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  • 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.”

    Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

    “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.”

    Tara Veer, mayor of Red Deer

    “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.”

    Jim Wood, mayor, Red Deer County

    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.

    Highway 19

    • 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.


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    United We Roll crew feeling under attack as they approach Parliament Hill

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  • The closer the Convoy gets to their destination, the harder their job gets.  Here’s what it looked like as United We Roll set out on their final leg from Pembroke, Ontario.  Video from Chance Turcotte

     

    Today is the big day and some of the spokespeople taking Alberta’s message to Ottawa are feeling under attack.  After facing media questions which have little to do with the actual reason all these Canadians drove across the country.. Haley Wile is nearing her wits end.  Watch her post.. and send her support.. She needs her friends now more than ever..


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    As Hair Massacure Returns for Another Year, Here’s A Moving Look at How it Began

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  • On February 22, 2019, thousands of heads will be shaved in honour of the journey of sick children losing their hair due to chemotherapy.

    People will gather once again at the Toyota Mayfield Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall to collectively shave their heads, raising money in support of Albertans facing cancer.

    The Hair Massacure is founded, supported and organized by The MacDonald Family, in honour of their daughter Kali, a childhood cancer survivor.

    The MacDonald family partners once again with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and supports Terry Fox Profyle, a Pediatric cancer research project.

    With the support of their partners, the family plans to scale Hair Massacure to the national level with the support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, continuing to raise funding for pediatric cancer research and for children with life threatening illnesses.

    Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada

    Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a 100% Canadian charity that grants the single-most heartfelt wishes of Canadian children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Every wish is as unique as the child making it.  In Alberta and the NWT, we grant a Wish every three days and approve around 180 new Wishes each year. Wish referrals can be made by anyone who has a child in their lives between the ages of 3-17 and meets the medical criteria. Become a supporter of the largest Wish granting organization in Canada today!

    Terry Fox Profyle

    For the first time in Canadian history, more than 30 pediatric cancer research and funding organizations have joined forces through Terry Fox PROFYLE, a pan-Canadian project to give children, adolescents and young adults who are out of conventional treatment options another chance to beat their cancer. Short for PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE, the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and these research and funding partners are working and fundraising together under a unique partnership that to date is providing a total of $16.4 million to molecularly profile the tumours of these patients, no matter where they live in Canada. For example, if Terry Fox had been diagnosed with cancer today, he would have been eligible for PROFYLE when the tumour returned and spread to his lungs. A $5-million investment by TFRI is the catalyst bringing together top scientists and clinicians, research centres, cancer charities and foundations at children’s hospitals across the country to create new hope for young people who need it the most.

    Video produced by Storyteller Productions .


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