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Road closures and traffic delays, through Dec 22, 2021

*Due to the approach of the holidays, this edition of ‘road closures and traffic delays’ is shortened. It is expected a report for the holiday weeks will be released next week.*

The following is a selection of the most significant road closures and expected traffic delays in and around the city of Kingston through Dec. 22, 2021. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

Albert Street between Brock and Johnson and Couper and Union will experience a lane closure through Jan. 3 for the installation of new water and sanitary services.

Division Street will experience a lane closure from Quebec to Pine until Dec. 23 for the rebuild of a utility access.

Delays on Grenadier Drive at Windfield Crescent will occur while construction takes place around the Kingston East Community Centre site. Flag-people will be on-site to direct traffic. The sidewalk on the south side of Grenadier Drive at Windfield Crescent may be restricted weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A flag-person will be on-site to direct traffic and assist pedestrians.

Along Johnson Street from Sydenham to Bagot drivers can expect a lane closure Dec. 13 to 23 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to complete emergency masonry repairs to Hotel Dieu Hospital. The north side sidewalk will be closed as well.

Drivers should expect closures and significant delays at the intersection of King Street West and Front Road until June 29, 2022, for the construction of Utilities Kingston’s Portsmouth Pumping Station flow direction project and Front Road trunk water main interconnection Phase 2 project. In the same area, from Sand Bay Lane to Country Club Drive drivers should expect significant delays due to east- and west-bound lane restrictions through 2021. A contractor is installing water and wastewater infrastructure on behalf of Utilities Kingston.

Expect a lane closure on Princess Street at 2666 Princess through Jan. 7 for the repair and reinstatement of a sidewalk.

The City has closed access to the Portsmouth Waterfront Pathway at the foot of Mowat Avenue and Yonge Street and east of Lakewatch Lane, to accommodate pathway and shoreline improvements.

School and Play Street Initiative Closures:

The following streets will be closed on a re-occurring basis as part of the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation’s (KCAT’s) ‘School and Play Street’ initiative.

  • School Streets – These streets will be closed on school days from 8:40 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. until June 29, 2022. Inquiries can be directed to KCAT at [email protected].
    • MacDonnell Street – Earl to Hill  
  • Play Street – Cheryl Place will be closed using barricades and will be staffed by KCAT, which will manage essential vehicle access and access to driveways. This closure will reoccur on Tuesdays 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 1 to 3 p.m. through Aug. 26, 2022.

Highway 15:

Expect delays on Highway 15 as the City and Utilities Kingston improve active transportation and upgrade infrastructure. Work is being coordinated to manage traffic flow. The City and Utilities Kingston thank residents for their continued patience. Questions or concerns? Please use ‘contact us’ for the City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston. 

Third Crossing roadwork on Highway 15 at Gore Road

  • Highway 15 and Gore Road intersection will see slight delays and increased congestion to enable electrical cable installation and de-mobilization of construction equipment/machinery. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times. 
  • The Pittsburgh Library sidewalk will be open to the public for use north of Gore Road. Signage will be set up to guide pedestrian/vehicular access to and from the library. 
  • All paving operations have now been completed for the year. Highway 15, Gore Road, and the Pittsburgh Library entrance will be open for unimpeded traffic use during the holiday break from December 25 to January 3.
  • Work continues until the end of 2021.
  • Review designs of the east shore roadwork on the Third Crossing website.

Utilities Kingston work south along Highway 15

Utilities Kingston has modified controls to improve traffic concerns related to its work to install a trunk water main: 

  • Construction is underway: 
    • From Barriefield to north of Grenadier. 
  • Expect delays until the end of November. 
  • Portable traffic control signals have been removed and flaggers are now present to allow for improved flow of traffic. 

Lower Brewers Swing Bridge – closed until further notice. Temporary bridge closure signs have been installed and detour signs will be installed shortly. Parks Canada is continuing with their efforts to replace the bridge over the upcoming winter.

  • For access to Washburn Road (East of the Bridge): Washburn Road East of the bridge to Highway 15 remains open to local traffic only. Traffic from Washburn Road (West of the bridge), Sonneveld Road and Sunbury Road are directed to use Detour D-1 (Regional Road 12 – Sunbury Road East – Highway 15 South)
  • For access to Washburn Road (West of the Bridge): Washburn Road East of Sonneveld Road and West of the Bridge remains open to local traffic only. Traffic from Highway 15 are directed to use Detour D-1 (Regional Road 12 – Sunbury Road West)

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