Local 63 members employed by Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited in Alberta have been busy working on the $79.8 million Red Deer Interchange Project for the past year. The project, which began in September 2016, is scheduled to be completed by July 2019, providing steady employment for over 100 members.
The complex project involves the removal of three bridges and the building of five new ones on a busy stretch of Highway 2. The highway will also be realigned and expanded to six lanes, with new collector-distributor roads, and ramps and intersections will be reconfigured.
By the end of the project, motorists will have a much safer highway to travel on. Substandard curves and poor lighting on the existing highway currently pose a real risk to motorists.
Key to the project is maintaining traffic control of the 84,560 vehicles that travel the highway daily. Along with speeding, distracted, and frustrated motorists, members also have to contend with limited storage space on the site and the dangers inherent to working at night at times.
The project is expected to open the new roads and bridges in time for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, being hosted by Red Deer. When the games begin, these Local 63 members can take pride in knowing they helped improve safety and efficiency not only for those attending the games, but for many years after.