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    Gaetz/QEII - I haven't been on the projects webpage in a while but it has been updated to show what to expect in 2017. It also shows a new overall finalized picture of the project. NOTE: This picture does not include the northern part of the project. If you right click and save the image to your desktop, you can then view the image in its full resolution.

    All of this is right here:
    http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5969.htm
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    As for Gaetz/QE2 they've completed most of the pile driving for all bridges (Gaetz and Taylor Drive), the old Gaetz SB to QE2 SB bridge is closed but not demolished yet.

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    They have funded 3 laning the portion between Airdrie and Carstairs...
    http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...ram.pdf#page=3

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    Man, that's a long list of projects. Would be nice if they'd included a map.

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    There is a map of construction projects - go to AB Transportation's website.
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    You can find the project page here;
    http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...cts/index.html
    Some of the projects do have more detailed information on each project page as well

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    Leduc Mayor pushing for 2nd interchange at EIA
    http://www.630ched.com/2017/03/27/164159/
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    For reference, this is what he's talking about...


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    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    They have funded 3 laning the portion between Airdrie and Carstairs...
    http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...ram.pdf#page=3
    Also exciting is that they're addressing the death trap clover at highway 53 (Rimbey/Ponoka) though I'm not sure what the upgrades will entail. I really like the province's commitment to improving QE2, all things considered.

    On the other hand, the lack of anything in the foreseeable future for Henday SW is nothing short of horrifying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    They have funded 3 laning the portion between Airdrie and Carstairs...
    http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...ram.pdf#page=3
    Also exciting is that they're addressing the death trap clover at highway 53 (Rimbey/Ponoka) though I'm not sure what the upgrades will entail. I really like the province's commitment to improving QE2, all things considered.
    A semi with a high load hit the west side of that overpass in January too. Its config has been messed up ever since.
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    They don't much care for my emails laying into them about Deerfoot and Henday, but they did respond to my inquiry about the highway 53 clover. The changes will be pretty much what I expected:

    We will be reconfiguring the interchange to a partial cloverleaf, similar to what was done at the Highway 2 and 27 interchange several years ago. The plan calls for removing access to the northwest and southeast loops and constructing alternative access for traffic to access Highway 53. This is an interim solution, intended to improve the access to and from Highway 2, our ultimate plans at some point in the future are to convert this interchange to a diamond configuration. Removing these two loops will remove the conflict that currently exists between traffic entering and exiting Highway 2 in short space and with a high speed differential.
    Estimating, but this project can be done for maybe $3-5 million for something that amounts to a huge increase in safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acey View Post
    They don't much care for my emails laying into them about Deerfoot and Henday, but they did respond to my inquiry about the highway 53 clover. The changes will be pretty much what I expected:

    We will be reconfiguring the interchange to a partial cloverleaf, similar to what was done at the Highway 2 and 27 interchange several years ago. The plan calls for removing access to the northwest and southeast loops and constructing alternative access for traffic to access Highway 53. This is an interim solution, intended to improve the access to and from Highway 2, our ultimate plans at some point in the future are to convert this interchange to a diamond configuration. Removing these two loops will remove the conflict that currently exists between traffic entering and exiting Highway 2 in short space and with a high speed differential.
    Estimating, but this project can be done for maybe $3-5 million for something that amounts to a huge increase in safety.
    Yah that's the way to go for the interim. Repairing the bridge there also started the other day from the high load impact back in January.
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    ^ Interim? Is the traffic on highway 53 going to reach levels that would justify something more elaborate in the foreseeable future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium48 View Post
    ^ Interim? Is the traffic on highway 53 going to reach levels that would justify something more elaborate in the foreseeable future?
    No. Long-term, they intend to remove the remaining 2 loop ramps creating a diamond, which would have less capacity than the temporary partial cloverleaf. They're probably unhappy with the radius of the loops, and the fact that they don't like Parclo B interchanges (where freeway traffic exits using the loops as opposed to enter) unless obstacles demand it.

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    I thought that AB Transportation wants to get rid of all those tight radius cloverleaf interchanges. They are not a fan of the cornering involved I guess...? The standard diamond interchange seem to work fairly well at most spots along the QEII. But the interchange at 67th Street/QEII in Red Deer would need something with more capacity to handle the traffic coming from and going to Sylvan Lake. If AB Transportation really does dislike the full and partial cloverleaf, this interchange will need attention. I'd be curious to see what they would plan to put there? Perhaps a diverging diamond interchange? That'd be neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acey View Post
    No. Long-term, they intend to remove the remaining 2 loop ramps creating a diamond, which would have less capacity than the temporary partial cloverleaf. They're probably unhappy with the radius of the loops, and the fact that they don't like Parclo B interchanges (where freeway traffic exits using the loops as opposed to enter) unless obstacles demand it.
    So then why not remove the NE and SW loops instead of the NW and SE? I also don't see how short-radius ramps are a problem once the interchange is reconfigured to remove the weave zones and allow for longer acceleration lanes. The distance required to accelerate from 40 to 110 km/h isn't much more than that required to accelerate from 70 to 110 km/h.

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    I wonder if they'd be able to install DCMI interchanges at some of these highway junctions on the QEII. I like the concept. Freeflow traffic, no loop ramps, eliminates weaving. They may not suitable with the terrain in some places though, and would probably work best where the freeway is running at a somewhat lower elevation. Deerfoot/16 Ave N might be a good place for one of these, but I think the CP line running parallel to the freeway may make it difficult to place the side bridge on the west side.

    http://www.dcmiinterchange.com

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    ^ There is plenty of height to work with at the highway 1 / 2 interchange with deerfoot at the bottom of the valley. Another alternative would be to build a bridge over the entire existing interchange for through traffic on 16 Av, which might allow the existing portion to operate like a traffic circle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cumberland View Post
    I wonder if they'd be able to install DCMI interchanges at some of these highway junctions on the QEII. I like the concept. Freeflow traffic, no loop ramps, eliminates weaving. They may not suitable with the terrain in some places though, and would probably work best where the freeway is running at a somewhat lower elevation. Deerfoot/16 Ave N might be a good place for one of these, but I think the CP line running parallel to the freeway may make it difficult to place the side bridge on the west side.

    That's basically a grade-separated version of the DDI interchange going up at Macleod/162 Ave in Calgary right now. It's far more suited to urban environments and the extra bridges would make it too cost prohibitive for almost all locations on QEII where a diamond would achieve an acceptable level of service at much less cost.

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    This thread has been pretty quiet lately.

    QEII/Gaetz interchange has a completion date of Oct. 2018. Anyone been thru there lately? I don't know if they are going to make it. But I'm not in road construction so what do I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cumberland View Post
    I wonder if they'd be able to install DCMI interchanges at some of these highway junctions on the QEII. I like the concept. Freeflow traffic, no loop ramps, eliminates weaving. They may not suitable with the terrain in some places though, and would probably work best where the freeway is running at a somewhat lower elevation. Deerfoot/16 Ave N might be a good place for one of these, but I think the CP line running parallel to the freeway may make it difficult to place the side bridge on the west side.

    http://www.dcmiinterchange.com
    It looks like the City of Calgary is planning to convert it to a Three-level diamond (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-...nd_interchange) and the improvements would include an interchange at 19 Street NE and a reconfiguration of the cloverleaf at 16th & Barlow; see http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation...ded-option.png.

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    I was through there 2-3 weeks ago, the old bridge which connected southbound Gaetz Ave with Hwy 2 has been removed and the QEII lanes have been realigned. They also installed some high mast lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmuzika View Post
    I was through there 2-3 weeks ago, the old bridge which connected southbound Gaetz Ave with Hwy 2 has been removed and the QEII lanes have been realigned. They also installed some high mast lighting.

    Yah it's coming along. The northbound lanes of the new alignment open in the next few days (minus the bridges).
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    AB Transportation has construction cameras at the Gaetz/QE2 interchange site, you can access them here;
    http://alberta.owlbox.ca/HomeDiscovery.aspx?homeID=1425

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    Looks like the first bridge structure is set to open to traffic tomorrow at QEII/Gaetz. (For at least a little bit of time.)

    Southbound Highway 2 traffic approaching Hwy2A/Taylor Drive will be temporarily detoured onto the recently completed bridge structure over Taylor Drive as of Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    https://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5969.htm
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    Contacted AB Trans about tractor-trailer parking since the western frontage road is being closed. Currently, the western frontage road accomodates large trucks because it is a one way street w/ parking on the shoulder.

    This is what was asked:
    I have a question regarding the permenant closure of the Gas Alley West Frontage Road.

    When the new roundabout opens, the west frontage road will close. Currently, the west frontage road accomodates semi parking so drivers can utilize the services on the west side of Gas Alley. When this closes, is there a plan in place to allow drivers to park their rigs with ease? Such as a pull-through parking lot?

    Myself and some others have asked about this before, but nobody seems to know what the plan is.


    I got this response:

    thank you for your email. While trucks will still be able to access Gasoline Alley West, there are no plans for a designated parking lot or parking area to be provided by Alberta Transportation as part of this project. The businesses however may individually choose to accommodate trucks on their properties. You may also want to contact Red Deer County to see what their future plans are to accommodate trucks in the area.

    I have yet to contact RD County about it. But I'm hoping a pull through lot is built for the truckers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    But the interchange at 67th Street/QEII in Red Deer would need something with more capacity to handle the traffic coming from and going to Sylvan Lake. If AB Transportation really does dislike the full and partial cloverleaf, this interchange will need attention. I'd be curious to see what they would plan to put there? Perhaps a diverging diamond interchange? That'd be neat.
    Regarding the 67th St./QEII interchange....I took another look at the functional plans and found what they plan to put there, at least what they plan to put there in 2011 when the plan was drawn up. There were two drawings made around the 67th/QEII interchange, the first one being on page 65 of the linked document. The first one looks to be the plan for a 6 lane QEII. This design is very similar to what exists now. Things to note are on/off-ramps are slightly re-aligned. The north bridge structure is modified and the parclo loops are modified.However, on page 72, there is another drawing which is called the 'Long Term Stage Plan'. Major modification here. Existing bridge structures modified. More bridge structures added. A free flowing NB QEII to WB HWY11 loop. Elimination of a set of lights. Looks really nice. Other things to note in this document are a design speed of 130kph shown in page 64. The 11A interchange is shown modified for the 'Long Term Stage Plan' on page 73.Right click, select 'Show Navigation Pane Buttons'. Select the 'Page Thumbnails' button in the top left. Pages and page numbers will populate on the left. Those are the page numbers I'm going by.http://www.transportation.alberta.ca...aningPlans.pdf
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    ^ How many people actually use that interchange to access Sylvan Lake? Shortest route from Calgary is via 54 / 781. Shortest route from Edmonton is via 11A. Many commuters to / from Red Deer will just cross highway 2 and continue into Red Deer on 67 St.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium48 View Post
    ^ How many people actually use that interchange to access Sylvan Lake? Shortest route from Calgary is via 54 / 781. Shortest route from Edmonton is via 11A. Many commuters to / from Red Deer will just cross highway 2 and continue into Red Deer on 67 St.
    Well, looking at the AADT counts... it looks like a lot. I'm looking at raw data collected on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Traffic counts for vehicles COMING FROM THE SOUTH ON 2 (NB QEII) and turning LEFT to proceed WB on 11 were a total of 4530. This data was collected between the hours of 7am to 7pm (12hr run).I think the designers of that plan put quite a bit of emphasis on the removal of that traffic light on the east side of the overpass structure as well. The data is located on the AB Trans website. There is a really good interactive map set up. Zoom to QEII/67th St interchange. Click on the little intersection symbol (82330) and then click on 'Raw' in the top right - it's an excel document. The years that are listed below 'Raw' are AADT estimates only. The raw data is accurate.http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/mapping/
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    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    QEII/Gaetz interchange has a completion date of Oct. 2018.
    Actually.... scratch that. The completion date for this project is 2019. It opens to traffic (but will remain a construction zone) in the fall of this year. Kind of funny, during all the announcements of this project, the gov made it sound like it would be 100% finished in 2018. But 100% completion has always been 2019. Flatirons webpage on the project has always said 2019 as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Gasoline Alley has devolved into one of the most inconvenient, crowded, inhospitable and poorly-developed rest stops on God's green Earth. It's even worse now that it also doubles as Red Deer's version of South Edmonton Common.
    Gasoline Alley is getting signalized intersections now it seems. I was in there last week and was surprised to see signal lights up by the Shell station on the west side. They weren't online yet tho, just set up. So I guess it depends on how you look at it, more/less chaos. The residential area is also in full swing, houses are going up. **** is getting real down there.
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    I noticed that new residential subdivision too. I’m always surprised that no development has taken place west of Hwy 2 at the 32 st overpass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    I noticed that new residential subdivision too. I’m always surprised that no development has taken place west of Hwy 2 at the 32 st overpass.
    City of Red Deer would probably flip out (again) if RD County wanted to put a residential town at 2/32 St. They flipped out at the current development in Gas Alley back in the mid '00's. That being said, there are already quite a few homes in that area. Not right at 32 St, but in a wider geographic area. Google maps shows it well. Also, RD County has no intention of giving that land up to the City, even their 100 year vision made in 2011(?) shows this. However, the City will eventually get all the commercial/industrial on the west side of QEII, north of the Red Deer River. They already have some of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    Contacted AB Trans about tractor-trailer parking since the western frontage road is being closed. Currently, the western frontage road accomodates large trucks because it is a one way street w/ parking on the shoulder.

    This is what was asked:
    I have a question regarding the permenant closure of the Gas Alley West Frontage Road.

    When the new roundabout opens, the west frontage road will close. Currently, the west frontage road accomodates semi parking so drivers can utilize the services on the west side of Gas Alley. When this closes, is there a plan in place to allow drivers to park their rigs with ease? Such as a pull-through parking lot?

    Myself and some others have asked about this before, but nobody seems to know what the plan is.


    I got this response:

    thank you for your email. While trucks will still be able to access Gasoline Alley West, there are no plans for a designated parking lot or parking area to be provided by Alberta Transportation as part of this project. The businesses however may individually choose to accommodate trucks on their properties. You may also want to contact Red Deer County to see what their future plans are to accommodate trucks in the area.

    I have yet to contact RD County about it. But I'm hoping a pull through lot is built for the truckers.
    Why do tractor-trailers need to park along the west frontage road in the first place?

    Over the years this has become a real problem as drivers have to dart back and forth across a busy road, and then pull their rigs back into traffic.

    The rigs parked along the road are obviously not fueling up. With the removal of the west frontage road, I'm guessing fewer trucks will chose to stop at Gasoline Alley to pick up coffee or donuts or whatever the reason is for parking along a public road.

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    Soooo...how is the Gaetz Ave interchange construction coming along anyway? Will it finish this year?
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    Just drove through there and it looks slow going. Not much progress since the may long weekend anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by East McCauley View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    Contacted AB Trans about tractor-trailer parking since the western frontage road is being closed. Currently, the western frontage road accomodates large trucks because it is a one way street w/ parking on the shoulder.

    This is what was asked:
    I have a question regarding the permenant closure of the Gas Alley West Frontage Road.

    When the new roundabout opens, the west frontage road will close. Currently, the west frontage road accomodates semi parking so drivers can utilize the services on the west side of Gas Alley. When this closes, is there a plan in place to allow drivers to park their rigs with ease? Such as a pull-through parking lot?

    Myself and some others have asked about this before, but nobody seems to know what the plan is.


    I got this response:

    thank you for your email. While trucks will still be able to access Gasoline Alley West, there are no plans for a designated parking lot or parking area to be provided by Alberta Transportation as part of this project. The businesses however may individually choose to accommodate trucks on their properties. You may also want to contact Red Deer County to see what their future plans are to accommodate trucks in the area.

    I have yet to contact RD County about it. But I'm hoping a pull through lot is built for the truckers.
    Why do tractor-trailers need to park along the west frontage road in the first place?

    Over the years this has become a real problem as drivers have to dart back and forth across a busy road, and then pull their rigs back into traffic.

    The rigs parked along the road are obviously not fueling up. With the removal of the west frontage road, I'm guessing fewer trucks will chose to stop at Gasoline Alley to pick up coffee or donuts or whatever the reason is for parking along a public road.
    Signage has always indicated that parking is allowed for 1 hour on the left shoulder. You have always been allowed to park on the left shoulder where it widens to accomodate parked vehicles (Around Peters Drive-In approach). Upstream of that is no parking because the shoulder is not widened (around Tim Hortons) - BUT, it always used to be a parking spot, but someone thought it would be wise to remove the shoulder and add a lane there. You can see this on Google StreetView in the 2012 images. Anyway, yes I see your point, but these drivers really need parking that is easy to access.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Soooo...how is the Gaetz Ave interchange construction coming along anyway? Will it finish this year?
    Still on track for an October opening to traffic. I was going to make a post on whether we should start placing bets. They still have A LOT of work to do, but at least now we can see where everything will be rather than looking at a total mess. Total 'finish' isn't until next year. I imagine the people in Penhold will be celebrating in the streets when it's done lol.
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    And the truth shall set you free...

    Western frontage road is closing the week of July 16th as the new roundabout is opening. So the parking along the 1 way western frontage will no longer be available. This marks the beginning of a real **** show IMO. Why? Turns out there is a plan for commercial drivers to park their trucks.... down by the Highway 42/QEII interchange. I guess Red Deer County really doesn't want big trucks in Gas Alley anymore. But since that's where all the services are, they are still going to try to find a place to park.... probably gonna be pretty nasty for them. https://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5969.htm
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    And the saga continues....

    The western frontage road was supposed to
    close during the week of July 16th. However, that was delayed until the 23rd.
    But it has been delayed again until the 27th. Rumours were that it's delayed
    because of backlash from the frontage road closing.

    This has become quite
    the flash point over this project. Lots of angry people saying the road should
    remain as is.

    Anyway, Gasoline Alley 2.0 is incoming at QEII/Hwy42.
    Going to be called 'Junction 42.' More about that in this article below.

    https://rdnewsnow.com/article/592776...-truck-drivers
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    That's precisely what the QE2 needs, more sprawl.
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    I think Junction 42 is a good idea. There'll be a lot more space for trucks and services. The west service road kinda sucks.

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    Very good. Look forward to it. I’ll be driving by tomorrow and checking the progress of it. Heading to Vancouver for a few days......and in other news, RCMP retiring 14 sniffer dogs due to marijuana legalization and Blackfalds reaches 10,000 population. lol
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    The services on Gasoline Alley are great, but the mix of retail, movie theatres and other amenities are probably too much for trucks.
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    I hear the western frontage road closed this morning.
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    Anyone been thru QEII/Gaetz recently? I went thru today for the first time in a while. 2 months left before it's supposed to be open.... and I dunno. They say its on schedule but there is still a lot left to do. There's a lot of progress made but they still have to do a lot of abutments for the remaining bridges. I also wouldn't be surprised if they forgo some paving, particularly under the overpass on 2A/Taylor Dr. given the remaining construction season length.
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    I'll be passing through on Friday... I was last through there about a month ago, and its hard to say if they are on time or not while cruising through. Watching the NE Henday in the last few months I was pretty impressed with how much they finished.

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    Weather over the last 2 weeks has probably killed any hope of opening on or before Oct. 31. I'll give them serious credit if they get it done by then.
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    So what's next on the schedule for the QE2 in terms of upgrades?

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    Don't know, but the Leduc switchback can't be far off, can it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    So what's next on the schedule for the QE2 in terms of upgrades?
    Hopefully the rest of the widening from 32nd St. (Red Deer) all the way up to Blackfalds overpass (Hwy 597). Needed to be done long ago.
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    The other day, I was in Gasoline Alley during the lunch break. Holy.... you can't make left turns onto Leva Ave. There's way too much traffic. I've heard stories on Reddit about it being really bad and yah, it's really bad. I was trying to turn left out of the McDonalds/Shell parking lot onto Leva and we just couldn't. Traffic was backed up into the Shell parking lot so bad that it grid locked the McDonalds drive-thru.
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    Had to look up Leva ave on Google maps, but now I get what you mean. Are there no traffic lights anywhere along Leva to create a gap in traffic?

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    Nope. Just a few traffic circles

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    ^ There is signal lights now. New ones installed this summer. But it doesn't help the situation I was in because they are located at Leva Ave and Lake St./Glenns Restaurant approach. If you look in Google Maps, you will see that intersection is right next to the Shell/McDonalds. So as I sat there waiting to turn left (south) onto Leva from Shell, traffic would stop for a red light causing traffic to stack up right in front of me. Light turns green and traffic starts moving and then keeps coming, and coming, until light goes red and it all stops in front of me again. There needs to be a signalized intersection further north to create a break in the traffic. Right now, best thing to do is to go north, hit the roundabout and proceed south again to get to QEII.

    Remember, the western frontage road no longer exists. All traffic is on Leva Ave now. There's just too much congestion.

    EDIT: I also struggled to make a left turn from Liberty Ave to Lantern St. Took forever but I bit the gap.
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    Has this Gasoline Alley turned into a gong show, or worse than that? Next time I fill gas in Red Deer, I'll be avoiding that area like the plague.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Has this Gasoline Alley turned into a gong show, or worse than that? Next time I fill gas in Red Deer, I'll be avoiding that area like the plague.
    Right now, yes it is a gong show. Fighting the ongoing construction is one thing, fighting to make a simple left turn is another. But maybe once everything is done it may be better. County of RD probably has something up their sleeve for traffic woes. But it really depends on what time of day you go thru there. Late day during a week day is probably nice. Weekends or lunch time suck.


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    If QE2 needs anything along the route, it is more gas stations between Leduc and Airdrie.

    There used to be a gas station at the Wetaskiwin rest stop (also known as the "halfway house" between Red Deer and Edmonton), one was near Lacombe, and others were (are?) at Innisfail, Bowden, Olds and Crossfield.
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    And they all died because there was not enough business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    And they all died because there was not enough business.
    Most did yup. But there is that Fas Gas just off the NB lanes by Bowden.
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    There should be an Esso just off the NB lanes before Crossfield. But I have no idea if it's still there since it's been ages since I drove past.
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    ^ It's still there, and it has been joined by a Petro-Canada: https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.41184...7i13312!8i6656

    The closed gas stations don't surprise me, as pretty much any modern vehicle will be able to complete the entire 300 km drive between Edmonton and Calgary on a single tank. I suspect the Crossfield location has survived by serving a fair number of customers returning to Northern Alberta from BC or the USA.

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    Went through Gasoline Alley twice last weekend (once in each direction, and stopping for gas and a bite to eat going NB).

    Since I usually don't stop on trips to Calgary, the newly realigned and widened through lanes on the QE2 are going to be great and make traversing Gasoline Alley a breeze. Can probably keep on the cruise control all the way through.

    Access to the east side going NB is also going to be significantly improved. No more having to take the 19 Avenue detour even if taking the second NB exit near Willow Street.

    Access to the west side going SB is a different story. With the amount of non-transportation related development the County of Red Deer is allowing west of Leva Avenue, the roads here could become congested real fast mostly due to increased local traffic. Which means folks like me will continue to avoid stopping when going SB. Sorry Peter's Drive-In. You should have located on the east not west side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East McCauley View Post
    Went through Gasoline Alley twice last weekend (once in each direction, and stopping for gas and a bite to eat going NB).

    Since I usually don't stop on trips to Calgary, the newly realigned and widened through lanes on the QE2 are going to be great and make traversing Gasoline Alley a breeze. Can probably keep on the cruise control all the way through.

    Access to the east side going NB is also going to be significantly improved. No more having to take the 19 Avenue detour even if taking the second NB exit near Willow Street.

    Access to the west side going SB is a different story. With the amount of non-transportation related development the County of Red Deer is allowing west of Leva Avenue, the roads here could become congested real fast mostly due to increased local traffic. Which means folks like me will continue to avoid stopping when going SB. Sorry Peter's Drive-In. You should have located on the east not west side.
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    Full open to traffic by end of year they say. Full completion in '19. Went thru a couple days ago and saw some good progress with abutments and bridge decks. Paving needs to be done but they are getting there. They should make end of year opening.
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    Hoping the Leduc bridges will be the next major project on this highway.

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    You have high hopes

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    Ya, it sounds like studies have been done but no word on what kind of priority this project has. This was all I could find:

    Location: QEII at 65th Avenue in Leduc.
    Description: CastleGlenn Consultants Inc., on behalf of the City of Leduc, in association with Alberta Transportation and the Edmonton International Airport, is undertaking a functional planning study to identify the ultimate requirements for the future Queen Elizabeth (QEII) and interchange within the City of Leduc.


    The study will analyse the existing conditions and traffic operations within the general study area, which ranges from approximately 800 metres south of the Hwy 2A interchange to approximately 800 metres north of Airport Road along the QEII. The study will also review the results of previous studies and generate options for a short-term strategy to provide for a 65th Avenue connection to the QEII. The solution must satisfy the requirements for all affected agencies and integrate seamlessly with the ultimate vision for the QEII corridor by considering both short and long term planning for the area.


    Schedule: Planning is currently underway. The first open house was held on January 13, 2015 at Leduc Recreation Centre. Project is outside the department’s three-year construction program. The second open house was held on September 16, 2015 at the Leduc Civic Centre.


    Consultant: Castleglenn Consultants Inc.
    For more information on this planning study, please contact Mr. Arthur Gordon, Consultant Project Manager, CastleGlenn Consultants Inc. by phone toll-free at (855) 857-9303, by fax at (403) 252-9331, by mail at 110/120 1710 Radisson Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta T2A 7E9 or by email at [email protected]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    Hoping the Leduc bridges will be the next major project on this highway.
    For God's sakes DO NOT get rid of the roller coaster!
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    You like the roller coaster? Maybe they'll just widen it.
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    If they held open houses in 2015 for that project, then I'd say that it's at least 8-10 years away from action yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    Full open to traffic by end of year they say. Full completion in '19. Went thru a couple days ago and saw some good progress with abutments and bridge decks. Paving needs to be done but they are getting there. They should make end of year opening.
    From the Owlbox photo gallery it sure looks like the SB Service Road from Taylor Road is now open, and the Gaetz Avenue SB bridge over the QE2 seems really close if not already open. The NB Service Road and Gaetz Avenue NB also seems on the verge of opening.

    http://alberta.owlbox.ca/PhotoGaller...40&homeID=1425

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    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    If they held open houses in 2015 for that project, then I'd say that it's at least 8-10 years away from action yet.
    I just wish they would put up a sign Merging Traffic Ahead- Keep Left for people travelling north approaching Leduc. That Hwy 2A merge ramp is sharp and dam short and it’s sure hard to get onto hwy 2 there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by East McCauley View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    Full open to traffic by end of year they say. Full completion in '19. Went thru a couple days ago and saw some good progress with abutments and bridge decks. Paving needs to be done but they are getting there. They should make end of year opening.
    From the Owlbox photo gallery it sure looks like the SB Service Road from Taylor Road is now open, and the Gaetz Avenue SB bridge over the QE2 seems really close if not already open. The NB Service Road and Gaetz Avenue NB also seems on the verge of opening.

    http://alberta.owlbox.ca/PhotoGaller...40&homeID=1425
    SB QEII and SB collector bridges are still being paved. Not open. Drove thru yesterday twice to get a good look. Large sections still need paving. There is a temporary off ramp into west Gas Alley made that you can not see in the owl box photo's. Gaetz Ave flyover is still being paved, but it is close.

    NB collector onto Gaetz opened last Friday and it's beautiful! Experienced it yesterday for the first time.

    Paving is the last major hurdle here. Hoping for a dry November...
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    What a difference 2 days makes....

    The SB collector bridge and most of the collector roadway opened tonight. It's still not 100%, but SB traffic can now take the new off ramp, go over the SB collector bridge and follow the ramp down towards Taylor Drive (2A). When it is 100%, SB traffic will be able to continue to follow the collector roadway right into West Gas Alley.

    We are starting to see large spans of collector roadways opening. As I said in my earlier post, NB collector onto Gaetz is already open. Things are starting to get really good here. Very exciting time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
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    If they held open houses in 2015 for that project, then I'd say that it's at least 8-10 years away from action yet.
    I just wish they would put up a sign Merging Traffic Ahead- Keep Left for people travelling north approaching Leduc. That Hwy 2A merge ramp is sharp and dam short and it’s sure hard to get onto hwy 2 there.
    Yep, I used to do my daily commute through there for a number of years. Part of the problem is ignoramus drivers coming up Hwy. 2 not moving out to allow merging traffic to merge when they have an open lane to move over into. You need your wits about you.
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    It's the final countdown... (Gaetz/QEII interchange)

    NB collector road is completely open. SB QEII bridge has a staged opening starting today. SB collector is completely open as of tonight. The Gaetz Ave flyover bridge is supposed to open within the next 2 weeks or so.


    Still lots to do tho. The MSE wall tiles still need to be put in and final paving and clean up to take place next spring.

    They are in good shape to have the entire interchange open to traffic soon tho.
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    It's going to be really nice to take the NB collector road to merge directly back onto the QE2 instead of having to take the Gaetz Avenue/19 Street detour.

    I'm been thinking about how to similarly fix the SB merge back onto the QE2 on the west side. The vast majority of the SB traffic on Leva Avenue crosses Township Road 347 to merge back onto the QE2 but is frequently backed up by traffic lights to accommodate east/west traffic. It shouldn't be that costly to build a single bridge that allows both SB and NB traffic on Leva Avenue to pass under TR 347.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East McCauley View Post
    It's going to be really nice to take the NB collector road to merge directly back onto the QE2 instead of having to take the Gaetz Avenue/19 Street detour.

    I'm been thinking about how to similarly fix the SB merge back onto the QE2 on the west side. The vast majority of the SB traffic on Leva Avenue crosses Township Road 347 to merge back onto the QE2 but is frequently backed up by traffic lights to accommodate east/west traffic. It shouldn't be that costly to build a single bridge that allows both SB and NB traffic on Leva Avenue to pass under TR 347.
    Yes, if you are in East Gasoline Alley, you should be able to travel NB onto the NB collector, continue straight on the collector road and merge onto QEII NB just north of the Taylor Drive bridges. It should work like a charm.

    As for 347 (aka MacKenzie Rd), there would need to be a small grade separated interchange there to accomodate traffic because east/west traffic also needs to turn there to access QEII SB. Or maybe a roundabout or something.
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    Not sure where to post this, so this thread seems appropriate enough:

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4660418/e...e-oil-derrick/

    The Leduc #1 oil rig has been located at the Gateway Park visitor centre since 1987. But after the visitor centre closed in 2014, the city thought the artifact deserved a home where it could be appropriately viewed... As such, the decision was made the dismantle the rig and relocate it to its original home, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre.
    Sooooo...we'll make it more appropriately viewable by moving it all the way west to just past the Devon Bypass. Gotcha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the.tru.albertan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by East McCauley View Post
    It's going to be really nice to take the NB collector road to merge directly back onto the QE2 instead of having to take the Gaetz Avenue/19 Street detour.

    I'm been thinking about how to similarly fix the SB merge back onto the QE2 on the west side. The vast majority of the SB traffic on Leva Avenue crosses Township Road 347 to merge back onto the QE2 but is frequently backed up by traffic lights to accommodate east/west traffic. It shouldn't be that costly to build a single bridge that allows both SB and NB traffic on Leva Avenue to pass under TR 347.
    Yes, if you are in East Gasoline Alley, you should be able to travel NB onto the NB collector, continue straight on the collector road and merge onto QEII NB just north of the Taylor Drive bridges. It should work like a charm.

    As for 347 (aka MacKenzie Rd), there would need to be a small grade separated interchange there to accomodate traffic because east/west traffic also needs to turn there to access QEII SB. Or maybe a roundabout or something.
    The simple solution would have been to connect the old service road next to the highway with the interchange offramp that already goes under the 347 overpass, then after a 400 m weave zone add an onramp to get onto the highway (and probably move the existing onramp further South). Unfortunately that is no longer an option with the service road having been closed.

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    ^I seem to recall a time twenty or more years ago when the west service road did connect to the QE2 in the way you describe. I assume there were traffic safety concerns (the mixing in a relatively short distance of traffic exiting the QE2 with traffic entering it) that caused the service road to be connected to Leva Avenue instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordanGalhanth View Post
    Not sure where to post this, so this thread seems appropriate enough:

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4660418/e...e-oil-derrick/

    The Leduc #1 oil rig has been located at the Gateway Park visitor centre since 1987. But after the visitor centre closed in 2014, the city thought the artifact deserved a home where it could be appropriately viewed... As such, the decision was made the dismantle the rig and relocate it to its original home, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre.
    Sooooo...we'll make it more appropriately viewable by moving it all the way west to just past the Devon Bypass. Gotcha...
    For many years it was located at 51 ave along with the tourist information booth. This would now be the n.e. corner of the superstore parking lot. When it was there it had the big sign on it. Edmonton. Oil Capital of Canada. I remember it well. Calgary Trail was two way traffic then. It curved around in front of the present day Ramada (the Riviera Hotel) and became 104st two way to Whyte and Sask Dr. 103 st (gateway) was two way but more of a local industrial road then with parking on both sides. I was pretty young then still. Sad to see it go.
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    Wow. Looks real good. I didn’t think they would be that far this fall. Now what I’m hoping for is development on the west side of QE2 from this point to the river. I am a lover of sprawl though.
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    Yah!!!!! The dream is becoming a reality!!!!! Gaetz Ave bridge opening may happen on my days off. I'm thinking of lining up at the barricades so when they remove them, I'll be the first one across the new flyover bridge! Wouldn't that be so cool?! haha
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    Damn Sonic you stole my thunder! Haha.

    Yup she’s open! All bridges and roads are open to traffic. Very exciting time.

    Still lots to do with the MSE walls and paving. Facebook comments haven’t been kind.... some people are saying you can drive your vehicle right off the side of the Gaetz bridge. There’s a guardrail lacking or something. Also, some are unhappy with the road surface on Taylor Dr under the QEII bridges and no more paving until next spring. The road surface has been completely destroyed.

    I’m assuming the entire area will remain a construction zone for winter. Full completion next spring.

    I have long anticipated this day. One of my biggest road construction wish list items for years! I even designed this interchange on the city builder game Cities Skylines! And now I get to actually drive it in real life! Awesome!!!!!!

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    Ok guys. I got home from work last night and first thing I did today was go for a tour of this new interchange.

    All I can say is... MY GOD THIS THING IS SEXY! Haha haha. Man oh man. It’s so awesome there are no words. I’m gonna send a congrats email to AB Transportation for this one.

    I had my dash cam recording so I may try and string the clips together and post a video tour to this thread later today.

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    Here you go. A video tour of the interchange showing various exits and roads.

    VOLUME WARNING. Sorry for the shaky camera. The bass from my music was being blasted.
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    Thanks for the video!
    I'll be glad when construction is truly over since there's still too many pylons, parked trucks and equipment in the vicinity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Thanks for the video!
    I'll be glad when construction is truly over since there's still too many pylons, parked trucks and equipment in the vicinity.
    Yah I'll be happy when it's finally completed. Still lots going on but at least the roads are all open.
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    There will be new signage going up for the Hwy 19 exits.
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    I look forward to seeing all that in person one day next time I'm in that neck of the woods. I couldn't really tell at the start of the video how obvious the sign to Gasoline Alley is southbound. I have no doubt there may be a few people that will miss the turn off for the next long while. I know for me I have been used to the older off ramp for the past 20+ years and will automatically think the of ramp is much closer to Gasoline Alley.
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11 View Post
    I look forward to seeing all that in person one day next time I'm in that neck of the woods. I couldn't really tell at the start of the video how obvious the sign to Gasoline Alley is southbound. I have no doubt there may be a few people that will miss the turn off for the next long while. I know for me I have been used to the older off ramp for the past 20+ years and will automatically think the of ramp is much closer to Gasoline Alley.

    Oh yah, a very common gripe about this project is the current signage. But they are trying to fix that.

    Yes people are missing the exit. I went thru again a couple days ago and two drivers missed the exit. One went thru the ditch of QEII to get back on the SB collector into Gas Alley. Another actually drove the wrong way up SB QEII to get back to the SB collector. Totally crazy to see.

    Thing is tho, if you miss that exit, you can simply exit at McKenzie Road and go into Gas Alley that way.

    The sign at the new interchange says "Gasoline Alley next 2 exits".... the first one being the new exit, which is the first clip I show in my video, and the second exit is McKenzie Road which is at the south end of Gasoline Alley.
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    It needs proper overhead signage:
    2 or 3 lanes going to Edmonton or Calgary
    Right lane exiting to Gaetz or Gasoline Alley
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    Damn, owl cams are down permanently. I was hoping they'd stay up.

    Last picture was taken Dec. 8th at 9:51am.

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    Well this it is good to see that part of QE2 has been improved. Now I really want to see a massive improvement for the on and off ramps in Leduc, especially the on ramp from 2A to 2. That section is very dangerous and I'm surprised that there hasn't been a major accident there yet. I think they should actually reroute 2A further south of the new Leduc subdivision and create a good on ramp somewhere along the stretch that is near the south bound weigh scales.
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