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Third Crossing launches engagement on environmental considerations

September 13, 2019 -

The Third Crossing project team is starting public consultation for the federal environmental assessment of the Third Crossing, known as a Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA), by posting the document online for public review starting today, Sept. 13, until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at  GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca.  

As part of the 30-day engagement the project team will also be hosting two open houses – one on the east and one on the west shore of the Cataraqui River. The open houses details are:

  • Sept. 25 at LaSalle Secondary School  at 773 Highway 15
  • Sept. 26 at L.C.V.I at 153 Van Order Dr.

"Preserving the natural environment and protecting the Cataraqui River are key priorities for us in building this project," said Mark Van Buren, Deputy Commissioner, Major Projects. "Through our work with Parks Canada, and in our DIA submission, we are ensuring the bridge is well designed to avoid or reduce any potential impacts while protecting the environment – and building a bridge the community can be proud of for years to come."

Required for complex projects, the DIA is the most intensive form of review required by Parks Canada's regulatory process. This comprehensive analysis shows the environmental considerations, impacts and proposed mitigation strategies for the project.

After consultation on the DIA, the City will compile the questions and comments received into a report, which will be submitted along with the DIA for Parks Canada's review. Residents will be able to see the public consultation review on the project website as well as the City's Get Involved site. 

The Detailed Impact Assessment report is available in alternate formats upon email request to thirdcrossing@cityofkingston.ca.

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Background

The DIA process was selected by Parks Canada to meet regulatory requirements for all levels of government and fulfill its mandate to protect the environment and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.  In 2013, an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Third Crossing was approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Construction of the Third Crossing, joining Gore Road to John Counter Boulevard over the Cataraqui River is expected to be complete by early 2023.