Artist rendition of the bridge


Current timeline

June 27 2018
New project website is live
August 22 2018
Integrated Project Delivery team formed. Launch of Get Involved Kingston page
September 4 2018
Information Report to council on procurement process and preferred proponent
Sept to Dec 2018
Design validation, environmental investigations - environmental investigations, site preparation, noise mitigation efforts
Spring 2019
Canada Parks Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA). Dates of upcoming engagement coming. Public engagement on detailed design elements of project
Summer 2019
Construction begins

Historical timeline

Kingston's Mayor Fray gives an inaugural address that references the need for a Rideau River crossing from Pittsburgh Township.
Kingston Transportation Study (1978-1993) proposes a new bridge connecting Elliott Avenue and Gore Road.
Updated Kingston Transportation Study proposes a new bridge connecting Elliott Avenue and Gore Road.
Ontario government announces its intent to amalgamate municipalities to reduce the number of them from roughly 700 to 444.
The City of Kingston and municipalities within the County of Frontenac begin the process to reform local governance. As part of this new governance, it is proposed any net savings from amalgamation should be applied to a new 'second bridge crossing' over the Cataraqui River.
The City officially amalgamates and includes documents that reference the need for a new ‘second bridge crossing' as part of the new City of Kingston.
The Kingston Transportation Master Plan update proposes a new bridge connecting Elliott Avenue and Gore Road.
City Council approves the capital budget to start an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a new bridge crossing over the Cataraqui River. Stakeholder and public engagement for the bridge begins.
City Council approves the start of Stage 1 of the EA.
City Council approves the start of Stage 2 of the EA.
City Council endorses the Third Crossing EA.
The EA is approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
City Council approves the budget to start phases two and three. The Third Crossing Action Plan is created to move the project forward with four phases:
  • Phase one – completion of the Third Crossing EA
  • Phase two / three – Preliminary design and business plan
  • Phase four – detailed design and construction
June 13 2017
Ontario Minister of Infrastructure commits a one-third $60M investment towards the Third Crossing.
June 15 2017
Council approves phases two and three of the Third Crossing Action Plan. It allocates a one-third municipal contribution of $60M towards the Third Crossing to start construction pending funding from all levels of government.
February 21 2018
Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities commits the remaining one-third $60M investment needed for the Third Crossing. All three levels of government have now come together with equal investments in the project.

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