The City of Kingston is providing the community with a chance to preview the Third Crossing later this month. On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, the public is invited to walk, ride or roll across the new bridge ahead of the official opening at the end of the year.
According to a release from the City, the preview event will offer the community a chance to see the bridge progress firsthand. The day will be a “celebration of active transportation,” the City shared, noting that a key benefit of the bridge is its multi-use pathway designed for cyclists and pedestrians.
Residents are encouraged to walk, bike, roll, or ride Kingston Transit to and from the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to the release, no general parking will be available on either shore. An accessible drop-off area will be available on the west shore with access from John Counter Boulevard. The City said that limited off-site parking will be available at LaSalle Intermediate and Secondary School, located at 773 Hwy. 15; OPSEU, located at 824 John Counter Blvd.; and BERG Access & Mobility, located at 816 John Counter Blvd.
“After years of anticipation, we’re ready to welcome residents to see firsthand the results of countless hours of work that have gone into constructing our new bridge,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “I’m looking forward to walking across the bridge to celebrate how far we’ve come on this significant project for our city.”
The City said that the entire multi-use path, including the two south-facing viewing areas near the east shore, and half of the bridge deck will be paved and open for use during this preview event. The remainder of the bridge deck, and the entire temporary causeway, are still under construction and will be restricted to construction vehicles and project staff to ensure the safety of the public. According to the release, areas open for use will be marked with signage.
City and project staff will be on-site to share information about the bridge naming process — which decided the bridge will be known as the Waaban Crossing upon opening — as well as how the bridge was constructed, and timelines for future work on neighbouring projects. Food trucks and the Utilities Kingston water buggy will be on site, and additional programming will be announced leading up to the event, the City stated.
The City of Kingston relayed that public access will be restricted after the preview event until the official opening of the Waaban Crossing at the end of the year. More information about the Walk, Ride and Roll preview event can be found on the City’s website.