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Downed hydro poles cause unplanned power outage and transit/traffic delays

June 17, 2016

Utilities Kingston crews are working to restore power after eight hydro poles and power lines were downed in the area of John Counter Boulevard and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. What caused the poles to come down is still under investigation. 

Utilities Kingston is planning how to safely restore power and will provide further updates @UtilitiesKngstn.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area and are reminded to treat malfunctioning traffic signals as four-way stops. The Ontario Provincial Police have closed the 401 off ramp at Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard.

Kingston Transit is rerouting a number of buses due to a number of fallen hydro poles at John Counter Boulevard and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. The following routes are affected until further notice.

Route delays:

Almost all routes in central Kingston are experiencing service delays as a result of traffic congestion and traffic signal malfunctions.

Detours:

The following detours are now in effect for the following routes until further notice.

Route 7 – INVISTA Centre: Detouring between Coach Canada and Princess St./John Counter Blvd. using Leroy Grant Dr. to Elliott Ave. to Division St. to Kingscourt Ave. to Concession St. to Princess St. All bus stops between Coach Canada and Princess St./John Counter Blvd. are out of service.

Route 7 – Division/Dalton: Detouring between Princess St./John Counter Blvd. and Coach Canada using Princess St. to Concession St. to Kingscourt Ave. to Division St. to Elliott Ave. to Leroy Grant. All bus stops between Princess St./John Counter Blvd. and Coach Canada are out of service.

Route 16 – Bus Station: Detouring between VIA Rail and Old Quarry/Indian Rd. Detouring using Portsmouth Ave. to Old Quarry Rd to Indian Rd.  Bus stops on John Counter Blvd. between Portsmouth and Aberfoyle Rd. and on Aberfoyle Rd. are out of service. Please advise passengers waiting at these bus stops to walk to the corner of Old Quarry Rd. and Indian Rd. to catch the bus.  

Route 18 – Train Station Circuit: Detouring between VIA Rail and Division/Concession using Portsmouth Ave. to Princess St. to Concession St. Bus stops on John Counter Blvd. between Portsmouth and Coach Canada are out of service. Route 2 – St. Lawrence College buses will pick up passengers from Coach Canada to Division/Concession that would normally take Route 18.

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