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Métis Trail, Jerry Potts Blvd, Squamish Blvd & Garry Drive Intersection Improvements (CO-7)

​Current Status ​Complete
​Timeline 2014​-2015
​Location Click here to view a map of the affected area

 

Description of the Project

This project involves the construction of the first two lanes of the ultimate 4-lane Métis Trail arterial roadway from Garry Drive to Jerry Potts Blvd as well as improvements to adjacent intersections. The contract was awarded to McNally Contractors by City of Lethbridge Council on August 5th, 2014 for $10.3 Million.

Background

The 2012 Squamish Boulevard West Traffic Concerns study involved a public consultation process that resulted in recommendations to construct Jerry Potts Boulevard from Red Crow Boulevard to Métis Trail, construct Métis Trail from Garry Drive to Jerry Potts Boulevard and consider traffic calming measures on Red Crow Boulevard. The recommendation was presented and approved by Council on January 24th, 2013.

Click here to view information on the Squamish Blvd Traffic Concerns Process.

Project Updates

October 8, 2015 - Concrete bump outs are being constructed on Red Crow Blvd West between both entrances to Squamish Court West. Red Crow Blvd West will be closed in this area from October 13 - 15 to facilitate construction. Traffic will be detoured onto Squamish Court West during this time.

October 2, 2015 - Garry Drive West will reopen today at 4 p.m. with the completion of roundabout construction at the Squamish Boulevard West/Highlands Boulevard West intersection.

September 22, 2015 - On Wednesday, September 23 work will begin on the final phase of the construction of a roundabout at the intersection on Garry Drive West and Squamish Boulevard West/Highlands Boulevard West.

To facilitate this construction, Garry Drive West will be closed between University Drive and Metis Trail from September 23 until the expected reopening of the roadway on October 5, weather permitting. During this time, there will be no access to Garry Drive West from Squamish Boulevard West or Highlands Boulevard West.

September 16, 2015 - In an effort to help motorists, cyclists and pedestrians move through the multi-lane roundabout at the Garry Drive and Squamish Blvd/Highlands Blvd West intersection, the City of Lethbridge is hosting an information session on Wednesday, September 23. During this session residents will learn how to navigate a multi-lane roundabout and be informed about the construction project.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
4 to 7 p.m.
Formal Presentation at 4:15 p.m.
Friends Meeting Space, Crossings Branch Library West
255 Britannia Blvd – Parking located on the north side of the library​

Click here for more information on how to drive this roundabout.

September 9, 2015 - On Thursday, Sept. 10th, 2015 work will begin on the next phase of the construction of a roundabout at the intersection on Garry Drive West and Squamish Boulevard West/Highlands Boulevard West.

To facilitate this construction, Squamish Boulevard West will be closed at Garry Drive West, starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 10. and will remain closed for two weeks. The section of Highlands Boulevard West between Garry Drive West and Highlands Road West will remain closed to motorists. Garry Drive West will remain open to East/West traffic.

August 5, 2015 - On Thursday, August 6th construction of a roundabout will begin at the intersection of Garry Drive West, and Squamish Boulevard West/Highlands Boulevard West.

To facilitate this construction, a temporary road has been constructed parallel to Garry Drive West around the site. Squamish Boulevard West will remain open to Garry Drive West via this temporary road. The section of Highlands Boulevard West between Garry Drive West and Highlands Road West will be closed to motorists

August 4, 2015 - The new sections of Metis Trail West and Jerry Potts Boulevard West are opening to motorists on Wednesday, August 5th. 

July 15, 2015 - The contractors are completing the finishing work along Metis Trail and Jerry Potts Boulevard right of ways. Concrete islands are complete on Jerry Potts Boulevard and Métis Trail. The detour road is complete and the two additional lanes of traffic are being constructed along Garry Drive West.

June 16, 2015 - The contractor has competed installing all the underground infrastructure along Metis trail and Jerry Potts Boulevard. Surface construction continues along both Métis Trail and Jerry Potts right of ways. Concrete sidewalks and paved pathways are complete on Jerry Potts Boulevard and Métis Trail is now paved (first lift of asphalt) as concrete work continues on Métis Trail.

April 20, 2015 - The contractor has completed installing the deep storm sewer along Metis Trail and Jerry Potts Boulevard. Surface construction has started with rough grading along both Metis Trail and Jerry Potts.

February 20, 2015 - The contractor is planning to start deep storm sewer installation in the next few weeks, weather permitting, along Metis trail and Jerry Potts Boulevard. Construction is planned to restart after the Easter holiday.

October 2, 2014 - The closed portion of Garry Drive will reopen on Saturday, October 18th.

September 18, 2014 - The contractors have started construction in two locations, the rough grading along Métis Trail and Jerry Potts Boulevard has started despite the wet weather. Garry Drive has been closed for the twinning of the roadway to be constructed including new entrances to the West Lethbridge Towne Centre, as well as a new pedestrian sidewalk.

August 20, 2014 - Garry Drive West from University Drive West to Squamish Blvd West will be closed starting August 21, 2014 to permit the construction of roadway improvements.

Traffic will be detoured around the construction at this location. Construction is anticipated to take six weeks.

April 9, 2014 - Members of the community are invited to attend a public Open House to view and provide input on the proposed improvements for the community.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: Any time between 4 & 8 p.m.
Location: Father Van Tighem School - 25 Stoney Crescent West

Missed the Open House? Here are the information boards from the session:

Scope

  • The public process did not address the specific traffic control measures to be implemented at the intersections of the new roadways. Through the preliminary design process, it was determined that:
    • The intersection of Jerry Potts Blvd. and Métis Trail will be a two-lane roundabout
    • The intersection of Métis Trail and Garry Drive will be a temporary signalized T-intersection (until the future Garry Drive upgrade occurs)
    • The intersection of Red Crow Blvd. and Jerry Potts Blvd. will be a single-lane roundabout
    • The intersection of Garry Drive and Squamish Blvd. / Highlands Blvd. will be a hybrid multi-lane roundabout
    • The intersection of Red Crow Blvd. and Squamish Blvd. will become a three-way stop
  • Traffic calming measures on Red Crow Blvd. will involve curb extensions at three intersections. This decision was based on practicality and design best practices.
  • Métis Trail will be constructed to a Stage 1 two-lane cross section where two-way traffic will operate on the ultimate southbound lanes. The Garry Drive 4-lane cross section will be extended to connect to University Drive.
  • A stormwater management system has been designed to accommodate drainage on Métis Trail and Jerry Potts Blvd. Extensions to the Métis Trail corridor stormwater and deep sanitary mains will be constructed. Shallow utility relocations to accommodate intersection upgrades include City Electric, Telus and Shaw.
 

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Contact Information

Robert Kovacs, R.E.T.
Senior Project Administrator
403 320 3185
robert.kovacs@lethbridge.ca