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Nakina/Atikokan Drive Bridge Closed Starting April 29 for Construction

April 22, 2019
Community News
Operational News
Campus: Thunder Bay
Construction on Campus

Starting on Monday, April 29, the Nakina/Atikokan Drive Bridge on Confederation College’s Thunder Bay campus will be closed for construction. The bridge is scheduled to re-open mid-June.

This is the second phase of the bridge rehabilitation project, the first phase having been completed in the fall of 2018. The bridge is being updated after more than 50 years of use.

There will be no through traffic for the duration of construction, with College access limited to the Balmoral Street and William Street entrances. Golf Links Road access will be limited to contractors. See attached map for detailed information

Access to Confederation College:

  • Balmoral Street (Barton Drive/Sibley Drive). Use this entrance to access the Shuniah and Dorion Buildings, the SUCCI Wellness Centre, Minowaadiziiwin, Spruce and Cedar House Residences, Northwest Employment Works and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
  • William Street. Use these entrances to access the McIntyre Building, Sibley Hall Residence, Children and Family Centre and Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre.

Please be prepared for delays, give yourself extra travel time and proceed with caution. Consider walking, biking and/or carpooling during the construction.

Please also be prepared for the following changes:


  • Parking permits for day passes will available at kiosks located in Parking Lot F (for buildings accessed by Balmoral St) and near the hut off of Schreiber Rd (for buildings accessed by William St).
  • Clients of Northwest Employment Works (NEW) will need to park in Lots E and F with parking permits visible (purchase from the kiosk in Lot F). NEW will remain open for the duration of construction and clients are also reminded of their additional location: Whalen Building, 1st Floor, 34 N. Cumberland St.

Thunder Bay Transit:

  • All City bus stops will be relocated to the east side of the McIntyre Building.
  • Students requiring mobility assistance for travel between campus buildings are encouraged to contact the Student Success Centre so that the College can make the necessary arrangements, determined by each student’s individual requirements. 
  • Employees requiring mobility assistance for travel between campus buildings are encouraged to contact the Human Resources department so that the College can make the necessary arrangements, determined by each employee’s individual requirements. 


  • The pedestrian bridge north of the Sibley Hall Residence will enable pedestrian access between the two sides of campus.
  • Multi-use trail access will also change during construction, with the detours marked.
  • During this time, work will also take place on the City of Thunder Bay’s pedestrian bridge, located next to the Nakina/Atikokan Drive Bridge.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support and understanding.

For more information and regular updates, visit:

Bridge Closed Circulation Plan - April 18

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