The City of Kingston is building a Third Crossing bridge across the Cataraqui River from the foot of Gore Road in the city’s east-end to the foot of John Counter Boulevard in its north end. The bridge is the largest infrastructure project the City has ever undertaken. The new 1.2 kilometre, two-lane bridge will improve emergency services, increase active transportation through a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, create greater business connectivity and enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Kingston.
The Third Crossing is 1.2km bridge with V-Piers and an AESS double arch spanning 117m. Rising 20m above the pavement the arch will be seen for miles and become a landmark for the City of Kingston. The double V-piers reduce in-water effects and their slender, open look minimizes visual impacts The 150 metre (m) pier-to-pier distance of the arch span provides unencumbered through navigation for the Canal’s navigable channel and adjacent rowing lanes.
Walters Group is engaged as the Structural Steel Trade Partner on our second IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) type contract. IPD contracting throws traditional contract language out in pursuit of creating a project team that recognizes reward with group execution. It’s “our project”, not “their project”. Walters’ role will be all encompassing, providing consultation/estimating services through the Validation Phase (IPD Process), continuing through to design-assist engineering, fabrication, and delivery. 5 KEY IPD Contract Elements; Early involvement of key participants, Shared risk and rewards based on project outcome, joint project control, reduced liability and exposure, jointly developed and validated targets.
Being an IPD Type Contract there remains room for flexibility in design in order to meet project budgets. The project also includes massive heavy pieces, superload shipping, and erection of a trestle over water.