Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Jan. 27, 2023

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 Jan. 27, 2023. 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 Front Road from Trailhead to King (West) on the North side from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for electrical overhead work. 

Drivers should expect a closure along MacDonnell Street from Johnson to Earl from Jan. 23 to Feb. 6 for new service connections on MacDonnell Street.

Market Street from Ontario to King will be closed from Jan. 19 at 7 a.m. to Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. for the Optik interactive sound and light installation.    

University Avenue will be closed from Union to Earl until Jan. 31, 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 on both King Street (from Princess to Queen) and Queen Street (from King to Ontario) from Jan. 23 to Feb. 28 for the development at 18 Queen 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].

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].

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 CityofKingston.ca/parking.

Waaban Crossing

“Whether you are using the Waaban Crossing and roadway to commute, run errands, visit friends and family, or simply see the view of the Cataraqui River, please remember that safety comes first,” the City of Kingston said. “Be aware of your surroundings, obey the rules of the road and follow all signs and traffic signals. Be mindful that illegal u-turns and shortcutting can pose serious safety issues to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. We understand that it will take time to get used to using the bridge and new intersections. Stay safe and be mindful of other road users, especially during poor weather conditions.”

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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