The next phases of the 3 Avenue South Reconstruction Project between 4 Street and 8 Street in Downtown Lethbridge are ready to begin.
This week, crews will be back in front of businesses along 3 Avenue between 6 Street and 7 Street, to complete work on the tree grates and to finish concrete work. This work will not require a full closure, so 3 Avenue will remain open and there will still be parking available.
Crews will also be completing concrete work along 8 Street from 3 Avenue down to the Paramount parking lot. The roadway will remain open, but the lane and accesses on the west side of the street will be closed. Businesses in the area have received additional correspondence.
This year's main construction between 7 Street and 8 Street is tentatively set to begin following the Easter long weekend. At that time, 3 Avenue will be closed off between 7 Street and 8 Street. A completion date is targeted for Fall 2021.
Also this year, there will be an art installation on the construction fencing, which will give people something to come and take a look at while 3 Avenue construction is underway.
As one of the oldest streets in Lethbridge, 3 Avenue South has always been a vital part of the community, once serving as the main east/west highway through the city. This project will not only provide important utility and infrastructure upgrades to the street but it will also enhance the aesthetics of 3 Avenue.
Major enhancements began in 2020 to our downtown by installing reliable infrastructure and they will ultimately create a street that is a safe, lively, accessible and beautiful. When completed, 3 Avenue will boast Lethbridge's first streetscaped design. Streetscaping brings together all of the elements that will give 3 Avenue character and make it functional like lighting, seating, paving materials and plants/trees.
Originating in the Public Realm and Transportation Study (PRATS) (2012), this project was approved by City Council in the current Capital Improvement Program with a total budget of just over $10 million. A full breakdown of funding sources can be found here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Projects-Initiatives/Current-Projects/Pages/3AveReconstruction.aspx
Extensive public and stakeholder engagement leading up to the launch of the project and will continue that through the duration of the construction to keep everyone update on progress. For more information on this project visit https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/third-avenue or stop by the project office at 616 3 Avenue South.