Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Aug. 18, 2023

Construction on Queen Street, June 2022. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

The following is a selection of the most significant road closures and expected traffic delays in and around the city of Kingston for the week ending Aug. 18, 2023. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

Drivers should expect delays at Bath Road and Queen Mary until Aug. 18 for the Utilities Kingston NETS project. 

Bayridge Drive from Woodbine to Cataraqui Woods will see delays until Nov. 30 for Phase 1 of the Bayridge Drive cycling and pedestrian improvements.

The north leg of Curtis Crescent at Portsmouth will be closed daily into September from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for storm sewer restoration work. 

Dunkirk Avenue will be closed from Fergus to Alfred until Sept. 1 for road reconstruction. Local pedestrian access and traffic will be maintained during this time.

Fergus Street will be closed from Concession to First from Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for City of Kingston Forestry crews to complete tree pruning.  

Highway 15 from Main to Hwy 2 will experience delays until Aug 25 for watermain upgrades on Hwy 15. 

A Greek Festival will close Johnson Street from Bagot to Wellington from Aug. 19 at 7 a.m. to Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.

Notch Hill Road from Queen Mary to Runnymede will be closed until Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. for the Utilities Kingston NETS Project. 

Portsmouth Ave from Johnson St to Curtis Cres will experience delays from Aug. 9 to Sept. 9 while work to install new storm sewer services takes place.

Delays are expected along Princess Street from Collins Bay to Bayridge until Oct. 31 for the construction of new sidewalks and traffic signals along Princess Street. Please note that one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times on Princess St. 

Drivers can expect a closure along Queen Mary Road from Bath to Notch Hill until Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. for the Utilities Kingston NETS project.

Queen Street will be closed:

  • Sydenham to Montreal from Aug. 14 at 7 a.m. to Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. for the installation of services at 223 Princess St. 
  • Ontario to King from Aug. 15 at 7 a.m. to Aug 17 at 7 p.m. for the utility installation of main power at 18 Queen St.

Sir John A MacDonald Blvd at Johnson will experience delays until Aug. 31 for the installation of a new high pressure gas line for Utilities Kingston.  

Sydenham Street will be closed from Queen to Princess until Sept. 5 for Downtown Kingston activations.

Taylor Kidd Boulevard from Collins Bay Road to 100 metres West of Collins Creek Bridge will experience a lane closure until Nov. 15 for the Collins Creek Bridge Rehabilitation project. Please note, Taylor Kidd will require the reduction from a two-lane to a single-lane roadway and the lane closures will be controlled with Temporary Traffic Signals for the duration of the project.

A lane closure is expected along Union Street from Frontenac to Albert from Aug. 15 to 18 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for the installation of gas services on Union St.  

University Avenue will be closed from Union to Earl until Dec. 22, 2023, at 7 p.m. for the removal of debris from demolition and concrete deliveries at the Queen’s John Deutsch University Centre project.

Delays are expected along Westbrook Road from Princess to Windemere until Oct. 31 for the construction of new sidewalks and road rehabilitation. 

Wright Crescent from the south intersection of Palace to 16 Palace will be closed until Oct. 31, 2023, for construction staging for 11 Wright Cres. Please note that access to Wright Cres will be through the north intersection of Wright Cres at Palace Rd.

The Rideau Trail will be closed from Queen Mary to Parkway for crews to replace the sanitary main, install shoring and build a new gravel pathway. The City did not provide an expected completion date for this project.

LaSalle Causeway:

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is advising motorists of an alternating lane closure on LaSalle Causeway for repair work during the following periods:  

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.    
  • Thursday, Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                                

During these periods, one lane will be closed and one lane will remain open for alternating traffic. Two flagpersons will be on site to direct traffic, and motorists should expect short delays. 

Parking Disruptions

The Chown Memorial Parking Structure Restoration project is underway. The work will take place throughout all levels of the building, and will include efforts such as routine structural maintenance, renewal of waterproofing materials and upgrades to the building’s mechanical/electrical systems. The work is expected to conclude in late December. 

The work will be completed in phases to allow the building to remain open to public parking for the duration of the project. Phased work areas will occupy a maximum of 40 per cent of the available parking stalls at a time. Up to 180 spaces will be out of commission. There is parking availability at the Hanson Memorial and Robert Bruce Memorial parking garages in the two adjacent blocks to the east.

Centre 70 – Public EV charging stations at Centre 70 will be unavailable until late October 2023 due to the seasonal relocation of the sleeping cabins to this site. The City apologizes for the temporary inconvenience.

Play Streets Initiative

The following street will be closed from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays until August 28, 2023: 

  • Thomas Street – Cowdy to Patrick 

Please direct questions to Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT) at [email protected].

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

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