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University Drive - South Extension

​​​Current Status Complete​
​Timeline

Stage 1: Deep utilities and earth moving (Complete)

Stage 2: Road construction to be completed Fall 2013 (Complete)

​Location University Drive West south of the SunRidge Blvd intersection (Map)​
 

Public Access and Detours During Construction

  • Access to SunRidge neighbourhood from University Drive West will not be affected by construction.
  • Access to Paradise Canyon, Canyon Crest and The Canyons neighbourhoods will remain unchanged using the roundabout at University Drive and 40th Avenue West.
  • The regular access to Popson Park, Cottonwood Park and 10th Street West is now open.  

Project Updates

November 15, 2013 - Canyon Parkway West will open to traffic on Monday, November 18th, 2013.  This new road will provide access to the Canyons, Canyon Crest and Paradise Canyon, replacing the existing road, 40th Avenue West. 

October 18, 2013 - The road surface for the University Drive portion of the project is complete and is open to traffic from SunRidge Blvd to 10th St W. Both the roadwork and landscaping contractors are onsite and are working hard to complete this project. The projected road open date is November 18, 2013.

September 17, 2013 - The road surface for the University Drive portion of the project is complete and is open to traffic from SunRidge Blvd to 10th Street West. The contractor is working hard to complete the Canyon Parkway on time. The landscaping contractor is also now onsite and will be busy on this project well into the fall.

July 30, 2013 – Road construction is well underway with approximately 80% of the work now complete. Concrete curbs, gravel base, pavement and shallow utility work is complete in University Drive. The detour to Popson Park, Cottonwood Park and 10th Street West through the SunRidge neighbourhood has been taken down as University Drive from the SunRidge roundabout south to 10th Street West is now open.

June 20, 2013 – Road construction is well underway with approximately 50% complete. Concrete curbs, gravel base, and shallow utility work is ongoing. The detour to Popson Park, Cottonwood Park and 10th Street W. through the SunRidge neighbourhood is still in effect.

April 25, 2013 - Road construction is underway. The detour to Popson Park, Cottonwood Park and 10th Street W  through the SunRidge neighbourhood is now in place.

April 12, 2013 - Tollestrup will be moving onto the site to begin road construction the week of April 15. They will be focusing their initial efforts on the portion of University Drive between SunRidge Blvd and 10th St W. Traffic bound for Cottonwood and Popson parks will be detoured through the SunRidge neighbourhood during construction.

January 4, 2013 - Major earthworks and underground utilities have been completed. Road construction will begin in the spring of 2013.

November 28, 2012 - The rough grading and deep utility contract is complete. 

The access to Popson Park, Cottonwood Park and 10th Street W has been re-opened.  Traffic will follow University Drive south to a new intersection at Chinook Trail/10th Street W and turn west onto 10th Street W.  Please follow posted signs.

The installation and maintenance of snow/silt fencing along University Drive will continue throughout the winter, please obey traffic signage and flag personnel instructions.

October 18, 2012 - The deep utilities in both University Drive and Canyon Parkway have been completed for this project with the exception of final inspections and testing.  Some final earthmoving will be ongoing until approximately the end of November. 

September 19, 2012 – Rough Grading and Deep Utilities are being constructed. Earthmoving on the roadway is 80% complete. Water, sanitary and storm sewers approximately 40% complete.

The temporary detour to 40th Avenue West (access to Paradise Canyon and Canyon Crest)  at SunRidge Blvd Roundabout  will be removed September 20th, 2012.  Regular access and operation of the SunRidge Blvd. Roundabout will resume at that time.

Construction equipment is crossing 40th Avenue West. Equipment crossing is controlled by qualified Flag Personnel. Please reduce speed, obey traffic signage and flag personnel instructions.

This phase of the project is on schedule with expected completion by December 1st, 2012.

About the Project

This project is the construction of a two lane arterial road, the South extension of University Drive West.  This project will extend from SunRidge Blvd/40th Avenue West to Canyon Parkway West and includes the construction of underground utilities as well as a new roadway. 

In conjunction with this work, another project is also being delivered concurrently by the same contractor and engineering firms. Canyon Parkway is a new collector road that is being built from the roundabout at 40th Avenue West and Canyon Estates Lane West to the new south end of University Drive West.  This project also includes the construction of underground utilities and a new roadway.

Background

The design and construction of the project was previously approved in the 2008 CIP as C-23.  Stantec and Associated Engineering have been retained to jointly work together to complete the design and provide tendering and construction services for this project.  The delivery of this project is a partnership between the City of Lethbridge and Melcor Developments.  Stage 1 has been tendered and awarded to Sorochan Enterprises.  Stage 2 will be tendered in the fall of 2012.

 

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Contact Information

Leanne Schroyen, C.E.T.
Urban Construction Coordinator
403 329 7316
leanne.schroyen@lethbridge.ca