Ontario Construction News staff writer
Kingston’s Third Crossing Bridge has been renamed Waaban Crossing, In honour of the history and current Indigenous community.
The new bridge will span the Cataraqui River from the foot of Gore Road in the city’s east-end to the foot of John Counter Boulevard in the north-end.
It will be referred to as Third Crossing until construction is complete and the bridge officially opens at the end of 2022.
In July 2020, city council committed to naming the structure in a way that reflects and celebrates the stories and contributions of Indigenous communities in the region, both past and present.
“We’re broadening our understanding of Kingston’s history by incorporating more Indigenous stories, and by facilitating space for a community dialogue that values and prioritizes reconciliation,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson.
“Naming the largest ever infrastructure project Waaban Crossing is a symbolic step towards these important goals. This is about building bridges, not only from one shore of the Cataraqui River to the other, but within our community as we work toward mutual understanding and inclusion.”
“The City of Kingston is proud to honour and celebrate Indigenous Nations, communities and peoples in and around Kingston,” says Jennifer Campbell, Director of Heritage Services.
“The naming of the bridge is a symbolic action, but it speaks to a shared commitment across the community. A commitment to break through systemic barriers. Reconciliation is a partnership that requires all of us to commit to learning, sharing and working together toward a stronger tomorrow.”