Construction will begin this month on two major road projects that will alleviate traffic congestion in central west Lethbridge as well as provide improved access to new neighbourhoods, leisure facilities, schools, library services and shopping.
Construction will begin Monday, April 10 on expanding Whoop-Up Drive to four lanes from two from McMaster Boulevard West/Jerry Potts Boulevard West to 30 Street West. In the third week of April, construction will also begin on Métis Trail from Whoop-Up Drive to Walsh Drive.
The City of Lethbridge recognizes that construction on Whoop-Up Drive and Metis Trail will have significant impact to residents and visitors to Copperwood, Garry Station and the Crossings area. As such, these projects have been coordinated to minimize impacts to traffic and to offer alternative routes during the construction period. For the safety of construction workers, motorists are advised to drive with caution in work areas and to follow any posted speed limits or detours.
Whoop-Up Drive twinning
Stage 1 of construction will take place on the south side of the existing two-lane section of Whoop-Up Drive, between Coalbanks Gate West and 30 Street West. (Please refer to map) Impact on traffic is expected to be minimal initially during April and May 2017.
Once work on new lanes on the south side of Whoop-Up Drive is completed, construction will begin on the Blackfoot Road and Aquitania Blvd intersections during the summer months this year when school is out. Completion of the Whoop-Up Drive project is expected by November 2018, weather permitting.
Métis Trail construction
Stage 1 of Métis Trail construction will occur between Jerry Potts Boulevard West and Caledonia Boulevard West, including construction of a new section of Caledonia Blvd between Metis Trail and Aquitania Blvd. (Please refer to map) No impact to traffic is expected during this stage.
This Stage 1 section is expected to be completed and open to traffic by late August 2017 (weather permitting) in time for the start of the new school year. Completion of the Métis Trail construction project is expected by September 2018, weather permitting.