Thunder Bay Road Construction Update

Construction Season in Thunder Bay
Road Closure

THUNDER BAY – In Thunder Bay there are many say only two seasons, winter and construction season. Right now we are in the middle of the construction season.

There is a lot of work going on around the city, and the city has provided an update on the work going on, the roads closed, and how long it is taking for projects to be completed.

Thunder Bay is investing $18 million in 2020 on road and sidewalk rehabilitation, residential paving, sanitary and storm sewers, water main repair/replacement, bridge, and culvert work, and streetlight renewal.

Road work can result in road closures, detours, and delays for drivers. All residents are reminded to reduce their speed, be alert, watch for workers, and drive with extra care in construction zones.

The following areas are scheduled for, or are currently undergoing, road and other major infrastructure work that is expected to affect traffic:

Sewer and water main work, and road construction

  • Simpson Street, from Pacific Avenue to Southern Avenue – closed to northbound traffic until late August
  • Amelia Street East, from Edward Street to Ford Street, for twelve weeks
  • Grey Crescent
  • Kingston Street, from James Street to the dead end
  • Syndicate Avenue, from Dease Street to Leith Street
  • Brodie Street, from Dease Street to Leith Street
  • Sills Street, from Brunswick Street to east of Selkirk Street
  • Norah Street, from Donald Street to Arthur Street
  • Tupper Street, from Jean Street to Prospect Avenue, until mid-August
  • The parking lot at Market Square, Prince Arthur’s Landing, for eight weeks
  • Possible intermittent closures of Water Street south of Marina Park Overpass

Road, street lighting, bridge and sidewalk improvements

  • Redwood Avenue, for new sidewalk
  • River Street, from Madeline Street to High Street, for pavement resurfacing
  • Mount Forest Boulevard, from 20th Side Road to Hawkridge Drive, for pavement reconstruction and street lighting
  • Residential pavement resurfacing on Dewe Avenue, Frankwood Avenue, Hilldale Place, Ray Boulevard, Vickers Street, and Walkover Street
  • New parking lot construction at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre
  • Ford Street, from Rankin Street to Moodie Street, new multi-use trail construction
  • Neebing River Trail, from Ford Street to Legion Track Drive, multi-use trail reconstruction
  • Red River Road at Pine Street for traffic signal rebuild, with temporary stop control on Pine Street – watch for lane closures on Red River Road
  • Arthur Street and Ford Street, for new traffic signals
  • Sidewalk replacement on James Street, Walsh Street, Marks Street and Stanley Avenue
  • New pedestrian crossovers at John Street at Marlborough Street, Pioneer Drive at Wyndale Street, and Court Street at McVicar Creek

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. Schedules are subject to change.

Summer also brings with it community events. These often result in temporary street closures. Residents are reminded to obey detours and drive with extra care in the vicinity of these closures.

Temporary street closures for events will be in effect:

  • Red River Road, westbound lane from Court Street to St. Paul Street, during the summer for the Waterfront BIA StrEATery & Marketplace.
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