Third Crossing

Connecting Kingston over the Cataraqui River

Current project updates

Read the latest updates on how the project is progressing and what's new on the bridge

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Early work activity

Learn more about the early work activity for 2018.

What's Happening

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.

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Update on early work activities

Decebmer 11, 2018: The project team (the city and the contractors, Kiewit, Hatch and SYSTRA IBT, have been doing some early work activities and limited site preparation this fall ahead of construction.

To keep you informed and aware of the work happening on the bridge, please find below an update on early work activities happening on the east and west side approaches. Please note that activity will pause temporarily in mid-December and continue again in early January.

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Update on work activity

  • Archaeological field investigations – Studies were done as part of the requirement to investigate any potential archaeological items in the area. Several tests were taken and nothing of archaeological significance was encountered. A report will be sent to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport recommending that no further archaeological investigation is needed.
  •  Bathymetric survey – As part of analyzing possible construction methods, a bathymetric survey was needed to measure the water-depth of the project corridor. This was completed in October 2018.  Information gathered has been reviewed by the project team and will form part of the preferred construction means and methods to be used for the in water portion of construction. More information on how the bridge will be constructed will be available in early 2019.
  • Geo-environmental engineering: Sampling will continue into mid-December and include collecting samples from the water boreholes for chemical analysis to help determine soil characteristics. Samples gathered will be sent to testing labs to determine soil characteristics which will form part of the environmental mitigation program.
  • Geotechnical investigations – Crews have been collecting soil and rock information from the site area for use in designing foundations for the bridge structures.  A total of seven in water boreholes have been completed at proposed pier locations, with the eighth hole scheduled for completion during the first week of December. Once the in water program is completed, borehole investigations will continue on both shore lands to acquire more information to assist with the design of the bridge. The on land work is scheduled to start and end during the second week of December 2018.
  •  Topographic survey – A survey gathering data about the elevation of points on land will assist designers in determining grades, stormwater, pathway connections, and utility aspects of the project.  The work is currently scheduled for completion by third week of December 2018.
  • Tree survey – Qualified tree surveyors gathered information about trees' species, health and age along with some physical measurements in October 2018 and is currently being reviewed by the project team. This information will help in the development of the tree restoration plan. More information about tree removal will be share in 2019
  • Utility work– Utility planning for providers such as communication, hydro, water, and sanitary systems will help coordinate the placement of utilities in the project area.  Utility locating work will start and end in December on both east and west shores on land. 
  • Wildlife surveys – Protecting wildlife and their habitat is a key part of conserving Kingston's biodiversity. As the bridge progresses the project team is working hard to protect the rich variety of life and ecosystem. The wildlife surveys have been completed for the 2018 year and are currently being compiled and prepared for review by the project team. It's important to note that wildlife surveys were also completed in varying seasons and nesting periods to support the preliminary design work.

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.

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