In a word, NO.

The $120 million figure was the initial estimates made by City Hall in 2011.

The real cost will be revealed the conclusion of the design work currently underway.

But it’s important to understand that building a bridge is not the only cost of the project. Integrating the bridge into the city’s transportation system has been estimated to cost $500,000,000. This includes:

  • Land acquisition
  • Improvements to connector roads
  • Landscaping in the approaches to the bridge
  • The cost of borrowing money to pay for the project
  • Lighting

Costs do not include city staff time or the cost to maintain the bridge and road system once it is complete.

Of course nobody knows. But let the record speak for itself. We can track City Hall management for large projects. To highlight just four recent projects:

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre : 70% over initial budget – (from $8m to $11m to $13.6m)
  • Grand Theatre : 166% over initial budget – ($6m to $9m to $12m to $16m)
  • J.K. Tett Centre for the Performing Arts : 108% over initial budget (from $6m to $11m to $12.5)
  • Rogers-K-Rock Centre : 82% over initial budget (from $25.5m to $33m to $46.5m)

This strongly suggests that there is a real possibility of cost overruns on a project City Hall dubs ‘the largest in the history of Kingston’.

If we take a 35% overrun, and apply that against the present cost estimate of $120,000,000, that comes to an extra $42,000,000

The EVA estimate, now badly out of date, included a $17 m provision for cost overruns, or about 14 percent of the initial estimate. Past experience would suggest a critical re-evaluation.

Even if the city succeeds in getting funding help from the federal and provincial governments, any cost overruns are most likely to be the responsibility of City of Kingston taxpayers.

NO!

The majority of residents east of the Cataraqui River have been silent on the subject.

There is growing concern that a third crossing will not be a magic answer to all of the perceived traffic problems and may add to traffic congestion on the east side of the river, bringing more cars into the neighbourhood.

The bridge would also allow new areas to open up for development, which is why developers are pushing for it, changing the nature of the Pittsburgh community.

There are many alternative and far less costly solutions that have been overlooked in the current push to complete the Third Crossing to shovel-ready.

We do ourselves and future generations a disservice by ignoring them.

Council appears to be divided into three groups:

  • those who simply say ‘let’s get it done’ with little regard to the consequences
  • those who are undecided and trying hard to please all opinions
  • those who have studies the complexities of the project and have decided it’s a costly mistake
It is clear from the environmental assessment and studies City Hall has commissioned that there is very little benefit to be gained by a Third Crossing. Traffic patterns will change and traffic volumes will increase which will not result in significant improvements to traffic flows on Highways 15 and 2.
NO.

In fact, the Provincial Government has spent almost $140,000,000 widening the 401 across the city to date.

The Federal Government is investing $15 million in repairing the Kingston Mills bridge this year.

Currently federal funding programs are focusing on municipalities to fix existing roads and bridges, not build new ones.

It has also been suggested that the federal government will not continue to operate the Lasalle Causeway if it contributed money to a new bridge. That will leave the City with the choice of allowing the Causeway to be closed or taking it over with an annual operating cost of over $1 million and the very expensive repairs expected for a 100 year old structure.

City Hall is exploring the possibility of private venture partnerships to build the bridge but these end up costing taxpayers even more as has been proven in the hospital sector.

YOURS WILL!

Whether you own or rent, we all pay taxes, and we are all going to have to contribute to the cost of building the Third Crossing and help to pay off the debt for this mega-expense.

NO.

Studies shows that the City’s obsolete transportation planning (including the Third Crossing) will actually increase congestion and harmful gas emissions to the environment.

NO.

Future growth is limited. Reports commissioned by City Hall show that the population in Kingston is expected to peak in 2030, and then decline.

As shown on the map below:

  • Pittsburgh District has almost reached its urban boundary capacity.
  • Currently there are approximately 10,000 residential units approved or are pending
  • With little room for residential expansion the current traffic flow in Pittsburgh District has almost reached it maximum. A new crossing will not change this.
  • Regardless of the number of new residents in the core or west side of Kingston the number of jobs in Pittsburgh District is not expected to significantly change. Therefore traffic will continue to function at close to today’s level.

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You can contact the Mayor and your Councillor and ask for answers to your questions about the project.

Bryan Paterson :   mayor@cityofkingston.ca

Richard Allen : District 1: Countryside     rallen@cityofkingston.ca

Kevin George : District 2: Loyalist-Cataraqui     kgeorge@cityofkingston.ca

Lisa Osanic : District 3: Collins-Bayridge     losanic@cityofkingston.ca

Laura Turner : District 4: Lakeside     lkturner@cityofkingston.ca

Liz Schell : District 5: Portsmouth   lschell@cityofkingston.ca

Adam Candon : District 6: Trillium     acandon@cityofkingston.ca

Mary Rita Holland : District 7: Kingscourt-Rideau   mrholland@cityofkingston.ca

Jeff McLaren … District 8: Meadowbrook-Strathcona     jmclaren@cityofkingston.ca

Jim Neill : District 9: Williamsville     jneill@cityofkingston.ca

Peter Stroud : District 10: Sydenham   pstroud@cityofkingston.ca

Rob Hutchison : District 11: King’s Town   rhutchison@cityofkingston.ca

Ryan Boehme : District 12: Pittsburgh   RNBoehme@cityofkingston.ca