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City approves plan for temporary Ontario Street pedestrian walkway at La Salle Causeway

May 2, 2019 -

The City of Kingston has approved a Department of National Defence plan for a walkway to allow pedestrians to get from The Tragically Hip Way to the east side of the La Salle Causeway while structural repairs are made to the Fort Frontenac wall on Ontario Street.

The approved encroachment permit and traffic control plan contains the following measures:

  • Closing the northbound lane on Ontario Street from Tragically Hip Way to Place D'Armes to allow for a 2m temporary pedestrian walkway to be installed on the roadway.
  • Directing northbound traffic along one of the existing southbound lanes between Place D'Armes and The Tragically Hip Way.
  • Creating a new temporary walkway separated from the northbound traffic lane using a Jersey barrier and the existing traffic island, and separated from the Fort Frontenac wall construction site by temporary construction fencing.
  • Creating an accessible pedestrian ramp north of Place D'Armes from the existing sidewalk onto the temporary pedestrian walkway.
  • Closing the north crosswalk at The Tragically Hip Way and Ontario Street as the pedestrian crosswalk push buttons on the northeast corner will not be accessible.
  • Prohibiting semi-trucks from making left-hand turns from The Tragically Hip Way to Ontario or right-hand turns from Wolfe Island Ferry to Ontario Street due to the new lane configurations.
  • Installing signage and new road markings to guide vehicles and pedestrian through the construction site.

The Department of National Defence is now working on the plan to implement all aspects of the alternate route including barriers and signage. The specific details about the timing are being worked on by the Department of National Defence.

Complimentary Kingston Transit around the closure will remain in place until the alternate route is constructed by the Department of National Defence.

Media inquiries about the structural safety, repair plan for the wall, and timing to implement the alternate pathway can be directed to Captain Jeremy Mathews, public affairs officer at Jeremy.mathews@forces.gc.ca.