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Road Work Ahead


July 30, 2009 – Construction projects are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work, affecting traffic during the period of July 30 to August 27, 2009. These projects can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Watch for signage and please drive with extra care in construction zones.

The City’s Capital Budget provides funding for these projects. Some of this year’s construction projects, including road and bridge work, are funded in part, through the Federal Gas Tax Program and Provincial Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:

  • Every Saturday until October 31 from 8 am to 5 pm, Victoria Avenue East from May Street to Brodie Street for the Victoria Avenue Downtown Farmers’ Market.
  • Every Wednesday until August 19 from 5 pm to 9 pm Bobby Curtola Drive from the CN Station Parking Lot to the base of the Overpass and Saul Laskin Drive will be closed for Summer in the Parks events.
  • Sunday, August 2 and Monday, August 3 from 12 noon to 1 am, Algoma Street from Dufferin Street to 130m south of Dufferin Street for Festa Italiana.
  • Saturday, August 22 from 8 am to 5:30 pm, Frederica Street from 135 E. Frederica to 218 W. Frederica Street including the intersections of Edward Street and Brown Street for Westfort Village Street Fair.

Road Work Ahead:

  • $1.5 million Balmoral Street Bridge rehabilitation will began in mid May and will last through the construction season. Two lanes of traffic will be open along Balmoral Street at reduced speeds. Access to Forest Street from Balmoral Street will be closed during the duration of the project. Please follow the posted detours. This project includes a wider pedestrian/cycle pathway on the west side of the bridge.
  • Asphalt resurfacing on Fassina Street, Government Road and Hilldale Road.  Local access only and possible driveway access restrictions.
  • Pavement resurfacing on residential streets including Perozak Street, Greengate Circle, 22nd Sideroad, and Duke Street.
  • Milling and paving on Waterloo Street between Victoria Avenue and the Neebing River.
  • New sidewalk construction on Windsor Street.
  • Spruce Court will be under construction for new curbing and road widening. Residents to follow posted construction signs about redirecting local traffic. Some driveway access interruptions expected.
  • Milling and paving on Victoria Avenue between James Street and Mountdale Avenue.
  • East bound lanes of Dawson Road between Regina and East Avenue scheduled for milling and paving. Watch for lane closures and traffic rerouting as the work proceeds.
  • Pavement repairs at the James Street subway. Watch for road closure or detour as the work proceeds.
  • River Street and Red River Road will have miscellaneous sections of boulevard repair. Watch for closures of the curb lane during the construction period.
  • May Street between the Neebing /McIntyre Floodway to Northern Avenue will be under construction following the CLE. Watch for lane closures, turn restrictions and slower traffic through this area. Businesses open as usual.
  • James Street spot milling and pavement repair on south bound lanes - Ryerson Crescent to Mary Street. Watch for lane closures, reduced speed and bump locations as the work proceeds.
  • Algonquin Street spot milling and pavement repair.
  • Road cracks sealing at various locations across the City.  Watch for lane closures.
  • Traffic signal rebuild project at Cumberland Street and MacDougall Street intersection. Watch for lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Traffic signal rebuild project at Victoria Avenue and James Street.  Watch for lane closures and sidewalk ramp closures as the work proceeds.
  • Sewer and water construction on Archibald Street between Donald Street and Arthur Street. Possible road closure with local access only from one end.
  • Storm Sewer construction includes Phase III of the Intercity Drainage Project which will nearly complete this multi-million dollar drainage improvement project in the Intercity Area.
  • Sewer/water, curb and gutter work on Wilson Street from Court to Cumberland.  Road closed to local traffic only. Should be complete by early August.
  • Storm sewer and watermain work on Walsh Street from Edward to Leland. Road closed to local traffic only.  Should be complete by early August.
  • Alloy Drive storm sewer construction between Lyon Channel and Cobalt Crescent. Watch for lane closures and driveway access interruptions.
  • Watermain work on James Street between Vale Crescent and Churchill Drive.  Reduced number of lanes within construction limits.
  • Neebing Avenue at the CPR tracks will be closed to through traffic over the period August 25-27 for track crossing renewal. Motorists are requested to utilize alternate routes.

The City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Recycling Facility development project is nearing completion. The site will be opening September 1. A methane gas collection project is underway in partnership with Thunder Bay Hydro. Work is also underway to develop an agreement to construct a power generating station and a methane gas heat recovery system that will use the facility’s methane gas as fuel. 

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’.

For more information or to view a map of construction projects, visit: http://www.thunderbay.ca/Living/Getting_Around/Road_Work_Ahead.htm.

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