Investment in infrastructure is a strategic priority of council. On Sept. 15, 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.
On January 12, 2016, council approved the award of the preliminary design assignment to J.L. Richards, the company thatranked first in scoring and offered the City the best value in response to the request for proposal (RFP) process that was initiated in the fall of 2015. J.L. Richards is a local (Kingston & Ottawa) and reputable engineering firm that, through its team, will be working to incorporate creative and innovative solutions to minimize the overall construction and maintenance costs of the bridge while maximizing its performance and sustainability for the residents of Kingston.
Over the next 18 months, City staff will be working with J.L. Richards to build upon the conceptual design information provided in the Third Crossing Environmental Study Report. The scope of the preliminary design work includes:
- preliminary two-lane bridge design and drawings
- various detailed field investigations (e.g. additional geotechnical assessments)
- shore land road and intersection improvement design;
- confirm property acquisition requirements for road and bridge infrastructure
- confirm the environmental permits required
- update opinion of probable cost
- prepare preliminary cultural/natural environment protection plan and risk management plan
- stakeholder consultation
Staff will also contract a financial consultant to determine all sources of funding, consult with the public, develop a financial plan and assist in pursuing provincial and federal funding options.
Overview of proposed project
Construction costs for this proposed project is estimated at $120 million dollars plus tax (2011 dollars) for a two lane crossing. If the project is undertaken, the City would examine a full range of funding options. The chosen concept for the bridge — a link between the base of Gore Road and John Counter Boulevard — is shown on this page
There are now two crossings of the Cataraqui River in Kingston:
- The La Salle Causeway on Highway 2 where the Cataraqui River meets Lake Ontario.
- The Highway 401 crossing approximately 6 km upstream of the La Salle Causeway.
Studies dating back to 1964 have recognized the need for a third crossing of the Cataraqui River in the City in order to:
- Relieve traffic congestion on the La Salle Causeway during rush hour times and when Highway 401 is closed.
- Improve access to areas of the City on both sides of the Cataraqui River.
- Enhance routes for the delivery of emergency services in the City.
This need was most recently affirmed in a 2009 update to the Kingston Transportation Master Plan. A further update to the KTMP is scheduled to be complete in October 2015.
Environmental Assessment process
Update: Environmental Assessment is now complete
On June 20, 2013, the Ministry of the Environment let the City know that the Provincial Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study Report on a potential Third Crossing of the Cataraqui River has been officially accepted following the completion of the Part II Order Process.
On July 9, 2013, the City's Environment, Infrastructure & Transportation Policies Committee recommended that the completed EA be forwarded to Council to mark the completion of the EA process and signal that this potential project is prepared for further consideration.
Those interested in the EA process may wish to review the July 10, 2012 Information Report to the Environment, Infrastructure & Transportation Policies Committee about the Part II Order Process – Third Crossing Environmental Assessment.