Connecting Kingston over the Cataraqui River
Four bat houses have been installed on the east shore
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.
East side near neighbour meeting rescheduled for March 5
February 22, 2019: The Third Crossing east side near neighbour meeting is rescheduled for March 5. Due to the snow storm the meeting had to be postponed. Thank you for your patience as we found a new available time.
Come to learn about early work and site preparation activity continuing 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. 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 and restoration plans
- Access to your neighbourhoods for vehicles and pedestrians
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Kingston Fire and Rescue, 211 Gore Rd.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation from City staff at 5:45 p.m. followed by an informal Q&A until 7:00 p.m.
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
Learn more about Third Crossing at our website: ThirdCrossing.CityofKingston.ca
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