Roads, Traffic & Sidewalks

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Street Sweepers in action

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The City builds and maintains hundreds of kilometres of roads, sidewalks and other transportation infrastructure so that traffic – pedestrians, motorists and cyclists – can move safely and efficiently around Kingston.


  • The annual residential street sweeping program is underway.
  • The infrastructure projects page lists all scheduled construction to City streets, sidewalks, access ramps, street furniture, bridges, bikeways, and traffic infrastructure.
  • The road closure page lists the latest road closures and expected delays.
  • The snow plowing page outlines the City's winter control efforts and snow plow safety tips.
  • The pavement marking and line painting program is completed each year around the city. The program helps facilitate safe travel and involves line painting and symbol markings on roadways. *Subject to budget approval, this program will be expanding in 2020 in an effort to enhance visibility on rural roads. 
  • Learn why it's important to check the Ontario 511 Interactive Map.


Learn more about how the City manages traffic by exploring:

  • Traffic signals offers answers to frequently-asked-questions about how traffic signals work and how to react to them.
  • Neighbourhood traffic looks at how the City views, plans and consults on various traffic-calming measures.
  • Roundabouts explains how roundabouts work and why the City has decided to use them.

Sidewalks and Pedestrians

The following four programs work toward making and keeping the City's sidewalks safe and accessible:

  • Pedestrians and traffic. Learn more about pedestrian crossings and their use in Kingston.
  • The Sidewalker Inspection Program maps sidewalk defects and other trip hazards using a Windows-based tablet computer with a GPS system for more effective identification and prioritization of sidewalk deficiencies by City staff and will allow for the development of a "Planned Maintenance Program".
  • The Step Safe Program encourages residents to report sidewalk hazards so that they can be assessed and fixed, and/or marked with fluorescent paint to visually warn pedestrians of the hazard.  If you spot a sidewalk hazard, call 613-546-0000.
  • Countdown signals increase the level of comfort for pedestrians by letting them know exactly how many seconds they have remaining to cross the street.
  • City design standards for sidewalks require that new or reconstructed sidewalks be built for use by people in wheelchairs.  They have grades ranging from 2.5 per cent to 5 per cent where the sidewalk lowers to accommodate a driveway.  In areas where space permits, an additional curb, separating the driveway and sidewalk from the road will be introduced to direct water runoff from the sidewalk to the street and will allow for a minimal depression between the sidewalk and the driveway

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