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.
* Colborne Street – Chatham to Division – closed to through traffic until Nov. 15 to accommodate construction staging.
* Earl Street – Ontario to King – will be closed until Nov.20 as a contractor, on behalf of Utilities Kingston, completes sanitary sewer upgrades.
* John Counter Boulevard overpass – The following roads will be closed through Nov. 13:
- John Counter Boulevard – Sir John A. Macdonald to Princess
- Portsmouth Avenue – Old Quarry to John Counter
These streets will be closed 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
- Frontenac Street – Brock to Earl
- Earl Street – Frontenac to Clergy
- Clergy Street – Earl to Ordnance
* Victoria Street – Princess to Durham – will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily from Nov. 9 to 13.
* Washburn Road – Highway 15 to Sonneveld – will be closed 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 (rain date: Nov. 12) for a tree removal.
* Glengarry – Portsmouth to Indian – expect short delays and a possible lane closure as a contractor working on behalf of Utilities Kingston installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.
* Gore Road – MacLean to Grenadier – expect lane closures 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate a sanitary sewer tie-in.
* 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.
* Kingscourt area – Victoria, Ruskin, Kingscourt, Carleton, Hillcrest and Fergus – 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 late fall. Roadways will be open to traffic. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.
* Portsmouth Avenue – Glengarry to Princess and Glengarry – Portsmouth to Indian – expect short delays and a possible lane closure until Nov. 20 as a contractor, working on behalf of Utilities Kingston, installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.
* Princess Street:
- Collins Bay Road to Baxter – reduced to one lane 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Nov. 17 to accommodate the widening of Princess Street and construction of turn lanes onto Creekside Valley Drive (entrance to new subdivision). Please observe the direction of flag people at the site and note that traffic may be rerouted onto Westbrook and Woodbine roads during this time.
- Victoria to Nelson – expect delays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 to allow a crane to be disassembled. Traffic will reduced to one lane in either direction. Please follow the direction of flaggers.
* Water main rehabilitation: Until mid-November, expect local traffic disruptions and minor detours in the Collins Bay and Bayridge areas as a contractor completes neighbourhood restoration on behalf of Utilities Kingston. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic.
Byron Parking Lot (Queen west of Montreal)
The Byron Lot will be closed on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 as crews perform asphalt maintenance work. Permit holders will be redirected to the nearby Drury and Frontenac Lots, and Parking Area C.
* 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.
* Kingscourt Avenue – First to Third – West sidewalk closed to pedestrian traffic until further notice to allow the developer to access building lots and complete connections to municipal infrastructure. Please use the east sidewalk and follow posted pedestrian detours.
* Lancaster Drive – at Limestone Drive – Nov. 9 to 13 crews will be removing and replacing sidewalk ramps at the intersection.
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.
Wolfe Island Ferry Docks’ changes:
The Ministry of Transportation is making improvements to the Kingston and Marysville Wolfe Island ferry docks. Visit the projects website (http://www.wolfeislanddocks.ca/) to learn more and for up-to-date information on construction progress.
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.