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April 22, 2008 - Steve Murch
Traffic along Chisholm Street between 11th Avenue and the Thunder Bay River isn’t what it is when there isn’t construction — that much is obvious. And you would expect business would be slower too during the road work that is currently going on.
If you’ve headed in that direction and used the back entrances to the businesses, you’ve noticed that there is a fair amount of signage to let you know which streets you can use to access those businesses affected by the Chisholm closure.
Last weekend I took my run in that direction as I headed for the bi-path that runs by the hospital. I approached 13th Avenue, where Lockwood connects behind Family Video, and ran behind LaFave Pharmacy, in front of Jimmie Garant’s and the credit union before crossing in front of Big Boy. It was almost eerie running through there.
On Saturday there were a few workers in front of Big Boy, but Sunday all the work was closer to 11th. Heavy equipment, piles of dirt, a big hole where the road used to be and ... quiet. It seemed very strange to not only cross where traffic used to be, but also not hear any cars.
On Sunday morning our family went to breakfast to celebrate my mother’s birthday and we went to Big Boy on Chisholm. I would encourage everyone to not forget those businesses along Chisholm affected by the road construction. If you frequented them in the past, make at least some effort to go there during the construction. They still need to pay the bills.
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