2018 Princess Street Reconstrucion

The fourth phase of the downtown reconstruction project began in early January 2018 and is expected to last until December 2018. The streets within the construction zone are:

  • Princess St. from Clergy to Division
  • Division St. from Brock to Princess
  • Division St. from Princess to Colborne
  • Barrie St. from Princess to Queen

All businesses remain open to serve you during construction! Please find listings for downtown businesses under Shop and Dine sections of our website.


What is the Big Dig?

The Big Dig is a reconstruction project that replaces the aging infrastructure under the downtown streets and adds new surface treatments on top. It has in fact been happening under the auspices of the Downtown Kingston Action Plan since 2005. The Big Dig was branded in 2010 when the construction moved to Princess St. and 2018 marks Phase 4 of the work on Princess St. The work is being done in a controlled, planned and deliberate way with a lot of input from downtown businesses in order to minimize the impact of the project as much as possible.

What streets will be a part of this project?

Princess St. from Clergy through Division St. intersection, Barrie St. from Brock to Queen, Division St. from Brock to Colborne.

What kind of work is involved?

There will be total reconstruction of the majority of the underground infrastructure (sewer, water, gas, electrical) and the replacement of all surface treatments (new roadway, sidewalks, curbs, planters, trees, streetlights, benches, garbage/recycling cans, bike racks etc.) in the construction zone.

What is the timeline for the project?

Construction began in early January 2018 and is expected to last until December 2018. The contract states that Princess St. opens to vehicular traffic by July 1, 2018. However, work continues with finishing touches on Princess and full reconstruction on the side streets after July 1.

Will businesses in the reconstruction area remain open?

Absolutely! Businesses will remain open and accessible and eager to serve you during the project!

Businesses are open – but how do I get to them?

Navigating your way around couldn’t be easier. Just look for friendly greeters once you enter the construction zone. These people are located at key points to assist you with getting to exactly where you want to go. The zone itself is well marked with signage and arrows pointing your way to your favourite shops and restaurants.

How will the reconstruction affect traffic downtown?

At various times during the reconstruction project, detours will be established for vehicular traffic. Please check for information about detours.

Will I still be able to park on the street downtown?

Except for the immediate reconstruction zone, all on-street parking downtown will be open as usual. And, don’t forget that there are plenty of parking spaces in surface lots and parking garages near the construction zone.

Is Big Dig 4 the last of the reconstruction projects?

While Princess St. will have been reconstructed from the waterfront to Division St. after Big Dig 4, unfortunately, there are more streets that will require reconstruction in the downtown area. We can expect reconstruction work to continue up Princess St. into mid-town in the coming years, as well as reconstruction of Queen St. and Ontario St. However, we can expect that there will be no major construction in the Downtown Kingston! BIA area (Division St. to the Waterfront) for a couple years.