The City of North Bay is moving forward with the massive Cassells Street reconstruction this week.

Refurbishment is set to take place between King Street and Highway 11/17 and is pegged at $10.9 million.

"This extensive work will result in safer, more fluid travel for residents and visitors and will ultimately help local businesses on a major arterial road leading into the downtown,” says city councillor Chris Mayne. “We’re continuing to focus on maintaining and improving city infrastructure, ensuring residents see that their tax dollars are well spent.”

The work includes four travel lanes between King and Olive streets, five travel lanes between Olive Street and Highway 11/17, along with various turn lanes and access upgrades, as well as sidewalks, curbs and gutters on both sides.

Traffic signals at Chippewa and Olive streets will be replaced and improvements will be made to the Victoria Street intersection. Shaw Street will also see construction improvements.

Sanitary and storm sewer systems will also be replaced, along with the water distribution system.

The Cassells Street Bridge will be replaced, including rehabilitation of Chippewa Creek on both sides of the new structure. All disturbed areas will be restored.

According to the preliminary schedule, construction of Phases One and Two from King Street to Chippewa Street are anticipated to be complete by late November; while construction of Phase Three and Four, from Chippewa to Highway 11/17, is to be completed by mid-November of next year.

A public information open house will be held Monday evening at city hall where city staff will have representatives on hand to answer questions and review concerns.