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Council gives go-ahead

Council gives go-ahead

On Wednesday, June 14, Kingston City Council voted to build the Third Crossing with a budget of $180 million contingent on two-thirds of the funding coming from the provincial and federal governments (minimum $120 million).

The province announced on Tuesday, June 13, that it will commit its share of this funding – $60 million.

The City will now work alongside the province to secure the remaining third of the funding needed – a grant of $60 million – from the federal government before any further work gets underway. The project team will continue to reach out with project updates and information as they become available.

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The Public Engagement Feedback Report

The Public Engagement Feedback Report

Over the last 15 months residents have provided their comments and questions during the development of the preliminary design and the business plan for the Third Crossing. The Public Engagement Feedback Report on Phases two and three of the Third Crossing Action Plan is now posted. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend an open house, ask a question at a community presentation or contribute through some of the other tools used during the public engagement on theses phases of work. 

Open house #2 and #3 public feedback

Open house #2 and #3 public feedback

The full public open house feedback report is now posted on what residents had to say about the results of the findings of the preliminary design and the business plan for the Third Crossing.

Final reports

Final reports

See the final reports on the business plan and preliminary design for the proposed Third Crossing.

Draft reports

Draft reports

Looking for the draft reports on the business plan (coming soon) and preliminary design? Find them here and offer your comments to thirdcrossing@cityofkingston.ca by Friday, May 19. 

First look at findings

First look at findings

As work continues on the draft reports, three information sheets offering a first look at findings of the preliminary design and business plan have been created. View the information sheets.

Open House #2

Open House #2

Review and offer input on the work-to-date on the proposed Third Crossing:

See, discuss and offer your feedback on the following information with City staff:

  • The continuing development of the business plan including cost-benefit and economic impact analysis, and financial and project delivery models
  • The work to the draft final preliminary design and environmental considerations
  • Public feedback received to date and how it is being incorporated

Work continues to complete the draft reports on the final draft preliminary design and business plan. They will be available online once they are ready.

Phase two and three timeline

Phase two and three timeline

See the City's timeline for phases two and three of the Third Crossing action plan.

Open house #1 public feedback

Open house #1 public feedback

The fall public open house feedback summary is now posted. You can also see the full report (please note this document is large and will take some time to download) on what residents had to say about the preliminary design concepts and bridge engineering and find out more about the business plan process for the third crossing.

Fieldwork activities

Fieldwork activities

Building upon the information gathered during the 2012 environmental assessment, additional 2016 field activities are now available.

The results from the Third Crossing survey are in!
See what residents' chose as priorities for the design and business planning phases of the project.

Couldn't make the Sept. 29s open house?
View the display boards here

Is the Third Crossing over the Cataraqui River needed?

Is the Third Crossing over the Cataraqui River needed?

The process to determine whether a third crossing will be built.

September 29, 2016

Open House #1 - La Salle High School

Information will include:

  • A brief history of Third Crossing
  • Updates on preliminary design and business plan phases
  • An overview of results from public survey and how those results were used

We will also be listening and gathering your ideas and feedback.

Review frequently asked questions for the open house.

August 29, 2016

Geotechnical investigations across the length of the proposed Third Crossing began Aug. 31 and will take several weeks to complete. These investigations involve drilling into the bedrock on land and underwater to look at subsurface conditions and to get more information on the physical properties of soil and rock around the project site. 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 of 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. Soil and rock samples will be tested in a laboratory to assess their properties. This will help the consultants design the foundations for the bridge and the associated soils management strategy.  

August, 2016

Economic impact analysis basics from Collins Barrow.

July 25, 2016

Third Crossing survey: Building a bridge is a complex task and we'd love to hear your priorities for the design and business planning phases of the project. To help you respond to the survey, we've included two short videos (one for the preliminary design section of the survey and one for the business plan section) along with some background information that you can view before responding to the questions. Please tell us what's important to you.

June 15, 2016

There are a lot of things to balance and decide during the preliminary design phase. This infographic gives some insight into some of the factors that impact performance and cost.

June 6, 2016

Need versus should. Check out the video on answering the questions, "Do we need a new bridge?" and "Should we build a new bridge?"

June 1, 2016

The contact page now has a forum that provides residents with an opportunity to post their comments about the project and get responses from the team. 

April 21, 2016

The Third Crossing team has initiated the social-economic cost-benefit analysis to better understand the benefits of the project compared against its estimated cost.  See phases for more information.

April 19, 2016

Council directed staff to prepare the business plan for the Third Crossing. The plan will include a review of models for building and costing. 

Jan. 12, 2016
Dec. 15, 2015

Council deferred a decision to award the contract for the preliminary design of the Third Crossing until January. 

Sept. 15, 2015

Council approved moving forward with phases two and three of the Third Crossing action plan to ensure the project is "shovel-ready" should grant/funding opportunities become available from upper levels of government.

Sept. 1, 2015: Council establishes the Third Crossing as a key priority for the 2014-2018 term.