Following is a list of road construction projects and events provided by the City of Kingston that are expected to have an impact on traffic flow next week:
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians: review the listing of streets and related messages below for travel information of interest to you.
Traffic and pedestrian impacts this week
Love Kingston Marketplace:
As part of the Love Kingston Marketplace project, some vehicle travel lanes and parking spaces downtown have been repurposed to create additional physical-distancing space for pedestrians and for businesses:
- Clarence Street – on-street parking repurposed to accommodate a lane shift.
- Market Street – road closed to vehicles. On-street parking unavailable.
* Arch Street – Union to Stuart – closed on Sept. 21 and 25 to allow a crane to hoist a generator onto the roof of the Biosciences Building.
* Colborne Street – Chatham to Division – closed through Oct. 30 to accommodate construction staging.
* John Counter Boulevard overpass closures:
- John Counter Boulevard – Sir John A. Macdonald to Princess and
- Portsmouth Avenue – Old Quarry to John Counter
The above streets will be closed for up to five weeks to complete work on the rail overpass and nearby intersections. Local traffic will have access and businesses remain open, including the VIA Rail station. Please follow these detour routes:
Heading east? Travel southeast at Princess Street & Taylor Kidd Boulevard / John Counter Boulevard intersection and turn north (left) on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard.
Heading west? Travel south at Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard & John Counter Boulevard intersection and turn right (northwest) on Princess Street.
* Quiet Streets Road Closures: These closures to through traffic have been implemented as part of the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation’s pilot Quiet Streets Program, which runs until mid-November (local traffic is permitted):
- Mack Street – Alamein to Albert
- Albert Street – Brock to Earl
- Earl Street – Albert to Clergy
- Clergy Street – Earl to Ordnance
* Glengarry – Portsmouth to Indian – expect short delays and a possible lane closure this week as a contractor working on behalf of Utilities Kingston installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.
* Grenadier Drive – at Windfield Crescent – expect delays while construction takes place around the Kingston East Community Centre site. Flag-people will be on-site to direct traffic (see “Sidewalk” impact, below).
* Highway 33 – 240m east of Collins Creek Bridge to 185m west of Coronation Boulevard – expect delays due to construction to improve drainage. Construction barrels and flag-people will direct traffic around the work zone. Ontario highway updates are offered by the Ministry of Transportation.
* Jackson Mills Road – near the K&P Trail – reduced to one lane for roadside safety improvements but remains open in both directions.
* John Counter Boulevard – Princess to Indian – expect delays until the summer of 2021, while crews construct new four-lane road and rail overpass. Use of alternate routes is recommended. Before you cross the rail tracks, please ensure there is space on the opposite side to allow you to fully clear the tracks.
* Kingscourt area – expect local traffic disruptions and minor detours, as a contractor prepares to line sewer mains, on behalf of Utilities Kingston. The lining of the sewers will then extend into the fall. Roadways will be open to traffic. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.
* Middle Road – Joyceville to Highway 2 East – expect delays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 22 to allow for a culvert replacement.
* Ontario Street – Queen to La Salle Causeway – northbound traffic will shift to an existing southbound lane until late 2020 to accommodate repairs to the Fort Frontenac Wall. See details of the traffic control plan.
* Portsmouth – Glengarry to Princess – expect short delays and a possible lane closure this week as a contractor working on behalf of Utilities Kingston installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.
* Stephen Street – Division to Cowdy – expect delays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 as a large tree is removed.
* Taylor-Kidd Boulevard – Old Colony to Mona – expect delays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 to 25 as crews prepare the roadway for micro-surfacing.
* Victoria Street – Princess to Concession – expect delays until Sept. 30 as a contractor reconstructs water and sewer pipes on behalf of Utilities Kingston.
* Wright Crescent – YMCA southerly to Palace – expect lane closures until Sept. 30 to accommodate installation of a water main on the west/south side of Wright Crescent.
* Water main rehabilitation: Until mid-November, expect local traffic disruptions and minor detours in the following areas as a contractor completes water main rehabilitation on behalf of Utilities Kingston. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic.
- Brookside Drive – Prince Charles to the north end
- Centre Street – Hillview to the north end
- Fleet Street – Sussex to Lincoln
- Glen Cove Street – Lashford to Prince Charles
- Hillview Road – the creek westerly to the CN train tracks
- Lashford Street – Centre to Collin’s Bay
- Prince Charles Drive – the creek to Collin’s Bay
- Wembly Place – Fleet to end
* Grenadier Drive – at Windfield Crescent – expect construction around the Kingston East Community Centre site. The sidewalk on the south side of Grenadier Drive may be restricted weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A flagman will be on-site to direct traffic and assist pedestrians.
Lower Brewers Swing Bridge users:
Vehicles such as larger emergency vehicles and school buses are no longer permitted to cross this bridge. Parks Canada advises it has decreased the load capacity of this bridge from 10 tons to 3 tons. Built in 1984 to meet code for 10 ton capacity, it does not meet today’s guidelines and structural deterioration due to its age of has further decreased its load capacity. Design work for the Lower Brewers Swing Bridge is underway and it has been designated for replacement in 2021.
Traffic-related links and messages:
- Kingston Transit detours: CityofKingston.ca/BusDetours.
- Daily updates: Follow @CityofKingston on Twitter.
- Ministry of Transportation updates – For bilingual travel information on Ontario highways visit Ontario.ca/511, call 5-1-1 or follow @511Ontario (English) or @Ontario511 (French) on Twitter.
- City’s infrastructure program: CityofKingston.ca/construction.