That traffic jam Sunday morning in Timmins could be a taste of what we’ll experience this summer.

This time, it was because Algonquin Blvd. was closed from Theriault Blvd. to the bridge, while Hydro One moved some poles.  This summer, it could be the reconstruction of that same stretch that was delayed last summer.

Ken Krce is the city spokesperson on that connecting link project. He says heavy trucks are being asked to use the Shirley St.-Lafleur Dr.-Laforest Rd. route.

For the rest of us, a different detour, along Wilson Avenue.

“We’re going to implement two-way traffic on Mattagami Boulevard with some upgrades,” Krcel explains. “We’ll have lights set up at Cameron and Wilson and we’ll be putting some parking restrictions on Wilson so that we can maintain some left-hand and right-hand turn functions.”

Back to heavy trucks, Krcel says Laforest Rd. was upgraded last summer, after provincial funding for Algonquin fell through.

“It was a pothole nightmare for us in public works,” he remarks. “It’s one of our better roads now, so that will alleviate some of the problems travelling across that route.”

City council will be asked Tuesday night for the connecting link project go-ahead.

The full interview with Ken Krcel is here: