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By Matt Vis,
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THUNDER BAY -- Summer may be over but city road crews still have plenty of work to do before the end of the construction season.

City project engineer Rick Harms said progress has been made on the most recent phase of the Golf Links Road expansion.

The road is on target to be reopened around the end of October though some additional work, such as top lift paving, landscaping and work with the active transportation trail that might not be finished until 2015.

“The majority of the underground work, including sewer and water, is mostly complete,” Harms told CKPR Radio. “Really we’re just at the stage of the remaining concrete work, grating and paving.”

The intersection of Golf Links and Oliver Road, where there are bumps and craters in the middle, is expected to be smoothened out soon.

Harms said the intersection is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.

The news isn’t as positive on the city’s south side.

The section of Arthur Street between Edward Street and Tarbutt Street that has been worked on for most of the summer is roughly six weeks behind schedule, with unexpected water leaks delaying underground work.

“The progress hasn’t been as fast as we had wanted,” Harms said.

Though lanes have been closed, the roadway has remained open in both directions with access available to businesses, homes and apartment complexes.

Harms added the city is exploring contingency options as there are some sections that might not be worked on until next year.

He said the McVicar Creek bridge on Court Street as well as May Street projects remain on schedule and are expected to reopen around the end of next month.

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