Thunder Bay – TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Extreme congestion expected along Arthur Street

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Thunder Bay Police Service’s Traffic Unit would like motorists and pedestrians to be aware of potentially significant traffic volumes on the city’s southside Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

A convoy of vehicles that includes tractor trailer units is expected in the area of Arthur Street, from Highway 130 to the Thunder Bay Expressway, in the evening hours of Wednesday, Jan. 26 and the morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 27.

The convoy is part of the “Freedom 2022” convoy heading to Ottawa.

TBPS say that “If possible, motorists are strongly encouraged to plan alternate routes during these times. If an alternate route is not possible, motorists should give themselves extra time to reach their destination”.

The TBPS continues to make efforts to ensure that emergency first responders will not be impacted by these potentially extraordinary traffic volumes.

STSTB and our coterminous school boards are aware of the potential for disruption to school bus service tomorrow morning, Thursday, January 27, due to the widely publicized convoy arriving this evening and scheduled to depart tomorrow morning.
Students with bus stops in the area from Hwy 130 at Hwy 11/17 to and along Arthur St W to the Thunder Bay Expressway are advised that, depending on the size, the pace, and the time of departure for this convoy, some stops along this corridor or on roads only accessible form this corridor may not be able to be serviced.
STSTB, working with our school bus operators and their drivers, will monitor the situation closely and advise via the Bus Status app and our social media accounts any disruptions to service if and as they occur.
Local police are also working closely with the OPP to better understand the volume and nature of traffic entering Ontario and heading toward Thunder Bay.