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Sidewalk ConstructionRoad 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 $19.1 million in 2016 on road and sidewalk rehabilitation, residential paving, sewer and watermain repair/replacement, bridge work and streetlight renewal.

2016 construction projects around Thunder Bay are underway. Projects will include road and sidewalk rehabilitation, residential paving and sewer and watermain repair/replacement/lining, along with bridge and culvert work and streetlight renewal.

Updated information is posted monthly, between May and October.

2016 Construction Project Map Adobe PDF, 1 page, 1.27 MB


Temporary street closures for events will be in effect:

  • 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games
      •   5KM Running & Road Race – Monday, July 18 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street, Arundel Street from West Lyon Boulevard to East Lyon Boulevard (east bound lane only), and East Lyon Boulevard from Arundel Street to Rita Street
      •   Biathlon Event – Tuesday, July 19 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Pento Road from Tapiola Park to Pento Road Shooting Range
      •   10KM Running & Road Race – Wednesday, July 20 from 7:45 am to 9:30 am, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street, Arundel Street from West Lyon Boulevard to East Lyon Boulevard (east bound lane only), and East Lyon Boulevard from Arundel Street to Rita Street
      •   Criterium Cycling Event – Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Court Street from Park Avenue to Red River Road, Red River Road from Cumberland Street to Court Street, Cumberland Street from Park Avenue to Red River Road, and Park Avenue from Court Street to Cumberland Street
      •   5KM Aquathalon – Saturday, July 23 from 7:45 am to 10:00 am, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street, Arundel Street from West Lyon Boulevard to East Lyon Boulevard (east bound lane only), and East Lyon Boulevard from Arundel Street to Rita Street
      •   21KM Running Road Race - Sunday, July 24 from 7:30am to 11:00 am, Reaume Street from Central Avenue to Lakehead University Trail, Riverside Drive from Recreation Trail to Harbour Expressway (under bridge), Riverside Drive from Central Avenue to 10th Avenue, 10th Avenue from Riverside Drive to small park at 10th/Central Avenue, and Dease Street from Balmoral Avenue to recreation trail 
  • Fat Guys Fifth Annual Car Show – Saturday, July 23 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Queen Street from Memorial Avenue to Fort William Road, and Fort William Road from Queen Street to Court Street
  • Festival of India – Saturday, July 23 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sunday, July 24 from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Bobby Curtola Drive from Marina Park Overpass to Prince Arthur’s Landing, and Saul Laskin Drive from Bobby Curtola Drive to Bobby Curtola Drive
  • Valley Fresh Busker’s Fest – Saturday, July 23 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, July 24 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Bay Street from Secord Street to Algoma Street, and Algoma Street from Bay Street to Cornwall Street
  • Festa Italiana – Sunday, July 31 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am and Monday, August 1, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am, Algoma Street from Dufferin Street to 130 metres south of Dufferin Street
  • Live on the Waterfront - Every Wednesday from July 6 to August 24 from 4 pm to 9:30 pm, Sleeping Giant Parkway from north of roundabout to Saul Laskin Drive, Saul Laskin Drive from Bobby Curtola Drive S. to Bobby Curtola Drive N., and Bobby Curtola Drive from Saul Laskin Drive to Marina Park Overpass

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

  • Cumberland Street between Stephens Street and Gibson Avenue is undergoing road reconstruction including replacement of the watermain, new storm sewer, street lighting improvements and landscaping work. The project is currently underway and will continue until the end of October 2016. Work on this street will proceed in stages. Stage 2 is in progress, with work extending from Clavet Street to McCulloch Street. Traffic is permitted in one lane only heading southbound on Cumberland Street within the staged limits. Northbound traffic is required to follow the posted detour route.
  • Storm sewer work is underway on Roland Street, starting at the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway and extending to Hewitson Street. Watch for road closures with local traffic access only as the work proceeds. All businesses within the limits of the work remain open during the construction.
  • Robertson Street from Pacific Avenue to Simpson Street is slated for road reconstruction including new sewers and watermains. Sections of sidewalks will be replaced as well. The road will be open to local traffic, but closed during some of the deeper excavation work.
  • Top lift paving and final landscaping continues on Ironwood Street between Edward Street and Sherbrooke Street.
  • Improvements to Banning Street between Bay Street and Pearl Street include sewer and watermain replacements, new curb and gutter, and road reconstruction. This project started in late May and will take 10 to 12 weeks. Only local traffic will have access to the area.
  • The remaining road work including paving and street lighting will continue on Gore Street West from Neebing Avenue to Crawford Avenue. Drivers can expect block to block closures for through traffic with local traffic access only.
  • Storm sewer work on Cameron Street, Bethune Street, and McKellar Street is underway. The work on Cameron Street and Bethune Street extends from Vickers Street to McKellar Street. Work on McKellar Street extends from Bethune Street southerly to the dead-end. Watch for road closures with local traffic access only as the work proceeds.
  • Sewer and watermain work is scheduled to begin on Georgina Avenue, with the work area extending from Mary Street to Gore Street. Work will proceed in block to block segments with local traffic access only.
  • Watermain and road reconstruction on River Street are underway between Madeline Street and McComber Crescent. Eastbound traffic is permitted while westbound traffic will be required to follow the posted detour route. The project is expected to be complete within 8 to 10 weeks.
  • Watermain replacement will take place on Grenville Avenue between Black Bay Road and Earle Street. Only local traffic will have access to the area during the construction, which is expected to take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

Bridge Work

  • Inspections of all the City's bridges will take place throughout the summer season. Expect occasional lane closures on the various structures throughout the City.

Road, Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements

  • Road resurfacing work is scheduled to start on Tuxedo Drive between Mountain Road and Broad Oaks Drive. Watch for road closures with local traffic access only as the work proceeds.
  • 15th Sideroad from Highway 61 extending northerly to the dead-end is scheduled for road reconstruction. Watch for road closures with local traffic access only as the work proceeds.
  • Residential resurfacing work is slated to begin on Brunswick Street, Dundas Street, Cumming Street, Bailey Avenue, Fraser Street, and Ridgeway Street.
  • Asphalt patching work is scheduled to start on sections of Memorial Avenue, McGillivray Street, and Southern Avenue. Watch for road and lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Balmoral Street reconstruction between the Neebing McIntyre Floodway and Hewitson Street is underway. Work includes new pavement, curb and gutter, and storm sewers, and the existing ditches will be filled. New multi-use trails will also be constructed on both sides of the road. During construction traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.
  • Widening and road resurfacing work continues on Hemlock Place/Avenue. Only local traffic will have access to the area.
  • Road rehabilitation work has begun on Vickers Street between Victoria Avenue and Cameron Street. Watch for block to block road closures with local traffic access only as the work proceeds. All businesses within the limits of the work remain open during the construction.
  • Sidewalk replacement on sections of Ridgeway Street and Isabella Street is set to begin. Only local traffic will have access to the area and driveway access will be disrupted for some residents. The work on Isabella Street will also include new street lighting.
  • A short section of the City of Thunder Bay Community Services (Pool 6) access road and a small section of the boater’s parking area to the south of Pearl Street at the Waterfront will be undergoing road realignment and parking lot construction work. The work will include underground utilities, lighting, curbs, asphalt and streetscape. Work is scheduled to begin July 20th and will continue for approximately 4 months. Access to all facilities south of Pearl Street including the boater’s lot will be maintained throughout the construction period with only brief interruptions planned.

The above list includes major, traffic-affecting construction. 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.


Street SWEEPING

Each spring, once the snow is gone, street sweeping on arterial and collector roads begins.

Depending on weather, work on arterial and garbage collection routes is completed near the end of May.

Crews move onto arterial routes in downtown areas in early May.

Line of Street SweepersThe 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 publicworks@thunderbay.ca.

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.

Check out this short video on Street Sweeping Operations in Thunder Bay to get a better understanding of what streets are chosen based on cycles from year to year, why street sweeping is done and how it works.