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City outlines plan to tackle winter damage to roads

May 21, 2014 -

Work to address the extensive winter damage to Kingston's urban roads will begin on May 26 and will cost an estimated $3.3 million in total.

"We told Kingston motorists and cyclists that we would be offering a longer-term fix to address this winter's road damage and that's what we are doing," says Jim Keech, President and C.E.O. of Utilities Kingston.  While $300,000 for the rehabilitation work will come from Public Works' operating budget, the additional $3 million required will be drawn from the Municipal Capital Reserve Fund.

Keech  notes that cold-patch used to fill cracks and potholes over the spring was always viewed as a temporary fix until the weather warmed up enough for asphalt work to begin. The winter road repairs being made this summer are expected to last three to five years. 

To assess the winter damage, City staff drove all Kingston's roads and mapped needed repairs on dozens of streets.  Significant road deterioration was noted in Kingston's the west-end, in the central area (including along Queen Mary Road), and along Highway 2 East between the La Salle Causeway and Highway 15.

The more substantial repairs will be completed by a number of contractors and is scheduled during off peak hours where possible (weather-permitting).  In some cases, the repairs will involve grinding and paving an entire lane surface. Public Works staff will continue to work on potholes and more permanent minor repairs.

Want to know when work is taking place on your route?

Motorists and cyclists can keep up with where/when repair work is taking place by:

  • Following @CityofKingston on Twitter for daily updates.
  • Checking the City page in Tuesday's Kingston Whig-Standard and weekly in Kingston This Week for the more major repairs.
  • Signing up for Breaking News at www.CityofKingston.ca/news to receive Friday Traffic Reports mentioning more major repairs.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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