Harbour Expressway

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Harbour Expressway
Harbour Expressway Location Map.svg
Maintained byCity of Thunder Bay - Department of Roads
Length3.5 km (2.2 mi)
West end Highway 11 / Highway 17 (Shabaqua Highway)
Highway 11 / Highway 17 (Thunder Bay Expressway)
Memorial Avenue
East endMain Street
Inauguration= August 27, 1979[1]

The Harbour Expressway is a four-lane highway with signalized intersections running the Intercity business district of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Thunder Bay City Council has looked at renaming the road as it doesn't fit the general definition of an expressway, but has decided that it would be unnecessary.[2]

Route description[edit]

The entire route of the Harbour Expressway is four lanes and undivided. Its intersections are all at-grade. Plans to divide the expressway and build interchanges are on hold, and the city of Thunder Bay maintains a right of way for these expansion plans in its official plan. In some places there is evidence of these plans.

The highway bisects the Intercity area which is primarily composed of big box retail stores and office parks. The road is one of the busiest in Thunder Bay.


The Harbour Expressway was built along the existing route of Highway 11 and Highway 17, though both now bypass northwest of the expressway and travel along the Thunder Bay Expressway. A contract was awarded to local construction firm Armbro Materials and Construction Limited in 1978. The Harbour Expressway was opened by Transportation Minister James Snow at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 27, 1979. It cost C$3.5 million to construct.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Harbour Expressway, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. The entire route is located in Thunder Bay District. The intersections on the expressway are unnumbered

Thunder Bay0.00.0Thunder Bay ExpresswayContinues west as Highway 11 / Highway 17.
1.00.62Golf Links Road
2.21.4Balmoral Street
2.81.7Carrick Street
3.11.9Memorial Avenue
3.32.1CN Rail mainline crossing
3.52.2Fort William RoadContinues east as Main Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Official Opening of the Harbour Expressway" (Press release). Ministry of Transportation and Communications. August 27, 1979.
  2. ^ TBSource Short meeting at Council, 20 November 2007.