A convoy of trucks is expected to arrive in Kingston, Ontario. this afternoon
Kingston police will temporarily close roads in the west this afternoon as the ‘freedom convoy’ arrives in the city en route to Ottawa to protest COVID-19 vaccination mandates and other policies governmental.
Starting at 5 p.m., police will begin erecting barricades and closing Gardiners Road to Cataraqui Woods Drive to the south and Route 38 to McIvor Road to the north.
“While not condoning or condoning the convoy, Kingston Police are working with the Ontario Provincial Police, Kingston Fire & Rescue, Frontenac Paramedic Services and various City of Kingston departments to reduce any impact on the Kingston community and surrounding areas,” Kingston police said in a statement Wednesday.
According to the Unity Canada website, the convoy will depart from Vaughan, Ontario. at 12 p.m. and arriving in Kingston at 5 p.m. Thursday. The convoy will travel along the highway. 401, stopping in Port Hope, Ontario. at 2 p.m. before heading to Kingston.
Police are asking motorists to avoid Gardiners Road from other access points such as Creekford Road, Centennial Drive, Midland Avenue and Fortune Crescent.
During road closures, Kingston Transit will not be providing service to the INVISTA center and diversions will be in place.
“The convoy will be directed to parking lots east of Gardiners Rd and/or roads that may include Centennial Drive, Fortune Crescent, Venture Drive and Resource Road,” police said.
“Motorists are urged to avoid these areas. Every effort will be made to ensure that access to private businesses along these roads remains open.”
Motorists are also asked to avoid Gardiners Road and Highway 38 Friday morning as the convoy leaves Kingston.
The convoy of truckers and supporters protesting vaccination mandates and other public health restrictions are expected to arrive on Parliament Hill on Saturday. The movement has gained momentum across the country, with videos showing rallies on the freeway in support of truckers.
The Unity Canada website says convoys will leave Kingston Friday and Saturday for Ottawa.
With files from Michael Woods of CTV News Ottawa.