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 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.

Current road and lane closures:

  • One lane of County Road 22 will be closed between London Avenue and Old Church Street (south) until November 22, 2019. Temporary traffic lights will be in place along County Road 22.
  • Daily lane closures will take place on Church Street between Union Street and Old Church Street (north). 
  • Daily lane closures will take place on Old Church Street. 

Hill Street / Fairfield Street Reconstruction

A traffic disruption will occur along Picton Main Street near the intersection of Fairfield Street from November 4-8.

  • Traffic will be moved around the work area one direction at a time using flaggers.
  • Fairfield Street remains under construction with no through traffic from Picton Main Street to Hill Street.
  • Hill Street between Fairfield Street and Division Street is under construction with limited access.
  • K. Mulrooney Trucking Ltd. is undertaking the work as part of the Hill Street and Fairfield Street reconstruction.
  • Heavy equipment may limit visibility in the area and noise levels will be elevated for the duration of the road reconstruction. Motorists are asked to avoid the construction area if possible.

Norris Whitney Bridge lane closure on November 12

The Ministry of Transporation is upgrading HPS to LED lighting at various locations across the region including the Norris Whitney structure.

The contractor will require a single lane closure of the northbound lane of the bridge to complete this work. The lane closure will occur between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am on Tuesday, November 12, with a backup date of Wednesday, November 13 in case of unforeseen circumstances. This work will be completed in a single night and no further closures will be required. 

Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge Rehabilitation

The Ministry of Transportation’s contractor, Aecon Construction, is rehabilitating the Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge on County Road 49. Learn more by visiting the project website.

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.

Road Surface Treatment Program 

The following roads will undergo surface treatment in 2019:

Single Surface Treatment

  • County Road 30
  • Jericho Road
  • May Road
  • Fish Lake Road (from Norton Road to County Road 5)
  • Glenora Estates Road
  • Ways Landing Road
  • Benham Place Road
  • Captains Drive
  • County Road 10 (from Milford to County Road 13)
  • Sheaba Drive
  • Chuckery Hill Road (from Loyalist Parkway to 0.7 km Easterly)

Double Surface Treatment

  • Fish Lake Road (from Water Road to Norton Road)
  • Norton Road (from Potter Road to Fish Lake Road)
  • County Road 8 (from Bongards Crossroad to Rose Crossroad)
  • Massassauga Road (from Sunrise Drive to the end)
  • Huffs Island Road (4 km from dead end to end)
  • County Road 7 (near civic address 3476)

Base Stabilization/Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer

  • Chuckery Hill Road (two sections)
  • County Road 5 (from County Road 6 to 2 km easterly)

Work will begin on Tuesday, July 30 and is expected to be completed by August 16.

Roads will remain open to traffic at all times; however, traffic delays can be expected. Heavy equipment may limit visibility in the area and noise levels will be elevated for the duration of the repair. After the surface treatment, the road will remain dusty for a couple of days as the treatment cures. During this time no water or calcium can be added to the surface.

Water Services Disruptions & Notifications

Watermain flushing and hydrant maintenance

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.