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The City of Timmins’ infrastructure repair project starts Monday,  June 20, 2022. Crews will be out working on various sewer and storm drain locations around the city.

Temporary short-term lane reductions or road closures may be necessary to complete work. Traffic controls will be in place and drivers are asked to slow down when proceeding through the work zone. If you have any questions, reach out to Service Timmins at 705-264-1331 or online at service.timmins.ca.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

For more information on the infrastructure repair project, visit: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/engineering/capital_works/2022_capital_works/infrastructure_repairs

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 20, 2022 at 11:50 AM
  

Nighttime Street Sweeping 9:30PM to 7:30PM

From June 19 to June 23, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews will be doing nighttime street sweeping

Sunday June 19 starting 9:30 PM:

Timmins South: Wilson, Commercial

Monday June 20 starting 9:30 PM:

Timmins North: Suzanne, Theriault

Tuesday June 21 starting 9:30 PM:

Timmins South: Mountjoy South

Wednesday June 22 starting 9:30 PM:

Pine South

Note on the Plan:

Sweeping Operations will take several weeks to complete. There is a lot of sand to pick up every year, so we ask residents to remain patient. Weather conditions and mechanical issues play a major role in how quickly Public Works can complete the sweeping operations. Heavy rain and subzero temperatures will halt operations.

Posted No Parking Signs Advising Spring Maintenance:

Public Works would like to remind residents that yellow No Parking Signs will be posted to notify that Spring Maintenance will be taking place for daytime operations. Vehicles not complying with these No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed to allow for Street Sweeping crews to advance.

Priority Sequence for Street Sweeping Operations:

Day Operation:

Street Sweeping is never done in the area where Sanitation is taken place.

High density residential areas (Older Section of City: one-ways, narrow streets)

Low density residential areas

Night Operation:

Highway sections;

High density commercial sections;

Main Arterial Routes

Safety:

A reminder to respect safety signage as the safety of workers is very important.  

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Public Works Department

Posted by Shannon Resetar  On Jun 17, 2022 at 11:42 AM
  
City of Timmins Public Works have made temporary repairs to a collapsed sewer line that has shut down Airport Rd. between Lamminen Ave. and Riverpark Rd. The sanitary issue did not result in sewage discharge or major residential concerns.

Airport Rd. will remain closed between Lamminen Ave. and Riverpark Rd. until further notice while permanent repair is planned. Households and businesses will be notified of any necessary service disruptions as work proceeds.

Motorists are being detoured down Riverpark Rd. along Suzanne St. to Lamminen Ave. Local traffic only is permitted to access McChesney Rd.

Thank you for your continued patience. Detour signs are now in place. Please drive with care.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2022 at 9:45 AM
  

Update June 16, 2022 - 3:10 p.m.: Crews continue to assess an unexpected issue in the City’s sanitary system that has not resulted in major residential concerns. There has been no sewage discharge. The City has a temporary pump system in place to make sure that sanitary service will be maintained.

Please be advised that Airport Rd. between Lamminen Ave. and Riverpark Rd. is closed effective immediately due to a sanitary issue. Crews are currently on-site.

The closure is expected to continue until Monday, June 20, 2022.

Motorists are currently being detoured down Riverpark Rd. to Suzanne St. back to Airport Rd. via Lamminen Ave.

Updates will be provided.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 16, 2022 at 4:06 PM
  

City contractors are turning water valves off today to isolate watermains along the Connecting Link construction zone that will be replaced. Homeowners and businesses in the area of Algonquin Blvd. between Theriault Blvd. and Rea St. N extending along Rea St. S may experience a loss in water pressure or discoloured water during this process.

Homeowners and businesses along Rea St. N. may also experience a disruption in water service for the day while work is completed.

It is recommended not to drink or wash laundry with the discoloured water. While it is not harmful to your health, it can stain laundry. Should this occur, turn on the COLD water tap closest to the source (usually your laundry tub tap) and let it run for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the water colour has returned to normal.

City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this necessary process. If there are any questions, concerns or requests for additional information, they may contact the Service Timmins at 705-264-1331. 

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 16, 2022 at 9:20 AM
  

The City of Timmins Environmental Services department wishes to advise the Public of hydrant flushing/watermain cleaning activities in the following areas.

  • Area: City crews will be working in the Porcupine Area.

  • Time of Disruption: Monday June 20, 2022 to Sunday July 31, 2022.

Homeowners and businesses may experience short-term loss in water pressure or experience brown or rust-coloured water following the testing. It is recommended not to drink or wash laundry with the discoloured water. While it is not harmful to your health, it can stain laundry. Should this occur, it is advised to turn off your tap for 10-20 minutes in order to allow the crew to complete the test. Once the test is complete and the work crew has left the area, turn on the COLD water tap closest to the source (usually your laundry tub tap) and let it run for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the water colour has returned to normal.

City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this necessary process, and advise that if there are any questions, concerns or requests for additional information, they may contact the Service Timmins at 705-264-1331.  After-hours emergencies should be directed to 705-264-1201.

Posted by Vickie Boudreau  On Jun 16, 2022 at 8:56 AM
  
After one day navigating new detours past Connecting Link construction, the City has some tips for residents to help keep traffic moving.

Two detour routes are now in place that navigate traffic north or south of the construction zone between Theriault Blvd. and Mountjoy St. The northerly route takes Theriault Blvd. to Vimy Ave. back to Mountjoy N. Two new temporary stop signs are in place and the City is adding additional flashing beacons ahead of each stop to alert motorists. The southerly route takes Cameron St. S to Commercial Ave. back to Mountjoy S. Three additional traffic lights have been added and synchronized to reduce stops and move vehicles.

Both detour routes were designed with engineering consultants to optimize traffic flow. Traffic was diverted to Commercial Ave. this year because it is an approved truck route and provides a more direct line through Mountjoy S. to Second Ave. Temporary no left turn signs have been added along the route to prevent traffic congestion, particularly when turning left from Wilson onto Mountjoy N. All temporary traffic signs and signals are enforceable under the Highway Traffic Act and should be adhered to.

One recommendation is for motorists to make use of both detours depending on travel direction. Drivers heading west towards Timmins Square are encouraged to use the northerly route along Vimy with an easy right turn off Algonquin Blvd. at Mountjoy. Drivers heading east back towards south end can use the southerly route along Cameron St. S. and Commercial Ave. with a right turn off Algonquin Blvd. at Theriault. By using both routes, traffic congestion will be further minimized.

Motorists are also reminded to help keep intersections clear. If traffic is delayed at an intersection, it is advisable to not enter the intersection until you can completely clear it on the other side.

Full details on Connecting Link construction including detour maps, adjusted Timmins Transit stops, and stages of construction can be found at Timmins.ca. Residents can also sign up for Connecting Link alerts to stay up-to-date on construction progress.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 15, 2022 at 3:44 PM
  
Pollinator week is a big deal in the world of bees. It’s an annual celebration that raises awareness about pollinator health and what we can do to protect our local pollinators.

Bee City Timmins is kicking off Pollinator Week this Sunday, June 19 at Gilles Lake. Residents are invited to learn more about how small changes can make a big impact on the health of pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and even small mammals. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Bee City Timmins is excited to celebrate pollinator week with the community” says Environmental Coordinator Christina Beaton. “We have a number of fun activities planned. Residents can make their own seed balls, pick up a seed bookmark, and learn how to grow pollinator-friendly habitats in their own yard. Our pollinator partners will also be on hand, agencies and organizations who support the work of Bee City Timmins. It will be a fun afternoon.”

Why is it important to protect our pollinators? The world’s pollinator populations, the number of bees, butterflies, bats, and more are in decline. This is mainly thought to be a result of a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. As much as 75% to 95% of the flowering plants on earth need pollination from pollinators. The food that we eat like fruits, vegetables, and nuts all require pollination. The good news is that creating pollinator friendly habitats is fairly easy, with minimal effort. Supporting pollinator nesting is even easier and lets residents leave their lawn mower and rake in the shed for a little bit longer.

Bee City Timmins looks forward to sharing more about our pollinators and how we can protect them this Sunday, June 19 at Gilles Lake. 
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 14, 2022 at 11:20 AM
  
A lasting effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a driver shortage at Timmins Transit. In an effort to reduce driver fatigue and stress, City Council has approved a temporary frequency reduction effective Monday, June 13.

The revised schedule will be in place over the summer months from June through August and will reduce frequency times of some routes from service every 30 minutes to every forty-five minutes.

“Last summer, Management had to cancel summer vacation requests due to driver shortage,” says Director of Public Works and Environmental Services Ken Krcel. “Our drivers need time to rest and recharge. The immediate benefit is a reduction in lost time and employee turnover. This small change will prevent a greater loss of service that could happen if drivers end up burned out and calling in sick.”

Reducing the frequency of service will reduce the total number of driving hours each day, allowing for time off without having to cancel routes altogether. The timing is also ideal since past data shows a decline in ridership during the summer months.

“We need to give drivers their requested time off as per their collective agreement,” adds Krcel. “We are doing that with as little impact to transit riders as possible while providing adequate public transportation in the summer.”

For more information on Timmins Transit schedule and updated routes, including those impacted by Connecting Link construction, visit Timmins.ca / Our Services / Timmins Transit.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 13, 2022 at 3:39 PM
  
Ontario has announced their annual Gas Tax funding and Timmins is on the list to receive $661,115. Investment through the Gas Tax program will be used by Timmins Transit for the purchase of a new bus.

“We receive Gas Tax funding annually,” says Director of Finance Natalie Moore. “The purpose of the program can be to upgrade infrastructure and that’s our current priority for Timmins Transit. New equipment will boost service reliability and performance, which works towards our overall goal of delivering more reliable transit service.”

Discussions around Timmins current public transit system came up during recent budget talks with a request for a transit rationalization process and route review being requested by council. Timmins Transit continues to deal with the affects of the pandemic and low ridership, but has once again frozen user fees to help offset changes to service.

Transit will be looking to purchase the new bus by the end of the year.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 13, 2022 at 3:38 PM
  
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