Roundabout at major Red Deer intersection about to fully open

A new roundabout about to open in Red Deer is part of a two-year $12-million project.

By MARY-ANN BARR

Advocate staff

A new roundabout — part of a $12-million City of Red Deer improvement project — is expected to fully open in Red Deer later this week.

The 67th Street and Johnstone Drive roundabout is a first of its kind in Central Alberta because the road surface is built concrete instead of asphalt.

Concrete was used because cost, longevity and performance of concrete over asphalt came out ahead, said City of Red Deer acting Engineering Services manager Niki Burkinshaw.

She said there are other examples of concrete roadwork in Alberta, such as along the Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton.

The new roundabout is part of a two-year project and includes two roundabouts, utility and infrastructure work, and a trail to be built next year to the Edgar Athletic Fields, she said.

Work began on the intersection improvement project in May, and included the larger two-lane roundabout at 67th Street and Johnstone Drive, as well as a single-lane roundabout at Orr Drive and 66th Street.

Burkinshaw said that they are expecting the roundabout to open by the weekend, but it is weather-dependent with directional signage now being installed.

While the roundabout will be fully open, some work will continue over the next month that may require short-term lane closures. The area will remain a construction site throughout the winter with a posted speed limit at 30 km/h.

Drivers should follow these basic steps for navigating two-land roundabouts:

– Slow down and pick your lane.

– As you approach, signal like you would at a regular intersection: signal left if you’re turning left, signal right if you’re turning right.

– Always yield to pedestrians at the crosswalks, whether flashing crosswalk lights are activated or not.

– Look left and yield to both lanes of traffic in the roundabout; only stop if necessary.

– Stay in your lane until your exit; lane changes are not required in roundabouts.

– Signal right as you approach your exit and yield to pedestrians.

Pedestrians are reminded to cross at the designated crosswalks, never through the middle of the roundabout. The 67th Street/Johnstone roundabout has rectangular rapid flashing beacons at the pedestrian crosswalks, but they won’t initially be activated. When crossing, ensure drivers see you, and only cross when traffic has stopped.

More information about using roundabouts is available online at www.roundabout.how.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Retired city manager Craig Curtis will argue for keeping the Molly Banister Drive right-of-way at Tuesday's public hearing. He warns of future gridlock if the extension is removed by city council. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Former Red Deer city manager warns killing the Molly Banister Drive extension is ‘a terrible mistake’

Craig Curtis will argue for keeping the road alignment at next week’s public hearing

Alberta has 3,651 active cases of COVID-19. (File photo)
432 new COVID cases sets another record Friday

Central zone holds steady at 126 active cases

A Red Deer County man was arrested for drug possession by Innisfail RCMP on April 19. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Property crime and drugs top Red Deer RCMP priorities in new plan

2020-2022 Policing Priorities Plan going to city council on Monday

RCMP estimate about 500 people gathered on the weekend near Garrington Bridge along the Red Deer River, in a July 28, 2020 story. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Second person charged for alleged assault at anti-racism rally in Red Deer

A second person is facing charges following an alleged assault during an… Continue reading

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees vice-president Bonnie Gustola criticized provincial government layoffs at a rally that drew more than 80 people at City Hall Park on Friday.
Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
More than 80 rally in Red Deer against government health, education cutbacks

Rally at City Hall Park organized by the Council for Canadians

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan and B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau. (Black Press Media)
VIDEO: One day until B.C. voters go to the polls in snap election defined by pandemic

NDP Leader John Horgan’s decision to call an election comes more than a year ahead of schedule and during a pandemic

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Every new subscription to the Red Deer Advocate includes a $50 donation to the food bank. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Support the food bank with a subscription to the Red Deer Advocate

The community’s most vulnerable members are always in need of a hand,… Continue reading

kk
Don’t try to teach a turtle tricks

I got Smokey at Woolworths. Woolworths was an awesome department store downtown,… Continue reading

New voluntary measures, including the encouragement of more mask wearing, have been introduced in the Edmonton health zone. “Red Deer has been very fortunate to have relatively low case numbers . . . relative to the rest of the province and the country,” says Mayor Tara Veer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
POLL: Should Alberta have stricter rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Should Alberta have stricter rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?… Continue reading

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Buehler leads Dodgers over Rays 6-2 for 2-1 Series lead

Buehler leads Dodgers over Rays 6-2 for 2-1 Series lead

Inter Miami defender Ben Sweat, left, and Montreal Impact attacker Maximiliano Urruti fight for the ball during their MLS soccer match, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez
Rested Montreal Impact looking to collect points with big finish to regular season

Rested Montreal Impact looking to collect points with big finish to regular season

Mariah Bell of the United States, competes during women's short program in the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Nathan Chen dominates again in Skate America short program

Nathan Chen dominates again in Skate America short program

Lanto Griffin putts on the ninth hole during the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Thomas has a fast start for a 65 and a 1-shot lead at Zozo

Thomas has a fast start for a 65 and a 1-shot lead at Zozo

Mariah Bell of the United States, competes during women's short program in the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Bell, Tennell go 1-2 in Skate America short program

Bell, Tennell go 1-2 in Skate America short program

Most Read