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It's time to rock: bridge embankment work to begin again on John Counter

November 14, 2017 -

The work to build up the embankments to the bridge across the rail tracks on John Counter Boulevard is set to begin again on Monday, Nov. 20. Motorists and cyclists should expect occasional delays over the course of this work which will continue until mid-December.

"This is the final layer of rock we are adding to the embankment that will eventually support the bridge over the tracks. There will be heavy truck traffic in this area as we complete this work," says Mark Campbell, acting director of engineering for the City of Kingston.

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 – will be complete by the end of this construction season. The final phase will involve realigning Portsmouth Avenue and building the bridge over the rail line. That work is tentatively scheduled for 2018-19.

Truck Routes

Trucking activity at the entrances to the embankments – just east of Portsmouth Avenue on John Counter Boulevard and at the intersection of Old Mill Road and John Counter Boulevard – may result in minor traffic delays along John Counter Boulevard.

Here are the 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.

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

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