Brookdale reopens to traffic

In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 photo by the City of Cornwall, Brookdale Avenue has reopened to traffic from Water to Seventh. (City of Cornwall via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – Drivers in Cornwall are probably breathing a collective sigh of relief.

After a number of delays, a section of Brookdale Avenue, from Water Street to Seventh Street, reopened to traffic today (Wednesday).

“This has been an extensive and comprehensive gateway infrastructure project involving the road, sewers and water mains. It will be of great lasting benefit to our citizens, including our Akwesasne neighbours, and to visitors of our community. We appreciate the patience and cooperation shown by residents and motorists during this time,” Public Works General Manager John St. Marseille said in a statement.

A final layer of asphalt and landscaping will be done in the spring.

The opening had been delayed last week because of safety concerns because light poles for the street had been delayed by the manufacturer.

The reconstruction of Brookdale Avenue was part of a $75 million federal government project to replace the Three Nations Bridge from Cornwall to Cornwall Island.