Highway 15 Renaming

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View the Engagement Summary from the February 2019 Open House.

Staff have been directed by council to undertake public consultation and review associated costs with the renaming of the city-owned portion of Highway 15.

The public consultation will consider a name for the stretch of Highway 15 between Highway 401 and Highway 2. City staff will report back to council on the feedback received and recommend options for renaming the road, including associated costs and other implications.

The following road names have been proposed for consideration by the public. These names have been pre-approved by Kingston Fire & Rescue and comply with the road naming provisions of the City’s Civic Addressing and Road Naming Bylaw. Some of the names have a historic link to the surrounding area.

Proposed names

  • Furnace Falls Road
  • Emerson Road
  • Kingston Road 15

Residents will also be invited to offer additional eligible names for consideration. Names should comply with the road naming provisions of the City’s Civic Addressing and Road Naming Bylaw.

If a new road name is approved by council, land owners along the affected roadway will be notified of the name change by registered mail. Service providers will also be given notice of the name change to lessen the potential hardship to land owners. City staff will look at changes to road names and related infrastructure in tandem with other on-going projects, such as the Highway 15 Environmental Assessment and Highway 15 Design Guidelines.


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View the Engagement Summary from the February 2019 Open House.

Staff have been directed by council to undertake public consultation and review associated costs with the renaming of the city-owned portion of Highway 15.

The public consultation will consider a name for the stretch of Highway 15 between Highway 401 and Highway 2. City staff will report back to council on the feedback received and recommend options for renaming the road, including associated costs and other implications.

The following road names have been proposed for consideration by the public. These names have been pre-approved by Kingston Fire & Rescue and comply with the road naming provisions of the City’s Civic Addressing and Road Naming Bylaw. Some of the names have a historic link to the surrounding area.

Proposed names

  • Furnace Falls Road
  • Emerson Road
  • Kingston Road 15

Residents will also be invited to offer additional eligible names for consideration. Names should comply with the road naming provisions of the City’s Civic Addressing and Road Naming Bylaw.

If a new road name is approved by council, land owners along the affected roadway will be notified of the name change by registered mail. Service providers will also be given notice of the name change to lessen the potential hardship to land owners. City staff will look at changes to road names and related infrastructure in tandem with other on-going projects, such as the Highway 15 Environmental Assessment and Highway 15 Design Guidelines.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Have a question about the remaining of the city-owned portion of Highway 15? Submit it using the box below.

Note: suggested names can be submitted under the "Ideas" tab.

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    Can we not do this? Is there an actual requirement for it? How much will it cost? Why not add that money to the repair fund for Queen Street, if one even exists?

    Myles asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! The decision to investigate renaming the City-owned portion of Highway 15 comes from a motion passed by City Council on September 18, 2018.  At the direction of City Council, staff will be conducting a public consultation process to consider a name change for the City-owned portion of Highway 15, being that which exists between Provincial Highway 401 and Highway 2.  The renaming of the city-owned portion of the road will reflect municipal jurisdiction.

    Part of this consultation includes investigating possible costs for both the City and residents. Potential costs for the City will likely include signage replacement and other published / constructed naming materials (e.g., road signs, plaques, City documents, etc.).

    If a new name is approved by Council, the City would notify applicable service providers (e.g. Canada Post, Bell Canada, emergency services, etc.) to lessen the potential inconvenience to land owners.  It would be the responsibility of residents to update their health card, vehicle permit and drivers license, however our research provides that there is no fee that would be applied.  Residents will also need to advise other companies and banks so that they are aware of the civic address change.  Staff are in the process of reviewing other potential costs.

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    Do we get to vote on suggested names? My preference is Kingston Road 15. Giving our segment of the former Hwy 15 a different name would engender unnecessary confusion on the part of drivers who aren't familiar with the area.

    Ron Hartling asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! As part of the City’s public consultation process, residents will be invited to provide new road names for consideration. New road names must comply with the road naming provisions of the Civic Addressing and Road Naming By-law.  We encourage interested residents to attend this public open house on Monday February 4, 2019 at the Fire Hall located at 211 Gore Road to provide feedback on the proposed renaming.

    From Feb. 4 – Feb. 18, polling will be conducted online on the Get Involved page. The results of the poll will be used to inform Council’s decision-making.

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    Although council has agreed to rename this portion of road, are they bound by this?

    knakatsu asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! No. As per the Sept. 28 2018 minutes, council has voted to conduct consultation as a means of exploring associated costs with renaming the municipal-owned portion of Highway 15. The results of this consultation will be presented to Planning Committee and subsequently City Council as a report, at which point it will be open to discussion by members of council.  Any name change will need to be determined by a council vote. The conclusion of this work could result in the road name remaining unchanged.

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    Please advise the significance of Furnace Falls and Emerson, which to me at moment mean nothing to me even after living in Grenadier for 30 years and Pittsburgh District for 46 years. Perhaps knowing the relationship would make them more meaningful. Thank you. Jacki

    me asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! Furnace Falls Road was selected as a candidate name due to its historical significance in the Barriefield area. The earliest reference to a name for the road north of Barriefield is contained in the 1807 survey diary of Reuben Sherwood (1799-1884) where he notes the “Furnace Road“ which led from the Montreal Road near Kingston Mills to the ironworks at “Furnace Falls”, now Lyndhurst.

    Emerson Rd was drawn from the City’s Road Name Reserve List. This list contains names that have been submitted by the public and selected by the City for a range of reasons. All names on the Road Name Reserve List have been pre-approved by local emergency service providers for use in the naming of new streets or the renaming of existing streets.


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    Was consideration made of historic names other than those associated with male settlers? Perhaps a woman or indigenous name, or an acknowledgement of the military may be suitable. Valour Road comes to mind for the latter. I’m curious of the method by which the three proposed names were selected. Thank you.

    Tanya Grodzinski asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! Candidate names were sourced from the City’s Road Name Reserve List, which is a maintained list of names that have been submitted by the public for a range of reasons. Specifically, Furnace Falls Road was selected due to its historical significance in the Barriefield area.

    Residents are encouraged to submit their own candidate names, and can do so by clicking on the "Ideas" tab. 

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    Why can’t the name incorporate something to do with the former Pittsburgh Township or the Base?

    Peter Clarke asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback! Residents are welcome to post name suggestions for Highway 15 under the “Ideas” tab.

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    Why not just Kingston Road? Drop the 15!

    mira asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your suggestion! We’ve recorded Kingston Rd. as a potential candidate name. Please note that you can also post your name suggestion under the “Ideas” tab , where visitors can vote on it. 

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    Is the City of Kingston interested in naming this road after an individual residing in the community who is dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion efforts within Kingston? This is an opportunity to show the broader community and Ontario that our city cares about D&I.

    Tsauce99 asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment! If you have a potential candidate name that speaks to diversity and inclusion in the community, it can be posted under the “Ideas” tab on the Get Involved page. Please note that candidate names must comply with the City’s Civic Addressing and Road Naming By-law.

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    I had to log in again. Hope you don't receive this twice. There is a Furnace Falls in Kawartha Lakes. That name would likely be inappropriate for Kingston. We like Kingston 15.

    PaulR asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your input! We have noted you preference of Kingston 15 as a potential name. Members of the public will have an opportunity to vote on candidate names at the open house on Feb. 4 and online from Feb. 4 to Feb. 18.

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    Is there a critical need in the re-naming? Why not spend public money for more important matters?

    Denis asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! The Sept. 18, 2018 council motion emerged as part of the discussion regarding the Highway 15 Design Guidelines (part of the larger Highway 15 Class EA). This motion calls for an initial investigation and public consultation and includes researching potential costs. The results of this consultation will be presented to Planning Committee and subsequently Council for discussion. Any name change will need to be confirmed by a council vote. The conclusion of this consultation could result in the road name remaining unchanged.