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Metis Trail, Whoop-Up Drive Construction Update

Construction is progressing well on two major road projects in west Lethbridge: the construction of Métis Trail and the twinning of Whoop-Up Drive. Following are updates on these two projects.

Métis Trail Construction

  • The second stage of Métis Trail is now complete and open to traffic, providing a new direct arterial road link between Whoop-Up Drive and Garry Drive West. This newest section of Métis Trail also provides an additional access to Indian Battle Heights via Blackfoot Boulevard West. Map of this area
  • Meanwhile, construction continues on the northernmost section of Métis Trail, extending north from Garry Drive West. This includes expansion of the intersection at Garry Drive West and construction of the road, stopping short of the existing access into Country Meadows. This section of Métis Trail is expected to open for public use next summer, but all concrete work and a first layer of asphalt are expected to be complete this fall before work shuts down for the winter. A new roundabout to complete the connection to Country Meadows Boulevard West will be constructed in 2018 along with improvements at the Walsh Drive West/University Drive intersection.

Whoop-Up Drive Twinning

  • Construction of new eastbound lanes of Whoop-Up Drive has been completed from 30 Street West to west of the Blackfoot Road intersection. Construction activity is now focused on the section of Whoop-Up Drive between Métis Trail and Jerry Potts Boulevard West/McMaster Boulevard West. Single-lane traffic in each direction is being maintained in this area while underground work takes place along the original lanes of Whoop-Up Drive until mid-October.
  • Work will continue until freeze-up later this fall and then resume in the spring. During the winter months, all new sections of Whoop-Up Drive will be open to four lanes of traffic.

Both projects are on schedule to be complete by fall 2018. The City of Lethbridge recognizes that construction on Whoop-Up Drive and Metis Trail has a significant impact to residents and visitors to Copperwood, Garry Station and the Crossings area. These projects have been coordinated to minimize impacts to traffic and to offer alternative routes during the construction period. For the safety of construction workers, motorists are advised to drive with caution in work areas and to follow any posted speed limits or detours.

Additional information and updates on these projects are available at:

Media Contacts:

Craig Richter, Métis Trail Project Manager
City of Lethbridge


Naftali Kiboya, Whoop-Up Drive Project Manager, City of Lethbridge