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Tree-cutting at Kingston’s third bridge crossing put on hold

WATCH: Working continues on Kingston's third crossing, however tree-cutting on the east side of the Cataraqui River has been put on hold.

While the in-water construction of Kingston’s third bridge crossing hasn’t started yet, crews remain busy on-shore.

On Monday, crews were supposed to start clear-cutting trees on the east side of the Cataraqui River, but that’s been put on hold.

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Dan Franco is an engineering supervisor with the city.

“We originally had it scheduled for some tree clearing to occur today (Monday),” Franco said, “but [we’ve] elected to defer the tree cutting for a few more days to give us a chance to not only to double check our surveying of our trees that are out there, but also for our outreach to Indigenous communities and the public.”

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The area in question is located just off Highway 15 and Gore Road behind the Pittsburgh branch of the public library.

Laurel Claus-Johnson is a concerned citizen. She’s also Indigenous.

“A tree is not just a tree to Indigenous people, it’s part of a standing family,” Claus-Johnston said. “They have their responsibility. In fact, what they breathe out, we breathe in.”

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Claus-Johnson says she would have probably chained herself to a tree on Monday, however, the cutting was delayed. In fact, just minutes before her interview with Global News, the city reached out to Claus-Johnson. They’ll meet later in the week.

Franco says for every tree cut down a new one will be planted, somewhere.