Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Mar 30, 2024

Construction on Queen Street, June 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 Mar. 30, 2024. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

In its weekly traffic report, the City of Kingston noted that it is planning for “up to 500,000 visitors” to the city due to the total solar eclipse on Monday, Apr. 8, 2024.

“We anticipate higher than usual traffic volumes. Residents and visitors are advised to prepare for road detours and delays in the hours before and after the eclipse. Stay tuned to our website for details about road closures, bus routes and detours on April 8,” the city stated.

Kingstonist has created a guide to the total solar eclipse, and will continue to provide updates there as they become available. See it here.

Usual traffic notes:

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 users that the LaSalle Causeway will be fully closed to motorists due to a major rehabilitation project during the following periods:  

  • Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. to Monday, March 25 at 5 a.m.  
  • Monday, March 25 to Thursday, March 28 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  
  • Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. to Monday, April 1 at 5 a.m. 
  • Monday, April 1 to Thursday, April 4 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 
  • Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. to Monday, April 8 at 5 a.m. 

During these periods, all lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic in both directions. The sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

PSPC also advising motorists of an alternating lane closure on the LaSalle Causeway for major rehabilitation during the following period:  

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

During this period, excepting the specific dates mentioned above, 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 Hanson Memorial Parking Garage is located on Brock Street just west of Wellington Street. 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.

The City reminds drivers that reduced load restrictions are in effect in Kingston as of February 26, 2024. Heavy trucks and loads are restricted on City roads, where posted.

“These restrictions help reduce damage to roads in the spring,” the City stated.

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