John Counter Blvd Project
In August 2013 the City officially opened all four-lanes of the newly widened John Counter Boulevard.
John Counter Blvd. is a major east-west arterial route that passes across the top of Kingston from the Cataraqui River to Princess Street. It is an important and growing employment and shopping area and acts as a link to four of Kingston's main thoroughfares: Montreal Street, Division Street, Princess St. and Taylor-Kidd Boulevard. The widening of John Counter Blvd. was identified as a priority by City Council a number of years ago and is the final "Group of 7" priority to be completed.
The project's Environmental Study Report was completed and received approval from the Provincial Government that the City could proceed to the construction phase.
The project is broken up into 5 distinct construction phases which includes the recent widening from Division St. to Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, that completed Phase 1 and 2 in 2013.
The remaining phases, which stretch from Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. to Princess St., include:
- Phase 3: Bridge embankment pre-load work;
- Phase 4: Road work from Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. to Indian Road;
- Phase 5: Re-alignment of Portsmouth Avenue and bridge (overpass) across the railroad tracks.
These remaining phases cannot commence until direction and funding approval by City Council is granted beforehand. City officials continue their lobbying efforts to the upper levels of government seeking needed funding assistance in order to carry out the remainder of this project.