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Aug. 26 update

Re-built for the 21st century, Princess Street reopened to traffic on Canada Day! Work continues on surface features. Occassional lane reductions may be necessary to complete work.

  • Crews continue to work to complete  the planters.
  • Crews are finishing up work to install street furniture.
  • Surface asphalt on Princess Street continues to be planned for after Labour Day. The schedule was set in an effort to have the least amount of impact on local businesses and to avoid the peak tourist season.

Work continues to the side streets

  • Montreal Street is closed between Princess and Queen while crews complete upgrades to electrical and telecommunications infrastructure. The first layer of asphalt is slated to be laid on this stretch the week of Sept. 5. The street will be opened after this layer is laid. Sidewalk installation has also begun and street lights will will installed next week.
  • Sydenham Street is closed until the end of Sept. Work to electrical and telecommunications infrastructure begins next week. Storm and sanitary sewers and watermains are complete.
  • Clergy Street is closed while crews complete installation of water and sewer mains.
  • A water outage is scheduled for Queen Street between Sydenham and Clergy on Aug. 30. Notices will be provided to those affected.
Businesses are open and accessible during construction.

Princess Street is Kingston's street.  It's where we go to shop, meet, dine and enjoy our vibrant, lively, healthy and historic downtown. We are built around it. Princess Street is our spine. And we're taking good care of it.

In 2010, the City began remaking history on Princess Street by reconstructing it between Lake Ontario and King Street East. The rebuilding continued in 2013-14 between King Street East and Bagot Street. This project is part of the City's Downtown Action Plan.

Updating the above and below-ground infrastructure from building-face to building-face allows the City to build the capacity of its infrastructure to allow for future growth and augment the beauty of this historic street.

The latest major phase of this project began in January 2016 and includes reconstruction of:

  • Princess Street from Bagot to Clergy (COMPLETE: re-opened to traffic on July 1, 2016)
  • 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)

As part of the reconstruction project the sewers underneath these roadways will be separated to help prevent sewage overflows and basement back-ups.

Project facts

  • Cost is approximately $13 million
  • Sanitary pipe – 660 metres
  • Storm pipe – 560 metres
  • Watermain – 35 metres
  • Asphalt – 7,500 metres
  • Concrete sidewalks – 4,300 sq metres
  • Concrete pavers (sidewalk boulevard) – 200 sq metres
  • Granite curbs – 900 metres

See the City's 2015 to 2018 Infrastructure Plan for details on other scheduled projects.