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2014-06-02 at 14:13

TRAFFIC: Construction set to begin on Arthur Street

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By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Arthur Street, between Edward and Tarbutt Streets, will be under construction beginning this week.

In a news release issued Monday afternoon, officials with the City of Thunder Bay confirm that the construction project includes water main, storm sewer and road work.

The project begins the week of June 2 and will take about 15 weeks to complete.

Work will be done in stages over several block sections. Travel will be limited to one lane in each direction through the construction zone.

Left turn restrictions will be posted.

Edward Street will be closed to through traffic for the initial stage of construction.

All businesses will remain open during construction.

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Musicferret says:
Yes it needs doing, but I'm suggesting those idiotic unused bike lanes on Victoria have already made traffic an safety a big problem on Arthur and this will make it much worse.

At council last night they actually discussed closing the Victoria bike lanes to help with the congestion..... But the city council pandere to the 2-3 bikes per day that use the lanes for a few months each year and decided to leave the lanes open. They chose those few bikers (who could just go a lock north and take the existing bike path anyway!) over traffic chaos. Very poor decision.
6/3/2014 11:49:22 AM
dillon says:
Seriously, we live in Thunder Bay. Traffic chaos is pretty much nonexistent. Even at the worst of times, what's going to get added to a trip? 5 minutes?
6/3/2014 12:44:24 PM
James Gang says:
If traffic chaos is non existent, why do we need to put bike lanes everywhere?
6/3/2014 6:40:41 PM
musicferret says:
Dillon, a few minutes costs families time at home, gas money, wear and tear on the vehicle, and the environment.

But lets just ignore all that. SAFETY ISSUES is the big result of those Victoria bike lanes. Have you noticed the endless stream of crashes on that stretch of Arthur this year? There have been 4-5 major ones already and countless little fender benders. Thats because the street is congested, specifically during commuting times and at lunch. The road is not designed to be completely full with people forced to try to dart in to get on the road from businesses.

And again, even if you disagree with all of this, how do you justify closing down the two lanes on Victoria when:

1) The bike lanes are empty. Don't agree? Ask anyone who lives on them or drives next to them almost every day.

2) There is an entire recreational trail running parallel just a little bit north. How stupid are we to build a redundant set of lanes right next door?
6/4/2014 8:01:24 AM
S Duncan says:
this is just a drop in the bucket. The city is so far behind in doing what its supposed to be doing, they think they are winning.

We need real infrastructure, not welfare domes that benefit nobody but welfare seekers.
6/2/2014 11:34:34 PM
anvil of crom says:
alot of issues with sewers and waterlines breaking this winter , so don't you think its a good thing? yeah traffic will suffer but people need services as well.
6/2/2014 10:28:12 PM
musicferret says:
Lets see..... we got rid of two E/W lanes on Victoria because of all the bikes. Now we're getting rid of two more on Arthur.

It was already overcrowded and dangerous trying to get on Arthur during the busier times of the day before. Now? It will be virtually impossible.
6/2/2014 6:01:20 PM
hadenough says:
So you would rather that they did not repair the underground infrastructure rather than inconvenience you and others?
Perhaps, given the advance warning, people could arrange their day a little to deal with the construction instead.
6/2/2014 6:21:28 PM
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