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

Black River Bridge rehabilitation

The municipality is rehabilitating the three-span, two-lane Black River Bridge on County Road 13.

A lane of traffic will be open at all times, with support from temporary traffic signals while workers are present. The traffic disruptions will occur beginning April 15 and continue until October 2020.

Work crews are removing deteriorating expansion joints, precast concrete beams and abutments. The work includes installation of three new precast beams, replacement of the bridge deck , curbs and barriers, including roadway approaches to the bridge. The project also includes installation of a steal beam guide rail and hot mix asphalt.

The municipality is continuing on with this critical infrastructure project as permitted under the Province of Ontario’s essential workplaces provision in response to COVID-19.

Highway 33 Construction Activities

The Ministry of Transportation is undertaking construction on Highway 33 from 1.1 km east of County Road 49 in Picton to the Glenora Ferry.

The work includes paving, storm sewer clean out, culvert rehabilitation/cleanout, and guide rail repair.

In order to complete this work, lane closures are required and will generally commence at various locations within the construction limits from a half hour after sunrise to a half hour before sunset, Monday to Thursday. Lane closures on Friday will be in place from a half hour after sunrise to noon, with the exception of the West Glenora Ferry Dock to Lake on the Mountain Road, where there will be no lane closures on Fridays.

This project is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, August 18 and is expected to be completed by October 2020.

County Road 3 rehabilitation

Traffic delays will occur on County Road 3 from 200m east of Rednersville to 900m west of Rednersville through October 2020.

Construction along this section of County Road 3, approximately 1,100m, will commence in May 2020 and be completed by October 31, 2020.

There are no planned road closures, but traffic delays are expected. One lane of traffic will be maintained during construction at all times. Construction activities will take place from 7 am until 6 pm from Monday to Friday.

The municipality has contracted Dekeyser Excavating to reconstruct the road and undertake drainage improvements. Improvements include cross-culvert replacements, curb and gutter and storm sewer through the Hamlet of Rednersville, and a storm outlet to the Bay of Quinte.

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.

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

Watermain flushing and hydrant maintenance

The County's annual spring program for watermain flushing and hydrant maintenance began on May 4, 2020.

Flushing takes place between the hours of 7 am and 6 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.

Customers are asked not to approach water operations staff in the field conducting hydrant flushing and to respect physical/social distancing provisions maintaining a minimum distance of 6.5 feet or 2 metres if passing by due to COVID-19. 

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.