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UPDATE: Victoria Avenue between Edward and Lillie streets to be resurfaced

Victoria Avenue between Edward and Lillie streets to be resurfaced starting on Wednesday.

THUNDER BAY – Victoria Avenue will be closed between Edward Street and Lillie Street as it is resurfaced, starting Wednesday

Work will include removing the existing asphalt surface and re-paving with two new lifts of asphalt, and is expected to last four to six weeks, depending on weather.

"It can go faster, it can go slower, it kind of depends on what we encounter on the ground, and weather can have an impact as well," said Matthew Miedema, the project engineer with the city's engineering division.

As part of this work, a new multi-use trail will be constructed along Ford Street, between Rankin Street and Walnut Street, and a new pedestrian crossover installed at the Victoria Avenue, and Ford Street intersection.

Miedema said the trail is part of the city's active transportation master plan to encourage a recreational facility in the area.

"The goal is to get all the way to Moodie Street further south," Miedema said.

In addition, the work will also include the removal of the traffic signals at the Victoria Avenue and Lillie Street intersection.

Traffic may be delayed or restricted during busy times. Westbound traffic will be permitted through the construction zone, but eastbound traffic will be detoured at Edward Street.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to take alternate routes if possible, use extra caution, and obey all posted signage when travelling near the construction area.

Business within the construction zone will remain open as usual.