Connecting Kingston over the Cataraqui River
30-day public engagement for environmental considerations - Detailed Impact Assessment
The Third Crossing project team has started the 30-day public consultation for the federal environmental assessment of the project, also known as the Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA). We have posted the document online for public review for 30 days starting today, September 13 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca.
As part of the 30-day engagement the project team will also be hosting two open houses – one on the east and one on the west shore of the Cataraqui River. The open houses are both drop-in from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The details are:
- Sept. 25 at LaSalle Secondary School at 773 Highway 15 - drop-in from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m..
- Sept. 26 at L.C.V.I at 153 Van Order Dr. - drop-in from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
Required for complex projects, the DIA is the most intensive form of review required by Parks Canada's regulatory process. This comprehensive analysis shows the environmental considerations, impacts and proposed mitigation strategies for the project. After consultation on the DIA, the City will compile the questions and comments received into a report, which will be submitted along with the DIA for Parks Canada's review. Residents will be able to see the public consultation review on the project website as well as the City's Get Involved site.
The Detailed Impact Assessment report is available in alternate formats upon email request to email@example.com.
More detail on environmental work associated with the Third Crossing, including the 2013 Environmental Assessment, is available at ThirdCrossing.CityofKingston.ca/Engagement/Environmental-Work
Installation of Turtle Fence and Turbidity Curtain: Public Notice
The City of Kingston hereby gives notice that a submission has been added to the Common Project Search, Navigation Protection Program, pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act described herein and its description. Pursuant to paragraph 4(1) and 9(1) of the said Act, The City of Kingston has deposited with the Minister of Transport, The City of Kingston on the on-line Common Project Search (http://cps.canada.c a/) and under registry number 53, a description of the following work: Installation of a turbidity curtain and turtle fencing in the Great Cataraqui River from west shore (John Counter Blvd) to the east shore (Gore Road) in Kingston, Ontario. The navigation channel will remain open with a clearance of 75 metres on either side of the navigation channel in the Cataraqui River.
Closure of Gore Rd. and Point St. Mark Drive starting August 6
Point St. Mark Dr. is anticipated to be closed for vehicle traffic starting August 6 and will remain closed for the duration of construction for the Third Crossing. Traffic signs will be installed at the corner of Gore Rd. and Hwy 15 and another sign will be installed at the corner of Point St. Mark Drive. Pedestrian access to the library and dog park, will remain open throughout construction. The sidewalk on the southeast side of Gore Rd. will also remain open and accessible throughout construction.
We appreciate your patience as construction activities continue for the Third Crossing on both the east and west approaches. As work continues we want to ensure we have good communications with near neighbours. If at any time you would like to speak with member of the project team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a team member will be in touch.
Tree management for Third Crossing
To determine the potential for adverse effects to Species at Risk and their habitat; the study area has been extensively investigated. Removal of some vegetation will be required during the construction of the project. To accommodate this vegetation and tree removal many measures have and will continue to be undertaken: surveys will be done in advance of excavation activities to assess for any sensitive vegetation and tree species, which if identified, will then be avoided or relocated to other suitable locations, as feasible and appropriate; the removal of shoreline vegetation will be minimized to the extent possible; the landscape improvement works will be seen as an opportunity for a degree of ecological restoration on the west side lands and ecological compensation on the east side lands; a Natural Heritage Protection and Enhancement Plan will be prepared and include detailed design measures related to wetland restoration, aquatic habitat enhancements as well as stabilizing and rehabilitating the shoreline shallows.
The tree management plan considers the use of cut trees by offering them to Indigenous nations as well as working with the past president of the Ontario Woodland Association to provide them with a limited number of trees. We have offered trees to several Indigenous nations and participated with one Indigenous nation who expressed interest in some trees. As part of the tree management plan, the project team has been able to reduce the impact area and number of trees to be removed to accommodate construction activity. Also as part of the tree restoration plan for every healthy tree taken down at least one, if not more, trees will be planted as compensation.
With respect to permits for this work, we have already received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF). Our environmental work with Parks Canada on the Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA) is related to in-water work associated with the bridge
Tree removal on the east approach
In August the Third Crossing project team offered to meet with east side residents and about 15 residents went on a guided walk to inform residents about tree removal on the east approach, the tree management plan, wildlife management, the development of our tree restoration plan and to provide a better understanding of the connectivity and paths on the east side.
West side noise fence installation
Anticipated to start August 6, project staff will be onsite installing the west side noise fence. Crews will be onsite installing the wooden noise fence for approximately five. The temporary fencing that is currently onsite will be removed as the new noise fence is installed.A notification was sent out to residents who joined the west side email list. If you are intersted in joining the west or east side email list, please email the project team.
Upcoming engagement on environmental considerations
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
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.
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.
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.
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.