Junction 42 Partnership Rest Area, located at highways 2 and 42 east of Penhold in Red Deer County, has welcomed its 100,000th visitor.Photo from Red Deer County

Junction 42 highway rest area hits 100,000 visitors

Junction 42 Partnership Rest Area located on Highway 2 east of Penhold

Red Deer County’s Highway 2 rest area near Penhold has recorded its 100,000 visitor since its 2018 opening.

Sensors built into the parking lot of the Junction 42 Partnership Rest Area allow the county to log traffic into the rest area. The count hit 100,000 on Tuesday.

The rest area includes a gas station, fast food restaurant and other businesses, along with a huge parking lot with high-speed Wifi for visitors.

Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood was pleased with the success of the rest area, which is located on a 291-acre site that is expected to be further developed.

“We heard a lot of feedback from the commercial vehicle sector. They have a need for a commercial area along the QE2 Highway, and Red Deer County partnered with Alberta Transportation to respond to this need.

“I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this development.”



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