Weekly Traffic Report: Jan 6 to 12

Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians: review the listing of streets and related messages below for travel information of interest to you.

Road Closures  

  • Bagot Street – Johnson to William – closed Jan. 7 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for crews to disassemble scaffolding at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. 

  • Lower Brewers Swing Bridge – closed until further notice. Parks Canada is continuing its efforts to replace the bridge over the winter.  

  • University Avenue – Union to Earl – closed Jan. 4 at 7 a.m. to Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. for the removal of debris from demolition and concrete deliveries at the Queen’s John Deutsch University Centre project. 

  • Wellington Street – Brock to Princess – closed Jan. 9 and 12 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a crane setup to hoist material and equipment to 94 Princess St.  

  • Wright Crescent – South Intersection of Palace to 16 Palace – closed until Jan. 31, 2023 for construction staging for 11 Wright Cres. Please note that access to Wright Cres. will be through the North intersection of Wright Cres. at Palace Rd. 

School Streets Initiative 

Please direct questions to Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT) at [email protected] 

The following streets are closed from 8:40 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. weekdays until June 29, 2023: 

  • MacDonnell Street – Earl to Hill 

  • Sydenham Street – Ordnance to Colborne 

Waaban Crossing 

Excited for the new Waaban Crossing? We are too! We anticipate it will take some time for 'normal' traffic patterns to become established on the bridge, especially with residents eager to visit it for the first time and the holiday season in full swing. We have set up traffic monitoring equipment that will continue to monitor traffic volumes over the next number of weeks and will assist with making traffic signal timing adjustments that may be needed. We appreciate your patience as everyone enjoys their first walk, ride, or drive across the bridge in the coming days and weeks. Even though it is so exciting to see new views of the City and the amazing Cataraqui River, please drive safe. 

Upcoming Parking Lot Closures 

The King Queen parking lot (282 Ontario Street) and a portion of the Drury lot (51 Queen Street) will be closed on November 14th ,2022 due to the construction of a new mixed-use building beginning in November. The building at 18 Queen Street and 282 Ontario Street, known as Block 5, was recently approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal and is proceeding through Site Plan Control (File D11-022-2022). The future 23 storey tower and 5 storey podium building to be developed by Homestead Land Holdings Inc., will provide commercial spaces at grade, two floors of new office space, and 151 new residential units in the downtown core for the Kingston community. The portion of the Drury lot that is closed will be used for construction staging.  

The City has a range of parking options for short-term parkers throughout Kingston. Community members can access alternate parking options by visiting CityofKingston.ca/parking.  

Robert Bruce Garage Closure 

  • The Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Restoration project is scheduled to get underway the first week of August and will be closed on Friday, July 29 in preparation for the work to commence. The work is expected to conclude in late November. 

  • The work will take place throughout both levels of the building for structural rehabilitation and building envelop rehabilitation, upgrading of lighting and repair/replacement of railings and bollards. Both parking levels will be closed to the public for the duration of the project.  

  • There is parking availability at both the Chown and Hanson parking garages in the adjacent blocks to the east and west of the Robert Bruce. 

Other Delays 

  • Front Road – Sand Bay Lane to Country Club Drive – expect traffic delays due to lane reduction to a single lane each direction until the end of 2022, as crews install a new water main and sanitary force main for Utilities Kingston.      

  • Highway 33 – east of Collins Creek Bridge to west of Coronation Blvd. – expect delays due to construction to improve drainage. Construction barrels and flag-people will direct traffic around the work zone.   

  • Jackson Mills Road – near the K & P Trail – reduced to one lane for roadside safety improvements but remains open in both directions. 

Sidewalks/Pathways    

  • Portsmouth Waterfront Pathway – to accommodate pathway and shoreline improvements, the City has closed access to the pathway at the foot of Mowat Ave. and Yonge St. and east of Lakewatch Ln.