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Friday Traffic Report - April 18 to 26

April 18, 2019 –

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians: review the listing of streets and related messages below for travel information of interest to you.

Traffic and pedestrian impacts this week:

Closures

  • Alfred Street – from Elm to Princess – closed from Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, May 31 while Utilities Kingston works to replace a sanitary sewer to increase capacity in the area.
  • Centennial Drive – from Venture to Frulact entrance – closed 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 for installation of gas line to Canada Royal Milk.
  • Elm Street  –  from Chatham to Alfred – closed until Monday, April 22 as Utilities Kingston crews work to replace a sanitary sewer to increase capacity in the area.
  • John Counter Boulevard – east of Ascot Lane to Cataraqui River – closed until the Third Crossing Bridge is complete. The area will be fenced off and there will be no access to the water at the end of John Counter.
  • King Street  – from The Tragically Hip Way to Place d'Armes –  closed 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 to 2 a.m. on April 25 for the Kinky Boots Musical.
  • Rideau Canal on Burnt Hills Road (Brass Point Bridge) – Parks Canada will close the bridge for major repairs from April 15 to May 15. Questions or concerns? Contact Allan Smollett, Parks Canada, 613-485-0429.
  • Warne Crescent – from Dalton to Dairy Queen entrance – will be closed from Monday, April 22 to Friday, May 3 to accommodate installation of new services for the new Mr. Lube.

Delays

  • Highway 401 – at Highway 38/Gardiners Road – expect lane closures on the 401 until November 2020 and delays of up to 10 minutes nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the westbound 401. A new carpool lot will open here Nov. 30, 2019. Ontario highway updates are offered by the Ministry of Transportation.
  • Jackson Mills Road – from Bur Brook Road to 400m south (near the K&P Trail) – reduced to one lane for roadside safety improvements but both directions remain open.
  • Place d'Armes – from Ontario to King – expect lane shifts daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 1 to allow for lifts of roofing materials onto 1 Place d'Armes.
  • Portsmouth Avenue – from Old Quarry to John Counter – expect delays until mid-June as crews install storm sewers and upgrade the road surface for the realignment of Portsmouth Avenue.
  • Princess Street – at Portsmouth – the eastbound right turn lane from Princess Street onto southbound Portsmouth will be closed until 4:30 p.m. on April 24 to allow for gas main maintenance by Utilities Kingston.
  • Strathcona Park watermain relining – expect minor traffic delays on the following streets while Utilities Kingston crews prepare to reline watermains through the summer:
    • Elizabeth Avenue – from Jane to Avenue Road
    • Jane Avenue – from Kings Gate Place/Nottingham Place to Avenue Road
    • McMahon  Avenue  – from McMichael to Avenue Road

Sidewalks and pedestrian pathways

  • Ontario Street – from The Tragically Hip Way to the east of the La Salle Causeway – this sidewalk is closed for public safety. A recent Department of National Defence assessment of the historic stone wall by Fort Frontenac found it is in need of urgent structural repair. An alternate route for pedestrians will be announced as soon as possible. Please use another form of transportation to cross the La Salle Causeway (i.e. a bicycle, Kingston Transit or vehicle).  See the news release for more information.
  • Rideau Canal on Burnt Hills Road (Brass Point Bridge) – Parks Canada will close the bridge to pedestrians and vehicles to accommodate major repairs until May 15. Questions or concerns? Contact Allan Smollett, Parks Canada, 613-485-0429.
  • Strathconna Park watermain project – Utilities Kingston crews are relining watermains and installing new watermains to improve the water distribution system in this area through the summer:
  • Expect localized sidewalk closures on these streets:
  • Elizabeth Avenue – from Jane to Avenue Road
  • Jane Avenue – from Kings Gate Place/Nottingham Place to Avenue Road
  • McMahon  Avenue  – from McMichael to Avenue Road
  • Expect the pedestrian access pathways to be closed in these locations:
  • Gretna Green to Indian Road
  • Stormont Avenue to Westmoreland Road, through O'Connor Park

Traffic-related links and messages:

  • Load restrictions in effect: Until the end of April, heavy trucks/loads are restricted on City roads, where posted, each spring to reduce damage.