Brookdale Avenue lane closure over next year

Cars travel over the CN overpass on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall, Ont. in this June 2016 Google Maps photo. Traffic will down to one lane, controlled by a traffic light for the next year, with the exception of a four month winter break. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – If you regularly drive along the north end of Brookdale Avenue you’re going to have to deal with lane closures over the next year.

Workers are starting a multi-million dollar reconstruction project on the railway overpass north of Tollgate Road.

Starting Sunday (Aug. 19), Brookdale between Tollgate Road and Highway 401 will be reduced to one lane of traffic. It will be controlled by a traffic light.

With the exception of a winter break from December to the end of March 2019, the lane closure will continue through September 2019.

You can use north-south alternates, such as Power Dam Drive, Pitt Street and McConnell Avenue.

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any traffic delays throughout the duration of the project,” a city spokesman tweeted Thursday.

In April 2016, Cornwall received $3 million to repair the Canadian National Railway overpass on Brookdale as part of the Ontario Connecting Links program.

The entire project is estimated to cost $3.5 million.

In this diagram from the City of Cornwall’s Twitter account, the red broken line shows the lane closure that will be in effect through September 2019, with the exception of a four month winter break. A multi-million dollar reconstruction of the CNR bridge will take place over the next year. (City of Cornwall/Twitter via Newswatch Group)