The City of North Bay says work to improve the intersection of Algonquin Avenue, Front and Jane Streets is scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Construction will occur daily Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The project, which is expected to be completed by Nov. 11, is aimed at reducing the number of conflicts between both vehicles and pedestrians. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in all directions using temporary traffic control devices and/or flagging personnel.
The work will include the construction of opposing left turn lanes on Algonquin Avenue, the reconfiguration of the existing traffic signals, the rehabilitation of the surface asphalt from McLaren Street to Worthington Street and the relocation of the Algonquin Regiment Memorial Monument and flagpole to Memorial Park, located between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
Parking will not be permitted anywhere on Algonquin Avenue between McLaren Street and Worthington Street or adjacent side streets. Access will be maintained to all residential and business driveways, with the exception of when infrastructure is being installed across their entrances. Pedestrians are asked to follow the directions provided by the contractor when walking in locations of active construction.
In August, North Bay City Council awarded the $1.668-million contract for the redesign and reconfiguration of the Algonquin Avenue-Front Street-Jane Street intersection, one of the city's most frequent sites of collisions in recent years, to Miller Paving Limited
"This has been an area of concern, it is the perfect storm of high pedestrian traffic from the adjacent high school with high traffic volumes on Algonquin, Jane, and Front," said Coun. Chris Mayne, who chairs the infrastructure and operations committee.
For tendered drawings and project updates, please refer to the City's website. Also included in the scope of the widening project encompassing Algonquin Avenue-Front Street-Jane Street from Copeland Street to McLaren Street is storm sewer rehabilitation; profile milling; excavation and road widening; binder and surface asphalt paving; concrete curb and gutter; concrete sidewalk; reconfigured traffic lights; and, restoration of all disturbed areas.
The City of North Bay thanks residents for their patience while this important infrastructure project is completed.