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3rd Avenue South reopens to traffic with some changes

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A portion of a roadway in downtown Lethbridge is reopening to traffic this weekend.

The initial phase of the 3rd Avenue South Reconstruction Project, between 4th and 8th Streets, is mostly complete – and ready to open back up to traffic starting on Saturday, November 21st.

However, the City says there are some changes to note:

  • Reduced travel lanes on 3 Avenue between 6 Street and 7 Street
  • Intersections will have temporary stop signs
  • New signals to be installed in the next month
  • Temporary streetlights will be installed, the new lights will be delivered and installed after Christmas
  • New raised parking areas to provide new parking options. Please note that these are not sidewalks
  • Temporary surfacing on some of the sidewalk, tree and landscaped areas. These are for carryover through the winter and will be completed in 2021
  • There is concrete work that will need to be completed in 2021 at the 6 Street and 7 Street intersections
  • There is only one lift of asphalt on the roadway. When completed, there will be a second lift added and the lip on the curb will no longer be present

When completed, 3rd Avenue South 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.

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Originating in the Public Realm and Transportation Study (PRATS) (2012), this project was approved by City Council in the current Capital Improvement Program with a total budget of just over $10 million.

(With files from City of Lethbridge)

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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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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