PSPC advises of ‘long-term closure’ of the LaSalle Causeway

The closed LaSalle Causeway on Monday, Apr. 1, 2024. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer/Kingstonist.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Thursday, Apr. 4, 2024, at 3:59 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has now confirmed that the LaSalle Causeway will indeed be closed for the day of the eclipse, Monday, Apr. 8, 2024, and quite likely for several weeks to follow.

Referring to the bridge closure now as a “long-term closure,” PSPC further explained the damages to the LaSalle Causeway bascule bridge following an “incident” on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2024.

“The element of the bridge that was compromised during construction is a diagonal steel truss element supporting the counterweight on the bridge. On March 30, the diagonal element was damaged while carrying out work to strengthen it. As a precautionary measure, PSPC moved quickly to close the bridge and surrounding area immediately following the incident. No one was injured or harmed as a result of this incident,” the federal agency that oversees operations and maintenance of the LaSalle Causeway stated.

“Specialized equipment is now on site to stabilize the structure. Once set up, this equipment will be able to support the counterweight to stabilize the structure. As soon as it is safe to access the site, PSPC will be able to assess the full extent of the damage and prepare plans for repairs.”

Indeed, large equipment was moved into place at the causeway today, Thursday, Apr. 4, 2024.

Mammoet brought a crane and four modular transporters to the LaSalle Causeway amid unseasonable flurries on Thursday, Apr. 4, 2024. Photo by Aerosnapper Kingston.

PSPC said that the “health and safety of the travelling public” on the bridge is “of paramount consideration,” and said they are “working diligently” to resolve the issue and reopen the LaSalle Causeway “as soon as possible.”

“Although we still need to conduct a complete assessment of the damage that occurred to the structure, preliminary indications are that the LaSalle Causeway will be closed for several weeks,” PSPC said.

“PSPC is committed to providing more information as it becomes available and encourages users to consult our public notices and our social media channels for updates.”

Update (Friday, Apr. 12, 2024):
In a social media post on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024, Mayor Bryan Paterson provided an update on the condition of the LaSalle Causeway.

“Ensuring the safety of pedestrians and car traffic remains the top priority before any repair work can happen,” he stated. “We continue to ask for the reopening of pedestrian access as a first step once it’s safe to do so. On the City’s end, we are testing signal changes at crucial intersections in collaboration with the Kingston Police – More updates on this will be shared shortly.”

Mayor Paterson concluded by thanking the public for “your continued patience as we work with PSPC to determine the next steps and ensure timely communication so that you can plan accordingly.”

“PSPC will be providing updates on pedestrian access in the coming days. Stay up to date by visiting” he added.

Kingstonist will continue to provide updated coverage if/when more information becomes available.

2 thoughts on “PSPC advises of ‘long-term closure’ of the LaSalle Causeway

  • So I guess, since the original project had not been completed, full opening of the causeway will be several weeks (months?) after these several weeks.

  • This is too bad, especially for pedestrians, for whom Waaban may be too far out of the way. Are there any plans for a temporary pedestrian bridge or even a small ferry? There are docks/jetties on DND property at both ends north alongside the causeway that could be used.

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