Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Dec. 23, 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 Dec. 23, 2022. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

A lane closure is expected along Rideau Street from Cataraqui to Montreal on Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for crews to monitor a water well. 

University Avenue will be closed from Union to Earl until Jan. 21, 2023, at 7 p.m. for the removal of debris from demolition and concrete deliveries at the Queen’s John Deutsch University Centre project. 

Wright Crescent from the south intersection of Palace to 16 Palace will be closed until Jan. 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.

Pedestrians can expect a sidewalk closure along Ontario Street from Brock to Market Streets from Dec. 19 at 7:30 a.m. to Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. for repairs to the roof at 216 Ontario St. 

School Streets Initiative 

The following streets are closed from 8:40 to 9:10 a.m. and 3:20 to 3:50 p.m. weekdays until June 29, 2023: 

  • MacDonnell Street – Earl to Hill 
  • Sydenham Street – Ordnance to Colborne 

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

Robert Bruce Garage Closure

  • The Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Restoration project is underway. The work is expected to conclude in late November. 
  • The work will take place throughout both levels of the building for structural rehabilitation and building envelope rehabilitation, upgrading of lighting and repair/replacement of railings and bollards. Both parking levels will be closed to the public for the duration of the project.  
  • There is parking available at both the Chown and Hanson parking garages in the adjacent blocks to the east and west of the Robert Bruce. 

Parking Lot Closures

The King Queen parking lot (282 Ontario Street) and a portion of the Drury lot (51 Queen Street) will be closed as of Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, due to the construction of a new mixed-use building beginning in November.

According to the City, the building at 18 Queen Street and 282 Ontario Street, known as Block 5, was recently approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal and is proceeding through Site Plan Control (File D11-022-2022). The future 23-storey tower and 5-storey podium building, to be developed by Homestead Land Holdings Inc., will provide commercial spaces at grade, two floors of new office space, and 151 new residential units in the downtown core for the Kingston community. The portion of the Drury lot that is closed will be used for construction staging. 

The City said that it has a range of parking options for short-term parkers throughout Kingston. Community members can access alternate parking options by visiting

Waaban Crossing

The City said that they anticipate it will take some time for ‘normal’ traffic patterns to become established on the bridge, especially with residents eager to visit it for the first time and the holiday season in full swing.

“We have set up traffic monitoring equipment that will continue to monitor traffic volumes over the next number of weeks and will assist with making traffic signal timing adjustments that may be needed,” the City of Kingston said.?”We appreciate your patience as everyone enjoys their first walk, ride, or drive across the bridge in the coming days and weeks. Even though it is so exciting to see new views of the City and the amazing Cataraqui River, please drive safe.”

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.

2 thoughts on “Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Dec. 23, 2022

  • Please update this article. Front road lanes have been reestablished.

    • Hi there! That is correct, and we have updated the article accordingly.
      Thanks for letting us know,
      Tori Stafford

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