Connecting Kingston over the Cataraqui River
Third Crossing: east side walk to inform about tree management
Members of the Third Crossing project team are offering east side residents an opportunity to go on a walk to learn more about the tree management plan this Thursday, August 15. During the walk residents will learn about the area and tree removal on the east approach, the tree management plan, wildlife management, and the development of our tree restoration plan. On Monday, August 19 the next phase of tree removal will begin on the east approach. If interested in the walk, please meet at the East Kingston public library at 2:00 p.m. No RSVP is required. At 2:05 p.m. the walk will leave the library.
Location: Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Pittsburgh Branch at 80 Gore Rd.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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.
Closure of 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.
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
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.
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.
Early work continues and save the date for a near neighbour meeting
January 1, 2019: Early work and site preparation activity continues into 2019 in advance of the start of construction anticipated this summer. Leading up to construction more visible activity will be happening on the west and east shores. All work is conducted in accordance with City regulations and the regulatory requirements as part of the Parks Canada Detailed Impact Analysis (DIA)
As we get closer to the start of construction the project team is holding two near neighbour meetings to update you on the latest information. At the meetings the project team will be talking about:
- Laydown areas - what construction will look like in your neighbourhoods
- Early work continuing into 2019 - what site work will be happening and when
- Noise mitigation - early and long term options
- Site safety - fencing the work area, on-site staff
- Demolition of abandoned houses (west approach only)
- Tree removal
- Access to your neighbourhoods for vehicles and pedestrians
Dates and locations of the near neighbour meetings are below. These meetings are neighbourhood specific and the information at the meeting is related to the site activity and preparation happening on either shore.
- West side: February 11: Kingston Community Health Centre, Homestead Room, 263 Weller Ave, presentation from city staff at 5:45p.m. followed by an informal Q&A until 7:00p.m.
- East side: February 12: LaSalle Secondary School, Cafeteria 101, 773 Highway #15, presentation from city staff at 5:45p.m. followed by an informal Q&A until 7:00 p.m.
Early work Activity Locations
West Side – Early work site activity will occur in the west side of the bridge crossing on John Counter Boulevard east of Montreal Street to the Cataraqui River.
East Side - Early work site activity will occur in the east side of the bridge crossing from Gore Road west of Highway 15 to the Cataraqui River.
Environmental considerations of the project
For the Third Crossing, it is necessary to satisfy the federal regulatory environmental requirements, along with the provincial and municipal requirements, in planning and implementing the new bridge both on land and in the Cataraqui River. The project team is continuing work with Parks Canada to satisfy requirements related to a Detailed Impact Analysis (DIA). The project team is planning and anticipating public engagement on the DIA, a comprehensive report submitted by the City to Parks Canada, in the next few months. Opportunities for continued stakeholder and public input will be provided as soon as those dates become available.
About The Third Crossing Bridge
Once completed, the new 1.2 km bridge will connect the east and west sides of Kingston over the Cataraqui River. The two-lane bridge will improve emergency services, increase active transportation through a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, create greater business connectivity and enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Kingston. The bridge is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston.
Keeping You Connected
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