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Road Repairs and Maintenance

​What is road maintenance? 

Road maintenance includes pothole repairs, crack sealing, minor road repairs and pavement overlay programs. As of the end of 2018, we maintained more than 591 km of roads (570 km of paved roads, 21.5 km of gravel roads) and more than 214 km of back alleys within Lethbridge city limits. 

Is there a plan for repaving existing roads?

Yes. From 2012 to 2018, we repaved approximately 10 km per year of existing roads through our Annual Overlay Program. A total of approximately $3 million per year is allocated to the Annual Overlay Program from both the Capital Improvement Program and the Operating Budget.
The approximate service life of a road surface is 15-20 years until an overlay is needed. In recent years, we have increased the thickness of asphalt on our roads to 90 mm from 75 mm in an effort to extend the service life of each road.

Total length of existing road sections rehabilitated annually by asphalt overlay:

  • 2012 - 8.98 km
  • 2013 - 10.4 km
  • 2014 - 8.98 Km
  • 2015 - 9.31 km
  • 2016 - 9.57 km
  • 2017 - 9.35 km
  • 2018 - 10.89 km

The length of new roads built in the city from 2012 to 2016:

  • 2012 - 8.27 km
  • 2013 - 9.65 km
  • 2014 - 5.69 km
  • 2015 - 8.02 km
  • 2016 - 9.72 km 


What is street milling?   

Milling involves the use of an asphalt grinding machine moving the total length and width of a street and milling 60 to 80mm of asphalt off the road surface. The material that is ground off is reused in the new asphalt mix that is used to repave the road. This reused material makes up approximately 14 per cent of the new asphalt content.

How do I get my road fixed?   

For road and back alley repairs, pothole repairs and patching repairs, you can email, call Public Operations at 403-320-3850, report the problem online or use our Leth Request​s mobile app​.   

How can I get my back alley paved?   

The City of Lethbridge has an alley paving program available to residents. You can email or call 403-320-3076.   

Who can I contact for sidewalk repairs?

Please email or call 403-320-3850 to report a sidewalk problem.
We maintain approximately 650 km of sidewalks and more than 100 km of asphalt pathways. Sidewalk and pathway repairs include our sidewalk grinding program, minor concrete replacement, major block-to-block replacement and asphalt overlays of pathways.  To reduce trip hazards and create a safe walking environment for the public, we have a renewal program every year that is based on sidewalk distress inventory reduction. We renew approximately 2,000 metres of sidewalk per year based on condition survey information that is updated annually. 

How do I report bridge concerns?   

The City of Lethbridge maintains 20 road bridges and 31 pedestrian bridges through annual bridge washing, minor repairs and large rehabilitation projects.

You can email or call 403-320-3850.   

Yes, the City of Lethbridge owns and maintains railway line!   

The City of Lethbridge owns and maintains 8.9 km of industrial railway lines branching from the CPR mainline.  Click here for railway locations.   
For City rail lines, you can email or call 403-320-3850.
For CP rail emergencies call 1-800-716-9132.

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