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Downtown stretch of 3 Avenue re-opens to traffic

​Motorists using 3 Avenue South between 4 Street and 8 Street in Downtown Lethbridge can rejoice, as that stretch of road re-opened to vehicle traffic today.

The 3 Avenue South Reconstruction Project is nearing overall completion, with some minor work remaining to be done in spring 2022.

Construction is still ongoing at Festival Square on 6 Street, just off 3 Avenue, with a portion of 6 Street still closed between 3 Avenue and 4 Avenue.

 

Background:

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.