Abbey Dawn Road, Highway 2 and St. Lawrence Avenue flood protection measures

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Illustration of project area shows Madoma Marsh, Treasure Island Marina and related roadways


The City of Kingston is beginning a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to provide enhanced flood protection along Abbey Dawn Road, Highway 2 and St. Lawrence Avenue. The City has hired BT Engineering Inc. (BTE) to undertake design as a Schedule B project through the MCEA process, which is a planning process for municipal infrastructure legislated by the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The MCEA Study will determine the design and staging for the enhanced flood protection measures and consider their effects on the natural, social and cultural environments.

Abbey Dawn Road, Highway 2 and St. Lawrence Avenue have been significantly impacted by changing water levels in the St. Lawrence River and the Madoma Marsh, including overtopping by high water and wind events. Flood protection measures for each roadway will include some combination of raising the road elevation, installing new or larger culverts, and shoreline upgrades. Lookout features from the City’s approved Waterfront Master Plan on St. Lawrence Avenue and Abbey Dawn Road are also included in the scope of work for this project.

This City of Kingston project is sponsored in part by the Government of Canada with an investment of over $9.8 million for City-wide shoreline upgrades through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund program.


Illustration of project area shows Madoma Marsh, Treasure Island Marina and related roadways


The City of Kingston is beginning a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to provide enhanced flood protection along Abbey Dawn Road, Highway 2 and St. Lawrence Avenue. The City has hired BT Engineering Inc. (BTE) to undertake design as a Schedule B project through the MCEA process, which is a planning process for municipal infrastructure legislated by the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The MCEA Study will determine the design and staging for the enhanced flood protection measures and consider their effects on the natural, social and cultural environments.

Abbey Dawn Road, Highway 2 and St. Lawrence Avenue have been significantly impacted by changing water levels in the St. Lawrence River and the Madoma Marsh, including overtopping by high water and wind events. Flood protection measures for each roadway will include some combination of raising the road elevation, installing new or larger culverts, and shoreline upgrades. Lookout features from the City’s approved Waterfront Master Plan on St. Lawrence Avenue and Abbey Dawn Road are also included in the scope of work for this project.

This City of Kingston project is sponsored in part by the Government of Canada with an investment of over $9.8 million for City-wide shoreline upgrades through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund program.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Kingston is receiving comments on the preliminary design concepts for the enhanced flood protection along Abbey Dawn Road, Highway 2 and St. Lawrence Avenue and the Waterfront Master Plan features. Comments received will be included the Environmental Study Summary Report which will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. 

    Comments close Sept. 15 at 4 p.m.  

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