Weekly Traffic Report: Oct. 6 to 12

October 10, 2023

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

Road Closures  

  • Queen Mary Road – Notch Hill to Greenview – closed beginning Oct. 2 for the Utilities Kingston NETS Project. 
  • University Avenue – Union to Earl – closed until Dec. 22 for the removal of debris from demolition and concrete deliveries at the Queen’s John Deutsch University Centre project. 
  • Wright Crescent – South Intersection of Palace to 16 Palace – closed until Oct. 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. 

Waaban Crossing Closure 

Although the construction of the Waaban Crossing is complete, there are items that must be performed as part of a post-construction program that need to occur during the operation phase.  One of these tasks is to perform a measurement of the amount of streetlight illumination that is entering the river below the bridge.  As part of our permit conditions, the light survey needs to be performed during a new moon, during the night, and without river ice.  The project team is scheduling the light survey work to be conducted during the new moon window of October 12–16, 2023.  The light survey can be completed over the course of a single night but is weather dependent and will need to be confirmed (via forecast) a day or two ahead of the actual survey night. 

The light survey work will take place adjacent to the bridge on the water from a boat with personnel and light-measuring equipment.  The streetlights will need to be turned off during the survey work and then turned back on.  The survey measuring is expected to take up to 6 hours throughout the night. 

Planned Shutdown Time - One Night Only but date could change due to weather 

Tentative: October 14th at 10:00pm to 5:00am of October 15th  

Impact to Users 

  • The bridge will need to be shut down for the duration of the light survey work in order to limit vehicle-light spillover which may compromise the survey measurements.  Staff are working on the traffic control plan and seeking input as it is developed, but the following can be expected: 
  • The bridge will be closed to all users with the exception of emergency services. Emergency service vehicles (Ambulance, Fire, Police) will be allowed to pass over the bridge at all times during the closure.  Police patrol cars will be staged to facilitate this. 
  • Non-emergency vehicles (general traffic) will not be permitted on the bridge during the closure. 
  • Active transportation users will not be permitted to access the multi-use pathway nor cyclists using the road shoulders. 
  • The City has coordinated with paid duty officers for traffic control at both ends of the bridge. 
  • The traffic signals on both shores will remain operational during the survey work to limit impacts to adjacent residents. 
  • The LaSalle Causeway planned repair work is not scheduled until November 2023 so general traffic can still use the LaSalle Causeway route during this temporary shutdown of the Waaban Crossing. 
  • Electronic Message Boards have been deployed on both shores to inform the public of the upcoming closure sometime in Mid-October.  Once date is confirmed based on weather forecast, the messaging will be updated to replace ‘Mid-October’ with the actual date. 

Parking Disruption 

The Chown Memorial Parking Structure Restoration project is now underway. The work will take place throughout all levels of the building, and will include efforts such as routine structural maintenance, renewal of waterproofing materials and upgrades to the building mechanical/electrical systems. The work is expected to conclude in late December. Please note: The Chown Garage will also be closed from Oct. 6 at 4:00 p.m. until Oct. 10 at 6:00 a.m. 

The work will be completed in phases to allow the building to remain open to public parking for the duration of the project. Phased work areas will occupy a maximum of 40% of the available parking stalls at a time. Up to 180 spaces will be out of commission.  There is parking availability at the Hanson Memorial and Robert Bruce Memorial parking garages in the two adjacent blocks to the east.   

Centre 70 – Public EV charging stations at Centre 70 will be unavailable until late October 2023 due to the seasonal relocation of the sleeping cabins to this site. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience. 

Other Delays 

  • Bath Road – at Queen Mary – expect delays for the Utilities Kingston NETS project. 
  • Bayridge Drive – Woodbine to Cataraqui Woods – expect delays until Nov. 30 for Phase 1 of the Bayridge Drive cycling and pedestrian improvements.  
  • Duff Street – Patrick to End of Duff – expect a lane closure until Oct. 15 to facilitate the replacement of a watermain on Duff St. 
  • Dunham Street – at Dunham Park Entrance - expect delays Oct. 10 to 13 while contractors are completing intersection upgrades. 
  • 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.  
  • Lancaster Drive – at Bentley Terrace - expect delays Oct. 10 to 13 while contractors are completing intersection upgrades. 
  • Mona Drive – at Mona and Humberside – expect delays Oct. 10 to 13 while contractors are completing intersection upgrades. 
  • Mona Drive – at Mona and Lynwood – expect delays Oct. 10 to 13 while contractors are completing intersection upgrades. 
  • Princess Street – Collins Bay to Bayridge – expect delays until Oct. 31 for the construction of new sidewalks and traffic signals along Princess Street. Please note that one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times on Princess St. 
  • Sir John A MacDonald Blvd – at Johnson – expect delays for the installation of a new high pressure gas line for Utilities Kingston.  
  • Taylor Kidd Blvd - Collins Bay to 100 metres West of Collins Creek Bridge – expect a lane closure from May 3 to Nov. 15 for the Collins Creek Bridge Rehabilitation project. Please note, Taylor Kidd will require the reduction from a two lane to a single lane roadway and the lane closures will be controlled with Temporary Traffic Signals for the duration of the project. 
  • Westbrook Road – Princess to Windemere – expect delays until Oct. 31 for the construction of new sidewalks and road rehabilitation. 

Sidewalks/Pathways 

  • Clarence Street – King to Wellington – expect a sidewalk closure on the North side from Oct. 10 to 13 for construction within the British Whig Parking Lot. 

  • Rideau Trail – Queen Mary to Parkway – closed for crews to replace sanitary main, install shoring and build a new gravel pathway.