Drivers along Memorial Avenue and James Street in Thunder Bay will soon be noticing much brighter lines on the roads.

The city has started its annual road-lines-painting program, although a little later than usual because of the cool spring weather.   Major routes are painted first, followed by secondary streets.

The city's manager of infrastructure and operations, Darrell Matson, said a new type of paint they are required to use means a fresh coat is needed every year.

"We have found that the new type of paint, the environmentally friendly paint, certainly wears off a bit quicker. However, it certainly does get us through the seasons," he said.

Matson said he has other "specialized" crews painting stop signs and turn arrows.

"Typically, line painting continues right into late fall. So, from early spring to late fall is where we do the line painting," he said.

Meanwhile, drivers can expect road closures and detours in some areas, and road and sewer projects get underway.

Over the next month, drivers can expect detours near Beresford Street and Winnipeg Avenue, as well as Van Horne Street and Toledo Street.

Roadwork will also affect traffic on Franklin Street, Broadway Avenue, 20th Sideroad, Kenogami Avenue and Madeline Street.

Numerous sidewalks are also scheduled for reconstruction this month.