THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 22, 2013 --- On Thursday July 25th at 11 a.m. the new section of the Lakehead Expressway will be open between McKenzie Station and Birch Beach. For a week their will be only one access to the Expressway from Lakeshore Drive by way of McKenzie Heights Road.
The present connect will be closed to the Expressway and a temporary detour will be opened at McKenzie Heights Road. People travelling along the new section of Lakeshore drive between McKenzie River and Birch Beach can only access the Expressway by using McKenzie Heights Road. Once the highway intersections are complete in about a week you will be able to access the Express from McKenzie Station Road, McKenzie Heights Road or Birch Beach Road.
The construction of four-laning Highway 11/17 for 13 km from Highway 527 to west of Mackenzie Station Road. This project commenced in the fall of 2012 and the projected completion date is fall 2015.
Contract Administration is being performed by TBT Engineering. Throughout the construction period, the public is advised that there will be drilling and blasting occurring. The blasting for the week of July 21st to July 27th, 2013 is currently planned as indicated in the table below.
Please be advised that this plan is preliminary in nature and is provided to give a generic advance warning and location where the blasting is occurring. Time and locations may vary, sometimes significantly, depending on weather, traffic and equipment.