.

We have welcomed several new businesses and with the formalization of the “Hamlet of Gasoline Alley”, the residential area is really booming.  It really is a great place to live, work and grow. 

We are looking forward to the continued, enhanced transit service and welcoming new businesses and residents to our newest hamlet in Red Deer County.  If you have any questions or wish to inquire about Junction 42 or Gasoline Alley, please contact our Economic Development Department for additional information.

For more information:

Sandra Badry
Economic Development Officer  

Tara March
Business Development Officer

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