Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Jul. 28, 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 July 28, 2023. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

Drivers should expect delays at Bath Road and Queen Mary until Aug. 9 for the installation of new infrastructure crossing Bath Road. Please note that one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times on Bath Road.  

Bayridge Drive from Woodbine to Cataraqui Woods will see delays until Nov. 30 for Phase 1 of the Bayridge Drive cycling and pedestrian improvements.  

Dunkirk Avenue will be closed from Fergus to Alfred until Sept. 1 for road reconstruction. Local pedestrian access and traffic will be maintained during this time.

George Street in Barriefield will be closed from Wellington to Regent/Regent to James until Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. for the Utilities Kingston project for watermain upgrades. Please note that only one section of George Street will be closed at a time.

Highway 15 from Main to Hwy 2 will experience delays until Aug 4 for watermain upgrades on Hwy 15. 

Delays are expected along Princess Street from Collins Bay to Bayridge from July 17 to Oct. 31 for the construction of new sidewalks and traffic signals along Princess Street. Please note that one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times on Princess St. 

Drivers can expect a closure along Queen Mary Road from Bath to Notch Hill until Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. for the Utilities Kingston NETS project.

Sir John A MacDonald Blvd from Union to King will be closed from July 21 at 7: 30 a.m. to July 26 at 4:30 p.m. for the installation of a new high pressure gas main for Utilities Kingston.

Sydenham Street will be closed from Queen to Princess until Sept. 5 for Downtown Kingston activations.

Taylor Kidd Boulevard from Collins Bay Road to 100 metres West of Collins Creek Bridge will experience a lane closure until Nov. 15 for the Collins Creek Bridge Rehabilitation project. Please note, Taylor Kidd will require the reduction from a two-lane to a single-lane roadway and the lane closures will be controlled with Temporary Traffic Signals for the duration of the project.

University Avenue will be closed from Union to Earl until Dec. 22, 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 Oct. 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.

The Rockin’ the Square event at Market Square on July 28 will see the following closures starting at 7 p.m. 

  • King Street from Brock to Clarence
  • Market Street from Ontario to King

The Rideau Trail will be closed from Queen Mary to Parkway for crews to replace the sanitary main, install shoring and build a new gravel pathway. The City did not provide an expected completion date for this project.

Waaban Crossing 

The intersection of Montreal Street and John Counter Blvd is currently being re-designed to add increased active transportation and transit facilities and improved signal timings to enhance the overall level of service, according to the City of Kingston.

Borehole field investigations are required to support the design phase work to determine appropriate rehabilitation methods that can be used for the construction work. The work will take place on Montreal Street from Briceland St. to Cassidy St. and along John Counter Blvd from Elliott Ave to Ascot Lane:

  • Proposed boreholes are located in the road’s boulevard space which should limit traffic disruption during the drilling work. 
  • Boreholes that are in the boulevard but are close to the road curb will require traffic barrels to be placed on the road and will cause traffic to lower their speed through these locations. These locations will be drilled during off-peak hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
  • With boreholes being in the boulevard space, there may be impacts to sidewalk users during this work. Signage will be placed to inform sidewalk users of the work and drilling crew staff may also escort sidewalk users if needed in the event of close proximity to drilling equipment.  

Parking Disruptions

The Chown 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, renewal of waterproofing materials and upgrades to the building’s mechanical/electrical systems. The work is expected to conclude in late December. 

The work will be completed in phases to allow the building to remain open to public parking for the duration of the project. Phased work areas will occupy a maximum of 40 per cent of the available parking stalls at a time. Up to 180 spaces will be out of commission. There is parking availability at the Hanson Memorial and Robert Bruce Memorial parking garages in the two adjacent blocks to the east.

Centre 70 – Public EV charging stations at Centre 70 will be unavailable until late October 2023 due to the seasonal relocation of the sleeping cabins to this site. The City apologizes for the temporary inconvenience.

The Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Garage’s second level will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning July 4th to conclude the structural maintenance and renewal of waterproofing materials project started last year. 

Temporary Parking Closures for Cleaning: 

  • Hanson Memorial Parking Garage – closed July 24 and July 26 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day for cleaning 
  • Lower Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Garage – closed July 31 and August 1 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day for cleaning 

Alternate parking can be found at the Chown Garage during those times. 

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].

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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