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Bike lane construction to be completed next week

Construction is about to wrap up on 7 Street South from 4 Avenue to 7 Avenue, thus fully connecting the bike lanes in Downtown Lethbridge to the 7 Avenue bike boulevard and the city-wide cycling network.

The work, all weather dependent, will take place from June 10-14. Full road closures are not anticipated, however, there will be lane reductions, short duration turning bay closures and a temporary loss of parking in some areas.

The planned work includes:

  • Pavement markings: Will be placed on 7 Street South, from 4 Avenue to 7 Avenue and along 4 Avenue from 6 Street to Stafford Drive, as well as a small area on 6 Street near 4 Avenue. Parking restrictions will be in effect June 10-11 in localized areas. Marking work will continue through the rest of the week with only minor short duration traffic disruptions and lane closures
  • Concrete block placement: Concrete cycling lane blocks will be placed along the new cycling lanes on 7 Street, between 4 Avenue and 6 Avenue. The blocks will be strategically placed with gaps for pedestrian access where needed. This work will require closure of small, localized sections of parking areas to allow for placement of the blocks
  • Signage: Roadway and cycling lane signage will be installed along 4 Avenue and along 7 Street, where it couldn’t be completed last fall. This work will be completed with only minor disruptions to traffic and should not require any large parking area closures
  • Other miscellaneous work: Remedial concrete and asphalt patching work will be taking place next week directly adjacent to the CIBC on 7 Street. Only a small parking area directly in front of the accessible parking stall ramp will be impacted during the work

The completion of this work will conclude construction of the downtown cycling lanes. We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause and want to express our appreciation for your patience and cooperation during this time.

The City is committed to providing adequate notice to businesses and residents, including:

  • Directly notify stakeholders in writing of upcoming construction
  • Staff available to work with affected businesses to minimize disruptions and find solutions that will work for everyone
  • Update online construction maps, the Get Involved website, issue Public Service Announcements and engage with media outlets to help amplify construction notices
  • Mobilize and commence construction, providing project updates as needed
  • Close the project and follow up with affected businesses

The project is available on the City’s WebMap for further information. The WebMap is a dynamic online platform designed to enhance accessibility and streamline information for residents. The map provides residents with accurate and up-to-date information on road closures, facility closures and city projects and initiatives.  

On May 14, Lethbridge City Council voted 8-1 to approve recommendations from the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Policy Committee. They include directing Administration return to an SPC meeting in summer 2025 with an update on the Downtown bike lane usage – then also return in summer 2026 with a report on bike lane usage, safety, and modifications to address other issues that may arise. 

More information on project background, recent activity, further public engagement and links to two videos on cycling lane safety information can be found in a May 14 news release here.

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