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Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Jul. 1, 2022

Construction along Portsmouth Avenue, June 2022. Photo by Logan Cadue.

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 Jul. 1, 2022. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

Sidewalk restrictions are expected at Brock and Ontario Streets near the northeast corner until July 8 as Utilities Kingston crews rebuild an underground electrical vault. 

At Front Road and King Street West from Sand Bay Lane to Country Club Drive, drivers should expect a lane shift until November 22, 2022, for the Portsmouth Pumping Station flow direction and Front Road trunk Watermain interconnection. Please note lanes will be shifted, but a lane in each direction will be maintained at all times.

Along Glen Cove Street from Lashford to Prince Charles drivers should expect delays as crews will be working June 27 to July 1 removing and replacing driveway culverts in preparation for road resurfacing. 

Drivers on Glenmore Avenue/Lashford Street from Centre to Collins Bay should also expect delays as crews will be working June 27 to July 1 removing and replacing driveway culverts in preparation for road resurfacing. 

Delays on Grenadier Drive at Windfield Crescent continue to occur while construction takes place around the Kingston East Community Centre site. 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.

A sidewalk closure is expected on Henderson Boulevard from Chelsea to Glen Castle from June 27 to July 1 while crews work on adding additional transit stops on both sides of Henderson Blvd. 

A lane closure is expected on Highway 15 from Main to Wellington from June 27 to July 15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the construction of a water main by Utilities Kingston.

In the area of Johnson Street and Palace Road, drivers can expect minor traffic disruptions as follows for restoration work related to renewing aging water and wastewater infrastructure:

  • Johnson Street from Victoria to Palace – expect minor traffic disruptions until Jul 8.
  • Palace Road from Johnson to Brock – expect minor traffic disruptions until July 8.

Also along Johnson Street, from Palace to Toronto, expect intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until June 30 for the removal and repair of deficient sidewalk. 

King Street will be closed from Place D’Armes to The Tragically Hip Way on June 28 for Dallas Smith bus and trailer parking at the Leon’s Centre.

Areas of sidewalk along Queen Street from Montreal to Wellington will be closed from June 27 to July 1 as various sections of sidewalk within these blocks will be reconstructed.

Drivers can expect an eastbound lane closure along Woodbine Road from the Woodbine Road Gas Plant to 30 metres west of Collins Bay until early July for a new sanitary force main for Utilities Kingston. Lane closures and reductions/shifting will be in place until early July to help facilitate construction by a contractor.

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.

Highway 33 Construction

According to Loyalist Township, Coco Paving has advised that construction will soon begin on Highway 33 from 225 m east of Sir John Johnson Drive easterly to 500 m East of County Road 4. Construction activities consist of hot mix paving, grading and storm sewer repairs.

  • Traffic control measures are scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Shoulder closures will begin June 28, 2022, for the implementation of traffic control measures along Hwy 33.
  • Lane closures will occur throughout the construction season on Highway 33 daily from Monday to Thursday, 30 mins after sunrise to 30 mins before sunset, and Fridays from 30 min after sunrise to 11:59 a.m.
  • All lane closures are subject to change for unforeseen circumstances.
  • Full details of this construction are here.

School and Play Street Initiative Closures:

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

  • 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. until Jun. 27, 2022.
  • School Streets: 
    • MacDonnell Street – Earl to Hill – closed from 8:40 to 9:10 a.m. and 3:20 to 3:50 p.m. weekdays until June 29.

Third Crossing roadwork:

John Counter Blvd from Montreal Street to Ascot Lane: 

  • Two lanes will be maintained at all times on John Counter Blvd (JCB) for north property owners (River Park) and south property owners 919 Montreal Street and 646 John Counter Blvd. When reduced to one lane with flagging, additional traffic control will be provided.
  • The gravel driving surface on John Counter is a temporary but necessary measure as a holdover until paving can occur. The gravel surface is being groomed on a frequent basis to reduce potholing and maintain driveability.
  • Access from John Counter to Village on the River Apartments is currently shut down until approximately the end of June. These residents were notified to use their Montreal St access during the temporary closure to John Counter. 
  • Pedestrians will be able to use the temporary access path north of JCB which will be maintained at all times. 
  • Cyclists will be single file on JCB. Proper construction signage for cyclists will be provided. 

Highway 15 and Gore Road:

  • Construction work will continue in this intersection, including paving on Highway 15 with police on-site to direct traffic during paving operations. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times, but delays should be expected. 
  • Access to the Pittsburgh Library parking lot will be moved to the new entrance at Point St. Mark, and access to the Pittsburgh Library will be maintained at all times.
  • Line painting will occur during off-hours at the intersection of Highway 15 and Gore Road. Delays can be expected. 

General Notes: 

  • The permanent traffic signals at the Highway 15 and Gore Road intersection have been officially activated. The cycling signals and road markings are anticipated to be completed in June to help cyclists and pedestrians cross the road.
  • The sidewalk on the north-east corner of Highway 15 – Gore intersection will be closed until late May/June. Please see sidewalk detour through Maclean Park in place to guide pedestrians.

The dates above will be subject to change depending on the weather.

Ministry of Transportation

Drivers are advised that Highway 401 eastbound and westbound near Napanee, Ontario, will be impacted due to construction activities including culvert replacement/rehabilitation, structural rehabilitation and paving operations, beginning on Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. 

Fidelity Engineering & Construction Inc. is the General Contractor performing the construction activities for the Ministry of Transportation under Contract 2021-4081. Highway 401 will be impacted by these construction activities from 1.4 km East of Palace Road to 1 km East of County Road 6 near Napanee ON. 

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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