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City ends contractor's right to continue the work on Front Road Bridge

June 13, 2016

Today, the City of Kingston has advised Lischer Construction Inc. that it is terminating its right to continue the work to the Front Road Bridge. The City will restore the bridge to four lanes of traffic while it seeks, through a competitive process, to find a new contractor to complete the bridge project.

 "The City found it necessary to take this step.  We want to provide the travelling public unrestricted access through this area for the remainder of 2016 and return to complete the bridge in 2017. Returning to complete the work in 2017 will provide time for the City to hire a new contractor, allow for coordination of this project with Utilities Kingston infrastructure work on Front Road planned to commence in 2017, and to minimize the traffic impacts," says Mark Campbell, construction manager. 

The City has contracted Coco Paving Inc. to restore the area over the north side of the bridge to allow for four lanes of traffic to be re-established. The work to achieve this will begin the morning of Tuesday, June 14 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday, June 17 (weather-permitting).

The City continues to hold Lischer accountable for its actions. Lischer has not complied with the terms of its contract with the City. It did not provide the City with a clear schedule for completing the work to the bridge or details about unforeseen costs. This contract includes terms that protect the City and taxpayers.

Later this summer, travelers in this area will notice Utilities Kingston completing soil tests for its 2017 project with a drill rig to help determine design requirements for future utilities work. This will involve some traffic restrictions – but no road closures – between rush hours.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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