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Road Work Ahead: Improved Access to Waterfront Becoming a Reality

August 31, 2006 – In keeping with the 2006 game plan for Waterfront Development, work will begin right after Labour Day to improve access to Marina Park. Upgrades to park entrances off Water Street at Pearl Street and Camelot Street including road and intersection work will start Sept. 4.
 
“The entrance upgrading projects are laying the foundation for the expansion of the park and marina,” said Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair of the Waterfront Development Committee. “These improvements will start to meet the public’s demand for a better tie-in with the downtown area.”

Upgrades to Pearl Street include road widening, new sidewalks, traffic signals, and improvements to railway crossings that will assist vehicles and pedestrians entering Marina Park.

Camelot Street will be closed to vehicles and used only as a pedestrian crossing. Traffic signals that will only be activated at pedestrian request will be installed to assist foot traffic across Water Street.

The City of Thunder Bay, in conjunction with Transport Canada and CN Rail and CP Rail companies, have teamed up to complete the $500,000 project to improve pedestrian safety near the waterfront. The General contractor, Gravel Doctor, has been retained by the City take on the projects which are expected to be complete near the end of October.

Transport Canada is providing an 80% grant for aspects of the projects considered to be road and rail safety improvements. The completion of these upgrades will resolve a long standing objective to eliminate and /or improve rail crossings in the north waterfront area.

Motorists are asked to watch for signage and please drive with extra care in construction zones.

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Contact: Mark Bentz, Chair, Waterfront Development Committee, 577-8226
               Rick Harms, Project Engineer, Transportation & Works, 625-3071