Cornwall Centre Road to open by week’s end

A westbound tractor trailer on Highway 401 passes over a bridge at Cornwall Centre Road on Oct. 6, 2015. The two overpasses have been replaced in a job that has taken nearly two-and-a-half years. The MTO said it's hopeful Cornwall Centre Road will open to through traffic by the end of the week. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL/SOUTH STORMONT – A welcome relief is coming soon for regular commuters and Cornwall-area residents who use Cornwall Centre Road.

After months of construction to install a second Highway 401 overpass, the Ministry of Transportation is “hopeful” the road will open by the end of the week.

“Yeah, they got that done a while ago (putting the overpass in place) so they’re kind of finishing things up on top. Underneath, it’s basically landscaping and some line painting to do,” spokeswoman Brandy Duhaime told Cornwall Newswatch.

She said the westbound lanes of Highway 401 have been reduced to one lane periodically for the final touches on construction and the eastbound side has been unaffected.

On the site Tuesday afternoon, workers were landscaping the embankments.

The entire project, by Aecon Construction, has taken almost two-and-a-half years to complete.

The $14 million overpass replacements were originally supposed to be done by November 2014.

The contractor had the westbound span complete but ran out of time before winter due to “unpredictable challenges.”

The second rigid-frame bridge for the eastbound side, which had been built off-site, was lowered into place this year.

Thumbs Up(6)Thumbs Down(0)