Construction crews are pushing to complete as much work as possible over the next week before winter shut down on the University Drive Twinning project. Intersection work is now complete at University Drive and Grand River Blvd, however, the intersection remains closed to accommodate work on the two new lanes from RiverStone Blvd to Grand River Blvd.
Early snow fall and a cold, wet fall have been challenging but crews are hopeful that work can wrap up later next week for the 2019 season. At that time, the Grand River Blvd intersection will re-open to traffic entering and exiting the RiverStone neighbourhood.
With high construction traffic in the area, it was decided that it would be safer to keep the intersection closed for the next week and allow crews to work more efficiently on the construction still remaining. We thank residents from their patience and understand as we work hard to complete construction and keep residents and workers safe.
Given the current weather forecast, it is unclear if the new lanes will be opened between Grand River Blvd and RiverStone Blvd before the winter shut down but crews will be pushing to make that happen. If that work can't be completed, traffic accommodations will be put in place and the Grand River Blvd intersection will re-open for the remainder of the winter.
The mid-block pedestrian crossing will remain south of the Grand River Blvd W and will be in place until the permanent traffic lights are installed by City of Lethbridge crews.
University Drive W is being twinned from north of Stadium Drive W to south of SunRidge Blvd W to increase the roadway's capacity for handling increasing traffic volumes.
For more information on this project visit https://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Projects-Initiatives/Current-Projects/Pages/UniversityTwinning.aspx.
Robert Kovacs, Project Manager