Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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End in Sight: Whoop-Up Drive bridge construction finally wrapping up

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It has been frustrating for many people driving to and from the west side over the last several months, however construction is expected to wrap up on the Whoop-Up Drive bridge coating project by the end of this week with all lanes re-opening to traffic.

The City of Lethbridge says starting the evening of October 24th, contractors will reduce westbound Whoop-Up Drive to one lane as they remove the construction barriers. On the evening of October 25, eastbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane for the same purpose.

Both of these closures will be in place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to minimize the impact to traffic. The road will be fully open in both directions the morning of Saturday, October 26.

The City says the project was required to protect the bridge and maintain safe conditions for residents.

The lengthy process of removing existing paint, sand blasting and re-painting the structure started this spring and was completed on-time, despite the early snow fall.

(With files from City of Lethbridge release)

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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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