Back to Highway 401 bottleneck through Cornwall

A construction worker stands beside a manufactured overpass on April 14, 2015. It's been built for the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 at Cornwall Centre Road. The highway is down to one lane in each direction this week as spring construction gets underway to demolish the old overpass and put this one in its place. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – It’s back to a familiar sight on Highway 401 through the Cornwall-area – bottle-necked traffic.

This week, the Ministry of Transportation squeezed the freeway near the Cornwall Centre Road overpass down to two lanes across the westbound bridge (one lane in each direction).

That will allow Aecon Construction crews to demolish the eastbound overpass and replace it with an already-constructed bridge, which was completed last winter.

Cornwall Centre Road is also closed to traffic in the area of the overpass.

The work is going to take some time as the $14.2 million job isn’t expected to be finished until winter.

The overpass replacements were awarded to Aecon Construction in May 2013.

It was supposed to be completed at the end of October but the company ran into unexpected challenges.

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