Saturday market prompts traffic change

Red Deer’s Public Market opens on Saturday with a new traffic twist.

Red Deer’s Public Market opens on Saturday with a new traffic twist.

To address congestion and safety concerns, the city will close 43rd Street from 8 a.m. to noon.

Motorists will not be able to turn onto 43rd Street from 48th Avenue for those four hours. Access to the parking lot near the tennis courts will be open from 47th Avenue but no parking will be allowed on 43rd Street.

All nearby parking lots will still be available but residents are encouraged to walk, bike or take public transit.

“Historically, there have been a number of safety issues and traffic backups in the area on Saturday mornings,” said Deb Comfort, the city’s neighbourhood facilities and community development supervisor.

“We hope this will make for a safer and more enjoyable environment as people grab some produce and chat with friends.”