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Road closures and traffic delays, week ending May 7, 2021

Photo by Logan Cadue

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 May 7, 2021. Full lists of closures and delays provided by the City of Kingston and the MTO can be viewed here and here.

Garrett Street near Division will be closed until June 30 for construction staging. Local traffic may access Garrett Street from University Avenue.

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 east of Collins Creek Bridge to west of Coronation Boulevard due to construction to improve drainage. Construction barrels and flag-people will direct traffic around the work zone.

Drivers can expect delays along John Counter Boulevard from Princess Street to Indian Road until the summer of 2021 while crews complete work associated with the road-widening project, turtle-fencing and water mains.

Kingston Mills Road from Daylan Avenue to Station Street (Kingston Mills Swing Bridge) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3 and 4 to allow for bridge maintenance by Parks Canada. Please direct questions to Allan Smollett of Park Canada Agency/ Government of Canada at 613-283-9735 or [email protected].

Market Street will be closed from Ontario to King from April 1 to Dec. 31 to accommodate the Love Kingston Marketplace.

Portsmouth Avenue from Hampstead Heath to Princess Street and Princess Street to Howard Crescent will be closed until May 14. Delays are expected between Glengarry and Princess as well. Detour routes will be in place. This closure is to accommodate sewer installation and improvements.

Princess Street will be down to a single lane at Portsmouth in both directions from April 19 to May 14. All turns will be restricted and linear traffic flow through the intersection will be maintained. This lane reduction will accommodate sewer installation and improvements.

Princess Street will also see brief lane restrictions at Wellington Street for the next two weeks as Utilities Kingston works to remove and install equipment in an underground vault at the northwest corner of Princess and Wellington.

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.

The lower pathway (nearest the waterfront) at 100 Foot Park pathway is now closed as the City readies to repair the lower pedestrian bridge after a regular inspection determined it is in need of repair. This pathway will be closed for a number of weeks and signage is in place to redirect pedestrians. The remainder of the park and pathway are open.

The Norman Rogers Drive to Herchmer Crescent Pedestrian Walkway will be closed until May 3 to accommodate installation of a new water main.

Calvin Park, Grenville Park, Hillendale, Polson Park and Strathcona Park – Expect local traffic disruptions and minor detours as a contractor prepares to line sewer mains on behalf of Utilities Kingston. The lining of the sewers will extend into summer. Roadways will be open to traffic. Please follow signage and yield to oncoming traffic as required.

King Street West – May 2 to 7:

  • Centre to Barrie – expect lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2 to allow Utilities Kingston to string overhead conductors on new poles. Beverley, Collingwood, Lower University and St. Lawrence will be closed at King Street during this time (except for local traffic). Albert Street will remain open. Watch for flag personnel to direct traffic.
  • West of Beverley to George – expect south-side lane closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 through 7 to accommodate sanitary sewer cleaning and inspection by Utilities Kingston. Watch for flag personnel and Kingston Police to direct traffic

La Salle Causeway – May 4 to 7:

Public Services and Procurement Canada advises motorists to expect lane closures on the Causeway from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 through 7. One lane will remain open for vehicles and cyclists and the bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Follow the direction of flaggers.

Public Services and Procurement Canada encourages users to exercise caution when travelling on the bridge and thanks them for their patience. Please direct any questions to Public Services and Procurement Canada: [email protected].

Third Crossing bridge construction:

  • Highway 15 at Gore: Expect short delays at this intersection as pieces of the main span of the bridge arrive over the next few months. The trucks, expected to arrive after morning rush hour, will turn off Highway 401 onto Highway 15 and then onto Gore to reach the bridge’s job site at the Cataraqui River.
  • Along John Counter and Sir John A. Macdonald boulevards: expect short delays as large trucks carrying bridge girders up to 150 ft long arrive over the next few months. Trucks are expected in the early afternoon and will turn onto Sir John A. Macdonald from Highway 401 and then turn east onto John Counter to get to the bridge site at the Cataraqui River. Each truck will have car escorts to guide it.

Visit the project’s website to learn more. Email [email protected] to connect with the Third Crossing project team.

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.

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