New $180M bridge planned for Kingston, Ont. gets green light
The major infrastructure project has been discussed for nearly 50 years. It will relieve pressure on the ageing La Salle Causeway
KINGSTON, Ont.—Three tiers of government have agreed to share the $180 million cost of a new bridge over the Great Cataraqui River at Kingston, Ont.
The long-debated infrastructure project will be the largest in the city’s history and add a third crossing over the river that divides Kingston’s east and west segments. It’s designed to relieve pressure on the century-old La Salle Causeway and speed up travel times. The city’s only other bridge across the Great Cataraqui is at Highway 401, north of downtown.
With the city and province already having committed $60 million to the project, the federal government’s $60 million contribution announced Feb. 21 was the final piece needed to move forward on the bridge. The span is planned for midway between Kingston’s two existing bridges. It will link the northwest side’s John Counter Boulevard with the Gore Road on the eastern side of the Cataraqui.
Earlier estimates placed the cost of the bridge at $120 million. The figure has since increased 50 per cent to $180 million.
Mayor Bryan Paterson said the first step moving forward will be to establish a project management team to ensure the bridge comes in on-time and on-budget. He said the city expects to break ground on the bridge in 2019.