Construction, Closures, and Service Disruptions

From time to time, regular or emergency construction, repairs, events, or other circumstances may result in full or partial road closures, traffic delays, and/or water and wastewater service disruptions. Please see below for a list of current or upcoming issues that may result in service disruptions.

Traffic Disruptions and Road Closures

Picton Heights Reservoir Watermain Improvements

Construction work for the installation of new watermain on County Road 22 (Church Street) between Union Street and London Avenue in Picton began on July 2. The work is expected to conclude by the end of 2019.

The following closures or lane reductions are anticipated:

  • Daily lane closure on County Road 22 (Church Street) from Union Street to Old Church Street
  • Full road closure on Old Church Street is tentatively scheduled for August 1 until October 4.
  • Daily lane closure on County Road 22 (from Old Church Street to 244 County Road 22) except for an eight-week period when one lane will be closed 24 hours per day.

The project includes the following work:

  • Installation of 1.2 km of new watermain from Union Street to the Picton Heights reservoir.
  • Extension of the existing sanitary sewer, storm sewer upgrades and replacement of the watermain on Old Church Street.
  • Construction of a new 1 km concrete sidewalk with street lighting connecting the London Avenue sidewalk to the sidewalk along the frontage of Macaulay Heritage Park. The new sidewalk includes two new signalized pedestrian crosswalks.

Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge Rehabilitation

The Ministry of Transportation’s contractor, Aecon Construction, has re-started rehabilitation work on the Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge on County Road 49.

Starting on April 2, 2019, the first segment on the Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge being rehabilitated will be reduced to a single lane for the remainder of the 2019 construction season, which should end in late December 2019. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals that will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During specific occasions, the bridge will be required to be fully closed for safety reasons during major construction operations. These full closures will occur at night from Monday-Friday only. Notifications will be issued two weeks in advance of any planned full closures.

Brighton Road Swing Bridge Commissioning

Contractors will be onsite at Parks Canada's Brighton Road Swing Bridge on County Road 64 in the coming weeks to complete unfinished work and begin the commissioning of the new bridge for frequent summer operation.

What to expect:

• April 29 to May 16 – Intermittent bridge swings. These swings will be shorter in length, resembling swings during the canal operating season. However, the swings may be at any time of day. This continued endurance testing is being completed to ensure the bridge's swing ability under the strain of varied temperatures.

• May or June – Closure of one lane of traffic as additional curbs and guardrails are added.

For questions or concerns, or to receive email updates regarding this project, please email Ont.TrentSevern@pc.gc.ca and include “Brighton Road Swing Bridge” in the subject heading. For news about this or other infrastructure projects in the area, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/tswQuinteWest.

Water Services Disruptions & Notifications

The County's annual spring program for watermain flushing and hydrant maintenance began in May 2019.

Flushing takes place between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Watermains are flushed and hydrants serviced throughout all of The County's drinking water systems in accordance with the Ontario Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 730/81).

While flushing is taking place, customers are asked to avoid excessive water use (Example: running tap water for extended periods, using the washing machine and dish washer simultaneously).

Customers in the immediate areas may experience intermittent pressure fluctuations and some discolouration of tap water while flushing is being completed. This does not affect the safety or quality of your water.

If coloured water has been experienced, customers should run the cold water tap closest to the water meter for a few minutes until tap water runs clear. Customers are advised to wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. Using discoloured water in your washing machine could result in stained laundry.

Other Notifications

Reduced Loads on Municipal Roads

The reduced loads period in the County of Prince Edward is February 1 to April 30 each year. 

The affected roads are posted accordingly. This restriction does not apply to those who haul potable water, haul septage or haul heating fuel for residential and institutional uses. The co-operation of all owners and users of trucks and trailers is requested.

The County may grant commodity producers and distributors an exemption to transport perishable or market sensitive commodities that cannot reasonably be divided during the reduced load period. For further information about acquiring an exemption, please contact the Operations Office at 613.476.2148 extension 4000 or visit the office at 115 Lake Street in Picton.