Junction 42 rest area sees 100,000 weary visitors

Red Deer County recorded 100,000 visits to the Junction 42 Partnership Rest Area, a commercial area at the northwest corner of the QEII and Hwy 42. 

Sensors built into the parking lot enable Red Deer County Planning and Development to record the volume of vehicles entering and leaving the area each day. On Oct. 27, the county recorded its 100,000th vehicle movement.  

“We are thrilled to see so many people stopping in this area. We heard a lot of feedback from the commercial vehicle sector,” said Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood.

“They have a need for a commercial area along the QE2 highway, and Red Deer County partnered with the Alberta Transportation to respond to this need. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this development.”

Since opening in 2018, the rest area provides commercial and recreational traffic with the opportunity to pull off the highway, fuel up, and eat at one of the restaurants. The area also features high speed internet, and is well lit for safety.  

Overall, the Junction 42 plan area encompasses approximately 118 hectares (291 acres) of land located 9.5 kilometers south of the City of Red Deer. The site is directly adjacent to the boundary of the Town of Penhold, within an area north and west of the QEII and Hwy 42 overpass.