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Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Oct 29, 2021

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 Oct. 29, 2021. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

Drivers on Cataraqui Woods Drive can expect lane closures from Gardiners to Clyde from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate paving.

Division Street will experience a lane closure from Quebec to Pine Oct. 12 to Nov. 19 for the rebuild of an utility access.

Southbound drivers on Gardiners Road can expect nighttime closures from Princess to Fortune from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

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. 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.

Delays are expected on Henderson Blvd from Bayridge to Days from Oct. 25 to 29 as crews construct a multi-use path on the north side of Henderson. Pedestrians can expect limited access to the sidewalk through October.

Johnson Street:

  • will be closed from Gibson (west corner) to Sir John A. Macdonald Oct. 4 to 30 to accommodate road reconstruction work by Utilities Kingston.  
  • expect lane restrictions from MacDonnell to Victoria until Oct. 29 to allow for pavement repairs.

Drivers should expect closures and significant delays at the intersection of King Street West and Front Road until June 29, 2022, for the construction of Utilities Kingston’s Portsmouth Pumping Station flow direction project and Front Road trunk water main interconnection Phase 2 project. In the same area, from Sand Bay Lane to Country Club Drive drivers should expect significant delays due to east- and west-bound lane restrictions through 2021. A contractor is installing water and wastewater infrastructure on behalf of Utilities Kingston.

Drivers can expect delays and lane shifts at Princess Street and Parkway from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5, for construction of the North End Trunk Sewer by a contractor on behalf of Utilities Kingston. Right turn in/out only to Parkway while lane shifting is in place. 

A lane closure is expected on Weller Avenue from Montreal to Daly from Oct. 22 to 27 to allow for the construction of a gas main by a contractor on behalf of Utilities Kingston. The road will be reopened to two lanes of traffic in the evenings and Sunday.

The City has closed access to the Portsmouth Waterfront Pathway at the foot of Mowat Avenue and Yonge Street and east of Lakewatch Lane, to accommodate pathway and shoreline improvements.

Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Lot (both Upper and Lower) –  will be closed on Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals looking for parking during this time will be able to find ample parking at either the Chown Memorial garage (197 Brock St.) or Hanson Memorial garage (105 Brock St.). 

School and Play Street Initiative Closures:

The following streets will be closed on a re-occurring basis as part of the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation’s (KCAT’s) ‘School and Play Street’ initiative.

  • School Streets – These streets will be closed on school days from 8:40 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. until June 29, 2022. Inquiries can be directed to KCAT at [email protected].
    • MacDonnell Street – Earl to Union  
    • Hill Street – MacDonnell to Napier
  • 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. and Saturdays 1 to 3 p.m. through Aug. 26, 2022.

Highway 15:

Expect delays on Highway 15 as the City and Utilities Kingston improve active transportation and upgrade infrastructure. Work is being coordinated to manage traffic flow. The City and Utilities Kingston thank residents for their continued patience. Questions or concerns? Please use ‘contact us’ for the City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston. 

Third Crossing roadwork on Highway 15 at Gore Road

  • Highway 15 and Gore Rd southeast corner – there will be work occurring next Saturday, October 30 for the installation of storm structures and pipe connections. The work will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Rock excavation will be required for this scope of work, but kept minimal. Work will be performed within the current traffic set-up, so impacts to traffic flow will be minimal. 
  • Highway 15 and Gore Rd northeast corner – westbound traffic will see delays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Oct 25-29 to enable the construction of storm sewers. This work involves a lane reduction of the right turn lane on Gore Road, but two lanes of traffic on Gore Rd will be maintained. 
  • The existing Library’s Gore Rd parking lot will see reduced parking from early morning until noon on Oct. 26 and 27 for the purpose of pouring the sidewalk. 
  • The above impacts to the traffic will be subject to change depending on the weather.  
  • The roadwork related to the Third Crossing is being coordinated outside of rush hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as best as possible. There will be some need for extended work hours and work during rush-hour, but short-term only.  
  • Any lane reductions at Highway 15 and Gore Road will be minimized.  
  • Traffic control and pedestrian plans include signs and on-site traffic controllers.
  • Work continues until the end of 2021. 
  • Review designs of the east shore roadwork on the Third Crossing website

Utilities Kingston work south along Highway 15

Utilities Kingston has modified controls to improve traffic concerns related to its work to install a trunk water main: 

  • Construction is underway: 
    • From Barriefield to north of Grenadier. 
  • Expect delays until November. 
  • Portable traffic control signals have been removed and flaggers are now present to allow for improved flow of traffic. 

Love Kingston Marketplace disruptions:

  • Market Street will be closed from Ontario to King until Oct. 31 to accommodate the Love Kingston Marketplace.
  • Temporary road closures may also occur on Ontario Street, Sydenham Street and Princess Street. Watch for signage.

Lower Brewers Swing Bridge – closed until further notice. Temporary bridge closure signs have been installed and detour signs will be installed shortly. Parks Canada is continuing with their efforts to replace the bridge over the upcoming winter.

  • For access to Washburn Road (East of the Bridge): Washburn Road East of the bridge to Highway 15 remains open to local traffic only. Traffic from Washburn Road (West of the bridge), Sonneveld Road and Sunbury Road are directed to use Detour D-1 (Regional Road 12 – Sunbury Road East – Highway 15 South)
  • For access to Washburn Road (West of the Bridge): Washburn Road East of Sonneveld Road and West of the Bridge remains open to local traffic only. Traffic from Highway 15 are directed to use Detour D-1 (Regional Road 12 – Sunbury Road West)
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