At the Kingston City Council meeting of September 15, Council approved the first two of four phases in the Action Plan to build the Third Crossing of the Cataraqui River. This work includes the hiring of an engineering consultant to complete the following tasks:
- Completion of preliminary 2-lane bridge design and drawings;
- Completion of various detailed field investigations (e.g. additional geotechnical assessments);
- shore land road and intersection improvement design;
- Confirmation of property acquisition requirements for road and bridge infrastructure including construction staging areas;
- Confirmation of various environmental permits required;
- Update opinion of probable cost (Class B construction cost estimates);
- Preparation of preliminary Cultural/Natural Environment Protection Plan and Risk
- Management Plan; and
- Undertake stakeholder consultations (including public, Parks Canada, and First Nations).
While we need to continue to improve transit and other options for transportation to decrease congestion and make better use of our road capacity, the Third Crossing will provide an essential link in our network from one of the fastest growing residential communities in Kingston, as well to CFB Kingston and the St. Lawrence Business park for all forms of transportation.