CFB Kingston: Pedestrian walkway at Fort Frontenac to be completed by end of May

The exterior wall at Fort Frontenac where the sidewalk is currently closed. Photo by Phillip Stafford.

UPDATE (Monday, May 13, 2019): According to the City of Kingston, work to install the temporary pedestrian walkway will begin on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

“The Department of National Defence will begin installing the Ontario Street pedestrian walkway and other traffic control measures at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. The walkway is needed while structural work to the historic Fort Frontenac Wall is completed,” the City said in a press release.

“Kingston Police will direct traffic at The Tragically Hip Way and Ontario Street intersection starting at 7 p.m. May 15 until the measures outlined below are fully in place at 6 a.m. on May 16.”
To read the plans for the pedestrian walkway, click here.

The temporary walkway that will allow pedestrians to traverse the LaSalle Causeway while the sidewalk adjacent to Fort Frontenac is closed should be in place by the end of the month, CFB Kingston said.

The City of Kingston announced they’d approved the plans from the Department of National Defence (DND) for the temporary pedestrian walkway on Thursday, May 2, 2019, but, because it is the DND and not the City responsible for carrying out that work, the City wasn’t able to give any sort of timeline on when the project will be completed.

According to Capt. Kim Lemaire, Public Affairs officer for CFB Kingston, the pedestrian walkway (bypass) on Ontario Street around Fort Frontenac will be completed this month. Lemaire was unable to confirm when the work to install the walkway will begin, as those plans are still being finalized.

“The bypass contract is currently being finalized with Defence Construction Canada (DCC).  Once this is completed, representatives from CFB Kingston, DCC and the contractor will meet to discuss the work required, including a more accurate timeline,” Lamaire said in an email to Kingstonist.

“We expect the bypass will be in place until at least November 2019, throughout phase one of repairs to the Fort Frontenac wall.”

The closed entrance at Fort Frontenac. Photo by Phillip Stafford.

The City closed the sidewalk along Ontario Street from The Tragically Hip Way to the east side of the LaSalle Causeway on Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 for public safety due to the structural integrity of the exterior wall at Fort Frontenac. Work on the wall will begin this summer and could take up to three years to complete. The cost of project is estimated at $4 to $5 million, which will be paid for by DND.

Complimentary bus rides from Kingston Transit to get pedestrians from one side of the Causeway to the other will continue until the pedestrian walkway is in place.

The current state of the exterior wall at Fort Frontenac. Photo by Phillip Stafford.
The current state of the exterior wall at Fort Frontenac. Photo by Phillip Stafford.
The current state of the exterior wall at Fort Frontenac. Photo by Phillip Stafford.

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