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Road Work Ahead

May 16, 2008 - Spring has arrived and with it the construction season. Several projects are already underway in Thunder Bay. Road construction can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Watch for signage and please drive with extra care in construction zones.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic during the period from May 15 to June 19, 2008.  Funding for these projects is provided by the City's Capital Budget. Some of this year's construction projects, including road and bridge work, is being funded through the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) and the Federal Gas Tax Program and Provincial Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative. With the COMRIF program, Federal and Provincial governments each contributed one-third of the cost of eligible projects and the City of Thunder Bay contributed the remainder. 

For more information or to view a map of construction projects, visit

Temporary street closures will be in effect:

Monday, May 19 from 8 am - 12 pm on May Street from Arthur Street to Donald Street and on Arthur Street from Brodie Street to May Street.  The Ten Mile Road Race will result in complete street closures from the intersection of Simpson Street/Arthur Street/May Street North along Simpson Street to Fort William Road, to Water Street to Marina Park Overpass, then through Marina Park returning along the same route.

Thursday, May 29 from 10:25 am - 12:30 pm on Fort William Road from Eleventh Avenue to Fort William Road at Water Street.  Water Street South from Fort William Road to Camelot Street pedestrian crossing (one lane closed only).

Waverley Street from Red River Road to Banning Street will be closed (all weekend from Friday, June 6 at 5 pm - Sunday, June 8 at 9 pm) for The Thunder 100 Grand Prix Soap Box Race.   In addition, Waverley Street will be closed from Banning Street to Algoma Street on Friday, June 6 from 5 pm - 8 pm, Saturday, June 7 from 8 am - 9 pm and Sunday June 8, from noon until 9 pm.

Road Work Ahead:

Arthur Street between Vanguard Avenue and Gordonvale Street will be one of this season's major projects.  Work includes lane repaving consisting of asphalt milling and paving.  Areas of reditching and culvert work are also included. The section of Arthur Street between Vanguard Avenue and Gordonvale Street will be posted at a reduced 60 km per hour speed limit at all times until construction is complete in six to seven weeks. 

Major road construction now underway on John Street Road will affect traffic in both directions for the next five months. John Street Road from Algonquin Street to the Thunder Bay Expressway will be widened to accommodate widened curb lanes for active transportation commuter routes, full asphalt road resurfacing, additional turning lanes at Junot Street and John Street Road intersection and rebuilding of traffic lights.  Some new watermain and storm sewer improvements are also included in this project.  This work will result in gravel sections, reduced speed, one lane traffic open in each direction, and at times, one lane flagging.

Final top lift paving is scheduled in early June along May Street from Miles Street to Arthur Street.  This work will result in some parking restrictions, lane closures and local block detours.  Paving is also scheduled along Arthur Street from May Street to Brodie Street.

Storm Sewer work and road resurfacing is scheduled for Redmond Street between Shuniah Street and Egan Street and on Pruden Street between McKenzie Street and Simpson Street. Both of these projects are expected to take one week to complete.

Sidewalks, curb and gutter and road resurfacing on Ford Street between Amelia Street and Francis Street is scheduled to take two weeks to complete.

Machar Avenue between John Street and Cornwall Avenue is scheduled for curb and gutter work, sidewalks, sewer and water main work and road resurfacing. This project will take six weeks to complete.

Watch for flagmen on Greengate Circle, Brannan Lane, Deepwood Drive, Cavar Road, Lacewood Drive, Nova Drive and Highland Court as work is done installing cathodic protection on the watermains.

Pearl Street from Court Street to Banning Street is slated for water and sewer infrastructure upgrades and road reconstruction.  Only local access for the block under construction. Work will include replacement of traffic signals at the Court Street and Pearl Street intersection with stop signs.  Boulevard trees on the north side of Pearl between Court and Algoma will be removed and replaced as part of the project.

A storm sewer pump station is scheduled to be constructed on High Street and Third Avenue as part of the next phase of Intercity Drainage Improvements.

Repaving, ditching and culvert work is slated for Belrose Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during working hours.  

Belrose Bridge is scheduled for replacement. The bridge will be closed with detours posted for the summer; however, two lanes of traffic will be maintained along John Street Road.  Watch for reduced speed limits.

Harbour Expressway Bridge is scheduled for rehabilitation. Work is expected to begin in mid to late June. Traffic flow will be reduced to two lanes from Golf Links Road to just past the bridge for the summer.

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 scheduled 'Road Work Ahead'.

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