City Council has directed administration to explore options that could accelerate the construction of two major roadways in west Lethbridge. Administration is to look at funding options for the expansion of Whoop-Up Drive from two lanes to four lanes between McMaster Blvd and Jerry Potts Blvd to 30 Street West as well as the completion of the first two lanes of Metis Trail between Walsh Drive and Whoop-Up Drive West.
As part of the City of Lethbridge's current Capital Improvement Program (CIP), construction of Whoop-Up twinning is not scheduled to be completed until 2022. The first two lanes of Metis Trail between Walsh Drive and Whoop-Up Drive are not planned until 2024. Administration in now tasked with returning to Council in September with options to advance these projects.
"Growth has been more rapid in this part of the City than our CIP had predicted," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "The current interest rate environment coupled with recent pricing on construction projects makes this an ideal time to try and move this work forward. The creation of jobs for these projects would also be another positive outcome for our city."
In December 2015, City Council approved the completion of the detailed design for a four lane divided roadway on the western portion of Whoop-Up Drive. By completing the design work early, Council now has the option of advancing the construction timelines if alternative funding sources can be secured.
Whoop-Up twinning will allow for growth in the Crossings and Copperwood communities. It will also help accommodate traffic flow anticipated from the completion of the Crossings Leisure Complex, a new elementary school and the Crossings commercial development.
The completion of Metis Trail will increase access to new subdivisions, reduce Fire and EMS response times to Country Meadows and Garry Station, reduce traffic in Indian Battle Heights and improve overall traffic flow. Design for this project was recently completed.
Whoop-Up Drive is a major east-west arterial roadway connecting West Lethbridge to East Lethbridge and Metis Trail will become a major north south arterial roadway similar to University Drive.
Tara Grindle, Communications Consultant
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