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Road Work Ahead

September 15, 2011 – Road construction projects in Thunder Bay 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 watermain replacements, bridge work and streetlight renewal. These projects are funded by the City’s Capital Budget and some receive 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 September 15 until Thursday, October 13, 2011.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:
• Saturday, September 17 from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm, Park Avenue from Court Street to Cumberland Street will be closed to traffic for the OLG Casino Outdoor Concert.
• Saturday, September 17 from 8 am until Sunday, September 18 at 4 pm, St. Paul Street from Red River Road to Van Norman Street and Cooke Street from St. Paul Street to Court Street will be closed for the Thunder Bay Marathon. Red River Road will be closed to traffic on Sunday, September 18 from 6:30 am until 4 pm. All streets listed below will be closed from 7:30 am until 4 pm: Fort William Road/Water Street from just north of the railroad tracks by Wal-Mart to Villa Street. Park Avenue from Water Street to Court Street. Court Street from Park Avenue to Red River Road. Red River Road from Court Street to Water Street. Villa Street from Water Street to Court Street. Court Street from Villa Street to Gibson Avenue. Gibson Avenue from Court Street to West Lyon Boulevard. West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street (Westbound curb lane of Arundel from West Lyon Boulevard to Centennial Park Road to be coned off to allow Transit buses to cross Black Bay Bridge. Arundel Street from West Lyon Boulevard to Centennial Park Road. Centennial Park Road from Arundel Street to Parking Lot. East Lyon Boulevard from Arundel Street to Trail. Westbound curb lane of Cumberland Street over Bridge. Note: A lane of Court Street from Wolseley Street to Van Horne Street will be coned off from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm to allow access and egress from Grace Church.  These closures are required for the Thunder Bay Marathon.
• Sunday, September 25 from noon until 4 pm, Second Avenue from Winnipeg Avenue to Memorial Avenue will be closed to traffic for the AIDS Walk for Life.
• Friday, September 30 from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm, Waverley Street from Red River Road to Secord Street will be closed for the Thunder Bay Kinsmen & Kinette Portraits of Honour.

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.
• Cumberland Street North from McDougall Street to Powley Street will be closed to traffic in both directions on Sunday, September 18 from 8 am until 8 pm and on Monday, September 19 from 9 am until 4:30 pm for sewer and water work. Watch for detour signs.
• Peter Street from Dawson Street to River Street will be closed for the reconstruction of the watermain and sanitary sewer, complete with new curb and gutter and full road restoration.
• Junot Street from Blucher Street (northerly) will be closed for the construction of watermains, sanitary sewer and storm sewer to service the new EMS site.
• 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.
• 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.
• Watermain, storm sewer and road paving is underway on Walsh Street between Leland Avenue and James Street. 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
• 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.
• Road paving on Christina Street West from Brown Street to James Street will result in local access only. Brodie Street North from Northern Avenue to Durban Street is scheduled for final lift of paving. 
• 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 full road closures on Fort William Road and the Harbour Expressway to facilitate rail crossing improvements at the CN tracks on Sunday, September 25.
• Intersections at Valley Street/Pioneer Drive and Sherwood Drive/Jameson Street are under construction for underground and road widening work. Road will reopen after final lift of paving. Follow posted construction signs.
• There will be sidewalk replacement work on Archibald Street, Brown Street West Francis Street and West Brock Street.

• 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.
• 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 this year’s final monthly update on October 13. 

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