Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Feb 16, 2024

Construction at Queen’s University, Oct 2023. Photo by Jessica Foley/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 Feb 16, 2024. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

George Street will be closed from Stuart to O’Kill on Feb. 15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the removal and lifting of equipment to the roof of Botterell Hall. Please note, O’Kill Street’s one way direction will be reversed to access the Parking on George St. by the cancer clinic and also for access to the Parking lots on O’Kill St. 

An eastbound lane closure is expected along Queen Street from Montreal to Sydenham until Apr. 1, 2024. Detours will be in place for the duration of the lane closure.

University Avenue will be closed from Union to Earl until May 29, 2024, for the removal of debris from demolition and concrete deliveries at the Queen’s John Deutsch University Centre project.

LaSalle Causeway:

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

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 to Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2024

During this period, 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. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists.

PSPC encourages users to exercise caution when travelling on the bridge and thanks them for their patience.

Parking Disruptions

The Hanson Memorial Parking Structure Restoration project is now underway. The work will take place throughout all levels of the building, and will include efforts such as routine structural maintenance, repainting, replacement of waterproofing materials, and upgrades to the building’s mechanical/electrical systems. The work is planned to begin the first week of February 2024 and conclude in late December 2024.

The work will be completed in phases to allow the building to remain open to public parking for the duration of the project. It is anticipated that no more than 50 per cent of the available 271 parking spaces will be closed at any time. There is also parking availability at the Chown Memorial and Robert Bruce Memorial parking garages in the two adjacent blocks to the west.

Upcoming Parking Lot Closures

The Drury parking lot located at 57 Queen St. will be closed permanently on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. The closure is to accommodate the expansion of the ongoing construction project at 18 Queen Street and 282 Ontario Street, known as Block 5. The new mixed-use building was 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. This lot will serve as construction staging and parking for the project.

This lot was leased to the City of Kingston from Homestead and will no longer be available for City use.

The City has a range of parking options for short-term parkers throughout Kingston. Community members can access alternate parking options by visiting CityofKingston.ca/parking. Recommended locations within a couple of blocks include the Frontenac, Ontario/Brock, Barrack, and Angrove Lots as well as the Hanson Garage.

Parking lot users and local businesses will be notified through on-site signage and outreach. City webpages are also being updated to include the new parking information.

Winter parking restrictions

During January and February — when the City of Kingston typically sees more frequent snowstorms which require snow plowing and snow removal operations — a parking ban is in place each night.

Details on the winter parking restrictions are available on the City of Kingston website.

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