The final stage of Métis Trail from Garry Drive to Walsh Drive opened to traffic today, completing a 2-year construction project in west Lethbridge.
The twinning of Whoop-Up Drive and the construction of the initial two lanes of Métis Trail from Walsh Drive to Whoop Up Drive began in early 2017. There were also several intersection improvements made over this time to handle increased volumes as a result of Métis Trail being constructed.
"We are excited to have this important traffic corridor open to the public," says Richard Brummund, City of Lethbridge Road and Infrastructure Manager. "We know west Lethbridge is the fastest growing area of our City and these new connections and expanded roadways will help us manage additional traffic now and into the future."
Whoop-Up Drive which was completed this summer, created 4-lanes from McMaster Boulevard /Jerry Potts Boulevard to 30 Street and upgraded all intersections. This increases capacity to accommodate community growth and additional traffic to ATB Centre, the Coalbanks Elementary School and Crossings commercial development.
The new Métis Trail extends from Walsh Drive to Whoop-Up Drive and includes a new section of Caledonia Boulevard into the Crossings area, between Métis Trail and Aquitania Boulevard (see map). It provides a much needed alternative north-south traffic corridor to relieve congestion on Whoop-Up Drive/University Drive.
The intersection of University Drive, Walsh Drive and Heritage Boulevard also received a major upgrade as part of this project. New lanes were added to accommodate the higher traffic volumes on Walsh Drive that will result from the opening of Métis Trail.
Overall, this project will help alleviate traffic congestion in central west Lethbridge and access to new neighbourhoods, leisure facilities, schools, library services and shopping will be enhanced.
"We're very pleased to have completed this project in the planned two year timeframe and within the allocated budget", says Brummund. "It was a big undertaking and we know construction had significant impact on the residents and visitors to the area so we thank them for their patience and cooperation over the last two years."
There was an overall budget of $17.3 million to complete these projects.
The next major road construction project in west Lethbridge is already underway and will include the twinning of University Drive from the Community Stadium to Sunridge. This project is in the final design stages and construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2019. For more information visit: www.lethbridge.ca/universitytwinning.
Richard Brummund, Road Infrastructure Manager