The John Counter Boulevard Expansion Project is currently on schedule and in the last phase of the project, according to the City of Kingston.
The corridor acts as a link to four of Kingston’s major traffic arteries: Montreal Street, Division Street, Princess Street, and Taylor Kidd Boulevard. According to the City, more than 20,000 vehicles and 50 trains past through the area on a daily basis, and the project aims to:
- Improve safety for all road users with better traffic flow and the addition of a new bridge over the CN Rail line
- Improve comfort and accessibility for people walking and cycling on John Counter Boulevard with the creation of new pedestrian and cycling implements
- Ease access in the VIA train station from John Counter Boulevard
- Accommodate the needs of nearby businesses and institutions
The project has been ongoing for some time – the first phase of the project was completed in 2013 – but remains on schedule for completion by 2021, according to the City.
Those who traverse the corridor regularly will notice some changes in the coming weeks when crews will:
- Complete further paving
- Construct the sidewalk on the north side of John Counter Boulevard from Princess Street to Old Mill Road, and;
- Complete piling and concrete pours that will serve as key supports for the new overpass
“Road users can expect a shift in the current lane reductions,” the City of Kingston said in a press release. “Traffic will be moved to the north side of the road onto the new asphalt surface. This will allow crews to complete paving on the south side.
For more information on the John Counter Boulevard Expansion Project from the City of Kingston, click here.
Watch the video below from the City of Kingston for a bird’s eye view update on Phase 5B of the project.