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Update - September 19

Reconstruction of Princess Street from Barrie to Bagot nears completion!

  • Princess Street will be closed to motorists and cyclists from Barrie to Bagot on Sept. 19 and 20 so it can be paved with surface asphalt. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works.  Queen Street will have all lanes open during the closure.
  • Crews continue to work toward the completion of the planters.
  • Crews continue with final touches of the street furniture.
  • Crews continue to complete work on reinstating any areas of building facades that had to be removed during construction.
  • Lane closures are possible while finishing work is completed.

Work continues to the side streets

  • Montreal Street will also be paved between Brock and Queen on Sept. 20. Once the paving and line painting are completed it will be opened to traffic. Temporary walkways remain in place until sidewalks are completed.
  • Sydenham Street remains closed until the end of September while crews complete underground electrical work. Curb and sidewalk work has begun.Temporary walkways remain in place until sidewalks are completed.
  • Clergy Street remains closed while crews complete installation of eletrical and telecommunications cables.
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.