Connecting Kingston over the Cataraqui River
Upcoming engagement on environmental considerations
This summer the project team will be hosting two open houses to discuss our work with Parks Canada and to showcase the evolution of the design and construction methods. The team recently hosted two near neighbour meetings providing information on the construction methods. Those presentations can be viewed on our website and at this link.
Summary of what we heard and how the project team responded to questions and comments at the latest near neighbour meetings.
June 25 east side near-neighbour meeting summary: Overview of what we heard and how the project team responded
June 26 west side near-neighbour meeting summary: Overview of what we heard and how the project team responded
Read updates on communication and engagement for June
Presentations available now for near neighbour meetings held on June 25 and 26
Thank you to everyone who attended the near neighbour meetings on the east and west shores. For anyone who missed the meetings the presentations are available online now. We will also be providing a summary of what we heard and what was discussed at these meetings shortly.
Skyline Apartment driveway relocation - work to begin the week of July 22
As part of our early works for the Third Crossing, the project team is relocating the driveway into Skyline Apartments off of John Counter Boulevard. The driveway will be relocated with an anticipated start date of July 22. The Third Crossing project team is in close contact with the building managers of Skyline Apartments and will be updating them as we progress through this work. Crews will be onsite through all stages ensuring all activity on site is safe. More information is provided on the notification.
Onsite early work continues into June and summer
Early work continues in preparation for in-water construction. Project crews will be onsite for utility work, grading (adjusting the slope of the area prior to construction) and further preparing both the east and west shores for work activity. Expect to see construction equipment on site, including tractors, diggers, site graders, site trailers. This early work is anticipated to occur over the next few months.
Protective turtle fencing has been installed - June 12
Protecting wildlife and their habitat is a key part of conserving Kingston's biodiversity and the team is working hard to protect the ecosystem within the Project Area. Experts have and will continue to conduct surveys of plants and wildlife around the Project. To protect against adverse effects to Blanding's Turtles, Snapping Turtles, Painted Turtles, Northern Map Turtles and other native turtles who may use or be in the Project Area, turtle exclusion fencing has been installed to prevent turtles from nesting. Throughout the Project, continuous visual surveys will be done by onsite personnel to ensure the fencing is effective, and turtles are protected from construction activities and equipment on the shorelines. If turtles are encountered within the construction area, trained environmental professionals will be onsite, to assess and rectify the situation minimizing harm to the local wildlife. All efforts are being made to ensure activities will be timed to occur outside of the sensitive overwintering and nest season. The team is committed to being good environmental stewards during the pre-construction and construction of the Project, including implementing a series of plans and procedures to ensure the proposed activities are reflective of the City's responsibility to protect and preserve lands and waters within the Project Area.
Utility work on west side along John Counter Blvd
Notices were hand delivered to houses west of Ascot Lane that crews will be onsite starting June 3 to conduct some utility work. In an effort to prepare for the installation of the west side noise wall along JCB property line, the project team will need to conduct some utility work on private property. The project team will need to enter properties west of Ascot Lane after June 2 for a few weeks.
Four bat houses have been installed on the east shore
Listen to fish and wildlife biologist Caleb Coughlin talk about bat houses installing in Kingston on CBC Ontario morning. LISTEN NOW
As part of our work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, four bat houses were installed on April 30 on the east shore. The mix of standard and nursery bat houses were installed in the north side of the meadow on the Pittsburgh Library property. Another 18 bat houses are also planned to offset the removal of the 35 snag trees within the east approach. The location of these houses will be developed as part of the landscaping plans for the bridge and may also include other locations in Kingston. The bat houses are planned on a replacement ratio of 10 bat houses per hectare of impacted woodlands. Read more about the bat houses on our recent newsletter. Join our newsletter to get updates about the project.
Near neighbour meetings on noise wall
The project team held two ‘street meetings' with smaller groups of residents at the Pittsburgh Library to provide information on the noise wall along Gore Road and Point St. Mark. More information on the final options for the noise wall will be available in the coming months, and the team hopes to have the walls built in the fall in advance of active construction on the east shore.
Outreach with community organizations
The team continues to engage and respond to questions from residents and community groups as the project moves into construction. The team recently connected with the Kingston Field Naturalists to provide information on trees, bats and environmental considerations of the bridge.