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Next on John Counter Boulevard: preparing to build bridge embankments

October 21, 2015 –

The City of Kingston is preparing the area around John Counter Boulevard and the CN rail lines ahead of building embankments to support the bridge that will cross over the tracks. Motorists are being warned that this work requires a couple of significant road closures:

  • Portsmouth Avenue will be closed south of John Counter Boulevard from Oct. 27 to 29
  • John Counter Boulevard will be closed between Portsmouth Avenue and Princess Street from Nov. 9 to 13

Local traffic will continue to be able to access the train station and businesses on the west side of the CN rail lines via Princess St.

The work being done this fall involves:

  • Replacing four sets of aging culverts along John Counter Boulevard and one set on Portsmouth Avenue. Culverts help direct water flow under roadways.
  • Moving a portion of John Counter Boulevard to the south to keep travel lanes open during construction.
  • Creating new wetland areas to offset the area that will be filled-in to support the overpass. The area will be cleared and fenced.
  • Leveling the existing lands north of John Counter Boulevard and adding gravel fill.

"Building a bridge in this area is a major undertaking that requires detailed preparation efficient execution. We know that more than 20,000 cars that go over the tracks every day along John Counter Boulevard and are stopped by the more than 50 trains. Keep in mind that this work ends with us having a bridge over the tracks," says Jim Keech, president and CEO of Utilities Kingston. 

He notes that the City of Kingston has already completed Phases 1 and 2 of this project – the widening of John Counter Boulevard from Division Street to Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard.

This work, scheduled for 2015, is part of the bridge embankment phase of construction – Phase 3 of the John Counter Boulevard-widening project.

It will take about three to four years to complete and, starting in 2016, will involve adding large amounts of rock fill and other material to the embankment areas around John Counter Boulevard and the CN rail line, creating significant truck traffic in the area.

Phase 4 of the project, set for 2017, involves the widening of John Counter Boulevard to four lanes between Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard to Indian Road.

Phase 5 of the project will realign Portsmouth Avenue and construct the bridge over the rail line and is scheduled to start in 2018/2019.

The City has budgeted $67 million for the remaining phases of this project.

For more information on this work, part of the larger project to widen John Counter Boulevard, see www.CityofKingston.ca/jcb.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.