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Work to begin on next phase of Princess Street reconstruction

January 4, 2016 –

The third phase of reconstructing Princess Street from building-edge to building-edge begins tomorrow.  The construction will move up Princess Street from Bagot to Clergy over the coming months. This section of Princess Street is due to re-open to traffic on July 1.

"Under this portion of Princess Street is a 100 year-old sewage system and lots of other infrastructure that needs updating to ensure the ongoing success of our lively downtown," says Mark Van Buren, director of engineering. "We've worked well with Downtown Kingston! and businesses during the first two phases and our contractor is again offering  support to direct pedestrians and help businesses get through this."

The following side-streets will also be reconstructed as part of this project:

  • Montreal Street from Brock to Queen (substantially complete by the end of 2016)
  • Sydenham Street from Princess to Queen (substantially complete by the end of 2016)
  • Clergy Street from Princess to Queen (substantially complete by the end of 2016)

Businesses will remain open during construction and the community is urged to continue to frequent downtown stores and restaurants.

This work is guided by the City's Downtown Action Plan. That plan covers the 39 blocks of downtown that require their now historic underground infrastructure to be completely replaced. That plan outlines the materials to be used to beautify our downtown streetscape and complement the city's historic character. 

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

Fast facts:

The budget for remaking this portion of Princess Street is approximately $13 million. The project includes new street lights, traffic signals, bicycle racks and benches, electrical lines and:

  • 660 metres  of  sanitary pipe (for the new sanitary sewer system)
  • 560 metres of storm pipe (for the new storm sewer system)
  • 35 metres of watermain
  • 7,500 metres of asphalt
  • 4,300 square metres of concrete sidewalk
  • 200 square metres of concrete pavers (sidewalk boulevard)
  • 900 metres  of granite curbs

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 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. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.