Ottawa Construction News staff writer
Final designs for connections to Kingston’s Third Crossing bridge from the west shore of the Cataraqui River include new and improved active transportation elements for cyclists, pedestrians and multi-modal users.
“This is an opportunity for residents to see the road designs on the west shore that will connect to the new bridge,” said Mark Van Buren, deputy commissioner, major project.
“The roadway designs offer safe and accessible facilities for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users, Kingston Transit riders and motorists.”
Construction is reportedly more than 70 per cent completed on the $180 million project. Kingston chose Peter Kiewit Sons ULC (Kiewit), Hatch Ltd. (Hatch) and SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies (SYSTRA) for the detailed design after seven teams responded to the request for proposals in February 2018.
Work is focused on top of the bridge deck where workers are laying concrete panels and reinforced steel and then pouring the concrete deck.
In 2022, water proofing and asphalt work will begin.
Final designs for John Counter Boulevard between the bridge and Ascot Lane aims to:
- Enhance safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities
- increase pedestrian facilities with new sidewalks, multi-use pathways, and crosswalks
- new cycling facilities including multi-use pathways and cycle tracks
- new signalized four-leg intersection at Ascot Lane provides access to Riverpark neighbourhood to the north and Skyline apartments to the south
- improve entrance/exit for vehicles accessing commercial businesses located on south side of John Counter Blvd.
In 2020, the city received federal grant funding to enable enhanced improvements at the Montreal/John Counter intersection including new transit infrastructure and active transportation facilities.