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Cassells Street closed between King and Chippewa for four-lane project

North Bay motorists who use Cassells Street between Chippewa Street to King Street have to find another route.

From now until early December, that stretch of Cassells is closed so that the city can begin a project to widen the roadway to four lanes.

“We need to four-lane it because of the volume of traffic that is there,” said Mayor Al McDonald.

The project includes sewers and watermain work in addition to redoing sidewalks, curbs and then finally the new asphalt.

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McDonald says this is a $10 million, two-year project.

The second phase takes place next year from Chippewa to the Bypass.

“You’re going to see a realignment of that intersection,” McDonald says.

This second phase of the project will eventually make it easier for shoppers to make that left turn from Cassells into the parking lot of Shoppers Drug Mart, Food Basic and The Beer Store.

McDonald notes council is behind the aggressive investment in infrastructure.

He says people like to see this and it also attracts outside businesses.

Other major road-related work going on in the city is the two-year Seymour and Bypass $8 million redevelopment, the bridge replacement near the end of Main Street West which is a partnership project with Nipissing First Nation and the provincial government in addition to $4 million being spent on re-surfacing various roads in the city, like Lakeshore.

McDonald says there’s a lot of road construction going on this year in the city but adds that’s progress.

During the first phase of the Cassells Street widening project, local traffic can access their homes, businesses and institutions.

All other traffic has to detour around the worksite.



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