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 1, 2019.
  • Daily lane closures will take place on Church Street between Union Street and Old Church Street (north). Temporary traffic control and lights will be in place along County Road 22 and Church Street.
  • Old Church Street is closed (local traffic only) until Friday, October 4. 

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.

Glenora Ferry to resume 30 minute/1 ferry service September 16

The Glenora Ferry will returned to 30 minute/1 ferry service on Monday, September 16.

The early resumption of 30 minute/1 ferry service is required to accommodate the Wolfe Islander III moving into dry-dock for a mandatory inspection this fall.

With the Wolfe Islander III in dry-dock, the Frontenac II (Amherst Island) will move to Wolfe Island. The MV Quinte Loyalist will move to Amherst Island to replace the Frontenac II.

MTO apologizes for any inconvenience and encourages travellers to plan ahead. Follow the Glenora Ferry service on Twitter for further updates.

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.

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

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.