Kingston’s Third Crossing Cataraqui River bridge construction continues with COVID-19 precautions

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 Ottawa Construction News staff writer

Work on the City of Kingston’s two largest infrastructure projects including the Third Crossing was continuing through March, with changes put in place to attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

Work on the $180-million bridge across the Cataraqui River and the $40-million bridge over the CN Railway crossing will continue with modified schedules for workers and workflows.

“The safety and well-being of our public, city staff and everyone the city works with is our top priority,” the city said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the information released by public health partners and will continue to work with the contractors for all of our construction projects to adjust as appropriate.”

In addition to increased hand washing and sanitization, the following measures are in place:

  • Assigning reduced field crew onsite needed to maintain critical work operations;
  • Non-essential deliveries will be postponed;
  • All meetings will be done via internet;
  • Reduced staff working in the project office and site trailers;
  • Mandatory personal and office hygiene/disinfecting protocols in effect

Over the last several months construction activity on the east shore has been steadily increasing as in-water work on the Third Crossing ramps up.  To keep you up-to-date a list of work activities for the month was provided in our recent e-newsletter. Some key activities include:

  • Building a temporary in-water access road called a temporary rock causeway – crews will be focussed closer to the west shore for this activity
  • Building a temporary trestle bridge on the east shore
  • Placing wildlife passages
  • Installing a noise fence on the east shore along Gore Rd.
  • Continuing building abutments on both shores.

Onshore work by Hydro One, Kingston Hydro, Bell and Cogeco has been completed and in-water work started in February.

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