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Road Work Ahead

July 5, 2012 – Major construction projects and smaller public works enhancements including road and sidewalk rehabilitation, sanitary and storm sewer and water main replacements, bridge work and streetlight renewal are well underway.

City Council approved an Enhanced Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (EIRP) in 2012, with $2 million going towards pavement rehabilitation. Other projects are funded by the City’s Capital Budget and some receive additional funding through the Federal Gas Tax Program. The City’s total Capital infrastructure spending will be $22 million in 2012.

Road work can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Drivers should reduce their speed, be alert, watch for workers and drive with extra care in construction zones.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic from July 5 to Aug. 2, 2012.

Temporary Street Closures Will Be In Effect:

  • Thursday, July 5, at 6 am until Monday, July 9, at 6 pm, Bobby Curtola Drive from Marina Park Overpass to Prince Arthur’s Landing and Saul Laskin Drive from Bobby Curtola Drive to Bobby Curtola Drive South will be closed for the Blues Festival. 
  • Wednesday, July 11, 18 & 25, from 4:30 pm to 9 pm, Sleeping Giant Parkway from Pearl Street to Saul Laskin Drive, Saul Laskin Drive from Bobby Curtola Drive South to Bobby Curtola Drive North  will be closed for Summer in the Parks. 
  • Tuesday, July 10, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Brunswick Street South from Arthur Street to McGregor Avenue will be closed for the Teddy Bears Picnic.
  • Friday, July 20, from 3 pm to 11 pm and Saturday, July 21, from 7 am to 8 pm, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street; Algoma Street from MacDougall Street to Gibson Street and Gibson Street from Algoma Street to Court Street North will be closed for the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Festival. 
  • Friday, July 27, from 3 pm to 8 pm, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street/Gibson to Arundel Street will be closed for the Finn Thunder – Nordic Walk for Guinness. Rain date: Sunday, July 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm. 
  • Sunday, July 29, from 6 am to 11:30 pm, Bay Street from Algoma Street to Secord Street will be closed for the Finn Thunder Festival 2012.

Road Work Ahead:

Sewer & Watermain Work

  • Sewer and watermain work continues on Amelia Street from Edward Street to Heath Street. 
  • Sewer and watermain replacement is scheduled for Donald Street from Vickers Street to Franklin Street. The road is closed to traffic.
  • Montreal Street from Neebing Avenue to James Street will be closed periodically due to the installation of a new storm sewer and road resurfacing. 
  • Sewer and watermain replacement is scheduled for Walsh Street from Beaverhall Place to Neebing Avenue. 
  • Cast iron watermains on laneways on Rupert Street from John Street to Red River Road; Ray Boulevard from John Street to Red River Road; McKibbon Street from John Street to Red River Road; Begin Street from Leland Avenue to Edward Street; and Ridgeway Street from Leland Avenue to Edward Street will be cleaned and lined. 
  • Market Street is scheduled for storm sewer construction and repaving. Local traffic only and possible road closures as the work proceeds.
  • Rosslyn Road will see road resurfacing and water valve replacements from the 20th Sideroad to the 25th Sideroad. Water service interruptions are possible. Watch for reduced lanes and flagman as work proceeds.
  • Sewer and watermain replacement, street lighting and streetscaping is scheduled for Algoma Street between John Street and Bay Street.  Work on the block between John Street and Cornwall Street began in mid-June with the block between Cornwall Street and Bay Street will begin in August. Algoma Street at the Memorial Avenue intersection may be closed down periodically as work proceeds.

Bridge Work

  • Rural bridge replacement is scheduled for Government Road at the Neebing River and for Pento Road at the McIntyre River. The existing wood bridges will be replaced with multi plate structures. Please follow posted detour and construction signage.
  • The Paquette Road Bridge is also scheduled for replacement.

Road, Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements

  • Road resurfacing is scheduled for Trotter Road, Fairview Avenue, Piccadilly Avenue, Russell Street, William Street, Arundel and Strathcona Avenue.
  • Residential paving is slated for Stardust Crescent, Melon Street, Bruce Street and Begin Street.
  • Road reconstruction on the perimeter streets surrounding the new Consolidated Courthouse in the South core is expected to proceed in 2012. There will be block to block closures to traffic and parking as the work proceeds. Businesses are open as usual during construction. 
  • Miscellaneous paving repairs are scheduled for Memorial Avenue and Central Avenue intersection.
  • New and replacement sidewalk construction on Dawson Street, Hamilton Street, High Street, Hill Street, Madeline Street, Marlborough Street, Martha Street, Moodie Street, and University Drive. There will be some disruptions to driveway access as the work proceeds.
  • New and rebuild work on traffic signals at the following intersections: Oliver Road and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre/Lakehead University Field House and Vickers and Miles Street. Watch for lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Road widening on Barton Street to add a right turn lane.

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