Mayor Bryan Paterson, MP Mark Gerretsen, MPP Ian Arthur and Councillor Ryan Boheme welcomed guests and other staff this morning as a ceremonial groundbreaking took place on the western shore of what will become the new bridge over the Cataraqui River.
Approved by council in 2017 and with its finding confirmed in 2018, the project only just received its approval from Parks Canada on the detailed impact assessment earlier this month, green-lighting construction. Contractors have been on the site since the summer. Buoys holding up a mesh curtain along the length future bridge to mitigate impact to the surrounding environment during construction have also been floating for several months.
Today’s ceremony marks the formal commencement of construction on the shores and enables the contractors from Peter Kiewit Sons ULC, Hatch Ltd., and SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies to really begin laying foundation for the new road.
Kingston’s new bridge is expected to open in late 2022.