More work on core starts

More construction work began in Red Deer’s downtown core on Thursday in the effort to complete the Gaetz Avenue revitalization project.

More construction work began in Red Deer’s downtown core on Thursday in the effort to complete the Gaetz Avenue revitalization project.

Shanti Acharjee, City of Red Deer Gaetz revitalization project manager, says there will be partial lane closures due to the construction for approximately two weeks.

The work started between 46th and 47th Streets and 47th and 48th Streets. Acharjee says the businesses along Gaetz Avenue know what to expect and that pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

“We wanted to keep the pedestrian access,” Acharjee said.

Construction consists of paving, installing catch basins, street light bases and electrical conduits.

Acharjee encourages businesses to talk to their customers about parking options or how they should access the stores.

Crosswalks will be installed between Ross Street and 49th Street starting on July 12. Two lanes on Ross Street and half of 49th Street will be closed to traffic for approximately three weeks to accommodate the work.

The Ross Street patio remains open and businesses and residents are encouraged to enjoy the space. Events will happen through the summer and a schedule is available at www.reddeer.ca/bestsummer. For more information on parking downtown, visit www.reddeer.ca/parking. For information about construction, contact 403-356-8952.

jjones@bprda.wpengine.com

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