Province Improving Commutes and Building a Strong Economy with New Bridge
Ontario is making it easier for people to travel around Kingston and helping to build a strong economy by investing in the Third Crossing Project – a new bridge over the Cataraqui River that will connect the east and west communities.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, to announce the province’s support for the project.
The new bridge will provide alternate routes for commuters, decrease traffic congestion along the LaSalle Causeway and provide additional access to the east end of the city for emergency vehicles. The new bridge will also provide future opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists and other forms of active transportation with a multi-use trail.
Ontario will work with the City of Kingston to investigate potential options to secure federal funding for this project. The City is responsible for building and maintaining the bridge, which is currently in the preliminary design phase. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and projected to be complete by 2023.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Investing in bridges to reduce congestion and improve commuting is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is providing up to $60 million for the Third Crossing Project.
- Currently, there are two existing routes that connect Kingston – Highway 401 and the LaSalle Causeway.
- Ontario is investing more than $2.1 billion in road and bridge construction projects this year, creating or sustaining approximately 21,000 jobs.
“Ontario is funding this important project that will help reduce travel times and keep goods moving throughout the region. Investing in this project will provide better opportunities and access for businesses and improve the quality of life for those living in Kingston.” — Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“I am thrilled that the province has made this commitment to support the third crossing project that the City of Kingston has identified as a key priority. Adding a third crossing over the Cataraqui River will provide an alternate emergency route, accommodate for future growth, and decrease travel times for residents and businesses in the region.” — Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
“Today’s announcement is great news for our community. This is a major project that requires participation from all levels of government and today demonstrates the province is committed to working alongside us to move it forward. This vital link will benefit our community now and into the future and should Council vote to move it forward, I’m pleased to say we have provincial support.” — Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston