Thousands of visitors traveling to Wetaskiwin area for papal visit and NASCAR event
Friday, July 22, 2022 (Wetaskiwin, Alberta) — As communities in Central Alberta continue to prepare for the Pope’s upcoming visit, more details on traffic disruptions have been released.
Alberta Transportation has planned for rolling closures and restricted access of nearby highways that will affect the Wetaskiwin area during Pope Francis’ visit to Maskwacis on Monday, July 25.
Highways with rolling closures (expect travel delays):
Highways closed with only local traffic allowed:
Highways completely closed; only event traffic allowed:
In addition to these road closures, Alberta Transportation has designated three (3) park-and-ride sites near Wetaskiwin for those attending the Pope’s address in Maskwacis on July 25. Traffic controls will be set up at these sites starting at 5 a.m. and will be in place until no longer needed. The park-and-ride sites are:
Questions about road closures and highway access can be directed to Alberta Transportation.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 (Wetaskiwin, Alberta) — Wetaskiwinites are being asked to have patience and plan ahead in anticipation of a busy weekend on the highways around the city.
Pope Francis will be visiting Maskwacis on Monday, July 25 as part of his Walking Together tour. Alberta was home to the largest number of residential schools in Canada, which included Ermineskin Residential School. The Holy Father will visit the site of the former residential school and meet with Indigenous Peoples as part of the ongoing journey toward truth and reconciliation.
The Pope’s visit is expected to attract more than 15,000 people to the area. The province has identified three park-and-ride sites in the Wetaskiwin area to help accommodate visitors.
In addition to the Pope’s visit, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series BAYER 300 race will be taking place Saturday, July 23. Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin is the only quarter-mile NASCAR track in western Canada and is a popular stop on the circuit, bringing hundreds of visitors to the city.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of this weekend:
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