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Demolition of Timmins overpass starts

Taking down the iconic structure is expected to take 2-3 weeks

The view down Algonquin Boulevard will soon be a lot different. 

Work has started to demolish the overpass just east of Spruce Street South on the main road through town. The demolition is expected to take two to three weeks. 

The concrete structure used to allow trains into the downtown Timmins station, but in recent years it has been used by pedestrians and snowmobiles. 

The construction work means detours for traffic. 

The detour around the work is Brunette Road, Second Avenue and Mountjoy Street. The four-way stop intersections on Second Avenue at Balsam and Spruce are staying as is this year. There are also temporary stop lights at Second and Brunette that are flashing, which means it's working as a three-way stop. 

After the overpass is taken down, the road closure on Algonquin will start at Balsam Street.

For heavy truck traffic, the detour goes around the downtown core. 

The route is Highway 655, Laforest Road, Airport Road, Lafleur and Shirley.

The other Connecting Link projects this year are on the bridges at Porcupine River and Mattagami River. 

For this work, the city says that there will be temporary lane reductions starting sometime in May.