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Analysis confirms southern portion of Wellington Street Extension is not needed

May 10, 2019 -

The North King's Town Transportation Plan Strategic Corridor Needs Analysis has concluded that the southern portion of the Wellington Street Extension (WSE), from Rideau Street to Bay Street, is not needed to accommodate future growth and can be removed from the City's plans. Transit and active transportation are expected to play a key role in reducing the demand for motor vehicles in the area. 

This analysis also shows that the northern half of the proposed WSE would be beneficial to address issues related to growth and meet transportation needs through 2034.  Additional analysis and refinement of this section is ongoing as part of the broader North King's Town (NKT) Secondary Plan.

This technical study, prepared for the City by Dillon Consulting and available at www.CityofKingston.ca/NorthKingsTown, will be factored into the full North King's Town transportation plan that is underway.

"Any future connection from John Counter Boulevard to the area of Rideau and Railway streets would need to improve functionality for all users, create access to businesses, provide opportunities for transit and active transportation, and integrate the K&P Trail in an appropriate manner," says Sonya Bolton, senior planner.  "We are using these findings to make a more refined assessment of the northern section as the City continues its work on the NKT transportation plan."

She notes that the City will make all of the material available for public review and that the work by Dillon Consulting, along with public feedback, will be used to complete the draft of the NKT transportation plan.

The finding that the southern section of the proposed WSE can be abandoned is being presented to council on May 21 so that it can be removed as a future project from the 2019 Development Charges Background Study now underway.  The northern portion of the WSE will continue to be included as a future project in the Development Charge review.