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Speed humps to be installed on Brock Street Monday

July 18, 2013 -

The City will be installing speed humps on Brock Street between Montreal and Sydenham Streets starting Monday. Motorists and cyclists can expect significant delays on Brock Street over the next two weeks as this work is completed.

The speed humps are intended to improve pedestrian safety on Brock in the vicinity of Hotel Dieu Hospital. Recent counts show that 2,400 pedestrians a day cross mid-block between the Hospital and the Chown Parking Garage and many of these pedestrians were noted to have mobility issues.

"While the City discourages mid-block crossing and encourages pedestrians to cross at the traffic signal at Montreal and Brock Street, the high number of pedestrians who continue to cross mid-block justifies that we take further steps to reduce the risk," says Sheila Kidd, Director of Transportation. She says the City will continue to monitor pedestrian crossings in this area.

"We are delighted that these new traffic calming measures are being put into place on Brock Street in the immediate vicinity of Hotel Dieu Hospital," says Dr. David Pichora, CEO of Hotel Dieu Hospital.  "This should improve safety by reducing the speed at which many vehicles currently travel on this very busy block.  We are grateful for the City's strong support."

Of the three speed humps being installed, one will form a raised crosswalk at the existing traffic signal on Brock at Montreal Street. In addition to the speed humps, the City will be installing pedestrian warning signage.

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Media contact: 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.