The City of Thunder Bay is embarking on a once-in-a-generation project to redesign the streets in the North Core/Waterfront District area. This opportunity exists because the watermains and sewers below the street are at the end of their useful life and need to be replaced; work which will require the excavation of the streets from storefront to storefront.

Artistic rendering of the area after construction

Project Goals
  • Replace aging underground infrastructure – watermains, sanitary sewers and storm sewers
  • Replace the road surface with decorative pavers
  • Beautify the streetscape with the installation of new sidewalks, streetlighting, traffic signals and public spaces
  • Enhance pedestrian experience, where pedestrian safety is prioritized


Visit The Waterfront District's website to see a listing of all businesses in the area

With the Court Street section of the reconstruction nearly complete, the next phase of the project launched in spring 2024.

Construction along Red River Road has begun and will proceed through three stages, extending through October 2024. Please note that this schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen factors.

Map of North Core streets showing the closure of Red River Road between Court Street and Cumberland Street as of July 2.

Phase 1:

  • Closure and construction of Cumberland Street & Red River Road intersection up to St. Paul Street
  • Directional change on Cooke Street from May 1, with traffic flowing West to East

Phase 2:

  • Closure at Cumberland St. and Red River Rd. intersection remains in place
  • Red River Road closure extends to Court St. as construction zone expands

Phase 3:

  • Reopening of Red River Road & Cumberland Street intersection up to St. Paul Street
  • Finalization of Red River Road section from St. Paul Street to Court Street

While construction is underway, please know that local businesses remain open and pedestrian access will remain intact throughout the construction period.  

To ensure your safety and that of others, please obey onsite directional signage and fencing, and do not enter the construction zone.  

Traffic Restrictions

Be aware of traffic restrictions in the area. Watch for signs.

The work on the section of Court Street between Lincoln Street and Cooke Street is mostly completed, with the addition of some lighting and decorative traffic signals still to come.

Street Closures

Red River Road is closed from Cumberland Street to St. Paul Street for phase one reconstruction. This closure includes the Red River Road and Cumberland Street intersection.

The section of Park Avenue between Court Street and Cumberland Street that had been opened for two-way traffic during construction has returned to permitting one-way (Eastbound) traffic only.

Note: the intersections of Court Street and Park Avenue as well as Court Street and Red River Road are now 4-way stops
- pay attention to signage in the area.

Transit Detours

Several Thunder Bay Transit bus routes will temporarily take detours to accommodate the reconstruction.

Please visit the Thunder Bay Transit Service Alerts page for up-to-date information on bus detours during construction.


Street parking is available on Park Avenue, Red River Road, Cumberland Street and throughout the Waterfront District. There is also parking available at the Waterfront Parkade.

Download the Passport Parking Canada App to easily pay for street parking from your phone. 

Public Consultation
Extensive public and stakeholder consultation was conducted, and that input has shaped the vision of the project. Visit Get Involved Thunder Bay to view the concept drawings, previous consultation summaries and more.

June 28, 2024 - North Core reconstruction moving to next phase 

May 3, 2024 - Transit routes impacted by north core reconstruction

April 22, 2024 - Streetscapes renewal project starts up for summer

October 13, 2023 - Park Avenue and Court Street Intersection Reopens

August 11, 2023 - Intersection of Red River Road and Court Street to close August 16

May 31, 2023 - Section of Court Street Closed

May 25, 2023 - Section of Court Street Closed to Prepare for Construction

November 16, 2021 - Share Your Views on the North Core Street Scape Pilot Projects

November 9, 2021 - Two-Way Traffic on Cumberland Street to Reopen on Thursday

October 27, 2021 - North Core Street Scape Project Sees Winter Addition

July 27, 2021 - Pop-up Public Input Booth on North Core Street Scape Project

July 8, 2021 - Section of Cumberland Street North Closed for Patio Season

June 10, 2021 - Set-Up for North Core Street Scape Patios to Begin Friday

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