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Next Phase Of Princess St Reconstruction To Begin

February 19, 2013 -

The next phase of the total reconstruction of lower Princess Street begins the week of February 25. The City moved up the construction schedule and — although it remains a two-year project — most of the major work will be completed in one year and be substantially complete in time to have Princess Street open by Canada Day.

"It's never a good time to totally reconstruct two blocks of Kingston's busiest street, so we are doing our best to do this necessary work with minimal disruption," says Jim Keech, President and C.E.O. of Utilities Kingston. "The first phase went well and we're working with Downtown Kingston! and the businesses the same way again to keep everyone in the loop."

The 2013 work will completely replace storm and sanitary sewers, water and electrical lines, street lights, traffic signals and street furniture on:

  • Princess Street from King Street to Bagot Street
  • King Street from Princess Street to Queen Street Work will begin this year and be completed in 2014 on:
  • Wellington Street from Brock Street to Princess Street
  • Bagot Street from Brock Street to Queen Street This work continues the reconstruction of Princess Street as prescribed by the City's Downtown Action Plan. That plan covers the 39 blocks of downtown that require their now historic underground infrastructure (some elements of which are nearly 200 years-old) to be completely replaced and the streets and sidewalks rebuilt from building-edge-to-building-edge.

The Downtown Action Plan also outlines the materials to be used to beautify our downtown streetscape with new street lights, pavers, curbs, planters and street furniture that complement the city's historic character.

Stay up-to-date with work on Princess Street at www.CityofKingston.ca/princess

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Media contact information:
For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.