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Road Work Season Concluding


October 21, 2010 – Construction projects around Thunder Bay will continue through November as this year’s busy construction season wraps up.

2010 has been full of activity for the City of Thunder Bay Engineering Division:

  • A total of 13.1 km of streets were resurfaced.
  • 7.5 km of bike lanes and 2.5 km of shared lanes were added as part of the Active Transportation Plan to promote safe and convenient bicycle commuter routes.
  • 25 km of the 40 km of recreational trails were improved during this summer.
  • 581 metres of new sidewalks were added along with 5 km of sidewalk replacements.
  • Replacements were completed on 2.36 km of watermains, 1.9 km of sanitary sewer pipe and 2.9 km of storm sewer pipe.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic this fall. Construction projects can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Watch for signage and please drive with extra care in all construction zones.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:

  • Thursday, Nov. 11 from 10 am to 11:20 am, Red River Road from Regent Street to Algoma Street and Waverley Street from Banning Street to Algoma Street will be closed for the Remembrance Day Ceremony, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 5.
  • Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 am until 12 noon, Beverly Street from the Community Auditorium to Memorial Avenue, Memorial Avenue from Beverly Street to May Street and May Street from Memorial Avenue to Northern Avenue will be closed for the Christmas Parade, Rotary Clubs of Canada.

Road work underway:

  • Road work continues on the extension of Innovation Drive intersecting with Golf Links Road north of the Harbour Expressway.  There will be southbound lane closures on Golf Links Road. Follow posted signage.
  • Amelia Street from Tarbutt Street to Sprague Street will be closed for base lift paving (local traffic only).
  • Harold Street from Victoria Avenue to Miles Street and down Miles Street from Harold Street to Vickers Street will be closed for storm sewer construction, sidewalk replacements and resurfacing (local traffic only).
  • Marks Street at Bernard Street will be closed (local traffic only). The sanitary sewer will be replaced under the Neebing River by directionally drilling a new pipe.
  • Dublin Street from Valley Street to Walkover Street will be closed to local traffic to allow for the reconstruction of the watermain, ditching and road resurfacing.
  • Road work continues on Walsh Street from Kingsway Street to Edward Street.
  • Machar Avenue from Bay Street to Wilson Street is now open to traffic. Driveway and boulevard restoration work remain so please drive carefully.
  • Road repaving work continues on East Francis Street. Local access only during construction.
  • Storm Sewer construction continues on Rosslyn Road from Neebing Avenue to the 15th Side Road.  Remaining work includes road grading, repaving, shouldering and repair of driveways. Lane closures and detours will be in effect.
  • Dawson Street from Algoma Street to Peter Street will be closed to allow for the reconstruction of the sanitary sewer and existing watermain, complete with new curb and gutter, sidewalks where necessary, and resurfacing.
  • McDonald Street from McGillivary Street to McNaughton Street will be closed to local traffic to allow for the reconstruction of the sanitary sewer and existing watermain, complete with new curb and gutter, sidewalks where necessary, and resurfacing.

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.

The City’s Capital Budget provides funding for these projects. Some of this year’s construction projects, including road and bridge work, were funded in part, by the Federal Gas Tax Program.

For more information or to view a map of construction projects, visit www.thunderbay.ca/roadworkahead.

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