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 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 is ongoing.

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:

  • All lanes have reopened on County Road 22.
  • The temporary traffic lights on County Road 22 have been removed.
  • There is ongoing construction work along County Road 22 and Old Church Street that may result in occasional traffic disruptions.

Seasonal Sidewalk Closures

Council has passed a by-law designating specific sidewalks that will not be maintained during the winter. The seasonal closures are in effect between November 1 and April 15.

Click here to view a complete list of seasonal sidewalk closures

Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge Rehabilitation

Project Background

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.

2020 Construction Season Update

  • Temporary single lane closures during the day (from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset) will be in place from March 2 to March 18, 2020, weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled by automated flaggers. Motorists can expect 5-10 minute delays due to temporary closures.
  • Starting on March 19, 2020, weather permitting, the next segment of the bridge undergoing rehabilitation will be reduced to a single lane for the remainder of the 2020 construction season. Work is scheduled to be completed in late December 2020.
  • 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. Notifications will be issued two weeks in advance of any planned full closures.

Water Services Disruptions & Notifications

NOTICE: Emergency follow-up to maintenance at Ameliasburgh Water Treatment Plant

The Water and Wastewater department will be conducting additional emergency work following the planned maintenance at the Ameliasburgh Water Treatment Plant.

Work will take place during the early morning hours of Thursday, March 19.

• Emergency follow-up work in the water treatment plant will take place between 2 am and 3 am on Thursday, March 19.

• Emergency work is in follow-up to planned preventative maintenance activities that were conducted overnight on March 17, 2020.

• Maintenance is not expected to impact water quality; however, residences connected to the Ameliasburgh Drinking Water System may experience a complete loss of water service throughout the duration of the work and coloured water may be experienced once water service is restored.

• Customers may wish to prepare for the service disruption by bottling and storing tap water for drinking and food preparation, and storing some water in a bathtub or large vessel for sanitary disposal and cleaning purposes. A pitcher of water can be poured into the toilet tank to allow for sanitary disposal.

• If coloured water is experienced once water service is restored, customers are encouraged to flush their water lines at the cold water tap nearest to the water meter once maintenance is complete.

• For more information, contact the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148 extension 1023, 613.962.9108 extension 1023, or info@pecounty.on.ca.

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.

All roads with the exception of County Road 49 and Highway 33 are under reduced load restrictions as of February 21, 2020.