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Road Work Season Concluding Soon

October 4, 2012 – Construction projects around Thunder Bay will continue through October and November as the busy construction season wraps up. Road work can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Drivers should reduce their speed, be alert, watch for workers and drive with extra care in construction zones.

The 2012 road work season has seen a total of 21 km of streets resurfaced. As part of the Active Transportation Program, 5.4 km of new bike lanes have been added. In addition, 1 km of new sidewalks have been added along with 5.35 km of sidewalk replacements. Infrastructure upgrades have included the replacement of 4 km of watermains and 1.5 km of sanitary sewer pipe, the installation of 0.7 km of new sanitary sewer pipe, and 1.8 km of storm sewer pipe replacement.

Many of these projects have been funded by the Enhanced Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (EIRP) approved by City Council in 2012, with $2 million going towards pavement rehabilitation. Other projects have been funded by the City’s Capital Budget, and some received additional funding through the Federal Gas Tax Program. The City’s total capital infrastructure spending will be $22 million in 2012.

The following areas are scheduled for road work and other major infrastructure maintenance, expected to affect traffic this fall.

Temporary Street Closures Will Be In Effect:

  • Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 am to 1 pm, 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 Rotary Christmas Parade.


Road Work Under Way:

Sewer & Watermain Work

  • St. Paul Street from Red River Road to Van Norman Street is currently closed to traffic. The sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer are being replaced and the road will be resurfaced. The curb/ gutter and the sidewalks are being replaced and new decorative boulevards and tree pits will be added.
  • Market Street is scheduled for storm sewer construction and repaving. Local traffic only and possible road closures as the work proceeds.
  • Sewer and watermain replacement, street lighting and streetscaping continue on Algoma Street between John Street and Bay Street. The road will be open at intervals whenever possible. Underground work on the block between Cornwall Street and Bay Street will continue until completion at the end of October. The Cornwall Street intersection will periodically be shut down completely to allow for sewer and watermain tie-ins.
  • Watermain replacement and street resurfacing work will take place on Glenoah Avenue from Rosslyn Road to the south limit, and will last approximately five weeks. Local traffic only.
  • Sewer and watermain replacement and road resurfacing is scheduled for McLaughlin Street from McNaughton Street to Pacific Avenue. The road is closed to traffic.

Bridge Work

  • The Main Street overpass will be limited to one lane of traffic on Oct. 15, for inspection work.

Road, Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements

  • Road reconstruction will take place on Harrison Street and Harrison Place. Local access only and interruptions to driveways is expected.
  • Road resurfacing and watermain construction is under way on Neebing Avenue. Watch for detours around the construction area. Local access only.
  • New and rebuild work on traffic signals at Vickers & Miles Street. Watch for lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Road reconstruction on the perimeter streets surrounding the new Consolidated Courthouse in the South core is expected to proceed. There will be block-to-block closures to traffic and parking as the work continues. 
  • Please note that businesses in the areas of the construction zones around Victoria Avenue and the Waterfront district BIAs are open for business as 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.

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