Temporary parking being set up for hospital workers

The commute to work for staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre could soon include a shuttle ride or a long walk.

The commute to work for staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre could soon include a shuttle ride or a long walk.

Alberta Health Services plans to create a temporary parking lot for hospital workers to use while a new parkade is constructed at the health care facility.

The temporary lot, with 404 stalls, will be located several blocks from the hospital at 5432 45th St. — the former site of UFA Co-op.

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission approved the project on Wednesday. Plans include a 128-square-foot shelter, lighting, and landscaping around the lot’s perimeter. Sidewalk connections to the hospital will also be developed.

The commission heard that a shuttle will run between the hospital and the parking lot during peak periods, and that the site will be monitored by hospital security.

Work on the five-level, 1,100-stall parkade for the hospital is scheduled to begin this year. The $44-million project, which will be located on the southeast corner of the hospital grounds, north of 39th Street, is expected to take a year and a half to complete.

The temporary parking lot can be used for up to two years.

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