19 Street Improvement Project

The 19 Street Improvement Project will improve safety, mobility, and capacity on one of Red Deer’s major arterial roadways. This project is big and will continue over 2024 construction season.
19th Street Map 2024

Current Situation

In 2023, crews completed most of the rehabilitation of 19 Street from east of Gaetz Avenue to Irwin Avenue in both eastbound and westbound lanes. This included removing and replacing the base road structure, replacing underground infrastructure and concrete where necessary and paving the roadways. Construction of the extended trail system north of 19 Street was also completed connecting Inglewood and Sunnybrook South to Bower and the businesses in between. They also constructed some of the detours that will be used in the upcoming 2024 construction. 

Crews have returned and are currently working on detours that will be used when traffic is diverted to accommodate construction on the new, modern roundabout at 19 Street and 40 Avenue. They have also started rehabilitation of the small section of 19 Street between 49 Avenue and Gaetz Avenue. This summer, they will completed the top lift of pavement along 19 between Gaetz Avenue and Irwin Avenue. 

There will be traffic impacts during the 2024 work with the temporary closure of north and south bound traffic on 40 Avenue at the 19 Street intersection and with no left-turns being permitted that at intersection in any direction. Traffic will also be reduced to one-lane in each direction between Gaetz Avenue and 49 Avenue between mid-May and mid-July; however, there will be minimal impacts to Red Deer's annual Westerner Days celebration which will take place from July 17-21, 2024.

Trails and sidewalks will also be closed along 19 Street from east of Sharpe Avenue to Irwin Avenue to ensure safety for both trail users and construction crew members. Access to all businesses and Oxbows Off Leash Dog Park will be maintained throughout construction.

Why is this project needed?

The 19 Street Improvement Project will improve overall movement, safety and capacity along 19 Street between Gaetz Avenue and Irwin Avenue. This project included a complete reconstruction of the roadway that was completed in 2023 and a new multi-lane roundabout at 19 Street and 40 Avenue to improve roadway capacity and safety and new trails to encourage active movement in this area. The roundabout and completion of trails and rehabilitation will be completed in 2024.

  • Roadway rehabilitation: 19 Street between Irwin Avenue and Gaetz Avenue is a road in need, with the entire road infrastructure requiring upgrades to maintain the road’s integrity. This was mostly completed in 2023.
  • Roundabout at 19 Street and 40 Avenue: Construction of a multi-lane modern roundabout at 19 Street and 40 Avenue, will improve intersection capacity, reduce overall traffic delays and improve safety for all road users.
  • Trail connections: New multi-use trails will be built to provide better multi-modal connectivity between neighbourhoods, parks, and commercial spaces.
What work is involved in this project?

This project scope includes:

  • Complete rebuild of 19 Street between Irwin Avenue and Gaetz Avenue. This road is more than 20 years old and past its service life.
  • Construction of a multi-lane roundabout at 19 Street and 40 Avenue. This will improve intersection capacity and reduce overall delay by 80 per cent.
  • Construction of multi-use trails on 19 Street and 40 Avenue. This will provide better connectivity between neighbourhoods in the east and commercial areas in the west.
Will traffic be detoured?

In 2024, east/west traffic on 19 Street will remain open and traffic can make right turns at the 19 Street and 40 Avenue intersection; however, there will be no north/south traffic on 40 Street through 19 Street. All other intersections in 19 Street and 40 Avenue will remain open in all directions throughout the summer. 

There will be traffic delays as speed limits drop through the construction zones and drivers wanting to travel north or south through 19 Street at 40 Avenue will need to plan for a detour through south Red Deer or Red Deer County.

Will businesses remain open during construction?

Yes. All businesses will remain open, and access will be maintained during construction. The project will provide signage to direct drivers how to safely access businesses.

Will trails be closed during construction?

For safety reasons, there will be intermittent trail closures during construction. Please follow all signs. The project also includes the addition of multi-use trails that will provide better connectivity between neighbourhoods, parks and commercial spaces along 19 Street.

Why are you adding a roundabout instead of keeping the traffic signals?

Modern roundabouts reduce delays and improve intersection safety compared to signalized intersections. 19 Street and 40 Avenue is a busy intersection in our city and, by replacing the signalized intersection with a multi-lane roundabout, we estimate reducing intersection delays by up to 30 seconds, and reduce potential vehicular and pedestrian conflict points, improving safety for all road users. 

When will construction happen?

The project team is currently planning for the 2024 construction season, and they are planning to start as soon as mother nature allows. That doesn’t just mean the snow has melted, that means that the ground is fully thawed from winter freezing and it’s safe for them to begin work. They will complete some off-road work before traffic pattern changes take place. Keep your eye on this website and The City’s social channels to stay up to date on their progress and anticipated start-up dates. You can also sign up for the bi-weekly project newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

Construction activities will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for long weekends. This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change as the project requires. Contractors will adjust their hours according to project demands to keep progress moving.

The 19 Street work is happening by the Westerner, will this impact access?

No. Access to Westerner Park will be maintained throughout construction this summer except for a day or two of paving when they complete the final lift of paving on 19 Street between Gaetz Avenue and Irwin Avenue.

There will be some construction on a small section of 19 Street just east of Gaetz Avenue and west of the access areas to Westerner Park. Crews are planning to complete this work outside of the Westerner Days Fair and Exhibition on July 17-21, 2024. Keep an eye on this page and our social media channels closer to Westerner Days for updates on any expected traffic delays.

Are there Transit impacts to construction?

We are currently working with our Transit Department to understand what the impacts will be to routes in this area. We will update this webpage and the My Bus app when we know more about Transit impacts.

Stay tuned! For more information about this project as it occurs, sign up for 19 Street Improvement Project updates delivered straight to your inbox. These updates are currently paused until we are ready to start 2024 construction.