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

Join the conversation

Continued community input is important to throughout the design and construction.

Early work activity

Learn more about the early work activity for 2018.

What's Happening

East side Work Notice: March 18, 2019

On March 18, 2019 an East Shore Work Notice was sent out to the east side listserv explaining work activity that will start the week of March 25, 2019 along Gore Road and near the Kingston  Frontenanc Public Library (Pittsburg Branch). If you would like to join the East or West side listserv. Please send an email to

West shore Work Notice for Skyline Living: March 18, 2019

Starting the week of March 25, 2019 work activity will be happening on the west shore.

What's to Come on the East and West Shores

Find out more about what you will start to see and hear on the project site.

Eary Work Findings From 2018

In the fall of 2018 the project team did some additional studies to inform the environmental and final design considerations for the bridge. Read about the findings from that work in 2018.

Latest near-neighbour presentations available now (February 11 & March 5)

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent near-neighbour meetings on February 11 (west approach) and March 5 (east approach) to hear the latest information about the project. We appreciate you taking the time to continue the conversation with us. These touch points are incredibly valuable for the project team and we look forward to your questions and comments as we get closer to the start of construction.
If you were unable to attend one of those meetings but want to know what we talked about please visit our project site and view the presentations, which are posted on our website now.

View monthly engagement report for January and February

For a full understanding of the communications and engagement that has been happening  view our engagement reports.

Design update

In August, Kiewit, Hatch and SYSTRA, were awarded the contract to build and finalize the detailed design. Over the past four months the Project Team, including the city, has been working hard to ensure the best possible bridge will be built. The City is a leader with this project as the Third Crossing is the first bridge in Canada to use an Integrated Project Delivery model. This model has many benefits the project team is already experiencing such as full collaboration on design and construction.

Keeping the project on time and on budget is a primary goal of the city. In collaboration with the contractor and designer some design changes have been made to ensure the bridge will be built within the budget of $180 million and be substantially completed by the end of 2022. The project team will bring all of the design changes to the public once a final design has been achieved, which is anticipated to happen in the next few months. Residents will have an opportunity to review and ask questions to the project team through near neighbour and open house meetings when the team is engaging the public on the environmental requirements for Parks Canada.

This rendering represents a draft concept still being refined. More images will be available once the final design has been complete.

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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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