Artist rendition of the bridge


Current timeline

  • June 2018

    New project website is live;
  • August 2018

    Integrated Project Delivery team formed. Launch of Get Involved Kingston page;
  • September 2018

    Information Report to council on procurement process and preferred proponent;
  • September - December 2018

    Design validation, environmental investigations - environmental investigations, site preparation, noise mitigation efforts;
  • Fall 2019

    Canada Parks Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA). Dates of upcoming engagement coming. Public engagement on detailed design elements of project;
  • Winter 2019

    Construction begins;

Historical Timeline

  • 1967

    Kingston's Mayor Fray gives an inaugural address that references the need for a Rideau River crossing from Pittsburgh Township.;
  • 1978

    Kingston Transportation Study (1978-1993) proposes a new bridge connecting Elliott Avenue and Gore Road.;
  • 1993

    Updated Kingston Transportation Study proposes a new bridge connecting Elliott Avenue and Gore Road.;
  • 1996

    Ontario government announces its intent to amalgamate municipalities to reduce the number of them from roughly 700 to 444.;
  • 1996

    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.;
  • 1998

    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.;
  • 2004

    The Kingston Transportation Master Plan update proposes a new bridge connecting Elliott Avenue and Gore Road.;
  • 2007-2008

    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.;
  • 2009

    City Council approves the start of Stage 1 of the EA.;
  • 2010

    City Council approves the start of Stage 2 of the EA.;
  • 2012

    City Council endorses the Third Crossing EA.;
  • 2013

    The EA is approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.;
  • 2015

    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;
  • 2017

    Ontario Minister of Infrastructure commits a one-third $60M investment towards the Third Crossing.;
  • 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.;
  • 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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