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Monday May 25 2015
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2014-05-16 at 16:45

TRAFFIC: Section of Water Street shut down, may impact 10 Mile Road Race


THUNDER BAY – Problems with the pedestrian overpass has prompted the closure of a portion of one of the city’s busiest streets.

Water Street has been temporarily closed between Red River Road and Van Norman Street by the City of Thunder Bay due to a weld on a section of one of the framed glass panels being detached on the overpass to Prince Arthur’s Landing.

The closure could impact one of the city’s largest running races of the year, as the closure falls in the middle of the Firefighters’ Ten Mile Road Race course, which is scheduled for Monday morning.

Race director Meghan Shanks says there is a back-up plan in place that involves a minor deviation with the course where runners will have to move up to Cumberland Street to bypass the closure.

“Plan B is that we will be turning left on Park Avenue and we will be going along Cumberland until Van Norman Street where we will be turning right and then taking a left back onto Water Street,” Shanks said.

After getting back on Water Street runners will proceed as normal to Prince Arthur’s Landing before turning back around as scheduled at the five mile mark. Runners would again make the same detour on the way back to the Simpson Street start-finish line.

Shanks added organizers should know by Sunday evening whether or not they will have to change the course for the 81st installment of the city’s oldest running event.

“I think at this point it is realistic that it’s a possibility we might have to go with Plan B on Monday,” she said. “Right now we’re holding tight and hoping the race could proceed as normal.”

Organizers have said they expect close to 1,000 runners to participate Monday morning.


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nvjgu says:
Typical non union unqualified workmanship.
5/19/2014 8:06:53 AM
chbaker says:
Has anyone ever looked at the welds that hold that thing together?
They're terrible. Bubble gum quality.

I'm surprised it lasted this long.
Next time, hire a professional welder.
5/17/2014 5:04:37 PM
tsb says:
5/17/2014 11:51:48 AM
feduptaxpayer#1 says:
I agree! Blame HOBBS for this travesty! He should issue a public apology from the Thunder Bay Money Pit (where they keep our tax dollars)!
5/17/2014 6:21:56 PM
Westfortforever says:
Must be in the way of the new Hobbs Centre,could they be looking for reason to tear it down and build new one.
5/17/2014 1:09:12 AM
Watchful says:
Just I in time for the re is with the event centre. Make it part of the planning and the government can pay for it
5/16/2014 11:12:03 PM
Eastender says:
Yeah, cuzz when the guvmint pays fer it, it dont come outta our pockets duz it!
5/17/2014 12:18:16 PM
musicferret says:
LOL. Eastender, you win.

It drives me nuts when people on here comment about us "Only spending 33m on the events centre! Its a deal!" I think to myself, where the heck do you think the other 67+ million $ comes from?

US! We are the federal government. We are the provincial government.
5/17/2014 4:13:37 PM
progress now says:
This is the same sort of nonsense we have seen with the metal poles at Victoriaville.

This administration has so much praise heaped on it by council, and to be honest here, the media as well.

I just don't see it.

We should be happy no one has been injured or worse.
5/16/2014 10:45:42 PM
nvjgu says:
That road should be close just for the condition of the pavement.
5/16/2014 10:04:03 PM
Steamy says:
that's just like 80% of them. we need roads fixed badly round here. don't know why this city wastes so much money on stupid things when our basics are so severely lacking.
5/16/2014 11:14:01 PM
Berzerker says:
That bridge is in disgusting shape. It should probably go down. I don't see it ever in any of those fancy multiplex pictures ever though. I guess they promised delta a new one?
5/16/2014 9:16:44 PM
Shane Caker says:
The protective paint has been peeling off of the overpass for years, if not decades. It's not difficult to notice. When raw steel is exposed to the elements, not only is it an eyesore, it rusts and falls apart. Apparently nobody that works for the city is in charge of this type of thing? Pretty sad that it came to this.
5/16/2014 8:02:00 PM
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