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Open houses to offer update on proposed Third Crossing Project

April 4, 2017 -

The City of Kingston is inviting the public to review and offer input on its latest project work for the proposed Third Crossing.

"Work is continuing on the draft reports for both the business plan and preliminary design reflecting the input we've received to date," says Mark Van Buren, director of engineering. "We know there is a lot of interest in the results coming from these reports and we look forward to providing an overview of this information at the upcoming open houses."

The open houses are set for:

  • 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 – LCVI (Cafeteria), 153 Van Order Drive
  • 6 to 9 p.m. April 27 – École Sir John A. Macdonald, 529 St. Martha Street (east of Hwy 15)

Review, discuss and offer your feedback on the following information with the project team:

  • Results of the business plan including findings from the cost-benefit and economic impact analysis, and information on the financial plan and the preferred project delivery model.
  • The preliminary design and environmental considerations.
  • Public feedback received to date and how it is being incorporated.

"Public input has been extremely valuable for us as we continue the work on the business plan and preliminary design. We heard from several residents after the first public open house who encouraged us to have the next open house in a different location," says Van Buren. "Taking this feedback into consideration, we decided to have two open houses – one in the east and one in a central part of the city which will provide more opportunity for residents to participate."

Residents can also anticipate receiving the draft reports on the preliminary design and business plan on May 3. They will include an updated project cost estimate based on work still in progress. Once finalized, this updated estimate will reflect factors including construction cost inflation and additional environmental considerations and mitigation measures that will help to minimize the proposed project's impact both during and after construction. Once completed, the draft reports will be available at www.CityofKingston.ca/ThirdCrossing.

"The existing cost estimate for the Third Crossing is based on the 2011 Environment Assessment Study information and residents can anticipate a higher cost for the project in current dollars," says Van Buren. "Work will continue over the next few weeks to complete the updated cost estimate for the project and information sheets with this will be posted on the city's website the week before the open houses in April."

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. 

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.