Artist rendition of the bridge

Timeline

Early work for the detailed design and construction stage includes continued technical analysis of the federal Detailed Impact Analysis (DIA) effects and mitigation strategies, procurement, property acquisition, and ongoing stakeholder and public communication.

During the spring and summer of 2018, the project team continued work on selecting the best technical, financial and environmental team to lead the project. City staff expects to announce the award of the contract in late summer 2018.

An Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model was selected by the City as the preferred project management model to provide a more effective project delivery. Once the IPD team has been formed and the verification process begins, the City will provide an overall project schedule with key dates, including anticipated construction start and finish dates. This is expected to be available in late 2018/early 2019.

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

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
 
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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