Big Dig update for Thursday, March 17 | Kingston Grand Theatre

Big Dig update for Thursday, March 17

Mar 17th, 2016 - 8:11PM /
Julie Fossitt
jfossitt [at]

The latest Big Dig update:

  • Excavation of main sewer and water lines has been completed in the intersection of Montreal and Princess Streets. Crews are now beginning excavation on Princess between Montreal and Sydenham. The intersection of Montreal and Princess will remain closed to vehicular traffic until mid-May as electrical and surface work is completed.
  • Work crews will be off on Good Friday (Mar. 25), but will be working on Easter Monday (Mar. 28)

Don't forget about the Princess St. parking and street bench survey!

Business owners, property owners, employees and customers of downtown businesses are encouraged to fill out two surveys related to the placement of benches and the final on-street parking configuration.  The City is seeking input on the proposed locations for accessible parking, commercial loading zones, 5-minute parking zones, and street benches. The placement of amenities in the reconstruction area is guided by the Downtown Action Plan and standards set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Design of Public Spaces Standards.

Offer your input by Thursday, March 31 to let us know where on-street parking and benches should go on the newly constructed portions of Princess Street and its side streets – Montreal, Clergy and Sydenham.  A link to the survey is provided here:

Coming to the Grand? Download our map here!

The Princess Street Reconstuction
As part of the City of Kingston's Downtown Action Plan, the third phase of the Princess Street reconstruction is now underway. Businesses are open and accessible during construction, including the Grand Theatre. Portions of Montreal, Sydenham and Clergy streets will also be reconstructed as part of this project. Princess St. will be initially be closed from Bagot to Montreal.  Work will continue moving up the street toward Clergy. Princess Street is scheduled to reopen to vehicles on July 1.

Getting here
We recommend using the Chown Memorial Parking Garage or the Upper Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Lot to park your vehicle. Street parking is also available and is free after 5:30pm and on Sundays. Click here for a map of municipal parking lots. Please consider taking Kingston Transit, as there are multiple bus routes that drop off within blocks of the Grand Theatre. Plan your trip at

Princess St. access
The Grand Theatre is accessible via Opera Lane Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and 2 hours prior to the start of a performance. Feel free to use the Whig walk that connects Opera Lane to Princess St. anytime. Our friends at Megalos will be open most evenings for access to Princess St. and Gap Kingston will be open Sundays from noon until 5pm to offer access.

The Grand Theatre is accessible through Opera Lane. If you are concerned about accessible drop offs or getting to the ramp through Opera Lane, feel free to contact us and our staff will be pleased to assist you.

Find out more about the Princess St. construction project, also know as the Big Dig, at

Please contact us:

 Thank you for you patience.