North channel bridge pier demolition starts

In this photo from the Federal Bridge Corporation, work is beginning on Monday, March 25, 2019 on removing the three in-water piers left over from the old high-level bridge from Cornwall to Cornwall Island. The work should be done this year. (FBCL via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL/AKWESASNE – Taking down the three in-water bridge piers in the St. Lawrence River between the City of Cornwall and Cornwall Island begins today (Monday).

The Federal Bridge Corporation says contractor equipment is being moved on site and temporary fencing around the work site is going up, though it’s not expected to affect traffic.

The three piers from the old high-level bridge – taken down in 2014 – will be cut down to roughly two meters (six feet) above the water line in order not to disturb fish habitat or cause pollution.

In December, Bronte Construction of Oakville, Ont. was awarded the $5 million contract.

The work is expected to be done before the end of the year.