Learn about the LaSalle Causeway, which links downtown Kingston to Pittsburgh Township near the mouth of the Cataraqui River.
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About the causeway
The LaSalle Causeway is considered part of Highway 2. It connects the city of Kingston to its eastern suburbs.
The causeway consists of 5 interconnecting engineered structures:
- 3 bridges:
- West Bridge
- East Bridge
- Bascule Bridge
- 2 wharfs:
- West Wharf
- East Wharf
The West Bridge and the East Bridge are 2 fixed bridges located at each end of the causeway, with the Bascule Bridge spanning the central channel.
The West Wharf contains the site office and workshop for the bridge and the operator control station for the Bascule Bridge.
The LaSalle Causeway links downtown Kingston to Pittsburgh Township near the mouth of the Cataraqui River.
The Cataraqui River is the southern entrance to the Rideau Canal, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The LaSalle Causeway provides marine access to the canal and the inner harbour of Kingston.
The causeway has undergone various structural changes over the years:
- the causeway was opened
- the 1829 “Penny Bridge,” a wooden toll bridge with a swing section to allow passage of marine vessels, was replaced by the Bascule Bridge, a single-leaf Strauss heel trunnion bascule bridge designed by the Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago
- the original East Bridge and West Bridge were single-span through truss structures
- 1969: the East Bridge was replaced with a 2-span prestressed concrete voided slab beam bridge that was designed by C.C. Parker & Associates Ltd.
- 1994: the West Bridge was replaced with a 2-span prestressed concrete box beam girder bridge
- 2010: the steel structure and coating of the Bascule Bridge underwent extensive rehabilitation
- 2020: mechanical systems were repaired to address the systems’ deficiencies that impacted operations
- 2021: the structural steel was repaired to address fatigue issues in the structural truss
- 2022: concrete repairs were completed to address deficiencies on the road and critical structural items for the health and safety of the public
The Bascule Bridge operates during the boating season from May to November. It lifts on the hour between 6 am and 10 pm for pleasure craft according to the schedule below.
- mornings: 6 am, 7 am, 9 am, 10 am and 11 am
- afternoons: 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
- evenings: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm
- 6 am to 10 pm every hour on the hour
Due to construction, special requests to lift the bridge can’t be accommodated during the following time periods (non-operational seasons):
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023, to Tuesday, April 30, 2024
- Friday, November 1, 2024, to Wednesday, April 30, 2025
For more information, please see the page on the LaSalle Causeway: Bascule Bridge rehabilitation.
The LaSalle Causeway can only operate with wind less than 47 km per hour, including wind gusts. Before each lift, a reading is taken from the Weather Network (Kingston Airport).
Approximately 23,000 vehicles cross the causeway daily. To relieve congestion, lifting for marine traffic is restricted during rush hours. With its urban setting, the causeway also carries many cyclists and pedestrians.
Information for motorists and other traffic
If you have questions about current and upcoming closures or lane reductions on the LaSalle Causeway, consult our media advisories.
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