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Road Work Ahead

June 19, 2008 - Summer is almost here and construction is well underway! 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.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic during the period from June 19 to July 17, 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, are 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 a 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:

    • Every Wednesday from June 25 - Aug. 20 (except July 2) from 5 pm - 9:30 pm, Summer in the Parks - Bobby Curtola Drive from Camelot Street parking lot to Bobby Curtola Drive at the base of the Overpass
    • Tuesday, July 1 from 4 am - 11:59 pm, Cruiser Day (Thunder Bay Charity Casino), Park Avenue from Cumberland Street to Court Street
    • Tuesday, July 1 from 3 pm - midnight - Canada Day Celebrations, Water Street from S. Cumberland to N. Cumberland Street, Bobby Curtola Drive from Pearl Street to Marina Park Overpass
    • Tuesday, July 1 from 5 pm - 7 pm - Canada Day Parade, Fort William Road from First Avenue to S. Cumberland Street
    • Wednesday, July 2 at 8 am to Monday, July 7 at 4 pm - Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Bobby Curtola Drive from Overpass to Prince Arthur's Landing, Saul Laskin Drive from Bobby Curtola Drive to Bobby Curtola Drive
    • Friday, July 11 at 5 pm- 1 am, and July 12 and July 13 from 12 Noon - 1 am - Thunder Fest Super Weekend (Italian Family Festival) - DaVinci Centre, Waterloo Street from Arthur Street to Ridgeway Street with 'Local Traffic Only' signage at Walsh Street
    • Friday, July 11 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Kids of Steel Triathlon, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street. Partial:  E. Lyon Boulevard from Arundel Street to Rita Street, Current Avenue from Rita Street to Cuyler Street, Cuyler Street from Current Avenue to Dewe Avenue
    • Saturday, July 12 from 8 am - 12 Noon - Thunder Bay Triathlon, Gibson Street from Cumberland Street to Algoma Street, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma to Arundel Street. Partial:  Arundel Street from West Lyon Boulevard to Hodder Avenue, Hodder Avenue from Arundel Street to Gibson Street
    • Tuesday, July 15 from 9 am to 3 pm - Teddy Bears Picnic, Brunswick Street from Arthur Street to McGregor Avenue

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 re-ditching 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. Final paving work continues on Arthur Street west of Parkdale Boulevard. Periodic lane closures can be expected as the work proceeds.
  • 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. May Street between Miles Street and Arthur Street and Arthur Street between May Street and Brodie Street is scheduled for final lift paving June 9-21. Expect lane closures and parking restrictions as the work proceeds. Businesses open as usual.
  • 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 starting June 23, 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 June 18. Traffic flow will be reduced to two lanes from Golf Links Road to just past the bridge for the summer.
  • Memorial Avenue between 2nd Avenue and Central Avenue is scheduled for spot milling and paving repairs in the curb lane sections. Expect lane closures and construction signage as the work proceeds.
  • Harbour Expressway/Main Street between Memorial Avenue and the Thunder Center entrance is scheduled for paving, curb repairs and lane widening. Expect lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • John Street between High Street and Algoma Street is scheduled for repaving, utility duct work and curb repairs. Expect lane closures. Businesses open as usual.
  • Pavement resurfacing is scheduled on sections of McComber Crescent, Vickers Street, Brannon Lane, Deepwood Drive, 20th Side Road and Farrand Street. Watch for periodic road closures, local access only and construction signage.
  • Pearl Street between Court Street and Banning Street is slated for sewer and water construction and road work. Local access only as the work proceeds.
  • Replacement of sidewalk on sections of Banning Street, Lillie Street, Norah Street and Victoria Avenue is proceeding. Street light work is also scheduled on Norah Street and Victoria Avenue. Expect some disruption to local access and periodic lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Heather Crescent is scheduled for the installation of a new watermain complete with road resurfacing. This project will take four weeks to complete.
  • High Street from Second Avenue to Seventh Avenue is scheduled for storm sewer work and road resurfacing. This project will last all 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