A commuter bottleneck that plagued many motorists this spring and summer is no more, with the City of Regina officially lauding the completion of the Lewvan Drive Project on Tuesday.
The project saw a $2.9-million investment in concrete and paving work between 11th Avenue and 1st Avenue.
“Motorists will now enjoy the improved driving experience along Lewvan Drive,” said a news release issued by the city. “As a result of the close collaboration between the private contractor and the city’s work crews, we were able to improve this stretch of Lewvan Drive which sees 33,000 to 45,000 motorists each day. This work will improve the daily commute for over a decade to come,” Mayor Michael Fougere said in the release.
The work on Lewvan Drive was done on time and on budget by a combination of city crews and private contractors.
“It’s important for us to complete timely maintenance and renewal on our major arterial roads, and we thank drivers for their patience and understanding,” added Kim Onrait, the city’s executive director of citizen services.
Starting in June to help with traffic flow, the city piloted a lane reversal system, switching the direction of some lanes at peak times of the day.
“Regina is the first municipality in Canada to use lane reversals in a temporary construction zone,” said Fougere. He said the city will be looking closely at this method of traffic control for road construction work in the future.
The City of Regina is investing $89.3M into roadways and infrastructure projects this year.