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Update: Temporary change in traffic pattern for the QEII Hwy. interchange

Pattern change to be in place for four weeks, weather permitting

The temporary traffic set-up for the QEII Hwy., between Taylor Drive and south of Gaetz Avenue, has been rescheduled and is now anticipated to take place on Aug. 26th. Originally scheduled for Aug. 23rd, the full implementation of the detour has been rescheduled to accommodate phased paving and shifting of traffic, as well as increased safety for crews placing barriers and preparing the roadway for the detour.

On Saturday, northbound QEII traffic will be detoured onto the southbound lanes where both northbound and southbound traffic will operate. Two lanes will be accommodated in each direction and traffic will be separated by concrete barriers.

As part of this temporary traffic set-up, northbound Gaetz Avenue will be closed at the QEII Hwy. Northbound QEII Hwy. traffic wishing to access Gaetz Avenue will be detoured onto Gasoline Alley east, then will re-join Gaetz Avenue where northbound Gasoline Alley East merges onto Gaetz Avenue.

This temporary traffic set-up is required in order to complete the new northbound lanes for the QEII Hwy. This set-up will be in effect for approximately four weeks, weather permitting.

Reduced speed limits will remain in effect throughout the construction zone. Highway 2 has been reduced to 80 km/hr as work is ongoing through the day and night. Road users are asked to drive safely and obey the speed limits through the construction zone.

The QEII Hwy./Gaetz Avenue Interchange is scheduled to be complete in fall 2018, weather permitting. For detailed project information, visit

For up-to-date information on construction and traffic delays, visit or @511Alberta on Twitter.

– Fawcett