PSPC focused on developing options for temporary bridge solution at LaSalle Causeway

Demolition debris from the bascule bridge section on the west bank was nearly cleaned up on Friday, Jun. 28, 2024. Photo by Aerosnapper Kingston.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has provided an update on the LaSalle Causeway closure, following the removal of the bascule bridge, and the reopening of the waterway.

On Thursday, Jun. 20, 2024, Kingstonist reported on the public notice issued by PSPC indicating that the LaSalle Causeway was fully open for marine navigation. With the navigation channel now open, PSPC is currently focusing efforts on completing analysis and developing options to reinstate access for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians through a temporary bridge solution, according to a release from the federal agency.

PSPC said it “appreciates the impacts” of the closure of the LaSalle Causeway to vehicular traffic.

“These impacts include restricted access to downtown Kingston, and broader commuting delays that will be further exacerbated in the late summer and early fall,” the agency said.

In collaboration with the City of Kingston, PSPC is reportedly actively evaluating options to reinstate vehicular and pedestrian traffic, while continuing to accommodate marine traffic. The chosen solution and associated timelines, once determined, will be communicated in a future public notice, according to the release.

In the interim, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruise Line has launched the ‘Kingston Water Taxi’ to ferry pedestrians across the Cataraqui River. The taxi docks at Crawford Wharf on the west side, and the HMCS Cataraqui Jetty on the east side. The maiden voyage took place on Canada Day. More details on the service can be found in Kingstonist’s previous coverage.

PSPC said that in the interim, the marine navigation channel will remain open to marine traffic.

“This is subject to any required works on the existing structure that may necessitate a temporary closure, in which case a public notice will be issued in advance to advise the public,” PSPC advised.

According to the release, PSPC remains committed to protecting the safety of Canadians through ongoing investments in its infrastructure. More information will be shared as it becomes available. The agency encourages users to consult its public notices and social media channels for updates.

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