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Road Work Ahead

August 21, 2008 – 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 Aug 21 – Sept 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, 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:

  • Saturday, Aug. 23 from 7 am - 5:30 pm – 26th Annual Westfort Village 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 Pizzeria, (but not blocking personal driveways of homes nearby).
  • Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 am - 5 pm – Victoria Avenue/May Street Fall Fair - Victoria Avenue from Brodie Street to Simpson Street, May Street from Miles Street to George Street.
  • Every Saturday from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25 from 7 am - 3 pm – Victoria Avenue Downtown Farmer's Market - Victoria Avenue East from May Street to Brodie Street.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 am -  4 pm – Bay/Algoma Business Association Sidewalk Sale - Bay Street from Secord Street to Algoma Street, Bay Street from Algoma Street to Machar Avenue.
  • Monday, Sept. 15 from 6-7 pm – Full Moon Memory Walk - Victoria Avenue from Hardisty Street to Simpson Street, Simpson Street from Victoria Avenue to Pacific Avenue, Pacific Avenue from Simpson Street to 110th Avenue, 110th Avenue from Pacific Avenue to Neebing Avenue/McIntyre Floodway Bridge.
  • Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm – St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 100 Year Anniversary - Brodie Street South from Donald Street to 211 Brodie Street South.

Road Work Ahead:

  • 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. This work will result in gravel sections, reduced speed, one lane traffic open in each direction, and at times, one lane flagging. Temporary four-way stop sign control in place at the John and Junot intersection pending completion of the traffic signal rebuild.
  • Belrose Road Bridge reconstruction is underway. The bridge will be closed at John Street Road and Belrose Road for the remainder of the season. Traffic along John Street Road will be maintained. Please follow the posed detours.
  • Repaving, ditching and culvert work is slated for Belrose Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during working hours.
  •  20th Sideroad is scheduled for repaving and improvements at the CPR railway crossing. The street will be reduced to one lane with flagging as the work proceeds.
  • Hewitson Street is scheduled for repaving. One lane traffic and temporary detours as the work proceeds. Local traffic only to businesses.
  • 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:  Bessie Avenue, Fanshaw Street. Fanshaw at Edward Street may have lane closure as widening work proceeds.
  • Spot road repair at Strathcona Subway and William Street at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Watch for posted construction signage.
  • A southbound to westbound right turn lane is being constructed at the Memorial Avenue and 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.
  • Vickers Street between Donald Street and Arthur Street is scheduled for road work including the rebuilding of Vickers and Arthur traffic signals. Parking will be affected as work proceeds. Follow posted construction signs.
  • River and Madeline Street intersection scheduled for traffic signal rebuild. Watch for lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Sidewalk projects on sections of Edward Street are expected to proceed. Possible lane closures and interruptions to driveway access in the work zone.
  • Regent Street between Van Norman and Dawson is scheduled for curb and gutter work, sidewalks, sewer and watermain work and road resurfacing. This project will take six 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.
  • Glendale Crescent is scheduled for the installation of a new watermain complete with road resurfacing. This project will take four weeks to complete.
  • Mountdale Avenue between Arthur Street and Donald Street is scheduled for the installation of a new watermain complete with road resurfacing. This project will take three weeks to complete.
  • Storm sewer construction on Brown Street between Begin and Isabella Street. Also Moodie Street between Brown and Edward Streets. Local access only. Temporary detours and/or one lane traffic through the work area.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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