Connecting Kingston over the Cataraqui River
Navigation Channel Work Activity (May 15)
- The City of Kingston made a request to the Canadian Federal Government for an extension of the closure of the navigation channel to continue work activity of installing a temporary trestle bridge above the navigation channel. The Federal Government granted an extension until June 1, 2020.
- For information on where the navigation channel is and the work activity, please see the attached map and drawing for illustration.
- A temporary detour channel is currently marked in the Cataraqui River which is located west of the navigation channel. The detour channel’s width and depth meet the navigation requirements, so little to no impact to any boaters using the temporary detour for navigation is expected.
- The Kingston Mills Locks 49 is closed until June 1, 2020.
During boating season in-water work will continue on the Third Crossing within the project site boundaries. Signs stating "Construction Ahead" have been placed on LaSalle Causeway and on Parks Canada Lock 46 to inform boaters of the in-water construction work on the Cataraqui River due to building the Third Crossing. The City has also notified Parks Canada, Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Centre, LaSalle Causeway and Lock 49 of the ongoing in-water construction work. Every boater should read and be familiar with the Cataraqui River canals regulation.
Important dates for boaters
- Parks Canada has stated that the Rideau Canal will not open until June 1, which means Kingston Mills locks will be closed until June 1st at the earliest
- LaSalle Causeway will be delayed until May 12 as stated by Public Services and Procurement Canada
Extended Work hours
Extended work hours allow our team to be as efficient as possible while the bridge progresses. It has been in our plans to work extended hours wherever possible and has been discussed at near neighbour meetings, open houses and in previous communications. Starting in May, crews will be working extended work hours, Monday to Saturday. Some of the work activities that require extended work hours include:
- Installing the temporary trestle bridge
- Material offloading onsite
May work activity
Work continues on the west and east shores in building two major activities – a temporary rock causeway and a temporary trestle bridge. This work has been on-going for a few months and has seen a lot of progress. For a visual understanding of the work, watch our latest drone video.
Other work activity happening throughout May includes:
- Continuing to install eco-passages. We will be putting in the fourth eco-passage along the temporary rock causeway which allows aquatic animals to pass through the in-water construction. Five eco-passages will be installed at specific locations along the temporary rock causeway.
- Progressing work on the temporary trestle bridge
- Continued work on the west abutment, which is building the base of the bridge where it meets the west shore.
- Further mobilization of equipment & materials such as drills and cranes.
May 1 update: COVID-19
The City has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and the recommendations from our federal, provincial and local public health agencies. The safety and well-being of our public, City staff and every one the City works with is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the information released by public health partners and will continue to work with the contractors for all of our construction projects to adjust as appropriate. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and are ready to implement further initiatives when required.
To safeguard the public, City staff and all contract and subcontract employees, the Third Crossing project team has made some work adjustments to allow people to work from home where possible and to have physical distancing of at least two metres in our workplace and our work sites. As well a project-specific COVID-19 Response and Prevention Plan has been created and is regularly updated.
Some further work adjustments have been made and are listed below. Read our latest e-newsletter for more information
- Increased hand washing and sanitization protocols;
- Limiting inter personnel interactions on site;
- Non-essential deliveries are postponed;
- Meetings are held by teleconference or video conference;
- Any required on site meetings are held outdoors with personal separation;
- Modified work schedules to limit unnecessary personnel interactions.
New aerial footage showcases in-water work progress
In-water work started in December 2019 building a temporary rock causeway and a temporary trestle bridge, see the successes the project has made in about four months