Waaban Crossing Opens

The Waaban Crossing, the City of Kingston’s largest infrastructure project was completed on December 13th with the inaugural crossing ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.  Mayor Bryan Paterson lauded the occasion as a major moment for the city and the community that would serve as a link to unite the city, a link that has been supported by Kingston residents.  “Today, this really is a celebration of what is possible when we work together toward a common vision” the Mayor said.  Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretson added that  “Bridges have a way, and have always been a symbol of unity and connection. They demonstrate our ability to bring people and places together,” he said noting that the Waaban Crossing also honours the city’s Indigenous community. The 180 million dollar project was approved by City Council in 2018 and was completed on time and within budget with 60 million dollars in contributions coming from the municipal, provincial and federal governments.  Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, McCoy Bus Service was the first to cross the new bridge having submitted a winning auction bid as part of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.