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Metis Trail Construction

Our Commitment

The City of Lethbridge and our contractors will minimize traffic delays during construction to the best of our abilities. We thank you​ in advance for your patience.

Updates around University Drive, Heritage Boulevard West and Walsh Drive intersection

This intersection and area improvement is part of the Métis Trail construction project and will support additional traffic from Métis Trail in the future.

September 4, 2018 - Construction work has been largely completed on Walsh Drive from University Drive to Metis Trail. This includes the installation of a concrete median near Argyll Road West creating an intersection that only allows for a right turn in and a right turn out - a proactive safety measure. The opening of Metis Trail will significantly increase traffic volumes on Walsh Drive. Eliminating left turns at the Argyll Road intersection will prevent traffic from backing up into the University Drive intersection which would be a serious safety risk. Future development planned north of Walsh Drive would eventually add another direction of traffic making the intersection extremely unsafe and difficult to navigate. A traffic signal could not be implemented because of its close proximity to University Drive. Considering all of these factors, the right in / right out intersection created was the safest option. All impacted property owners have been consulted with and agreed with the implemented solution. Future traffic control plans also include a signal light at the intersection of Walsh Drive and Westside Drive/Highlands Blvd within the next two years as traffic volumes increase. 

August 1, 2018 - Construction of Métis Trail from Whoop-Up Drive to Walsh Drive is in the final stages. Work on a roundabout at the intersection of Country Meadows Boulevard and Métis Trail W. is underway. To support this work, the existing intersection is anticipated to close Aug 8 with a temporary access built onto 30 Street W. This is estimated to be in place for six weeks, weather permitting. As construction progresses, the pathway will also have to be closed to ensure pedestrian safety. 

May 11, 2018: Due to road construction, several sidewalks and pathways will be closed starting at 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 14. The closure is expected to last for approximately 8 weeks. For more information visit our news centre. 

April 19, 2018: There will be a pathway closure in the southeast corner of University Drive and Heritage Boulevard so crews can relocate an Atco gas line and install a new stormwater vault. Pathway detours will be set up to guide path users around the construction zone. All of the work will take place behind the curbs so there will be no impact to traffic at this time.

Project Update - Sept. 29, 2017

The second stage of Métis Trail is now complete and opened to traffic this morning, 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.

Metis Trail construction staging map




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