Brookdale Avenue to open before December: city

In this March 30, 2016, file photo, a car turns down Brookdale Avenue, south of Second Street. The intersection is expected to be open by Oct. 7, 2016 and the entire street should be open by the end of November. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The city’s major north-south route from Highway 401 to the bridge to the United States should be fully open by the end of November, according to the city.

Motorists have been dealing with the closure of Brookdale Avenue, from Water Street to Seventh Street, since May.

The work has caused a lot of congestion, frustration and complaints as traffic has clogged neighbouring Cumberland Street.

The spokesman for the corporation said late last week that the project by Bray Construction is moving ahead of schedule and the section of road should be open by the end of November.

Final paving and planting of trees on the boulevard will happen in the spring.

The $7.4 million dollar reconstruction is being split between the Federal Bridge Corporation ($4.8 million) and the city ($2.7 million).

As for the intersection at Brookdale Avenue and Second Street, that should open by Oct. 7. It’s taken a little longer than expected because a large gas line was in the way when crews tried to install a new water main, the city said.

The city had a number of updates on other road projects:

  • Third Street – Sydney Street at Third Street is down to one lane as of today (Sept. 26) and will be that way until Oct. 4 for water and sewer repairs.
  • Marleau Avenue – Widening from Alice Street to Marlborough Street is underway and overnight work was done at the intersection of McConnell Avenue this past weekend.
  • Cornwall Centre Road – the section of road from Power Dam Drive to Highway 401 has been closed for culvert replacement, widening, new asphalt and bicycle lanes. The road should open by mid-October.
  • Fifth Street – Reconstruction from Pitt Street to Sydney Street starts this week and should be completed by mid-November.
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