November 12, 2020
Construction of the rail overpass on John Counter Boulevard is complete and the stretch between Princess St. and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard will reopen tomorrow. This marks a major milestone for the John Counter Boulevard Expansion Project, which will fully conclude in early 2021after more than a decade of engineering work and five phases of construction.
The overpass completes the widening of John Counter Boulevard to four lanes from Princess to Division, and improves transportation along this arterial route by eliminating delays caused by trains while enhancing options for active transportation in the area.
“The vision to expand John Counter Boulevard has been talked about in the community for years and was identified as a priority by City Council back in 2007. I know that I share the community’s enthusiasm in seeing the overpass completed,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “I’m grateful for all the hard work that went into getting the project delivered on time and on budget and that the finished overpass includes sustainable modes of travel. Whether you travel by car, transit, bike or another form of active transportation, this important link will make it easier for residents to move throughout Kingston.”
New AAA Intersections
Work on the overpass included improvements at the intersections of John Counter and Portsmouth, and John Counter and Old Mill. These intersections have been upgraded to AAA (all ages and abilities) cycling intersections. This new infrastructure, including crossrides, bike boxes and bicycle signals, enhances safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists traveling through the intersections. Watch this short animated video to learn more about AAA intersections.
Improving walkability, roads and transportation is one of Council’s strategic priorities.
Regular transit routes to resume
Kingston Transit Routes 7 and 16 will resume their regular routes as of start-of-service Friday, Nov.13.
Project next steps
Remaining work on the John Counter Boulevard Expansion Project, including watermain and turtle-fencing installation, will progress over the coming months. This work will finish in early 2021.