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First concrete girders arrive for Third Crossing project

Today, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the delivery of the first of 95 150-foot long concrete girders marks another milestone for Kingston’s historic Third Crossing project. Once installed, these girders will support the bridge deck and span pier-to-pier, according to a release from the City of Kingston, issued on the same date.

“We’re excited for this next phase of construction where residents will now start to see more work happening above the water,” says Mark Van Buren, Deputy Commissioner Major Projects Office. “The team has prepared extensively for the safe arrival and installation of these impressive pieces of infrastructure; however, this is still a first for the City. We’re asking the public for their patience as we help them arrive safely into the community with minimal traffic disruption.”

At 150 feet in length, these girders are some of the largest ever made for a bridge in Ontario, according to the release. Girders will continue to come through Kingston over the next few months. The City says placement of the girders will begin near the west shore and continue east towards the steel main span throughout 2021. Due to the size and weight of each girder there is a comprehensive transportation plan laid out for each one that is guided by a permit from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. 

For more information about the arrival of the girders visit the Third Crossing website.

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