Parkade construction work starts at hospital

Motorists should expect traffic delays starting on Monday around Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre as construction continues on the hospital’s new parkade.

Motorists should expect traffic delays starting on Monday around Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre as construction continues on the hospital’s new parkade.

Slow-moving construction vehicles will be delivering large, precast concrete beams to the site.

For safety purposes, traffic and pedestrian flow on streets immediately surrounding the hospital will be temporarily rerouted.

Traffic disruptions include:

l Street parking will be unavailable along 52nd Avenue, west of the hospital, as construction and delivery trucks will use the street for staging. Motorists are advised to access the hospital from 50A Avenue to the east to avoid heavy truck traffic.

l Access to the hospital’s main entrance and public parking lots will be from the east only (off 50A Avenue). The west access (onto 52nd Avenue) will be for exiting the hospital site.

l The southwest portion of 39th Street, including the sidewalk, will be closed. Only local residential traffic will be allowed access.

l Red Deer Transit bus stops along 52nd Avenue and 39th Street will be closed. People can use bus stops on 50A Avenue, which will be served by Route 1.

Patients and visitors are advised to leave at least 10 minutes earlier than usual to get to their appointments.

Motorists should slow down when approaching or driving in construction areas and obey all signs and personnel directing traffic.

Pedestrians are also asked to keep to posted sidewalks for their own safety.

Alberta Health Services says all construction activity will comply with City of Red Deer noise and traffic bylaws.