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Connected to Your Community 25 YEARS Kingston Village Restaurant Tuesday - Friday 3 COURSE DINNER 21 $ 95 Total Distribution 474,000 Tuesday - Friday LUNCH SPECIAL (11:30am - 2:30pm) 995 $ 613-384-2021 2762 PRINCESS ST. KINGSTON Serving City of Kingston and Loyalist Township Thursday, August 15, 2013 First half of JCB expansion completed, but costlier widening work still down the road Inside LIFESTYLE Kingston by Canoe Pg. 4 Reporter NEWS Pop Art Series Pg. 25 NEWS Unique Birthday Wish Pg. 34 Princess Street Promenade EMC Events - Crowds thronged to the Princess Street Promenade Aug. 3, taking advantage of the many sidewalk sales and entertainment available up and down Princess Street, which was blocked off for the occasion. (Above) Four year-old Madison Brazeau tries her hand at the rock wall. Photo/John Harman Bob’s butcher shop Sweet Curry Chicken Thigh-k-Bobs 2 99 $ /LB 6.59/KG is just a fraction of what’s needed to complete the overall widening work on the busy EMC News – After two east-west corridor. The more years of dust, delays and de- expensive phases, estimated tours, the first construction at $60 million, will see Counphases to widen John Counter ter Blvd. widened to four lanes to the VIA train station, Boulevard are finally done. The traffic pylons were along with a bridge over the removed during an official main CN train tracks. City officials have not yet opening ceremony in early August to give motorists four revealed a timeline to comtravel lanes plus a centre turn- plete the final phases of the ing lane and dedicated cy- project, although they insist cling lanes between Division Kingston is prepared to fiStreet to just west of Sir John nance the work on its own if senior governments won’t A. Macdonald Boulevard. “The expansion of John provide additional funding. Counter Boulevard (JCB) is Kingston has sought provina major local infrastructure cial and federal government priority in Kingston,” said grants - one third from each level - for the past decade to Mayor Mark Gerretsen. The mayor was joined at complete the JCB expansion the ceremony by Conserva- without much success. The federal gas tax fund tive MP Gord Brown, who noted the federal gas tax fund would be available to the city contributed money for the in any case to spend on infrastructure work it chooses. widening project. Mayor Gerretsen says “Our government’s infrastructure investments through completing the widening and the Gas Tax Fund will con- bridge work remains his top tinue to generate economic priority. “I want to get that growth and job creation done from an infrastructure here in Kingston and across point of view – the overpass Canada for years to come,” and the widening of the rest of said the Leeds-Grenville Counter (JCB), and then start MP, standing in for federal to look at how do we build a infrastructure minister Denis bridge to the east end.” John Counter Boulevard is Lebel. The government con- over-capacity for traffic in its tributed one million dollars remaining two-lane stretch. towards the $17.4 million An estimated 4,000 vehicles project through the gas tax currently use JCB during a fund. The city used its own peak hour in the afternoon infrastructure fund and de- - a figure expected to rise to velopment charges to pay the more than 6,300 vehicles an 2 YEAR balance of the project. WARRANTY hour by 2029, according to But the JCB construction earlier transportation studies. By Bill Hutchins Canadian Veal Chops 7 99 $ /LB 17.60/KG Ontario Pork Souvlaki 499 $ $5,399 OR $146/mo /LB 11.00/KG 730 FRONT RD. @ DAYS RD. • 613-634-1BOB(1262) • OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! 0 DOWN TAXES INCLUDED O.A.C. 450


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