Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Dec 10, 2021

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 Dec. 10, 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 Dec. 10 for the installation of new water and sanitary services.

Division Street will experience a lane closure from Quebec to Pine until Dec. 10 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.

Lane reductions are expected along John Counter Blvd from Portsmouth to Princess through Dec. 10 to complete repairs to unforeseen structural issues.

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.

Princess Street:

  • At 2666 Princess – expect a lane closure through Dec. 23 for the repair and reinstatement of a sidewalk.
  • 50m east of 1338 Princess to 100m west of 1338 Princess – expect a lane closure through Dec. 17 for upgrades to the water service for future developments.
  • 70m northwest of Indian Rd to 50m southeast of Indian Rd – expect a lane shift taking place through Dec. 17 for the work being completed at 1338 Princess Street.

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 as well as Gore Road will see significant delays and increased congestion to enable paving at the Hwy 15/Gore Rd intersection. It is necessary to reduce to one lane to allow proper paving to occur during both off and on peak hours.? Flaggers and paid duty officers will be present to guide vehicles through the intersection during paving operations.? Paving operations are expected to take up to 3 full days (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Transit may be affected to some degree but will be flagged through as soon as possible at each occurrence.? Pedestrian flows could be impacted if crossing the street on hotly laid asphalt but will also be guided to minimize impacts.
  • The above impacts to the traffic will be subject to change depending on the weather.
  • The roadwork related to the Third Crossing is being coordinated outside of rush hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as best as possible. There will be some need for extended work hours and work during rush-hour, but short-term only.
  • Any lane reductions at Highway 15 and Gore Road will be minimized.
  • Traffic control and pedestrian plans include signs and on-site traffic controllers.
  • 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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