Road Work & Maintenance
Road construction projects underway in Thunder Bay 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 City of Thunder Bay is investing $40 million in 2015 on road and sidewalk rehabilitation, residential paving, sewer and watermain repair/replacement, bridge work and streetlight renewal. This also includes $380,000 in the Enhanced Infrastructure Renewal Program Capital Budget in 2015.
2015 construction projects around Thunder Bay have begun. Projects will include road and sidewalk rehabilitation, residential paving and sewer and watermain repair/replacement/lining, along with bridge work and streetlight renewal.
2015 Construction Project Map
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Updated information is posted monthly, between May and October.
Temporary street closures for events will be in effect:
Monday, May 18 at the following times and locations for the Firefighters’ 10 Mile Road Race:
- 8 am to 12 noon, May Street from Arthur Street to Donald Street, Arthur Street from Brodie Street to May Street, and complete street closure from intersection of Simpson/Arthur/May Streets north along Simpson Street to Fort William Road, to Water Street, to Marina Park Overpass, then through Marina Park and returning along same route
- 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, intersection of May Street and Arthur Street to the intersection of Donald Street and Simpson Street
- 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, Brodie Street from Arthur Street to Donald Street (closed for bus traffic only)
Sunday, May 31, from 7 am to 12 noon for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games Torch Relay:
- Rolling street closure of Arthur Street from Highway 61 to May Street, May Street/Memorial Avenue from Arthur Street to Harbour Expressway Harbour Expressway from Memorial Avenue to Balmoral Street, Balmoral Street from Harbour Expressway to Oliver Road
- Oliver Road from Balmoral Street through TBRHSC (Keith Jobbitt Drive, Ron Saddington Drive and Donald Caddo Drive) to Golf Links Road Golf Links Road from Donald Caddo Drive to Oliver Road
- Oliver Road from Golf Links Road to Thunder Bay Expressway
- Full road closure of May Street from Arthur Street to Donald Street
Road Work Ahead
The following areas are scheduled for or are currently undergoing road and other major infrastructure work that is expected to affect traffic.
Sewer & Watermain Work
- Peter Street from Van Norman Street to Hebert Street will undergo sewer and watermain work. The road will be closed to all traffic.
- Arthur Street from Waterloo Street to Ford Street will be closed to westbound traffic for storm sewer installation. The eastbound lanes will be reduced to one lane.
- William Street from Edward Street to Barton Street will be closed to through traffic until the end of May for the installation of new storm sewers.
- Boulevard Lake Dam Rehabilitation: plans are moving forward to rehabilitate the dam in 2015 and 2016. Starting June 15, the lake will be drained to install a coffer dam to allow repairs on the structure. Lake levels with then be brought up, but will be lower than typical summer levels, cancelling lake-based activities for the summer of 2015. In addition, the top of the dam will be closed to pedestrian traffic. Work on the dam this year will extend into October.
Road, Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements
- Harbour Expressway between Highway 11/17 and Golf Links Road is scheduled for pavement resurfacing. Watch for alternating access to traffic lanes, detours, speed reductions and lane closures during construction.
- Arundel Street Active Transportation Corridor: the bicycle lanes and multiuse trail on Arundel Street will be updated this year to include physical separation between vehicular traffic and walking/cycling traffic with the use of flexible bollards and paint line reconfiguration. This work is expected to take place during the month of June; intermittent lane closures may be necessary.
- Resurfacing of John Street between Balmoral Street and Hill Street is underway. Watch for lane closures and road closures as the work proceeds. Some driveway disruption is expected.
- Mapleward Road between Highway 102 and Kivikoski Road is scheduled for pavement resurfacing including ditching and culvert replacements. Watch for lane closures and road closures as the work proceeds.
- Road widening and reconstruction work will commence on Walnut Street / Tarbutt Street between Ford Street and the cul-de-sac on Tarbutt Street. Local access only. Some driveway disruption is expected.
- Road reconstruction work will commence on Pioneer Drive between Woodcrest Road and Nottingham Crescent. Watch for road closures as work proceeds. Some driveway disruption is expected.
- Broadway Avenue between Glenwood Crescent and Highway 61 is scheduled for pavement resurfacing. Watch for road closures with local access only as work proceeds.
- Castlegreen Drive resurfacing and storm sewer work is underway between Wardrope Avenue and Castlegreen Drive loop. Watch for road closures as work proceeds.
- Whalen Street from River Street to the dead end will be closed to through traffic in order to complete top lift paving.
The above list includes major, traffic-affecting construction only. Other work, including sidewalk replacements and curb and gutter repairs, is scheduled for residential areas and other areas around the City. The schedule is subject to change.
Each spring, once the snow is gone, street sweeping on arterial and collector roads begins.Street sweeping has now begun for the spring 2015 season.
Depending on weather, work on arterial and garbage collection routes is expected to be complete by the end of May.
Crews moved onto arterial routes in downtown areas in early May.
The cleaning process takes six to eight weeks. Once arterial routes are complete, sweeping efforts move on to residential streets. Sidewalks are swept along with the streets as crews move through the City. For fairness, each year the schedule for sweeping in residential areas is rotated. The City is divided into areas and it takes approximately six weeks to complete the sweeping of residential areas.
The City also repairs areas of sod that are turned up adjoining the curb in the course of winter roads maintenance. We welcome your input if you notice areas of concern. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residential Street SWEEPING priority map
City residential areas will be cleaned in numerical order. The order in which residential areas are cleaned by City crews changes each year - the first neighbourhood this year will move to the bottom of next year's list, and all other areas will move up.