Weekly Traffic Report – Nov. 27 to Dec. 4
November 27, 2020
Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians: review the listing of streets and related messages below for travel information of interest to you.
Traffic and pedestrian impacts this week:
NO PARKING ON STREETS OVERNIGHT STARTING DEC. 1
Starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, parking is prohibited on all City streets from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. – and from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the streets that surround Kingston General Hospital. The overnight Winter Parking Bylaw ensures that vehicles are kept off streets so that snowplows can effectively respond to winter weather events.
“This bylaw is in place to help with winter maintenance and our snow removal efforts. We are able to plow roads much more effectively overnight when there are no cars parked on streets,” says Bill Linnen, Director, Public Works Services.
Vehicle-owners who disobey the bylaw will receive a fine of up to $30 and vehicles found in contravention of the bylaw are subject to a tow.
The overnight Winter Parking Bylaw remains in effect until the end of March 2021.
Love Kingston Marketplace
As part of the Love Kingston Marketplace project, some vehicle travel lanes and parking spaces downtown have been repurposed to create additional physical-distancing space for pedestrians and for businesses:
- Clarence Street – on-street parking repurposed to accommodate a lane shift.
- Market Street – road closed to vehicles. On-street parking unavailable.
- Downtown area barrier removals – expect delays in the downtown area the afternoon and evening of Dec. 1 and the evening of Dec. 2 as crews remove the Love Kingston concrete barriers.
- Colborne Street – Chatham to Division – closed to through traffic until Nov. 30 to accommodate construction staging.
- Seabrooke Road – east of Highway 15 – closed 10 p.m. on Dec. 4 until 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 to accommodate a culvert replacement.
- White Church Road – north of Woodburn – closed 10 p.m. on Dec. 4 until 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 to accommodate a culvert replacement.
- Albert Street – Union to Queen’s Crescent – expect a lane closure until 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 to accommodate installation of new water, sanitary and storm services for the new Queen’s Residence.
- Glengarry Road – Portsmouth to Indian – expect short delays and a possible lane closure as a contractor working on behalf of Utilities Kingston installs a new sanitary sewer and upgrades water mains.
- Grenadier Drive – at Windfield Crescent – expect delays while construction takes place around the Kingston East Community Centre site. Flag-people will be on-site to direct traffic (see “Sidewalk” impact, below).
- Highway 15 – north of Sand Hill – expect to experience delays due to lane closures until Nov. 1, 2021 as crews replace a culvert. Please follow the direction of flaggers. Ontario highway updates are offered by the Ministry of Transportation.
- Highway 33 – east of Collins Creek Bridge to west of Coronation Boulevard – expect delays due to construction to improve drainage. Construction barrels and flag-people will direct traffic around the work zone. Ontario highway updates are offered by the Ministry of Transportation.
- Jackson Mills Road – near the K&P Trail – reduced to one lane for roadside safety improvements but remains open in both directions.
- John Counter Boulevard – Princess to Indian – expect delays until the summer of 2021 while crews complete turtle-fencing and water main work.
- Princess Street – Collins Bay Road to Baxter – reduced to one lane in either direction 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Dec. 4 to accommodate the widening of Princess Street and construction of turn lanes onto Creekside Valley Drive (entrance to new subdivision). Please observe the direction of flaggers and note that traffic may be rerouted onto Westbrook and Woodbine roads during this time.
- Seabrooke Road – east of Highway 15 – expect delays starting Nov. 30 as crews work to accommodate a culvert replacement (also see Dec. 4-6 closure notice above).
- White Church Road – north of Woodburn – expect delays starting Nov. 30 as crews work to accommodate a culvert replacement (also see Dec. 4-6 closure notice above).
- Grenadier Drive – at Windfield Crescent – expect construction around the Kingston East Community Centre site. The sidewalk on the south side of Grenadier Drive may be restricted weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A flagger will be on-site to direct traffic and assist pedestrians.
- Kingscourt Avenue – First to Third – West sidewalk closed to pedestrian traffic until further notice to allow the developer to access building lots and complete connections to municipal infrastructure. Please use the east sidewalk and follow posted pedestrian detours.
Lower Brewers Swing Bridge users:
Vehicles such as larger emergency vehicles and school buses are no longer permitted to cross this bridge. Parks Canada advises it has decreased the load capacity of this bridge from 10 tons to 3 tons. Built in 1984 to meet code for 10 ton capacity, it does not meet today’s guidelines and structural deterioration due to its age of has further decreased its load capacity. Design work for the Lower Brewers Swing Bridge is underway and it has been designated for replacement in 2021.
Wolfe Island Ferry Docks’ changes
The Ministry of Transportation is making improvements to the Kingston and Marysville Wolfe Island ferry docks. Visit the projects website to learn more and for up-to-date information on construction progress.
Traffic-related links and messages:
- Kingston Transit detours: www.CityofKingston.ca/BusDetours.
- Daily updates: Follow @CityofKingston on Twitter – https://twitter.com/cityofkingston.
- Ministry of Transportation updates – For bilingual travel information on Ontario highways visit www.Ontario.ca/511, call 5-1-1 or follow @511Ontario (English) or @Ontario511 (French) on Twitter.
- City’s infrastructure program: www.CityofKingston.ca/Construction.