PSPC looking into pedestrian options as work on LaSalle Causeway continues

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

Those who have lamented the literal roadblock that the closure of the LaSalle Causeway has created for pedestrians and cyclists may hear some good news yet, as Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) have confirmed the agency is ‘exploring options.’

In a media release, dated Monday, Apr. 22, 2024, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) provided an update on the LaSalle Causeway closure, but did not share any details or suggestions for a possible reopening date.

Earlier this month, PSPC stated that the bridge would not be open for the start of marine season, which occurs on May 1. In that update, it shared minimal details and said the damage was extensive and that it has assembled a diverse team of specialized engineers and contractors to expedite the development of a repair solution.

According to today’s release, PSPC and its “dedicated team of specialized engineers and contractors” have begun work on the repairs for the Bascule Bridge through a phased approach:

  • The first phase involves strengthening various elements of the bridge and completing key existing contract work to prepare for repairing the damaged element. This phase is ongoing and essential to ensure safe access for the heavy equipment needed for the final repairs. It will also support the temporary loading during the repair work.
  • The second phase will involve repairing the damage suffered on the diagonal steel element, and then strengthening it.

PSPC also said it continues to explore options to resume safe pedestrian access to the bridge while work is ongoing.

“Although timelines to complete repairs remain unknown, our teams continue to work diligently to reopen the bridge as soon as possible. Timelines, once known, will be communicated in a future public notice,” PSPC stated.

“The health and safety of the travelling public on the LaSalle Causeway is of utmost importance to PSPC. PSPC continues to work in close collaboration with the City of Kingston to minimize and mitigate traffic impacts to residents.”

According to the release, PSPC is “committed to providing more information as it becomes available” on this matter, and encourages residents to consult its public notices and social media channels for updates.  

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