Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Nov 6, 2020

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 6, 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 from Sir John A. Macdonald to Princess and Portsmouth Avenue from Old Quarry to John Counter will be closed through Nov. 13, 2020. Local traffic will have access and businesses remain open, including the VIA Rail station. Please follow these detour routes:

  • Heading east? Travel southeast at Princess Street & Taylor Kidd Boulevard / John Counter Boulevard intersection and turn north (left) on Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard.
  • Heading west? Travel south at Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard & John Counter Boulevard intersection and turn right (northwest) on Princess Street.

Quiet Streets Road Closures: These closures to through traffic have been implemented as part of the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation’s pilot Quiet Streets Program, which runs until mid-November (local traffic is permitted):

  • Mack Street – Alamein to  Albert
  • Frontenac Street – Brock to Earl
  • Earl Street – Frontenac to Clergy
  • Clergy Street – Earl to Ordnance

Filming delays: expect intermittent closures of approx. five minutes on the streets listed below from 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 to 1 a.m. Nov. 7 to accommodate filming in the area of City Hall. Please follow the direction of Kingston Police.

  • King Street – Brock to Clarence
  • Ontario Street – Brock to Clarence
  • Brock Street – King to Ontario
  • Clarence Street – at King (northwest corner)

Please note the following parking disruptions taking place Nov. 5 to 7 to accommodate filming around City Hall:

  • Ontario/Brock Lot – On Nov. 5 and 7, parking will be reduced in the lot. On Nov. 6, the lot will be temporarily closed for all parking.
  • Ontario Street – Brock to Clarence – all parking spaces in the area will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Brock Street – Ontario to King – two accessible parking spaces in the area will be temporarily relocated to lower Brock south of Ontario.

Find alternate parking options at

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

The north lane on Brock Street from Wellington to King will be closed from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 (rain dates Nov. 3 and 4) to accommodate a crane.

Expect minor delays and a possible lane closure 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.

Local traffic disruptions and minor detours will occur in the Kingscourt area as a contractor prepares to line sewer mains, on behalf of Utilities Kingston. The lining of the sewers will then extend into the fall. Roadways will be open to traffic. The City asks drivers to please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.

On Ontario Street, from Queen to La Salle Causeway, northbound traffic will shift to an existing southbound lane until late 2020 to accommodate repairs to the Fort Frontenac Wall. See details of the traffic control plan.

Delays and a possible lane closure can be expected along Portsmouth Ave. from Glengarry to Princess and Glengarry 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 wil 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.

Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, from Terry Fox to John Counter will experience delays until Nov. 6 as crews construct a new entrance to City Place.

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 projects website to learn more and for up-to-date information on construction progress.

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