Third Crossing Launches Public Engagement on Environmental Considerations

Published on: 2019/09/16 - in News

Kingston proposed third crossing (bridge)

Public consultation for the federal environmental assessment of the Third Crossing, known as a Detailed Impact Assessment (DIA), was initiated this past Friday by the Third Crossing project team.

The consultation consists of posting the DIA document online for public review, where it will remain until 4pm on Saturday, October. 12, at the City’s Get Involved page. The Detailed Impact Assessment report is also available in alternate formats upon email request to

This 30-day engagement period will also see the project team host two open houses – one on the east and one on the west shore of the Cataraqui River – on the following dates:

  • Sept. 25 at LaSalle Secondary School at 773 Highway 15
  • Sept. 26 at L.C.V.I at 153 Van Order Dr.

“Preserving the natural environment and protecting the Cataraqui River are key priorities for us in building this project,” said Mark Van Buren, Deputy Commissioner, Major Projects. “Through our work with Parks Canada, and in our DIA submission, we are ensuring the bridge is well designed to avoid or reduce any potential impacts while protecting the environment – and building a bridge the community can be proud of for years to come.”

The DIA is the most intensive form of review required by Parks Canada’s regulatory process – typical for complex projects, its analysis deals with the environmental considerations, impacts and proposed mitigation strategies for the project.

Following these consultation, the City will compile the questions and comments received into a report and submitted it and the DIA for Parks Canada’s review. The public consultation review will also be uploaded to the City’s Third Crossing project page as well as the its Get Involved site.

Construction of the Third Crossing, joining Gore Road to John Counter Boulevard over the Cataraqui River, is expected to be complete by early 2023.

UPDATE: City of Kingston video – Third Crossing Fall 2019 progress report:

Image (artist rendition): City of Kingston