Work on the QE II / Gaetz Avenue Interchange is set to resume within the next few weeks.
Julie MacIsaac with Alberta Transportation says work crews are preparing to mobilize and head back to the $100 million project at Red Deer’s south end.
“Winter shutdown is still in effect. But we are looking at resuming construction again within the next few weeks, weather permitting once spring has come for good,” she says.
The new interchange was announced by the province last April. It includes the removal of three bridges and construction of five new ones, the reconfiguration of ramps and intersections, realignment of the QE II Highway, expansion to six lanes and the construction of new collector-distributor roads.
Temporary traffic lights were installed last year to provide detour access to the southbound QE II. Grading work was started and some of the foundation piling for the new bridges was driven in.
MacIsaac says they expect to make good progress this year.
“Construction of the Leva Avenue roundabout, reconstruction of the corner of Spruce Street and Gasoline Alley East, construction of the north and south collector distributor roads, and then the start on the new bridges at Taylor Drive and Gaetz Avenue.”
The three-year project is to be completed in time for the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer in February 2019. MacIsaac says it remains on schedule.
“We appreciate the patience of Red Deer residents and Alberta drivers as we complete this project. We will try to keep disruptions to a minimum,” she says.
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