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August 29, 2016 -

Starting Wednesday, crews will be assembling equipment to begin drilling boreholes along the path of the proposed Third Crossing  – including several  from a floating barge on the Cataraqui River.

"These geotechnical investigations will help develop a preliminary design of foundations and sub-structure for the possible bridge," says Mark Van Buren, the City of Kingston's director of engineering.  "Drilling should take about two months – we've scheduled five weeks of in-water drilling followed by two weeks of shoreland drilling."

The in-water boreholes are planned at seven locations across the Cataraqui River, outside the main navigation channel.

The on-land boreholes will be drilled:

  • in the right-of-way along  John Counter Boulevard between the river shoreline and Montreal Street to the west; and
  • in the right-of-way for the extension of Gore Road to the east.

These investigations involve drilling into the land and bedrock to look at subsurface conditions and to get more information on the physical properties of soil and rock around the proposed project site.  Soil and rock samples will be tested in a laboratory to assess their properties.

The boreholes will also help the City's consultants develop a soil management strategy that could be used during the building of the proposed bridge.

The drilling operation is not expected to cause excessive noise and will occur during permitted times as stated in the City's Noise Bylaw.

For more about the proposed Third Crossing of the Cataraqui River go to

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