Envy the driver who has the summer off and doesn’t have to make the morning/afternoon commute along certain major Red Deer roadways.
As the City of Red Deer moves into the nitty-gritty of road construction season, drivers will find themselves looking for new and quicker ways to get around over the summer months.
On Monday, work that begins on 32nd Street between 30th and 40th Avenues is going to put a big squeeze on the generally smooth and steady flow of traffic along the heavily used route. One lane of traffic will be open at all times during the work.
The actual work will be done from 15 metres east of 40th Avenue to Metcalf Avenue and is scheduled to run until Aug. 30.
Several weeks ago the city put up large signs warning drivers about the upcoming construction, including a flashing portable sign on 32nd Street.
In the 2017 capital budget, a total of $14.8 million has been set aside for both pavement rehabilitation and roadway construction.
The 32nd Street work falls under the city’s 10-year Roads in Need program, which is aimed at fixing roads that are structurally inadequate for their traffic volumes and more susceptible to damage. They are unable to be repaired through the Pavement Rehabilitation program, which involves putting new pavement on existing road.
Other roads undergoing repair as part of the 2017 Roads in Need program:
- Dustin Street – 39th Street to Dubois Crescent south leg
- Inglewood Drive – 22nd Street to Ingersoll Street
- Vine Gate – Vanier Drive to Vandorp Street
- Lawford Avenue – 32nd Street to Lancaster Drive
- Township Road 391 – Range Road 273 to 200 metres east of Range Road 273
- Neal Close – Nagel Avenue to end
- Oak Drive – Oxley Close to O’Brien Crescent west leg
There will be other road projects through the construction season, including on 67th Street from Golden West Avenue to west of Johnstone Drive ,and on Johnstone Drive from 67th Street to Edgar Industrial Drive until Aug. 30.
People can get more information about the city’s construction season, and also sign up for construction alerts, on the city’s website reddeer.ca