The following are some of most the frequently asked question regarding phase 4 of the Third Crossing project.

What is the cost of the project and who is paying for it?

The project value is $180 million plus tax (2019 dollars) for the new two-lane crossing with an accessible, multi-use trail for active transportation. Due to the significant capital costs of the project, provincial and federal government grant funding was needed to move the project forward. As of Feb. 21, 2018, all three levels of government funding have been secured with the city, the province and the federal governments contributing $60 million each.

What are the phases of the project and where are we now?

The City's Third Crossing Action Plan has four phases:

  • Phase 1 - Environmental Assessment - Completed
  • Phases 2 and 3 - Preliminary Design and Business Case - Completed
  • Phase 4 - Detailed Design and Construction - Underway

After the bridge is completed, the City will operate and maintain the bridge.

Where are the background documents for Phases 1, 2 and 3?

Extensive background information and documents are posted on the archived City's project webpage.

Additional information will be posted to the City's project webpage throughout the detailed design and construction phase.  

Has Council voted to start construction for the Third Crossing?

Yes. On June 15, 2017, Council voted to move forward with Phase Four of the Third Crossing Action Plan – detailed design and construction – pending confirmation of funding from the other levels of government. The City has now received confirmation of one-third funding from both the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada and city staff are now proceeding with selecting an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team for the project.

What is an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model and the why is the City is using it for this project?

An IPD model has helped large infrastructure projects across North America be completed on time and under budget. The IPD Team (the designer/contractor) and the City (owner) develop goals at the project's outset, share information and accept their respective responsibilities as equal partners. They share the financial risk and reward as an integrated team and collaborate in one ‘big room,' taking a two-heads-are- better-than-one approach to deliver the best possible bridge project.

Based on the City's review of procurement alternatives and benefits during the business case phase, the opportunity for innovation with an IPD model made other project delivery options. Using an IPD model allows for an IPD team to build a trusting and valued relationship to verify the preliminary design, to explore innovation and opportunities for efficiency during detailed design, and to have access to a builder's practicality, promoting an overall efficient construction phase.

How long does the Request for Proposal procurement stage take?

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is anticipated to be released in late February 2018 and will mark the beginning of the process to select an IPD team. This process requires the City to review and evaluate detailed submissions to select a top-ranked IPD team to complete Phase 4's detailed design and construction phase. The selection process may take six months and is anticipated to be completed by mid-summer 2018.

What is the competitive selection process?

The City is undertaking a two-stage RFP process to invite interested IPD teams to submit proposals to design and construct the project.

  1. The objective of the first stage is for IPD teams to highlight their previous experience, team structure, and proven successes on large scale projects. The City evaluation team will score each IPD proposal and rank them from highest to lowest. The City evaluation team will then short-list the top-ranked proposals and invite those IPD teams to participate in the RFP's second stage.
  2. The objective of the second stage is to determine how the IPD team intends to design and construct the project in the most efficient and innovative way possible. The City evaluation team will then interview and negotiate with the short-listed IPD teams to identify how their skillsets and resources best align with the project's objectives. This negotiation phase will help determine the IPD team that can provide the best overall value for the City.  Once the top-ranked IPD team has been determined, it will enter a contract negotiation phase with the City. Once the contract has been finalized between the City and the top-ranked proponent, it will become the City's IPD team in charge of fulfilling the bridge's detailed design and construction (Action Plan Phase Four).

When will construction start and finish?

If an IPD team is selected by the summer 2018, bridge construction could begin in mid-2019. It is estimated that the bridge will be substantially complete at the end of 2022. More updates will be available as Phase 4 progresses.

Will there be local workers on this project and will local businesses benefit?

The business case stated that large infrastructure projects provide both direct and indirect benefits to Kingston. The City anticipates employers using local workers on all its infrastructure projects, including on the Third Crossing. The City also encourages the IPD team to use local goods, services and businesses, which aligns with the City's economic development and sustainability initiatives.

What are the consultation opportunities in Phase 4 of the project?

Continued stakeholder and public engagement remains vital to the success of the project. The City is planning meaningful communication and engagement programs as part of detailed design and construction. Engagements will touch on such items as minimizing construction-related impacts, protecting the environment, beautifying the, detailed design and aesthetics, and integrating public art.

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When will the public be engaged?

The City is currently informing and engaging stakeholders and the public as part of Phase 4 of the Action Plan. This includes providing social media updates, attending speaking engagements, providing project updates on the City's project webpage and more.

During the RFP stage, stakeholder follow-up meetings will be held to address topic-specific elements such as environmental protection; geotechnical investigations, property acquisitions and others to ensure that stakeholders remain informed and engaged.

Once the IPD team is on board, the City will implement its various consultation programs and connect with those interested in and/or affected by the project. More information will be available after the City has awarded the project contract to its IPD team to ensure a collaborative planning approach.

Will the public be consulted on the environmental work between the City and Parks Canada?

Yes. The Detailed Impact Analysis (DIA) process is a technical regulatory process governed by Parks Canada. The project will need to successfully complete the process in order to obtain construction permits. The City is working closely with Parks Canada through the DIA process as part of the Phase 4 work. One of the key aims of the DIA is to determine the impacts of construction and to propose mitigation measures to minimize impacts to the environment. The involvement of the IPD team is needed before the DIA process can be finalized since the construction methodology hasn't been fully explored at this time.

Once Parks Canada has reviewed and approved the DIA document, it will be posted to the City's project website for public review and comment. Stakeholders and the public will then have the opportunity to review the DIA report's content and provide meaningful input. The City will notify stakeholders and the public about the DIA review opportunity and any other opportunities for engagement on this work.

Why is the City naming the bridge and how do we become involved?

There's no better way to directly involve Kingstonians in ownership of this new, historic, city-shaping crossing than having the community name its bridge. This is a great opportunity that everyone can participate in. The City anticipates beginning the bridge-naming process over the course of the next several months and will inform the public on how to become involved once the start and end dates have been confirmed.

How will the city minimize the temporary inconvenience of construction?

As part of the technical planning, the City is working to address the many aspects of the design, construction and traffic management, environmental management and other key project elements to minimize the project's impacts, particularly to local area stakeholders and residents. The City will also work closely with the IPD team to refine designs, construction staging and timing plans and seek opportunities to reduce the temporary inconvenience of construction.

When we will start to receive construction information?

Over the course of the next year, detailed design and construction information will be sent out to stakeholders and the public that accurately conveys how the bridge will be built, the project's stages, the anticipated timing, what to expect, what's next and how to stay connected with the project. The City will continue to offer printed and electronic information and engagement opportunities along with community-relations initiatives to keep stakeholders and the public well informed and engaged early and often throughout the detailed design and construction period.

Where can we submit our comments?

Public comments about the project are always welcome. Please contact us at or call us at 613-546-4291, ext. 3130.