Third Crossing

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The City of Kingston is building a Third Crossing bridge across the Cataraqui River from the foot of Gore Road in the city's east-end to the foot of John Counter Boulevard in its west-end. The new bridge connecting the east and west side communities will improve emergency services response, increase active transportation through a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, create business connections on the east and west sides of the river, and help residents get to work on time and back home safely. It will be a new bridge designed to enhance the life of community residents and visitors of Kingston meeting the highest engineering standards.

The bridge is the largest infrastructure project the City has ever undertaken and is being funded by all three levels of government – each contributing $60 million.

This project is being led by a project team that is looking forward to connecting with you and hearing your ideas and innovations about integrating our new bridge in the Kingston community.


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The City of Kingston is building a Third Crossing bridge across the Cataraqui River from the foot of Gore Road in the city's east-end to the foot of John Counter Boulevard in its west-end. The new bridge connecting the east and west side communities will improve emergency services response, increase active transportation through a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, create business connections on the east and west sides of the river, and help residents get to work on time and back home safely. It will be a new bridge designed to enhance the life of community residents and visitors of Kingston meeting the highest engineering standards.

The bridge is the largest infrastructure project the City has ever undertaken and is being funded by all three levels of government – each contributing $60 million.

This project is being led by a project team that is looking forward to connecting with you and hearing your ideas and innovations about integrating our new bridge in the Kingston community.


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  • Why has the city not approached the Federal Government (DND) to open a gate to the base off of Gore Road. This would likely remove 50% of the rush hour traffic from Highway 15 as these car are coming from Greenwood Park subdivision and could enter the base from this entrance. This will become even more important with the completion of the third crossing.

    Richard Porritt asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for the question. The Highway 15 EA project team has discussed this with CFB staff and they have confirmed there are no plans at this time to pursue internal connectivity to Gore Road due primarily to conflicts with existing Base operations.

  • Would be cool to see a detailed time line

    Dann asked 4 months ago

    Agreed and definitely something the project team has planned. Once we are into detailed design  and have a better breakdown of timing and we will communicate that out to residents. Thank you for the comment and the interest in the project.

  • When is the completion date for this project?

    AaronP35 asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for the question and the interest in the project. Completion is anticipated for 2022. As the team continues the work on the detailed design of the bridge we will have a better sense of exactly when in 2022.

  • The last I had heard, it sounded like the final design was only going to be two lanes after all. I'm worried that in typical Kingston fashion we'll build it and it won't meet our needs causing us to spend much more than we would to expand in the future. I really hope that there is a push to go with at least the 3 lane option with the 4 lane substructure.

    PWatson asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for the question and the interest in the project. Based on the approved Environmental Assessment the bridge will be a two lane structure with an additional multi-use path. This final design takes into consideration the future growth of the city as well as the increased use of transit and active transportation in the design.

  • Does the change in provincial government effect funding for the third crossing?

    mmina asked 5 months ago

    Thank you fore the question and the interest in the Third Crossing. The change of provincial government will not impact the project funding. We have signed agreements with both the province and the federal government and have now selected the team to design and build the bridge. 

  • Over the past few years construction work has been done on JCB from Division to Portsmouth creating a multi-lane roadway and eventually to create a new overpass over the CN Rail line. With the building of the third crossing result in the portion of JCB from Division to the third crossing and will the multi-lane roadway continue over the third crossing to Hwy 15? This would create an east-west multi-lane roadway connecting the communities both in the east and west and reduce the commuting time and accomodate future housing developments on the east side of the city, resulting in increased traffic.

    Mickey16 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City is nearing the completion of the Active Transportation Master Plan which lays out the plan of where active transportation upgrades are proposed in order to meet the City's goal to reduce the reliance on motor vehicles.  Although the linkage of JCB from Division to Montreal Street already exists via on-road cycling lanes and sidewalk, upgrading to an off-road trail is independent of the Third Crossing Project. 

    The Third Crossing will have a multi-use pathway on the bridge that is separated from motor vehicle traffic and will transition to connect to major intersections on Montreal St and Hwy 15.

  • Will this bridge threaten some of the last green spaces down town? The Wellington Street Extension, Leroy Grant drive? Shouldn't we be focusing on making the rest of the city more pedestrian friendly?

    nclaan asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The project will be situated on two shore lands with the west shore being John Counter and the east shore being Gore Road.  The completion of the Third Crossing will increase the amount of green space on the west shore when compared to the buildings and private property (non-green space) that exists there today.  There will be a temporary borrowing of green space on the east side during construction since this space will be used to provide construction area space for equipment and logistics.  Once the Third Crossing is complete, the east lands will be reinstated back to green space.  Located under Final Preliminary Design Summary Report, Part 2, there are landscape drawings on report pages 150,151,152 that illustrate the green space and trail networks on both shores and the multi-use pathway on the bridge proper. 

    https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/archive/third-crossing/phases/action-plan?p_p_id=56_INSTANCE_IIh88AGc8J8O&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=_118_INSTANCE_mIrojY3TeRAO__column-1&p_p_col_pos=3&p_p_col_count=4


  • What steps are being taken to protect and preserve the Library building at the corner of Gore Rd and Hwy 15?

    hross asked 5 months ago

    Council has approved an expansion of the library that will be managed independently from the Third Crossing project.  Although the Third Crossing Project will be working around the library lands, the Third Crossing construction area that was planned during the preliminary design phase is anticipated to have minimal impact on the library lands. There is a sketch of the construction laydown area on report page 159 of the preliminary design summary report.  The measures to help protect the library site will include proper separation via construction fencing and signage and notification and potentially temporary access modifications if needed.  The Third Crossing team will continue making refinements to explore further opportunities to reduce site impacts as the validation and detailed design progresses leading up to construction in summer 2019.  https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/archive/third-crossing/phases/action-plan?p_p_id=56_INSTANCE_IIh88AGc8J8O&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=_118_INSTANCE_mIrojY3TeRAO__column-1&p_p_col_pos=3&p_p_col_count=4


  • Does the budget for building this bridge include completion of developments on John Counter Blvd. further west, specifically the railway overpass and redevelopment of approaches to the railway station?

    hross asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Third Crossing project does not include the completion of the John Counter Boulevard overpass section.  The overpass project is being funded by a separate budget that has been approved by Council as part of the multi-year capital plan.  Please visit the city's webpage for more info on the overpass project.  https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/john-counter-boulevard

  • Will there be a protected crossing for pedestrians? And, will there be a protected crossing for cyclists (i.e. a barrier between cyclists and vehicles)? Thanks for the opportunity to be part of this project.

    spatel asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Preliminary Design proposed a shared multi-use pathway on the bridge proper which would then connect to both shores and be integrated into the waterfront trail network.  The shared multi-use path would be physically separated from car traffic along the bridge. 


  • What will be the impact of the access roads on the east side, particularly as it applies to the lovely, quiet residential Point St. Mark Drive? Will the north end be closed? Will Point St. Mark Drive become a thoroughfare to Hwy# 15 south? Is there a map of the access road layout to the bridge on the east side?

    arrow asked 5 months ago

    There is a section in the Preliminary Design Summary Report that speaks to Traffic Management on report page 136 with opportunities to implement traffic calming measures which will be re-examined during the next phase of the project.

    There is a drawing on report page 159 that illustrates the proposed construction laydown area that was developed during the preliminary design.  Please visit the following link to review the Final Preliminary Design Summary Report:  https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/archive/third-crossing/phases/action-plan?p_p_id=56_INSTANCE_IIh88AGc8J8O&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=_118_INSTANCE_mIrojY3TeRAO__column-1&p_p_col_pos=3&p_p_col_count=4


  • And now for the question that I have to retype: Will the pedestrian/bicycle area be elevated above the roadway like it is on the Brooklyn Bridge? It provides a more pleasant experience for pedestrians and cyclists, instead of walking/riding beside busy lanes. And if not, why not? Why can't Kingston put pedestrians first for once?

    Marian asked 5 months ago

    Kingston is continuing its work on updating the Active Transportation Master Plan where a focus has been placed on active transportation and transit use. You may want to visit their Get Involved page if you have more questions regarding Active Transportation. 

    Provisions for Active Transportation was looked at closely during the environmental assessment and further refined during the preliminary design phase both of which showed the pedestrian/bicycle area to be at the same elevation as the roadway.  The Preliminary Design Summary Report has pictures of the proposed cross-section for cycling/pedestrian access.  Please visit the following link:  https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/archive/third-crossing/phases/action-plan?p_p_id=56_INSTANCE_IIh88AGc8J8O&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=_118_INSTANCE_mIrojY3TeRAO__column-1&p_p_col_pos=3&p_p_col_count=4

    Located under Final Preliminary Design Summary Report, you will find Part 1 and Part 2 links.  In Part 1, there is a picture of the proposed cross-section of the road and multi-use pathway on report page 84.  In Part 2, there are landscape drawings on report pages 150,151,152 that illustrate the trail networks on both shores and the multi-use pathway on the bridge proper. 


  • I think to have a 3rd crossing is great, it will unite the city as one. But can you direct me to the link on how a city with low industries and a population of only 125 000 plans to pay 60 million? My municipal taxes here in Kingston are more then what I was paying in Montreal with fewer services? We have family in the GTA whose houses are worth over a million but pay less municipal taxes than we do with an evaluation of less than half of theirs. A new bridge, great! but someone has to pay for it, and we know big projects always go over budget. So when should we start to see our municipal tax going up?

    Annic asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for the question. The City, together with the provincial and federal governments, are paying equal one-third cost-shares to design and build the bridge. No dedicated tax increase is required.

  • Will there be any other amenities added into the project, like boat launches or park/recreation upgrades?

    garrettelliott asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for the question and the interest in these aspects of the project. Amenities like public art, landscaping, recreation opportunities, etc. will be worked on and refined in the detailed design phase of the project. This work is anticipated to begin in early 2019.

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  • Will traffic be diverted away from Pt. St. Mark to help calm traffic in this residential neighbourhood?

    Ash2coop asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for the question and the interest in the Third Crossing. Our engagement with near neighbours on both shores is extremely important to us. As we move into detailed design of the bridge and approach spans we will be looking to have a conversation with residents on the east shore about the road access at Point St. Mark. More information on this engagement will be available in early 2019.

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  • It is my understanding that the contract for this bridge went to an American company. Is this true?

    RAFREE asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for the question. After a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) and evaluation phase Peter Kiewit and Sons Ltd, Hatch Ltd and SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies was selected to build the bridge. Kiewit is an American company with their Canadian head office located in Oakville, Hatch is a Canadian Company with a head office in Mississauga and SYSTRA is a global company with a Canadian Office in Laval Quebec.

  • Where will the western approach begin?

    Janem asked 5 months ago

    The west approach from the bridge will be at the bottom of John Counter Blvd and extend across the Cataraqui River to Gore Road on the east shore.

  • The third crossing will alleviate some of the congestion from HWY 2 and 401, but what about the congestion on HWY 15 - will it be a 4 lane road?

    Lee Patterson asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for the question. For more information about the HWY 15 Environmental Assessment and the proposed lane structure please visit: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/highway-15.


  • What is the shovel in the ground date?

    Doug Bird asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question and interest in the Third Crossing. Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019.