University Drive Twinning

Detour map for Phase 4 - Closure of Grand River Blvd West

University Drive Twinning Update

August 1, 2019

The next phase of construction on the University Drive Twinning project is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on August 6, 2019and remain in place for eight weeks. In this phase, the RiverStone Blvd intersection will re-open and work will move south to the University Drive and Grand River Blvd / Rocky Mtn. Blvd W intersection.

To complete this phase, the east leg of the intersection will be closed for this duration. Northbound and southbound traffic on University Drive W will not be impacted. The work will involve an intersection expansion and the installation of underground utilities.

Residents in RiverStone, are asked to use RiverStone Blvd W or Riverglen Link W to access University Drive W.

The mid-block pedestrian crossing will be relocated closer to Grand River Blvd W prior to school starting on September 3, 2019.

July 8, 2019

The construction is progressing quickly do to the great spring weather.. The Contractor has started to work from the north limit of the project and work their way south starting with the new road lanes (behind the curb) and tying the intersections in as they move forward opening new driving lanes when completed. City forces have installed new temporary signal lights to manage traffic throughout construction. The Duct Bank installations have started and utilities are being installed as the contractor continues to move south along University Drive West.

June 11, 2019

The next phase of construction on the University Drive twinning project is expected to begin on Thursday, June 13 and will restrict access in and out of the RiverStone neighborhood via RiverStone Blvd. Residents are asked to use Grand River Blvd West to access University Drive West while this closure is in place.

Weather permitting, this work is expected to be complete by August, 2019.

This phase of the project will involve an intersection expansion and the installation of underground utilities at University Drive and RiverStone Blvd West / Macleod Drive West The east side of the intersection will be closed for this work but north and southbound traffic will continue using the west lanes (see attached map).

The University Driver twinning project will see four lanes of traffic constructed from north of Community Stadium to south of the Sunridge roundabout. This important transportation initiative will increase the road’s capacity to handle growing traffic volumes in the area.

June 6, 2019

Work continues on the City’s University Drive West twinning project and on Saturday, June 8, the lane reduction and detour currently in place at McGill Blvd. West will move to the Community Stadium access. This will open up the full four lanes of traffic (two south and two north) from McGill Blvd to the Stadium and allow for left hand turns on to McGill Blvd from northbound University Drive.

The next stage of work will involve a partial intersection closure at Riverstone Blvd. Additional community updates will be provided ahead of this work.

The University Dr. twinning project will see four lanes of traffic constructed from north of Community Stadium to south of the Sunridge roundabout. This important transportation initiative will increase the road’s capacity to handle growing traffic volumes in the area.

Change to West Lethbridge road construction to minimize congestion
May 23, 2019

To help reduce traffic pressures from two major road construction projects on the south end of west Lethbridge, immediate and ongoing changes are being made to construction plans and traffic management.

The City will be delaying improvements at McMaster Blvd. W., Macleod Dr. W. and Mt. Burke Blvd. W. and the north/south movement through the intersection will re-open later this evening. This will be in effect until the congestion on University Dr. can be accommodated.

Starting today, the length of the north/south green lights has been extended to help more traffic flow along University Dr. This is anticipated to help manage the peak volumes during commuting hours.

Additional signage will be added and dedicated flag people will be in place on University Dr., particularly around the Community Stadium during upcoming events.

Many residents have expressed concerns with emergency response to the impacted neighbourhoods. Lethbridge Emergency Services has been involved in the planning of these projects in order to manage their response times. Residents are reminded to quickly and safely pull to the right whenever they come across an emergency vehicle and allow them to pass.

The City has a traffic management plan in the event of an emergency such as an evacuation which is adaptable to all areas of the city. This process includes road closures to flow all available lanes of traffic in one direction and safely move residents as quickly as possible.

Within the next two weeks, work will progress on University Dr. opening up an additional two lanes north of the Community Stadium which will increase traffic flow.

The City of Lethbridge will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as required. This is particularly important while schools are still in and to keep these projects on schedule.

We recognize the impact this has had on the west Lethbridge community and thank residents for their patience and understanding. We appreciate the public’s feedback and will provide ongoing construction updates to keep motorists informed.


Past Project Updates

May 2019:

The closure is complete (May 10) and the all lanes are fully open!

Starting May 10, crews will have eastbound Macleod Drive West closed for work on the University Drive Twinning project. This closure should only be in place for a couple of days, weather permitting. Please follow detour signage and drive with caution in this area.

April 2019:

Construction begins with the initial stage of the new northbound lanes being developed off University Drive in the large grassed boulevard east of the road.

This will include the expansion of University Drive to two lanes in each direction from north of the Community Stadium access to south of the SunRidge roundabout. This work will expand capacity to help manage increasing traffic volumes in this area.

Recognizing the University Twinning project and the construction of Great Bear Blvd. will have a significant impact on westside commuters, the City will be coordinating detours and construction to minimize disruption to traffic.

March 2019:

Road construction on University Drive is estimated to be near the SunRidge commercial area in July or August 2019.

The right-in / right-out from University Drive into the SunRidge commercial area will remain open as much as possible during construction.

Additional information will be provided on an ongoing basis as work progresses.

As part of the Community Conversation Event held March 12 at City Hall, the University Drive project team displayed a Construction Staging Slide Show and an overall Design Board:

https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/university-drive-twinning/photos/8699

September 2018:

The project design is nearing 75% completion. Some early work has begun to prep the site for construction next year. This includes removal of two groups of trees along University Drive. This area was needed to make room for the eventual addition of traffic lanes.

Residents may also notice some surveying along University Dr. as crews work to locate underground utilities as part of the design process.


University Drive Twinning Update

August 1, 2019

The next phase of construction on the University Drive Twinning project is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on August 6, 2019and remain in place for eight weeks. In this phase, the RiverStone Blvd intersection will re-open and work will move south to the University Drive and Grand River Blvd / Rocky Mtn. Blvd W intersection.

To complete this phase, the east leg of the intersection will be closed for this duration. Northbound and southbound traffic on University Drive W will not be impacted. The work will involve an intersection expansion and the installation of underground utilities.

Residents in RiverStone, are asked to use RiverStone Blvd W or Riverglen Link W to access University Drive W.

The mid-block pedestrian crossing will be relocated closer to Grand River Blvd W prior to school starting on September 3, 2019.

July 8, 2019

The construction is progressing quickly do to the great spring weather.. The Contractor has started to work from the north limit of the project and work their way south starting with the new road lanes (behind the curb) and tying the intersections in as they move forward opening new driving lanes when completed. City forces have installed new temporary signal lights to manage traffic throughout construction. The Duct Bank installations have started and utilities are being installed as the contractor continues to move south along University Drive West.

June 11, 2019

The next phase of construction on the University Drive twinning project is expected to begin on Thursday, June 13 and will restrict access in and out of the RiverStone neighborhood via RiverStone Blvd. Residents are asked to use Grand River Blvd West to access University Drive West while this closure is in place.

Weather permitting, this work is expected to be complete by August, 2019.

This phase of the project will involve an intersection expansion and the installation of underground utilities at University Drive and RiverStone Blvd West / Macleod Drive West The east side of the intersection will be closed for this work but north and southbound traffic will continue using the west lanes (see attached map).

The University Driver twinning project will see four lanes of traffic constructed from north of Community Stadium to south of the Sunridge roundabout. This important transportation initiative will increase the road’s capacity to handle growing traffic volumes in the area.

June 6, 2019

Work continues on the City’s University Drive West twinning project and on Saturday, June 8, the lane reduction and detour currently in place at McGill Blvd. West will move to the Community Stadium access. This will open up the full four lanes of traffic (two south and two north) from McGill Blvd to the Stadium and allow for left hand turns on to McGill Blvd from northbound University Drive.

The next stage of work will involve a partial intersection closure at Riverstone Blvd. Additional community updates will be provided ahead of this work.

The University Dr. twinning project will see four lanes of traffic constructed from north of Community Stadium to south of the Sunridge roundabout. This important transportation initiative will increase the road’s capacity to handle growing traffic volumes in the area.

Change to West Lethbridge road construction to minimize congestion
May 23, 2019

To help reduce traffic pressures from two major road construction projects on the south end of west Lethbridge, immediate and ongoing changes are being made to construction plans and traffic management.

The City will be delaying improvements at McMaster Blvd. W., Macleod Dr. W. and Mt. Burke Blvd. W. and the north/south movement through the intersection will re-open later this evening. This will be in effect until the congestion on University Dr. can be accommodated.

Starting today, the length of the north/south green lights has been extended to help more traffic flow along University Dr. This is anticipated to help manage the peak volumes during commuting hours.

Additional signage will be added and dedicated flag people will be in place on University Dr., particularly around the Community Stadium during upcoming events.

Many residents have expressed concerns with emergency response to the impacted neighbourhoods. Lethbridge Emergency Services has been involved in the planning of these projects in order to manage their response times. Residents are reminded to quickly and safely pull to the right whenever they come across an emergency vehicle and allow them to pass.

The City has a traffic management plan in the event of an emergency such as an evacuation which is adaptable to all areas of the city. This process includes road closures to flow all available lanes of traffic in one direction and safely move residents as quickly as possible.

Within the next two weeks, work will progress on University Dr. opening up an additional two lanes north of the Community Stadium which will increase traffic flow.

The City of Lethbridge will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as required. This is particularly important while schools are still in and to keep these projects on schedule.

We recognize the impact this has had on the west Lethbridge community and thank residents for their patience and understanding. We appreciate the public’s feedback and will provide ongoing construction updates to keep motorists informed.


Past Project Updates

May 2019:

The closure is complete (May 10) and the all lanes are fully open!

Starting May 10, crews will have eastbound Macleod Drive West closed for work on the University Drive Twinning project. This closure should only be in place for a couple of days, weather permitting. Please follow detour signage and drive with caution in this area.

April 2019:

Construction begins with the initial stage of the new northbound lanes being developed off University Drive in the large grassed boulevard east of the road.

This will include the expansion of University Drive to two lanes in each direction from north of the Community Stadium access to south of the SunRidge roundabout. This work will expand capacity to help manage increasing traffic volumes in this area.

Recognizing the University Twinning project and the construction of Great Bear Blvd. will have a significant impact on westside commuters, the City will be coordinating detours and construction to minimize disruption to traffic.

March 2019:

Road construction on University Drive is estimated to be near the SunRidge commercial area in July or August 2019.

The right-in / right-out from University Drive into the SunRidge commercial area will remain open as much as possible during construction.

Additional information will be provided on an ongoing basis as work progresses.

As part of the Community Conversation Event held March 12 at City Hall, the University Drive project team displayed a Construction Staging Slide Show and an overall Design Board:

https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/university-drive-twinning/photos/8699

September 2018:

The project design is nearing 75% completion. Some early work has begun to prep the site for construction next year. This includes removal of two groups of trees along University Drive. This area was needed to make room for the eventual addition of traffic lanes.

Residents may also notice some surveying along University Dr. as crews work to locate underground utilities as part of the design process.


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