City of Kitchener road reconstruction on Queen’s Blvd. around St. Mary’s General Hospital to start May 20

May 15th, 2014

The City of Kitchener and St. Mary’s General Hospital would like to inform residents in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area that road reconstruction on Queen’s Boulevard is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 20. All Hospital patient services, appointments, hours of operation, and parking services will operate as usual during this time.

“The City of Kitchener, IBI Consultants and Sierra Construction will be working diligently to ensure a successful completion of the project. These improvements are being done to upgrade the existing, deteriorated underground services and above-ground surface features, in order to prevent future system failure,” said Bryan Bishop, Design and Construction Project Manager with the City of Kitchener. “We will ensure visible, easy to read signage is displayed around the hospital property and neighbourhood to guide anyone going to St. Mary’s.”

The reconstruction will be divided into three stages over approximately seven months, and will encircle the entire St. Mary’s property once complete. Detours and changes to pedestrian, vehicle and public transportation access will be required at various stages for the City to complete the necessary work.

The first stage will take approximately four to five weeks, during which time there will be occasional restrictions and alternate routes for vehicles accessing the Main Entrance and Emergency Department driveway. Emergency service vehicles (Ambulance, Police, Fire) will have designated access points at St. Mary’s.

“We want anyone who may be coming to St. Mary’s to be assured that all hospital services will remain open and appointments will proceed as planned” said Roger Holliss, Director Engineering, Redevelopment, Parking, Security & Bio-Medical Services. “We are committed to ensuring safe, convenient, and reliable access for everyone coming and going to St. Mary’s property at all times over the course of the project.”

Pedestrians arriving at St. Mary’s will have access to safe and convenient sidewalks and crosswalks at all times. Access from the Visitor and Staff parking lots on Spadina Ave. will remain open at the Queen’s Blvd. and Patricia Ave. street lights. Those accessing the hospital by Grand River Transit bus can still take Route 25, although bus stops will be relocated to nearby locations that will maintain access to the Hospital. Anyone travelling to Charles Street Transit Terminal will continue to use their regular stop locations on Queen’s Blvd.

The following is important information about accessing St. Mary’s by vehicle during the first stage of construction. Timelines are approximate, based on City and contractor estimations and weather dependent.

Emergency Department and Main Hospital vehicle access during Stage 1

Stage 1A (approximately May 20 – May 28)

  • Emergency Department patient drop off and pick up will continue to be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via an alternate route by vehicles entering the Main Hospital and Emergency Department driveway through what is usually the exit. This route will be monitored by security with directional signage.
  • Non-Emergency traffic will be temporarily redirected to enter an alternate location on the hospital property which is just ahead of the Emergency Department entrance. Access to this location will be open during the same hours as St. Mary’s Main Hospital entrance which is from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
  • The temporary Emergency Department vehicle entrance will remain open after hours from 9:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. for pick up and drop off and deliveries.

Stage 1B (approximately May 29 – June 2)

  • Emergency Department and Main Hospital entrance will be in full operation, accessible by hospital traffic only.
  • Queen’s Blvd. will not be accessible from Patricia Ave. during this time, detours will be provided.

There will be various temporary solutions, signage and resources put in place to accommodate patients during this period, such as temporary designated wait areas, and additional security personnel, staff and volunteers to help direct anyone arriving at St. Mary’s. Visitors and patients who are able to plan their trip to St. Mary’s in advance are encouraged to allow themselves a little extra time. Everyone arriving at St. Mary’s should pay close attention to signs and follow detours accordingly.

Important information for St. Mary’s patients and visitors about getting to the hospital is available on St. Mary’s website at www.smgh.ca. This will be updated as required as the construction progresses.

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Media contacts:

City of Kitchener:

Christine Dainard

Communications Specialist,

Corporate Communications and Marketing

City of Kitchener

519-741-2200 ext.7816 christine.dainard@kitchener.ca

 

St. Mary’s General Hospital:

Angela Volpe

Manager, Communications

St. Mary’s General Hospital

Office: 519-749-6412

Mobile: 226-339-9147

Email: avolpe@smgh.ca