Road closures and traffic delays, week ending Sept 1, 2023

Construction crews work on the bridge over Collins Creek on Taylor Kidd just west of Collins Bay. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

This article has been updated to reflect an extended closure on John Counter Boulevard, as announced by the City on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023.

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 Sept. 1, 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 Sept. 22 for the Utilities Kingston NETS project. 

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

The north leg of Curtis Crescent at Portsmouth will be closed daily into September from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for storm sewer restoration work.

Drivers can expect a lane closure along Duff Street, from Patrick to the end of Duff, until Oct. 15 to facilitate the replacement of a watermain on Duff St. 

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.

*UPDATE*: The westbound lanes of John Counter Boulevard will be closed from Division to Leroy Grant on Aug. 29 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and will stay closed overnight on Aug 30 until 7 a.m. Aug. 31 to support Utilities Kingston pavement restoration work.  

Notch Hill Road from Queen Mary to Runnymede will be closed until Sept. 22 for the Utilities Kingston NETS Project.

The westbound lanes of Queen St from King St E to Ontario will be closed Aug 28 to Sep 8 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for Utilities Kingston contractor to install hydro ducts and manholes. 

Portsmouth Ave from Johnson St to Curtis Cres will experience delays from Aug. 9 to Sept. 9 while work to install new storm sewer services takes place.

Delays are expected along Princess Street from Collins Bay to Bayridge until 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 Sept. 22 for the Utilities Kingston NETS project.

Sir John A MacDonald Blvd at Johnson will experience delays until Aug. 31 for the installation of a new high pressure gas line 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.

Delays are expected along Westbrook Road from Princess to Windemere until Oct. 31 for the construction of new sidewalks and road rehabilitation. 

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.

LaSalle Causeway:

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is advising motorists of an alternating lane closure on LaSalle Causeway for repair work during the following periods:

  • Monday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
  • Monday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Friday, Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Friday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 11 p.m.                                                                 

During these periods, 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.

Queens University Move-In

The City advises motorists that Queen’s University Move-In will be taking place on Saturday, Sept. 2. Division Street will be fully closed between Earl and Clergy. Please refer to the map below for the streets affected by the move in:


Map supplied by the City of Kingston.

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.

Pavement cores are required to support the design phase work to determine appropriate rehabilitation methods that can be used for the construction work.

Montreal Street from Briceland St. to Cassidy St.:  

  1. Proposed pavement cores are located in the road’s driving lanes which will cause traffic disruption during the work. 
  2. These pavement cores are located in the lanes nearest the road curb and require traffic barrels to be placed on the road.? Flagging will be in place which will cause traffic to lower their speed during the work.? These locations will be identified with proper signage and will be drilled during off-peak hours between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on August 31, 2023.

With?the drilling being on the road, there will be minimal impacts to sidewalk users during this work.? Signage will be placed to inform all road 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 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.

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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