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City providing free transit across the Causeway due to sidewalk closure

Kingstonist file photo of the perimeter wall of Fort Frontenac along Ontario Street leading up to the LaSalle Causeway.

 

The City of Kingston is now offering free transit to those pedestrians who want to cross the LaSalle Causeway, but are unable to due to the sidewalk closure.

The sidewalk along Ontario Street from The Tragically Hip Way to the east side of the Causeway closed on Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 due to the urgent need for repairs to the exterior wall of Fort Frontenac. Now, Kingston Transit is providing free trips across the La Salle Causeway during existing transit service hours sidewalk is closed.

Pedestrians heading east towards Royal Military College can use the bus stop located at Ontario Street (east side) in front of the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal. Pedestrians heading west toward the downtown can use the bus stop located on Highway 2 (north side) at Royal Military College/Fort Henry Drive. The buses and transit stops are fully accessible.

Signs will be placed around the closure and at the transit stops, and Kingston Transit will offer the free service until an alternate route for pedestrians through this area has been established, the City said in a press release on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019.

“It remains unsafe to use this sidewalk as sections of the wall around Fort Frontenac are in need urgent structural repair.  The City and the Department of National Defence are working to create an alternate route for pedestrians that will allow the wall to be repaired in sections,” the press release reads.

“It is expected that existing vehicles lanes will shift to the west during the first phase of the closure and a protected pedestrian pathway will added to the east side of the existing roadway. More information about this alternate pedestrian pathway will be provided once the details are finalized between the City of Kingston and Department of National Defence.”

To plan how to make transit will be a part of your trip, go to www.KingstonTransit.ca/Tripplanner. To read more about why the City has closed the sidewalk for that stretch, click here.

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