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Motorists: Avoid John Counter Boulevard/Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard Area

Utilities Kingston crews are expected to work into the evening and tomorrow to safely restore power and make repairs after eight hydro poles and power lines were downed in the area of John Counter Boulevard and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. What caused the poles to come down is still under investigation. 

The intersection of John Counter Boulevard and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard is closed until further notice. The Ontario Provincial Police have closed the 401 off ramp at Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard. Please follow directional signage in this area and watch for updates on Twitter @UtilitiesKngstn.

While most of the affected traffic signals are now operating on generators, motorists are reminded to treat malfunctioning traffic signals as four-way stops.

Kingston Transit riders: a number of buses have been rerouted until further notice. See

Please see below for a list of road construction projects and events expected to have an impact on traffic flow next week.

Is construction coming to a street near you? See the entire 2015-18 infrastructure program at

Kingston Transit riders: find the up-to-date list of all detours/service alerts at

For updates on Highway 401 construction visit the Ministry of Transportation's website at or call 5-1-1.

Princess/Montreal Street Reconstruction

  • Montreal Street will be closed from Princess to Brock starting Monday, June 20 until the end of July.
  • Princess Street is closed from Sydenham to Montreal until mid-June and from Sydenham to Clergy until July 1.
  • The intersection of Sydenham and Princess is closed until mid-June.
  • The intersection of Clergy and Princess will be closed until June 30.
  • Motorists should expect delays at the intersection of Bagot and Princess while crews complete work.

Businesses on downtown Princess Street remain open and accessible during this project. See for details and regular updates.

Kingston Transit riders: please note that a temporary stop for routes 2, 4 and 18 has been set up on the south side of Queen Street at Montreal. See detour details at

Wellington and Princess Construction

The southbound lane of Wellington Street is closed until the end of September to accommodate construction of the new Scotiabank building at Wellington and Princess. Motorists can access the Angrove Parking Lot off Wellington.

Businesses on Wellington Street remain open during construction.

Other Construction Road Closures

These streets will be closed for construction:

  • Yonge Street from Wolfe to Johnson will be closed until the end of June.
  • The fixed bridge and swing bridge on Kingston Mills Road will be closed from early August  until mid-May 2017 to allow Parks Canada to replace the fixed bridge and rehabilitate the swing bridge. If you would like to receive community updates on this project, please email

Event Closures

These streets will be closed for events:

  • Market Street from Ontario to King 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, June 17 for free Rockin' in the Square concert featuring Wintersleep and Kasador.
  • Barrie Street from Bagot to Clergy 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 for the Kingston Pride Festival.

Construction Delays

Motorists should expect delays due to construction:

  • On John Counter Boulevard between Sir John A. Macdonald and Portsmouth until late August. During this time, trucks will be delivering large amounts of rock to the embankments for the future bridge over the tracks.
  • On Front Road from Country Club to Sunny Acres until the end of the day on June 17. The roadway will then be restored to four lanes of traffic. Interested in Front Road Bridge construction? See
  • On Lancaster Drive and Bridle Path Crescent until mid-June while crews construct new sidewalks.
  • On Henderson Boulevard between Days and Roosevelt while crews construct a new sidewalk.
  • At Johnson and Yonge streets while crews reconstruct sewers.

Utilities Kingston Delays:

Utilities Kingston is installing equipment to monitor flow in combined sewers and will be erecting barriers around maintenance holes. Expect intermittent delays:

  • On Raglan Street at Rideau the morning of Tuesday, June 21.
  • On Lower Union Street at Ontario the afternoon of Tuesday, June 21.
  • On Earl and Ontario streets the morning of Wednesday, June 22.
  • At Gore Street at Ontario the afternoon of Wednesday, June 22.
  • On Clarence Street between King and Bagot the morning of Friday, June 24.

Road Reconstruction Projects 

Work to reconstruct the following roadways is underway:

  • Princess Street between Bagot and Clergy
  • Montreal Street between Queen and Brock
  • Sydenham Street between Queen and Princess
  • Clergy Street between Queen and Princess
  • Yonge Street from Forsythe to Johnson

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