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.
Check CityofKingston.ca/RoadClosures for traffic. Significant City or Utilities Kingston-related traffic disruptions will also be sent out on the City’s Twitter feed @CityofKingston.
Load restrictions in effect: until April 30, heavy trucks and loads are restricted on City roads, where posted. These restrictions help reduce damage to roads in the spring.
La Salle Causeway – April 23 to 26
Public Services and Procurement Canada advises that the La Salle Causeway:
- Will be closed Sunday, April 25 from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. (Rain date: 12 -5 a.m. on April 26.)
- Will have alternating lane closures from 8 p.m. on Friday, April 23 until midnight on Monday, April 26. One lane will remain open for vehicles and cycling traffic. Follow the direction of flaggers. NOTE: there will be periods of complete closure of the bridge at night.
Public Services and Procurement Canada encourages users to exercise caution when travelling on the bridge and thanks them for their patience. Please email any questions to Public Services and Procurement Canada.
* Colborne Street – Division to Chatham – closed until 7 p.m. July 30 for construction staging.
* Garrett Street – near Division – closed until June 30 for construction staging. Local traffic may access Garrett Street from University Avenue.
* Kingston Mills Road – Daylan to Station (Kingston Mills Swing Bridge) – closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3, 4 and 11 to allow for bridge maintenance by Parks Canada. Please direct questions to Allan Smollett of Park Canada Agency/ Government of Canada at 613-283-9735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Market Street – Ontario to King – closed until Dec. 31 to accommodate the Love Kingston Marketplace.
* Noman Rogers Driver to Holland Crescent Pedestrian Walkway – closed until May 3 to accommodate the installation of new water main on behalf of Utilities Kingston (see also “Sidewalk/Pathway” closures, below).
* Portsmouth Avenue – Hampstead Heath to Princess and Princess to Howard Cres. – closed to north and southbound traffic until May 14. Detour routes will be in place. This closure is to accommodate sewer installation and improvements.
* Calvin Park, Grenville Park, Hillendale, Polson Park and Strathcona Park – 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 summer. Roadways will be open to traffic. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.
* Grenadier Drive – at Windfield Crescent – expect delays while construction takes place around the Kingston East Community Centre site. Flag-personnel will be on-site to direct traffic (see “Sidewalk” impact, below).
* Highway 15 – Washburn Road to Sunbury Road – expect single-lane reductions until November to accommodate the Rideau Canal Backwater Culvert project.
* Highway 33 – east of Collins Creek Bridge to 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 increased delays until the summer of 2021 while crews complete work associated with the road-widening project, turtle-fencing and water mains.
* King Street:
- At Beverley – expect lane restrictions as a contractor working for Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro works to replace a maintenance hole.
- Collingwood to Lower University – expect delays over the next few weeks as Utilities Kingston crews replace hydro poles in the area.
* Portsmouth Avenue – Glengarry to Princess – expect delays as a contractor working on behalf of Utilities Kingston installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.
* Princess Street:
- At Portsmouth – until May 14, Princess will be down to a single lane at Portsmouth in both directions. All turns will be restricted and linear traffic flow through the intersection will be maintained. This lane reduction will accommodate sewer installation and improvements.
- Victoria to Nelson – expect a lane closure on the south side of Princess from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27 to accommodate a crane lift of building materials. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained, but cyclists will be required to share the road with motorists during this work.
- At Wellington – expect brief lane restrictions for the next two weeks as Utilities Kingston works to remove and install equipment in an underground vault at the northwest corner of Princess and Wellington.
* Third Crossing bridge construction impacts: Visit the project’s website to learn more and email email@example.com to connect with the Third Crossing project team.
- Highway 15 at Gore: expect short delays as pieces of the main span of the bridge arrive over the next few months. The trucks, expected to arrive after morning rush hour, will turn off Highway 401 onto Highway 15 and then onto Gore to reach the bridge’s job site at the Cataraqui River.
- Along John Counter and Sir John A. Macdonald boulevards: expect short delays as large trucks carrying bridge girders up to 150 ft long arrive over the next few months. Trucks are expected in the early afternoon and will turn onto Sir John A. Macdonald from Highway 401 and then turn east onto John Counter to get to the bridge site at the Cataraqui River. Each truck will have car escorts to guide it.
* 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 flagger will be on-site to direct traffic and assist pedestrians.
* 100 Foot Park pathway – The lower pathway (nearest the waterfront) is now closed as the City readies to repair the lower pedestrian bridge after a regular inspection determined it needs repair. This pathway is closed and signage is in place to redirect pedestrians.
* Norman Rogers Drive to Holland Crescent Pedestrian Walkway – closed until May 3 to accommodate installation of a new water main.
* Parkway – northerly to Portsmouth and North end to William Hackett Park – closed until Aug. 31 to accommodate construction of the North End Trunk Sewer by a contractor on behalf of Utilities Kingston.
* Princess Street – at Wellington – look for construction fencing and expect pedestrian impacts on the northwest corner as Utilities Kingston works to remove and install equipment in an underground vault.
* Rideau Trail – Parkway to Princess – closed to allow for twinning of the North End Trunk Sewer by a contractor on behalf of Utilities Kingston.
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. (Also see “Kingston Mills Road” closure, above.)
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.
Release source: City of Kingston
Photo: Lee Cannon (cc)