Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) issued a public notice that the LaSalle Causeway was closed to boaters as of Saturday, May 11 and until further notice.
High water levels and flow of the Cataraqui River is the reason for this closure and will remain in effect until the water levels recede.
The LaSalle Causeway is part of Provincial Highway 2 and the main artery connecting the City of Kingston to its eastern suburbs, including the Royal Military College and CFB Kingston.
As stated by PSPC, the causeway was built in 1917 to replace the 1829 ‘Penny Bridge’ – a wooden toll bridge with a swing section to allow passage of marine vessels – which replaced the first permanent crossing, a cable ferry built in 1786.
The lift bridge operates during the boating season from May to November, following a lift schedule for pleasure craft between 6:00am to 10:00pm with consideration given to rush hour road traffic and for commercial vessels.