Roads & Paving
$180M in funding announced for Kingston’s Third Crossing bridge project
By Infrastructure Canada
By Infrastructure Canada
February 27, 2018 – Modern and efficient bridges and roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating well-paying, middle class jobs. The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will improve community connectivity and ensure the continuous and safe flow of people and goods across road networks.
Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Mayor of the City of Kingston Bryan Paterson have announced joint funding of more than $180 million for Kingston’s Third Crossing bridge project.
“This investment will have a significant positive impact in our community and will help improve how Kingston residents and visitors move around the city,” stated Gerretsen. “Traffic congestion on the bridges has been a long-standing challenge in Kingston and I’m pleased that the federal government, along with our provincial and municipal partners, are working together to bring this critically important project to fruition.”
The governments of Canada and Ontario are each contributing up to $60 million to this project through the Provincial and Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. The City of Kingston is responsible for the balance of the funding.
“Kingston’s Third Crossing is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the city. It’s also our largest transportation investment in our city’s history,” said Paterson. “I’m thrilled that we have confirmed the support of our partners at the other orders of government. Projects like this don’t happen without our municipal, provincial and federal governments working together. We are incredibly appreciative of this investment and look forward to working together to make this project a reality. After 50-plus years of studies, council decisions and community engagement, we are building this bridge – this is a huge moment for our community.”
The project involves building a new, two-lane bridge over the Great Cataraqui River, connecting the east and west sides of Kingston, almost halfway between Highway 401 and the LaSalle Causeway. The bridge will include options for shared and active transportation, including a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, sidewalks and cycle lanes on the road approaches, as well as connections to future waterfront trails. This new bridge will help alleviate congestion, improve emergency response, and help residents get to work on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.