By Bobinec, Greg on April 15, 2019.
Residents on the west side of Lethbridge can expect their summer of traffic delays and construction noise to begin with the beginning of road construction of Great Bear Blvd. W, and the twinning of University Drive starting April 23.
The road construction on Great Bear Blvd., formerly known as the future portion of Macleod Dr. W, is located west of McMaster Blvd. W. and Macleod Dr.W., and is a critical project to construct the new Fire Station #5, to be located in the Watermark neighbourhood.
There will be partial lane reductions around the intersection of McMaster Blvd. W. / Macleod Dr. W, beginning today, where traffic flow will be maintained. Full intersection closure of McMaster Blvd. W. / Macleod Dr. W. starts near the end of April for intersection improvements, with traffic being detoured for approximately one month.
There will also be closures of the westbound lane along Macleod Dr. W. from University Dr. W. to McMaster Blvd. W., which will be required to construct electrical utility infrastructure, and westbound traffic will be detoured for two weeks.
The University Drive twinning construction project is set to begin breaking ground April 23, and will include the expansion of University Drive to two lanes in each direction, north of the Community Stadium access to south of the SunRidge roundabout.
The initial stage of construction of the new northbound lanes will not require road closures as it will take place off University Drive in the large grass boulevard east of the road. Motorists may, however, still experience temporary traffic interruptions and reduced speed limits.
Future stages of the twinning project will involve partial and/or complete intersection closures, with additional information being issued in advance of these stages. The entire project of the University Drive twinning is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020.
The City of Lethbridge recognized the University Twinning project and the construction of Great Bear Blvd. will have a significant impact on westside commuters, and the City is co-ordinating detours and construction to minimize disruption to traffic.
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