The Gaetz Avenue interchange is now open to traffic.
From the Province of Alberta
Gaetz Avenue interchange open in Red Deer
As the 2018 construction season comes to a close, the Highway 2/Gaetz Avenue interchange in Red Deer is fully open to traffic.
The new interchange will improve traffic flow and safety for highway travellers, local residents and commuters and businesses in the Red Deer area.
“This section of the QEII has always been a pinch-point for motorists. Alberta Transportation, the City and County of Red Deer, along with the contractor, worked diligently to make sure we could safely open the interchange in time for the Canada Winter Games this February. This new interchange improves the flow of traffic and increases safety on a heavily travelled stretch of highway.”
“Our community appreciates the modernized QEII interchange with Gaetz Avenue that is now open to traffic. The new interchange will greatly enhance safety and improve access for citizens in Red Deer and region, as well as for the thousands of our fellow Canadians who will be joining us from across our country for the Canada Winter Games.”
“Red Deer County is thrilled to see the Gaetz Avenue interchange project come to a conclusion. This was a massive project, and, in only two years, we have completely changed the way that motorists access Gasoline Alley and the City of Red Deer. This project has improved vehicle safety and efficiency – which creates even greater demand for local businesses. We are also excited to see the beginning of a new business area adjacent to the highway, at the Junction of Highways 2 and 42.”
Construction of the $80 million Highway 2/Gaetz Avenue interchange began in 2016. The project includes five new bridges, new on and off ramps for northbound and southbound traffic, the widening and realignment of Highway 2 and the integration of the Taylor Drive and Gaetz Avenue interchanges. Minor finishing work, such as final paving, signage, guardrail installation and landscaping, will be completed in 2019.
The project was one of more than 195 projects included in the 2018 Construction Program. Of those projects, 139 will be completed by the end of the fiscal year and 56, which are multi-year projects, will continue in the 2019 construction season.
2018 construction season highlights:
- Five year budget for highways and bridges – $5.6 billion
- 2018-19 fiscal year – $1.1 billion
- 2018-19 fiscal year to the end of September, 2018 – $719 million
- 1,100 kilometres of roads were maintained with pavement rehabilitation work in 2018, which is equivalent to the driving distance between Edmonton and Brandon, Man.
Southwest Calgary Ring Road
- Construction of the Southwest Ring Road is now more than 40 per cent complete with full completion scheduled for October 2021.
- River channel alignment works are complete at all three locations.
- More than 90 per cent of utility realignment is complete.
Highway 43X bypass (Grande Prairie)
- The roundabout at Highway 43X and Range Road 63 opened in mid-September.
Peace River Bridge
- Work continues on the west side at the Shaftesbury Interchange and the CN Rail overpass.
- All project components (except the main bridge) are expected to open during fall 2019.
- Completion of the 98 Street overpass is expected during summer 2019.
- The main bridge is on schedule to open during fall 2020.
- Work on the east section of the project is expected to be complete in 2019.
- During the winter of 2018-19, two lanes per direction are expected to open to traffic.
- Construction of a roundabout at Highway 39 and 60 is expected begin in 2019.
Highway 15 twinning and related work
- Design is underway for the overall Highway 15 twinning project.
- Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019, and is estimated to take about three years.
- Repaving of four kilometres of highway between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan was completed in 2017.
- Upgrades to the existing bridge substructures, concrete piers, guardrails and drainage system was completed in 2017.
Team says technical issues from ‘unprecedented demand’ left Oilers raffle in limbo
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers’ record-setting online 50/50 raffle from Friday with a total estimated pot of more than $15 million remained in limbo on Saturday as officials attempted to sort out technical problems that the team’s management says were a result of “unprecedented demand.”
In a website post, the Oilers Entertainment Group says its technology provider’s servers were overwhelmed with requests to purchase tickets.
At certain points, it says demand for tickets exceeded $100,000 per minute, causing slow loading times, geolocation errors and duplication of some orders.
It says it’s trying to resolve customers issues and is in communication with the province’s gaming regulator, but that dealing with the issues “led to a delay in picking the winning number.”
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis says in an email that it has been monitoring the situation and asks for the public to be patient with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation as they address the issues.
Late Friday the foundation announced the 50/50 was closed in order to process transactions in the queue.
“The integrity of the draw is intact. We apologize for the inconvenience, and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will post the winner as soon as possible at EdmontonOilers.com/5050,” the update on the team’s website on Saturday stated.
Friday’s record broke a previous one that was set by another draw Wednesday. That draw had to close early when the server provider reached maximum allowable ticket sales.
Officials had said the provider had increased its capacity by 2.5 times for Friday night’s draw, but many people reported on social media that they were having trouble getting through to buy tickets.
Half of the pot raised from the raffles go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, which supports organizations focused on vulnerable populations in downtown Edmonton and youth sports throughout northern Alberta.
The Oilers were eliminated from the playoffs Friday when they lost Game 4 of their best-of-five series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2020.
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Tuch scores in OT, Knights beat Avs 4-3 for top seed
EDMONTON — Alex Tuch scored 4:44 into overtime, Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday to earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
The Golden Knights will face Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. The second-seeded Avs take on Arizona.
“We came here to take care of every challenge ahead of us. We did a good job,” Marchessault said. “We wanted the first seed after the round robin and we got it done. So I think it’s pretty positive. We’re really happy where our game is at as a team.”
Tuch scored the winner on a shot over the shoulder of Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer. The Avalanche tied the game with 1:02 left in regulation when J.T. Compher poked in the puck.
Marchessault scored in the second period and again early in the third when he was pulled down by Avalanche defenceman Ryan Graves on a breakaway. Awarded a penalty shot, Marchessault beat Grubauer to the glove side.
Nicolas Roy also scored for the Golden Knights, who finished 3-0 in the playoff seeding round between the top four teams. Colorado wound up 2-0-1.
It was Tuch’s third goal in round-robin play.
“Feels pretty good,” Tuch said. “Honestly it was a big goal to get the first seed. I didn’t care who scored it as long as we did.”
Robin Lehner finished with 32 saves in starting over Marc-Andre Fleury. Lehner was acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks in February.
Now he gets to face them in the post-season.
“It’s going to be fun,” Lehner said. “They’re a very good hockey team.”
Joonas Donskoi and Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avalanche. Grubauer was in net over Pavel Francouz, who stopped 27 shots in a shutout win over Dallas on Wednesday. The veteran Grubauer was solid in saving 22 shots.
Colorado’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had a breakaway chance late in the third against his former team, only to send the shot high.
“We’re talking like we lost and that our game was poor. I don’t see it that way. I don’t see it that way at all,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “If we were expecting this thing to be easy, we’re in the wrong tournament. This is going to be work. That’s a real good hockey team. I’m not really that disappointed.”
The intensity was raised to another level in a second period that featured four goals. The scoring spree got started when Marchessault tipped a power-play shot past Grubauer. MacKinnon was in the penalty box for an unsportsmanlike call after voicing his displeasure over an icing call.
MacKinnon, a candidate for the league’s MVP honours along with the Lady Byng Trophy, atoned for losing his cool by tying the game with a spinning, backhanded shot on the power play.
Vegas jumped in front again when Roy pounded in a shot with heavy traffic in front of the net. It would last less than two minutes as Donskoi tied it up.
Colorado had a golden opportunity in the first period during an extended 5-on-3 power play. The best scoring chance was by Mikko Rantanen, but his shot down low was plucked out of the air by the glove of Lehner.
“I was fortunate to get over there,” Lehner said.
The Twitter accounts for both sides were certainly entertaining leading into the game. The Vegas crew sent: “Rock Paper Scissors for the No. 1 seed???”
The Avalanche side responded: “You guys just love to gamble don’t ya?”
NOTES: Vegas F Max Pacioretty is getting closer to a return after suffering a minor injury during training camp before heading to Edmonton. How close? “Really close,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “That’s all I can tell you.” … Golden Knights D Shea Theodore had two assists. … Avs F Nazem Kadri and Rantanen each had two assists.
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