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Public Consultation Notice - Proposed Napier Street Closure

May 3, 2017 -

Monday May 8, 2017
Winston Churchill Public School, 530 Earl Street
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

City of Kingston staff is hosting a second consultation session to receive comments from the public on the motion passed by City Council on November 15th, 2016 asking staff to look into implications of closing Napier Street, between Brock Street and Mack Street:

The following information is being provided for your review prior to the consultation on May 8th.

Traffic Considerations

  • Approximately 600 vehicles/day use the subject section of Napier Street.
  • There are currently no turning restrictions at any of the intersections, which means that vehicles affected by the proposed closure have ample alternative routing options.
  • Two future scenarios were developed in relation to the diversion of existing traffic currently travelling the subject section of Napier Street. The first scenario reviews traffic diverted at the two intersections (or decision points) to the point the closure begins and then turn to find an alternative route to their destination. The second scenario implies that drivers have prior knowledge of the closure and decide to divert earlier via another intersection. These decision points were selected as Brock Street and McDonnell Street and Park Street and Napier Street.
  • All Way Stop assessments, based upon the City's guidelines, were carried out at four intersections in close proximity to the subject section. Based upon the criteria set out in the City's guidelines, none of the study intersections warranted a change to the required stop sign operation if Napier Street were to be closed.
  • A traffic calming feasibility assessment was carried out on selected roads based upon the City's Traffic Calming Policy to determine whether the diverted traffic will increase traffic at other area intersections to the extent that traffic calming measures would be required. Based upon the criteria set out in the City's policy, there are no roads in close proximity to the subject section where traffic calming measures would be required.

Parking Considerations

  • Presently the parking on Napier Street between Brock Street and Mack Street is unregulated and provides for approximately 18 parking spaces on the west side of the street and 12 spaces on the east side of the street. Some of the parking is utilized all day on weekdays by commuters that have shifted here as a result of the parking regulation changes in Area B but it is not at capacity.
  • If this block of Napier Street is closed the on-street parking that is lost would need to be accommodated on the surrounding side streets but the impact would be minimal based on current parking utilization in this area and the expectation that the surrounding area would be managed as part of the on-street parking program in the future (Area G).
  • Number of vehicles that typically park along Napier Street daily is between 8 to 12.

Kingston Fire and Rescue Considerations

  • A condition in closing Napier Street between Brock Street and Mack Street is that either the northern or southern portion of Napier Street be renamed so as not to have a road that is not continuous with the same name (two Napier streets). This is to ensure efficient response in case of an emergency call.
  • Kingston Fire & Rescue recognizes this does impact some long term residential owners but recommends that the northern portion be renamed as this will minimize the impact to a half a dozen properties.

Options for Consideration

Option 1 – Existing Condition (See Figure 1)

Option 2 – Driveway Entrance (See Figure 2)

Adding a portion of the existing Napier Street right-of-way to the adjacent property located at 244 Mack Street, a width of nine metres to extend the southerly limit of the subject property. The southern portion of Napier Street to be closed and the asphalt will remain in place. Access to the unopened street will be blocked with bollards.

Approximate cost to transfer a portion of Napier Street to the owners at 244 Mack Street for a driveway entrance is $60,000 - $80,000.

Option 3 - Cul-de-sac (See Figure 3)

Construction of a cul-de-sac off of Mack Street. The southern portion of Napier Street to be closed and the asphalt will remain in place. Access to the unopened street will be blocked with bollards.

Approximate cost to construct a cul-de-sac is between $550,000 – $710,000.

For additional information go to www.CityofKingston.ca/Get-Involved or offer your comments to Julie Salter-Keane at jsalter-keane@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-4291, ext. 1163.

Figure 1 – Existing Condition

Existing Condition

Figure 2 – Driveway Entrance Option

Option 2

Figure 3 – Cul-de-sac Option