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Reconstruction work on 3rd avenue south is getting underway

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The redevelopment of 3rd Avenue South is getting underway this week and, once complete, will give the heavily-used roadway a new, updated look.

The $10 million project will see utility and infrastructure upgrades and also enhance the overall aesthetics along 3rd Avenue, between 4th and 8th Streets.

Project Manager Crystal Scheit says over the next two years, these major enhancements will create a street that is safe, lively, accessible, and beautiful.

City Councillor, Mark Campbell says “despite the impacts of COVID-19, Council decided to move forward with this important project” adding it’s “vital to the revitalization of Downtown” and “will help with our continued economic recovery.”

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Back in the day, 3rd Avenue South once served as a main east-west highway through Lethbridge and has always been a vital part of the community.

When completed, 3 Avenue will boast Lethbridge’s first streetscaped design. Streetscaping brings together all of the elements that will give 3 Avenue character and make it functional like lighting, seating, paving materials and plants/trees.

During construction work, people are asked to drive with caution and follow all posted detours in the area.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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