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Tour of Alberta: What you need to know

Schools: Red Deer schools near the race route will be dismissed at noon. They include Central Middle School, Gateway Christian School, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Alternative School Centre and Grandview Middle School. This will alleviate transportation issues and encourage staff and students to be spectators at the event.

If you have questions: A call centre (403-342-8132) will be set up to answer questions related to transportation, or access in and out of communities during the race. Calls will be answered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Road closures

Red Deer

— Wednesday

5 p.m. — Ross Street closed from 47th Avenue to 49th Avenue for race and festival set up.

— Thursday (Race Day)

10:30 a.m. — Intersection of 48th Avenue and 50th Street will close.

11 a.m. — Festival opens; 51st Street and 52nd Street will close between 48th and 49th Avenue.

2:00 p.m. — The entire downtown race circuit will be closed to all traffic and parked vehicles.

3 p.m. — Riders will enter Red Deer with rolling road closures down 55th Street, 30th Avenue and Ross Street.

4 p.m. — Downtown circuit will reopen followed by 51st and 52nd Streets at 5 p.m.

Two-hour closure from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

48th Avenue from Ross Street to 53rd Street

53rd Street from 48th Avenue to 44 Avenue

44th Avenue from 53rd Street to 55 Street

55 Street from 45 Avenue to 40th Avenue

40th Avenue from 55 Street to Ross Street

Ross Street from 40th Avenue to 47th Avenue

Estimated 20-minute closure at 3 p.m.:

55th Street from Range Road 271 to 30th Avenue

30th Avenue from 55th Street to Ross Street

Ross Street from 30th Avenue to 40th Avenue

Along Ross Street, vehicles and pedestrians will be directed to enter or exit neighbourhoods in a north-south direction across Ross Street at the following intersections: Cornett Drive and 50th Street; Erickson Drive and 50th Street; 39th Avenue and 50th Street.

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— Wednesday

5 p.m. –– 50th Street between 49th Avenue and 50th Avenue

50th Avenue between 53rd Street and 52 Street for festival build

— Thursday (Race Day)

6:30 a.m. –– 50th Street between 49th Avenue to 53rd Street

52nd Street between 50th Avenue to 49th Avenue

50th Avenue between 50th Street and 49th Street

51st Avenue from 50th Street to 42nd Street

42nd Avenue from 50th Avenue to 49th Avenue

49th Avenue from 42 Street to 50th Street

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Sylvan Lake

— Thursday (Race Day)

All roads in and out of Sylvan Lake will close between 1:30 and 2 p.m. for 90 minutes.

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Expected traffic delays in Central Alberta

From 12:10 to 3:45 p.m.:

— Hwys 11, 11A, 20, 54, 592, 597, 781, 815.

— Range Roads 10,13, 255, 271A.

— Township Roads: 390, 391, 393, 393A, 394.

— In Sylvan Lake: 60th Street and Memorial Drive.

Red Deer Transit

— Sept. 3: Routes will be affected leading up to and during the race. Specific information about plans for public transit can be found at, Sorensen Station and the affected bus stops. Routes 5, 7, and 9 will be adjusted from 5 p.m. until the end of service.

— Race day, Sept. 4: Routes 5, 6,7, 11, 28, 51 will be adjusted from the start of service until 4 p.m. Regular service will resume following the race.

Bike Corral

Free bike corral will be operated at Sorensen Station.

Red Deer Festival

— Runs from 11 a.m. to about 5 p.m. near City Hall Park along Ross Street from 47th to 49th Avenues and to the east of 48th Avenue.

— Features local entertainment including Randi Boulton, St. Groove, Corry Boys, Bradley Abel, Underside Pattern, beer garden, fitness booths, food, interactive chalk drawing, children’s activities and much more.

—Riders are expected to arrive around 3 p.m.

Red Deer Route

Cyclists will enter Red Deer from the east on Hwy 11, then turn south on 30th Avenue to Ross Street. Heading west on Ross Street, they enter the downtown loop at the corner of Ross Street and 40th Avenue. Riders will complete the loop three times, climbing Michener Hill each time.

Volunteers needed

— Be right in the thick of the action and volunteer to be a course marshal or for other jobs. Volunteers should contact Wendy Cawson at or George Berry at

Note: Times are subject to change.

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