Province Commits $60-M for Third Crossing

The provincial liberal government has announced up to $60-million in funding for a Third Crossing in Kingston.

Ontario's Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, made the announcement Tuesday morning at City Hall.

"Ontario is funding this important project that will help reduce travel times and keep goods moving throughout the region. Investing in this project will provide better opportunities and access for businesses and improve the quality of life for those living in Kingston."

The new bridge will provide alternate routes for commuters, decrease traffic congestion along the LaSalle Causeway and provide additional access to the east end of the city for emergency vehicles.

The Ontario government has also committed to working with the city to investigate potential options to secure federal funding for the project.

Mayor Bryan Patterson has already said the city will not raise taxes to build a bridge over the Cataraqui River and now he's looking to the federal government to also chip in on the project, which is expected to cost $180-Million.

"Today's announcement is great news for our community. This is a major project that requires participation from all levels of government and today demonstrates the province is committed to working alongside us to move it forward. This vital link will benefit our community now and into the future and should Council vote to move it forward, I'm pleased to say we have provincial support."

If council does approve building a bridge over the Cataraqui River, construction would begin in 2019 and is projected to be complete by 2023.