Located at the Highway QEII and Highway 42 Interchange, Red Deer County’s Junction 42 is slated to be the next major commercial hub on the QEII corridor.
At the end of January 2020, the County was pleased to announce the opening of two businesses to serve the travelling public and County residents - Burger King and Petro-Canada. These businesses are the beginning of Phase One, which features a “Partner Rest Area” that is jointly funded by Red Deer County and the Province of Alberta.
The two new businesses are contributing pieces of the Travel Service Centre which will include a bulk fuel cardlock, gasoline and electric vehicle service station and additional fast service restaurants.
Mayor Jim Wood commented, “Red Deer County is extremely proud to welcome Burger King and Petro-Canada to the Red Deer County business community. This is only the beginning of a very exciting project for the County. I anticipate a great deal more openings in this area over the next few years.”
Phase Two of Junction 42 will diversify the existing businesses
of Phase One. Industrial, commercial and hospitality uses will complement the existing food and beverage services and vehicle service sites.
Junction 42 is also serviced with high speed fibre optic internet cable lines. This past November, the County constructed an 11 km fibre optic backbone network using XG-PON technologies from Springbrook to the top of Horn Hill. This is intended to be the stepping stone to providing the County with a Gigabit speed, cost effective, fibre solution. Red Deer County believes that not only will the high speed internet make the Junction 42 area attractive to businesses, the service also has potential to expand beyond the immediate business park and into a broader area of the County.
Both Phase One and Phase Two are slated for a variety of development, including 4 industrial lots, 3 commercial lots and 1 hotel site. Phase Two lots will be available for purchase as of May 1, 2020. The QEII has an average of over 30,000 vehicles travelling on it per day.