City of Kingston offers open house on possible footbridge crossing for John Counter Boulevard

Graphic via City of Kingston website.

The City of Kingston has announced the beginning of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for a new pedestrian bridge crossing both John Counter Boulevard, and the adjacent CN Rail line and K&P Trail.

The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) officially begins when public notice is given of it, which the City of Kingston did via its website on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. The announcement provides notice of the required Public Information Centre (PIC) for the MCEA of the project. That PIC will take the form of an open house, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at the Rideau Heights Community Centre, located at 85 MacCauley Street.

The notice states that the City has initiated the study to “identify alternative locations and conceptual design alternatives for a new pedestrian and cycling crossing anticipated to cross over John Counter Boulevard and the CN Rail line to provide a north-south connection from the existing Kingston and Pembroke (K&P) Trail, between Division Street and Elliot Avenue.” According to the City, the need for such a crossing was identified in the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan, and the MCEA and current study were committed to in the City’s Five-Year Active Transportation Implementation Plan.

“The study will confirm and document the existing conditions of the study area and identify alternative locations that best support a new pedestrian bridge crossing,” the City stated on its website.

“The environmental impacts of each alternative will be evaluated in consultation with the public and external agencies, and a technically preferred alternative will be selected.”

The September 12 open house will present the study process, existing conditions, alternative solutions/locations, identify the recommended “Technically Preferred Location(s),” and “provide opportunity for public input and comments,” the City stated.

Following the September 12 open house, display boards from the event will be available on the City’s Get Involved platform, according to the announcement.

Further information, including who to contact to provide input, comments, and feedback, is available on the City of Kingston website.

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