Red Deer County’s investment in a new rest area is already paying off with the announcement of a gas station and fast food restaurants coming to the site.
The Junction 42 Partner Rest Area, located at the intersection of Hwys 2 and 42, will start its life as a freight truck and recreation vehicle parking rest stop.
On June 28, it was announced the large parking area is getting a gas station, a Tim Hortons, a Burger King, a 1950s-style diner and an electric vehicle services station. The gas station will feature both cardlock and retail gas portions.
Construction of the new businesses got underway on July 2. With a tentative completion timeframe of mid-November.
“Any time we create something new, it’s a benefit for this entire region,” said Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood. “If you take a look at the traffic that goes up and down this highway every day and see how busy this location was without any facilities. This is going to be a very successful location. It will bring not just tax dollars to Red Deer County, but this will bring economy to this region, it’s going to create jobs.”
The partnership rest area, is designed to accommodate trucks, with larger lanes, turning areas and large parking spaces.
“Gasoline Alley never had a decent place to park a truck,” said Red Deer County Manager Curtis Herzberg. “We started with five acres of parking to make sure we never had that happen again.”
Wood even speculated that it wouldn’t be too long before other businesses entered the area. About 90,000 vehicles pass the site every day.
In total, Junction 42 has 10 quarter sections. Wood said the development in the area will continue along at a very fast pace.
“We’re looking at many years of future development capacity in this area,” said Wood. “This is extremely important for us at Red Deer County.”
The rest area is the first phase of the development of Junction 42. Future development may include light and medium industrial businesses.