Third Crossing Open House Wednesday Night

The first of two public meetings this week concerning the construction of the third crossing of the Cataraqui River will take place Wednesday night at LCVI.

The open house begins at 6:00 p.m. and will run until 9:00 p.m.

The second meeting will be Thursday, April 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at École Sir John A. Macdonald.

All residents are encouraged to attended the public sessions where information sheets will be available with a breakdown costs and other details pertaining to the proposed $180-million project that Mayor Bryan Paterson says is "shovel ready".

City staff will be on hand at the open houses to answer questions.

"As work continues on the draft reports, we want to give residents a first look at the high level information that makes up the draft reports on the preliminary design and business plan for the Third Crossing," says Mark Van Buren, director of engineering. "We look forward to hearing from residents and getting their feedback at the upcoming open houses where some of this information will be laid out in greater detail."

The City is asking for $60-million from both the Federal and Provincial governments to make the project fit within our city budget, so we avoid raising taxes to pay for the bridge.

"The updated cost estimate of $180-million reflects two major components, changes to construction price inflation and the cost to build a temporary work bridge to support construction of the Third Crossing," says Van Buren.

"It's important to note that the Third Crossing, like several other major capital infrastructure projects, has been considered and included into the City's priorities and financial plans and no tax increase is required to fund this project."

The City plans to contribute $60-million to the project, half of which would be funded from development charges, while the remaining $30-million would be available through a combination of 50 per-cent "pay as you go" in cash and the remaining 50 per-cent through debt issuance.

Draft reports on the business plan and preliminary design for the Third Crossing will be available for public comment in May.

The final reports, including public input, will be presented to council for consideration and hopefully a final vote on the project in June.

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