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Road Work Ahead: Sept. 24 - Oct. 22


September 24, 2009 – Road 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 from Sept. 24 to Oct. 22, 2009. 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.

For more information or to view a map of construction projects, visit www.thunderbay.ca and go to Living, Getting Around, Road Work Ahead.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:
• Every Saturday until Oct. 31 from 8 am to 5 pm, Victoria Avenue East from May Street to Brodie Street for the Victoria Avenue Downtown Farmers’ Market.
• Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8 am to 8 pm and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 8 am to 8 pm for the Make it Short Film Project.

Road Work Ahead:
• $1.5 million Balmoral Street Bridge rehabilitation began in 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. 
• Machar Avenue from Cornwall Avenue to Bay Street will be under construction for sewer, water, sidewalks and complete road restoration.
• Milling and paving on Waterloo Street between Victoria Avenue and the Neebing River.
• Milling and paving on Victoria Avenue between James Street and Mountdale Avenue.
• Eastbound 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 a 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 is under construction. Watch for lane closures, turn restrictions and slower traffic through this area. Businesses open as usual.
• James Street spot milling and pavement repair on southbound 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. 
• Traffic signal rebuild project at Victoria Avenue and James Street. Watch for lane closures and sidewalk ramp closures as the work proceeds.
• Lisgar Street is scheduled for sewer and paving work. A portion of the street will remain closed to public access.
• Selkirk Street between Rankin Street and Arthur Street is scheduled for storm sewer construction. Watch for lane or block-to-block closures and one-way traffic as work proceeds.
• Machar Avenue from Cornwall Avenue to Bay Street is under construction for sewer, water and road work.
• Dawson Street from High Street to Peter Street will be under construction for sewer, water, curb and gutter work and complete road restoration.  The work will be complete by Oct. 31. Access will be limited to local traffic only.
• Miles Street from May Street to Simpson Street will be under construction for sewer, water, curb and gutter work and complete road restoration. Access will be limited to local traffic only. Work will be complete by Oct. 31.
• James Street from Vale Street to Churchill Drive is under construction for watermain, new curb, gutter and asphalt work.
• Cobalt Crescent is scheduled for storm sewer, curb and gutter and paving work. Watch for signage directing local access to businesses. One end of the street may be closed at times.
• 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.

The new City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Recycling Facility is now open. The entrance to the new site is at 5405 Mapleward Road between John Street Road and Oliver Road. The entrance on John Street Road is closed. 

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.

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