Overpass Damage Impacts Traffic on Highway 61

Construction Season in Thunder Bay
Road Closure

THUNDER BAY — It might have seemed minor at the time but an oversized load hitting the overpass on Highway 61 has caused major traffic delays and has many especially on Fort William Road very excited for the re-opening of the James Street Bridge.

The Ministry of Transportation wishes to advise that for emergency reasons due to overpass damage, Highway 61 between Broadway Avenue and Neebing Avenue/Princess Street will be fully closed to traffic from Monday November 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm until Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 am.  A marked detour will be provided from Highway 61 Neebing Avenue to Broadway Avenue and back to Highway 61 in both directions.

The highway closures are necessary to ensure the safety of road users and workers while this emergency construction work is underway.

MTO says in a media release, “We apologize for the inconvenience and urge motorists to schedule their travel to minimize any delays.  Motorists are reminded to obey and follow all traffic signage and flag persons for the safety of both workers and drivers.”

For the latest information on highway closures and construction, the public can call 511, MTO’s Road Information Line or check www.511on.ca.