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Road Work Ahead

July 17, 2008 – Summer is 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 July 17 to Aug 14, 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 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:

  • Every Wednesday from June 25 - Aug. 20 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
  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19 from 8 am to midnight – Port Arthur Prosvita 4th Annual Benefit Concert Laneway running north/south directly abutting Port Arthur Prosvita Hall/parking lot, from 3rd Avenue to the Laneway running east/west beside the Port Arthur Prosvita Hall. 3rd Avenue from Memorial Avenue to South High Street
  • Friday, July 18 from 3:00 pm - midnight and Saturday, July 19 from 7 am to midnight – Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival, Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street
  • Sunday, Aug 3 and Monday, Aug 4 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 am – 18th Annual Festa Italiana, Algoma Street from Dufferin Street to 130 metres south of Dufferin Street.
  • Saturday, Aug 23 from 7am - 5:30 pm – Westfort Street Fair, Corner of Brown Street at Frederica Street, with barriers across Frederica Street, but not blocking Brown Street, as well as barriers across Edward Street at Frederica Street, and barriers across Frederica Street to the east of Mama Alfa's Pizza (but not blocking personal driveways of homes nearby).

Road Work Ahead:

  • Arthur Street between May street and Brodie Street is scheduled for milling & paving. The street will be reduced to one lane in each direction as work proceeds.
  • Pacific Avenue between East End Overpass and Island Drive is slated for paving. Watch for flagman and temporary detours as the work proceeds.
  • Strand Avenue between Valley Street to Walkover Street is scheduled for repaving, ditching and culvert work. Watch for working equipment and gravel surface as the work proceeds.
  • Paving on residential streets: Margaret Street, Agate Bay, Amethyst Crescent, Sycamore Avenue, Gordon Street, Melvin, Bessie, Fanshaw Street. Fanshaw at Edward Street may have lane closure as widening work proceeds.
  • Spot road repair at Strathcona Subway, High Street sections, River Street, Alice Avenue and William Street at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Watch for posted construction signage.
  • Vickers Street between Donald Street & Arthur Street is scheduled for road work including the rebuilding of Vickers & Arthur traffic signals. Parking will be affected as work proceeds. Follow posted construction signs.
  • A southbound to westbound right turn lane is being constructed at the Memorial Avenue & Central Avenue intersection. Watch for construction signage and reduced lane width at this location. Access to area businesses may be temporarily relocated. Businesses are open as usual.
  • Walsh Street between Syndicate Avenue to Sprague Street is scheduled for paving, curbing and street lighting. Watch for gravel surface, parking restrictions and flagman.
  • Oliver Road between Golf Links Road to Burwood Road is scheduled for sewer construction and related road repairs. Expect closure of west bound lane as work proceeds.
  • Sidewalk projects on sections of Christina Street, Edward Street, Isabella Street and Frederica Street are expected to proceed. Possible lane closures and interruptions to driveway access in the work zone.
  • Major road construction is underway on John Street Road that 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 work and bridge closure is expected to begin late in the week of July 21. Detours will be posted.
  • Harbour Expressway/Main Street between Memorial Avenue and the Thunder Centre entrance is scheduled for paving, curb repairs and lane widening. Expect lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mapleward Road will be closed at the Neebing River between John Street Road and Oliver Road starting in August until mid-September. Local traffic on Oliver Road will be able to access the road from John Street Road.  Detours will be posted.
  • Construction of a new Sanitary Sewer with full road restoration on Hodge Street, local traffic only.
  • Rockwood Avenue between Van Norman Street and Red River Road is scheduled for watermain, road and sidewalk work. Local access only as the work proceeds

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