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Road Work Ahead


August, 18, 2011 – Road construction projects underway can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Watch for signage and please drive with extra care in construction zones. Projects include road and sidewalk rehabilitation, sanitary and storm sewer and water main replacements, bridge work and streetlight renewal and are funded by the City’s Capital Budget with some additional funding in part through the Federal Gas Tax Program.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic during the period from August 18, until September 15, 2011.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:

  • Saturday, August 27 from 8 am to 5:30 pm, Frederica Street from 135 East Frederica to 218 West Frederica Street (including the intersections of Edward Street and Brown Street) will be closed to traffic for the Westfort Street Fair. 
  • Saturday, September 10, from 8 am to 5:30 pm, Victoria Avenue from Brodie Street to Simpson Street, May Street from south of Violet Street to north of George Street and Simpson Street from south of Miles Street to north of Donald Street will be closed for the Fort William Fall Street Festival.

Road Work Ahead:
Sewer & Watermain Work

  • Winnipeg Avenue from John Street to Inchiquin Street will be closed to local traffic to allow for reconstruction of the watermain complete with new curb and gutter and sidewalks where necessary.
  • Wolseley Street from Court Street to Algoma Street will be closed for reconstruction of the watermain and sanitary sewer, complete with new curb and gutter and a full road restoration.
  • McIntyre Street from Court Street to Algoma Street will be closed for the reconstruction of the watermain and sanitary sewer, complete with new curb and gutter and full road restoration.
  • Cleaning and cement mortar lining of existing cast iron watermains is almost complete in Mariday Park. The area bound by Red River Road in the north, High Street in the east, John Street in the south and Rupert Street in the west is presently under construction with clean-up remaining. Please watch for traffic signage.
  • Amelia Street from Tarbutt Street to Sprague Street will be closed from time to time to allow for top lift paving and driveway restoration.
  • River Road from Marks Street to the dead end will be closed to through traffic to allow for servicing existing houses with a newly installed watermain.  Parking restrictions and lane closures will occur.
  • Algoma Street between Bay Street and Pearl Street is scheduled for road, sewer, and watermain and sidewalk construction. There will be closures and reductions to traffic lanes. One through lane will be available for travel through the construction zone. North bound traffic will have a posted detour via Bay/Court/Pearl Streets. Access to Algoma Street Businesses will be via the laneway off Machar Avenue and Wilson Street.
  • Hester Street between Winnipeg Avenue and Ontario Street will be closed to local traffic to allow for reconstruction of the watermain complete with new ditching and resurfacing.
  • Egan Street from Court Street to Algoma Street will be closed for the reconstruction of the watermain and sanitary sewer, complete with new curb and gutter and full road restoration.
  • Walsh Street between Leland Avenue and Beaverhall Place is scheduled for watermain, storm sewer and road paving. Local access only through the construction area.
  • Brodie Street between Ridgeway Street and Donald Street is scheduled for sewer and water replacement and road repaving. The street will be closed to traffic. City Transit using Brodie Street will be temporarily re-routed during the construction.

Bridge Work:

  • Rehabilitation work on James Street Bridge will continue through the construction season.  During construction, traffic will be narrowed to two lanes, and left turns on Riverside Drive and Parkway Drive may be restricted. Please follow posted detour and construction signage as required.

Road, Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements:

  • Bike lanes are being painted on Victoria Avenue.  Most four lane portions of this road will be changed to two lanes with a centre turning lane.  Please follow posted construction signage as the milling and painting continues.
  • Road paving on Tarbutt Street between Empire Avenue and Walsh Street will result in local access only.
  • Shuniah Street between Albany Street and Huron Avenue will be under construction. Local access only. Watch for gravel surface and block to block closures as the work proceeds.
  • Dawson Street from Jean Street to Peter Street will be closed from time to time to allow for top lift paving and driveway restoration.
  • Rosslyn Road between the 15th Sideroad and the 20th Sideroad is scheduled for water valve replacement and road paving. Some one lane flagging around the construction area is expected as work proceeds. 
  • There will be road closures on Fort William Road and the Harbour Expressway to facilitate rail crossing improvements at the CN tracks. Watch for updates regarding the work schedule.
  • Intersections at Valley Street/ Pioneer Drive and Sherwood Drive/Jameson Street are under construction for underground and road widening work. Road closures will be in effect. Follow posted construction signs.
    • There will be sidewalk replacement work on Elgin Street and Archibald Street.
  • Further work on Frederica Street including street lighting and tree installation is ongoing. Watch for parking restrictions and possible lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • The Red River Road and Cumberland Street intersection is slated for traffic signal rebuild. The intersection will be placed on a temporary four-way stop control during construction. Other lane closures and sidewalk closures are possible during the construction staging. 
  • Road reconstruction on Hogarth Street, Hogarth Place and Hinton Avenue is scheduled in Grandview Gardens. Local access only, driveway interruptions are possible. Work includes road base, curbing, sidewalk, lighting and paving.
  • Sidewalk work will be done on Gibson Avenue. 
  • Miscellaneous paving repair on sections of Edward Street, James Street and Balmoral Street. Watch for construction signage and temporary lane closures.

The above list includes major, traffic-affecting construction only. Work including sidewalk replacements is also proceeding in residential areas and other areas around the City. The schedule is subject to change. Watch for monthly, updated information on construction work within the City.

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Contact:      Rick Harms, Project Engineer – Engineering, 625-3071
                      Brian Newman, Project Engineer – Engineering, 625-2521