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Kingston, ON, Set to Get Third Bridge

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Local, provincial and national government bodies are combining to supply CA$180 million (about $141 million) in funding for a new bridge in Kingston, Ontario, the largest such project in the city’s history.

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Rendering: City of Kingston

According to an early design proposal, the Third Crossing in Kingston, Ontario, will feature two outward-tilting tied arches.

The Kingston Third Crossing project, underway since 2009 in preparatory and preliminary design phases, will move on to a final design phase now, as the city, the province and the Canadian government have each agreed to contribute CA$60 million toward its completion.

Initial Design

A preliminary design unveiled last April by the city and lead engineering consultant J.L. Richards calls for a new two-lane bridge across the Great Cataraqui River with two outward-tilting tied arches, each with 18 multi-strand cables connected to transverse floor beams. The arch span would stretch 150 meters (just under 500 feet) between piers to accommodate boat traffic below.

The pier design was altered after a previous conceptual design was released in order to realize cost savings; the original design called for two concrete V-piers with several large-diameter caissons drilled to bedrock. The new design calls for U-frame piers and V-piers at the arch, supported on eight 2100-millimeter caissons with a footing.

The Third Crossing is named such because it will provide a third bridge between the east and west banks of the Great Cataraqui, between Highway 401 to the north and the LaSalle Causeway to the south. Those two crossings have nearly three miles between them without another bridge.

Project Timeline

The three governments made the announcement Feb. 21; last June, Kingston City Council had approved construction of the bridge pending a funding agreement with the other levels of government. The city is looking to build the bridge using the Integrate Project Delivery method, in which the designer/contractor and owner work together as equal partners.

The city plans to release a request for proposals soon, in hopes of selecting an IPD partner by mid-summer and commencing construction this year. If that is accomplished, the bridge is anticipated to be built by late 2022.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Construction; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways

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