Kingston Third Crossing bridge officially opens to the public

Historic project is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the City of Kingston

December 19, 2022
Wabaan Bridge Opening

December 19, 2022 - Mississauga, Canada - The Kingston Third Crossing bridge has officially opened to the public. Now named the Waaban Crossing, the bridge spans the Cataraqui River, providing a vital transportation link for the city of Kingston and the surrounding area.

The project’s design, led by global engineering, project management, and professional services firm Hatch, design and construction of a 1.2-kilometer-long signature bridge over the Cataraqui River which forms part of the Rideau Canal, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and Federally regulated navigable waterway. This major investment aims to provide a much-needed third connection between communities on the east and west of the Cataraqui River, improve emergency services and response, provide an alternate route for the provincial Hwy 401, relieve traffic flow, promote active and public transportation alternatives, and accommodate future growth in the region.

A major milestone for the city of Kingston and the entire region, the Wabaan Crossing will improve mobility and connectivity for residents and visitors, and will support economic growth for years to come.

Hatch's involvement in the project included the design and engineering of the bridge, as well as project management and construction supervision.

“This project is truly about the people,” said Philip Murray, who spoke on behalf of Hatch and Systra, the companies that handled the technical aspects of the bridge’s design. “The people who imagined the crossing. The people whose traditional lands the crossing sits upon. The people who funded the project. The people who designed the crossing. The people who built the crossing. But most of all it is for you, the people of the community of Kingston who are now connected and will use the bridge for decades to come.”

The Wabaan Crossing is expected to serve as a major transportation hub for the region, with the potential to ease congestion and reduce travel times for commuters. It is also expected to boost the local economy by attracting new businesses and tourism to the area.

The public was invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 13 to officially celebrate the opening of the bridge.

Learn more about the Kingston Third Crossing (Waaban Crossing) project.

Watch the ribbon cutting ceremony here.

Watch the project update from May 2022 here.