Extension of Cornwall’s Nick Kaneb Drive

A diagram from a 2020 City of Cornwall budget book, shows the extension of Nick Kaneb Drive from Marleau Avenue to Tenth Street East. City council is expected to approve the work to be done this year. (City of Cornwall via Newswatch Group)

Correction: This story has been corrected from an earlier version to delete references to the project being over budget. The total bid price was $1,986,920 which included Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). Since the city only pays 1.76 per cent of the HST and not 13 per cent, the net cost to the city is $1,789,283, which is slightly under the $1.8 million budget. The story has also been updated to show the project was passed on Monday night.

CORNWALL – Building the next piece of Nick Kaneb Drive is going ahead this year.

City council awarded the next phase of building the street from Marleau Avenue to Tenth Street East to Cornwall Gravel for $1,986,920 at tonight’s council meeting (May 10).

The Cornwall company was the lowest of three local bidders for the contract, with a net cost to the city of $1,789,283 – slightly under the $1.8 million budget.

The work will include a new road, intersection modifications at Tenth Street East and Marleau Avenue, storm sewers and an off-road recreational path next to the street.

The project won’t be funded from the tax base directly – it will be paid through a combination of development charges and financing.

The city says the extension has to be done first in order to provide an alternate flow for traffic before widening Marleau Avenue east of McConnell Avenue.

Staff say this project will provide “critical road relief and redundancy for the McConnell Ave. and Ninth St./Marleau Ave. intersection” while also improving response times for police, fire and ambulance and also a link for active transportation.

The project is behind schedule. The road extension was originally supposed to be built in the spring of 2020.