Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Nov 20, 2020

Photo by Cris Vilela.

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 November 20, 2020. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

John Counter Boulevard is now open. Kingstonist was there for the ribbon cutting. See our coverage here.

Earl Street from Ontario to King will be closed until Nov. 20 as a contractor, on behalf of Utilities Kingston, completes sanitary sewer upgrades.

Frontenac Street from Princess to Jenkins will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 to accommodate a concrete pour.

Expect the south lane of Brock Street from Montreal to Sydenham to be closed Nov. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate work at Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Minor delays and a possible lane closure are expected on Glengarry from Portsmouth to Indian as a contractor, on behalf of Utilities Kingston, installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.

Expect lane closures on Gore Road from MacLean to Grenadier from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate a sanitary sewer tie-in.

Delays on Grenadier Drive at Windfield Crescent will occur while construction takes place around the Kingston East Community Centre site. Flag-people will be on-site to direct traffic.

Expect delays on Highway 33 from 240m east of Collins Creek Bridge to 185m west of Coronation Boulevard due to construction to improve drainage. Construction barrels and flag-people will direct traffic around the work zone.

Delays are to be expected on Highway 15 north of Sandhill due to lane closures until Nov. 1, 2021 as crews replace a culvert. Please follow the direction of flaggers. Ontario highway updates are offered by the Ministry of Transportation.

Local traffic disruptions and minor detours will occur in the Kingscourt area – Victoria, Ruskin, Kingscourt, Carleton, Hillcrest and Fergus – as a contractor prepares to line sewer mains, on behalf of Utilities Kingston. Roadways will be open to traffic. The City asks drivers to please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.

Drivers can expect delays along John Counter Boulevard from Princess to Indian until the summer of 2021 while crews complete turtle-fencing and water main work.

Delays and a possible lane closure can be expected along Portsmouth Avenue from Glengarry to Princess, and on Glengarry from Portsmouth to Indian, until Nov. 20 as a contractor, working on behalf of Utilities Kingston, installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.

Princess Street from Collins Bay Road to Baxter will be reduced to one lane 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Nov. 2 to 17 to accommodate the widening of Princess Street and construction of turn lanes onto Creekside Valley Drive (entrance to new subdivision). Please observe the direction of flag people at the site and note that traffic may be rerouted onto Westbrook and Woodbine roads during this time.

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 flagman will be on-site to direct traffic and assist pedestrians.

The west sidewalk on Kingscourt Avenue from First Ave to Third Ave will be closed to pedestrian traffic until further notice to allow the developer to access building lots and complete connections to municipal infrastructure. Please use the east sidewalk and follow posted pedestrian detours.

Love Kingston Marketplace

As part of the Love Kingston Marketplace project, some vehicle travel lanes and parking spaces downtown have been repurposed to create additional physical-distancing space for pedestrians and for businesses:

  • Clarence Street has on-street parking repurposed to accommodate a lane shift. 
  • Market Street is closed to vehicles. On-street parking unavailable.

Lower Brewers Swing Bridge users:

Vehicles such as larger emergency vehicles and school buses are no longer permitted to cross this bridge. Parks Canada advises it has decreased the load capacity of this bridge from 10 tons to 3 tons. Built in 1984 to meet code for 10 ton capacity, it does not meet today’s guidelines and structural deterioration due to its age of has further decreased its load capacity. Design work for the Lower Brewers Swing Bridge is underway and it has been designated for replacement in 2021.

Wolfe Island Ferry Docks’ changes

The Ministry of Transportation is making improvements to the Kingston and Marysville Wolfe Island ferry docks. Visit the website to learn more and for up-to-date information on construction progress.

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