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.
* Baiden Street – Macdonald to Mowat – closed until Sept. 4 for the installation of new water and sanitary services.
* Colborne Street – Chatham to Division – closed through Oct. 30 to accommodate construction staging.
* Frontenac Street
+ Jenkins to Princess – closed until Sept. 18 to allow for framing, masonry and interior work for 501 Frontenac St.
+ Johnson to Earl – closed until 6 p.m. Sept. 4 to allow for sewer upgrades.
* George Street – Stuart to O’Kill – closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 for cladding Botterell Hall. Please note: O’Kill Street’s one way direction will be reversed to allow access the parking garage on George Street by the Cancer Clinic and also to the parking lots on George.
* Quiet Streets Road Closures – These closures to through traffic will be implemented starting the week of Aug. 24 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 – Mack to Earl
+ Earl Street – Albert to Clergy
+ Clergy Street – Earl to Ordnance
* Redden Street – Jorene to dead end – closed until Sept. 4 for road re-surfacing.
* Victoria Street – North Bartlett to Concession – closed until the end of August to allow for a contractor to reconstruct water and sewer pipes on behalf of Utilities Kingston.
* Division Street – McAdoo to Spooner – expect delays Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 as crews micro surface north and southbound lanes.
* Gardiners Road – Princess to Bath – expect delays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 as crews pave the roadway.
* 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 Avenue – First to Third – expect delays until Sept. 4 as crews adjust utility access and catch basin structures to prepare for new asphalt.
* 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 extend into the fall. Roadways will be open to traffic. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.
* 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 Avenue – 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.
* Wright Crescent – YMCA southerly to Palace – expect lane closure until Sept. 18 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 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.
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.