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Road Work Ahead October 2008

October 16, 2008 – Construction projects around the City will continue through November as Thunder Bay wraps up a busy construction project season. Construction projects 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 over the next two months. 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, Oct. 18 from 3 pm - 2 am - Annual Officers Mess Military Ball, Park Avenue from Secord Street to Algoma Street
  • Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 am - 3 pm - Victoria Avenue Downtown Farmer's Market, Victoria Avenue East from May Street to Brodie Street
  •  Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 10 am - 11:20 am - Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony, Red River Road from Regent Street to Algoma Street and Waverley Street from Banning Street to Algoma Street
  • Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 am - 12 pm - Rotary Clubs of Thunder Bay Christmas Parade, Departing the Community Auditorium traveling south on Winnipeg Avenue to Beverly Street then east on Beverly Street to Memorial Avenue, continuing south along Memorial Avenue to May Street turning left on Northern Avenue and finishing at the CLE Grounds

Road Work Ahead:

  • Final lift paving and line markings remain on John Street - Algonquin Avenue to Thunder Bay Expressway. The work will also include final paving at intersecting streets. Approximately 2 weeks remain to complete the project. Speed restrictions remain in effect until all work is completed.
  •  Belrose Road Bridge reconstruction is continuing with a proposed completion date of Nov. 30.  The bridge will be closed at John Street Road and Belrose Road. Traffic along John Street Road will be maintained. Please follow the posted detours.
  • 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.
  • Temporary four-way stop control will be in place at the Victoria Avenue and Lillie Street intersection pending rebuild of the traffic control system.
  • 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 be completed by mid November.
  • 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.
  • Burwood Road remains closed to through traffic pending final road work completion.
  • Prospect Avenue between Dawson Street and River Street will have new sewer and water installed complete with curb/gutter and road resurfacing. This project will be completed by the end of October.
  • Ambrose Street between Second and Algoma will be closed to traffic due to the installation of a new watermain, curb, gutter and road-resurfacing. Algoma Street at Ambrose will be reduced down to one lane on Monday, Oct. 20 for tie-in week.
  • Park Avenue between Cumberland and Water will be reduced to local traffic only in order to replace an existing sanitary sewer. The work will be complete by the end of October.
  • Dewe Street between Dacre and Arundel is scheduled for the replacement of an existing watermain. The work will start in late October and continue for two weeks.
  • Harbour Expressway between Memorial Avenue to CN tracks is scheduled for curb and gutter repair. Expect eastbound lane closure and interruptions to the private access during work hours.

Thank you to motorists, pedestrians and local businesses for your patience with delays as a result of construction projects during this year's road work season. Please continue to watch for signage and drive with extra care in construction zones as projects are completed this Fall.

For more information, or to view a map of construction projects, visit the Engineering page of the City's web site at The above schedule includes major road projects only and is subject to change.

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