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Get ready to rock: bridge embankment work to begin on John Counter

March 28, 2017 -

The work to build up the embankment to the bridge across the rail tracks on John Counter Boulevard is set to begin again on Monday, April 3. Motorists and cyclists should expect occasional delays over the course of this work which will continue until the end of April.

"The first layer of rock has had time to settle and it's now time to start adding the second layer of rock. You are going to notice a lot of truck activity in the area. This all ends with a bridge over the tracks where trains now stop traffic dozens of times a day," says Mark Campbell, manager of construction for the City of Kingston.

Trucks will be hauling rock to build up both sides of the embankment.  Here are their hauling routes:

  • East embankment (east of CN tracks): Trucks will travel from McAdoos Lane to Division Street, then along the 401 to Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard then to John Counter Boulevard and on to the site.
  • West embankment (west of CN tracks): Trucks will travel from McAdoos Lane to Division Street, then along Highway 401 to Sydenham Road and onto Princess Street to John Counter Boulevard and on to the site.

Each layer of rock – there will be four in total – needs to be allowed to settle for several months before the next layer is added. The process will be repeated until the embankment is approximately eight metres at its highest point and has settled.

Building the bridge embankment is Phase 3 of the five phase project to widen John Counter Boulevard.  Phase 4 work – widening John Counter to four lanes between Sir John A. Macdonald and Indian Road – is also scheduled for 2017 and construction will begin toward the end of April. The final phase will involve realigning Portsmouth Avenue and building the bridge over the rail line. That work is tentatively scheduled for 2018-19.

For more on this project, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/JCB.

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