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Friday Traffic Report - July 26 to Aug. 2

July 26, 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

  • Abbey Dawn Road remains closed due to flooding.
  • Frontenac Street – Jenkins to Princess – closed until Dec. 2 for construction of an apartment at 501 Frontenac St.
  • Highway 15 – at Highway 401 westbound on-ramp – closed nightly 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. from July 29 to Aug. 2 and again from Aug. 6 to 9 for paving maintenance. The ramp remains open during the day.
  • King Street – Brock to Market (if needed) – closed 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday nights until Sept. 5 for Movies in the Square.
  • K-Town Triathlon – The streets below will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 4 as indicated:
    • Brock Street – Lake Ontario and Ontario Street – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Clarence Street – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
    • Earl Street – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Gore Street – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Johnson Street –   King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    • Lower Union Street – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
    • Market Street – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
    • Ontario Street:
      • Queen to Market – 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.   
      • Market to West – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      • The Tragically Hip Way to Queen – 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
      • Southbound lane – north leg of Place d'Armes to The Tragically Hip Way – 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Place d'Armes – Southbound ramp – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 12: 45 p.m.    
    • Princess Street
    • King to Holiday Inn – 4 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • King to Ontario – Two-way traffic pattern – 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.   
    • West Street – King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.   
    • William Street –   King to Ontario – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Montreal/Ordnance area – The following streets will be closed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 30 to 31 as Utilities Kingston crews make emergency water valve replacements (local access will be available):
    • Bay Street – Bagot to Sydenham
    • Montreal Street – Raglan to Queen
    • North Street – Bagot to Montreal
    • Ordnance Street – Bagot to Sydenham
  • Ontario Street – Brock to Johnson – closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 for the Taste of Kingston.
  • Point St. Mark Drive – entrance/exit off Gore Road – closed starting Aug. 6 and will remain closed until the end of Third Crossing construction. Information and warning signs will be installed on Aug. 5 along Gore at Highway 15 and at Point St. Mark. Pedestrian access to the library and dog park will remain open, as will the sidewalk on the southeast side of Gore.
  • Sydenham Street – Princess to halfway to Queen – closed every Saturday until Sept. 7 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Sydenham Street programming including Silly Sounds and Sounds of Sydenham.

Delays

  • Bath Road (westbound lanes) – from 275 metres east of Gardiners to just past Days – expect minor delays and lane restrictions while accessing businesses on the north side of Bath Road while Utilities Kingston crews reline a water main throughout the summer.  Expect lane restrictions at the Bath Road and Days Road intersection. 
  • Bath Road – Westbound at Days Road – Right lane closed while crews complete water main work and, also, gas main construction.
  • Days Road – Northbound at Bath Road – Left lane onto Bath Road westbound reduced to one lane while crews are working in the area.
  • Cataraqui Business Park – Fortune, Resource and Centennial North – expect delays in this area until early September as crews reinforce the natural gas network to support the expansion of this business park.
  • Gibson and Oakridge avenues – expect delays while Utilities Kingston replaces a water main in the area.
  • 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.
  • Highway 38 – at Unity – expect delays and lane reductions July30 and 31 as Utilities Kingston crews work to activate the new traffic signal.
  • Jackson Mills Road – Bur Brook Road to 400m south (near the K&P Trail) – reduced to one lane for roadside safety improvements. Both directions remain open.
  • John Counter Boulevard – Princess to Indian – expect delays until the summer of 2021 while crews construct a new four-lane road and rail overpass. Motorists: Don't get stopped on the tracks! Before you cross the rail tracks, ensure there is enough space on the opposite side of the rail tracks for your vehicle to be fully clear of them.
  • Portsmouth Avenue – Old Quarry to John Counter – expect delays as crews complete remaining works for the realignment of Portsmouth Avenue.
  • Strathcona Park water main relining – expect minor traffic delays on the following streets while Utilities Kingston crews prepare to reline water mains through the summer:
    • Elizabeth Avenue – from Jane to Avenue Road
    • Jane Avenue – from Kings Gate /Nottingham to Avenue Road
    • McMahon  Avenue  – from McMichael to Avenue Road
  • Sydenham Road – north of 401 – expect minor traffic delays for water main relining through the summer.
    • Mildred Street – from Sunnyside to Sydenham Road
    • Audrey Street – from Floyd to Jesse
    • Jesse Crescent – from Mildred to the end
    • Floyd Avenue – from Mildred to Sunnyside
  • Taylor Kidd Boulevard – Princess to Waterloo – expect delays until early August while crews complete the installation of a sidewalk.

Sidewalks and pedestrian pathways

  • Bath Road north sidewalkCoverdale to 1917 Bath Rd. – crews are constructing a new sidewalk from July 26 until mid-August.
  • Strathcona Park water main project – Utilities Kingston crews are relining water mains and installing new water mains 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/Nottingham 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
  • Taylor Kidd Boulevard – Princess to Waterloo – sidewalks are being constructed to be completed early August.

Traffic-related links and messages:

Test drive an electric vehicle on Aug. 2: Have questions about owning and driving an electric vehicle (EV)? Plug'N Drive will offer free EV test drives on Aug.2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Springer Market Square. This event coincides with the City's Rockin' the Square event. City and Utilities Kingston staff will be on hand to answer your questions on connecting an EV charger to the local electricity system, and more.