New signage at LaSalle Causeway to help pedestrians, cyclists access Kingston Transit

Earlier this week, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) confirmed the federally owned LaSalle Causeway is open to pedestrians and cyclists who must dismount and walk their bicycles across the bridge. To facilitate the use of Kingston Transit, the City of Kingston has introduced new wayfinding signage at the causeway.

According to a release from the City of Kingston, users may experience short delays in crossing the bridge and are requested to follow any signage on site during ongoing construction and repair work. PSPC advises that as repair work progresses, future sidewalk closures will likely be necessary for safety reasons.

To help Kingston Transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists get to their destinations, the City of Kingston said it has installed additional wayfinding signage to guide them to the bus stops at routes closest to the causeway. Located at the east and west ends of the bridge, the signs provide approximate walking times.

The following details were provided in the media release:

If you are on the east side of the causeway

  • To board Route 12A, your closest transit stop is on Highway 2 South Side and Fort Henry Dr. (Approximately 6 minutes of walking).

If you are on the west side of the causeway

  • To board Route 1, your closest transit stop is at Bagot and Barrack St., approximately 10 minutes of walking along Barrack St./Tragically Hip Way).
     
  • To board Route 3, your closest transit stop is on Brock St. near City Hall, approximately 8 minutes of walking along Hwy. 2.
     
  • To get to the Downtown Transit Point, walk along Ontario St., turning west on Princess St., approximately 13 minutes of walking.

The City noted it continues to monitor and respond to traffic congestion issues from the loss of the causeway as a transportation route, including adjusting traffic signal timing and detouring transit routes.

Earlier this month, Kingston City Council delegated authority to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and designates to waive any applicable City policies and by-laws, including any applicable fees, to support the timely implementation of alternate pedestrian and boat transportation during the LaSalle Causeway closure, as well as execute any documents or agreements required to implement measures intended to support pedestrian and boat transportation during the LaSalle Causeway closure, according to the release.

The City advised that causeway users should consult its public notices and social media channels for updates.

Read Kingstonist’s latest coverage of the unexpected and prolonged closure of the LaSalle Causeway — and the ripple effect that has had locally — here.

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