UPDATE: City plans major overhaul of Seventh Street

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Cornwall City Hall

City council will agreed Monday afternoon to approve a funding application that will help pay for a massive reconstruction of one of Cornwall's more dilapidated streets.

Councillors gathered for a special meeting and approved a Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative funding application to gut a section of Seventh Street from Sydney to Amelia Streets.

The roadway and sidewalk are in terrible condition and the underground sewer infrastructure is also in need of replacement - the watermain itself has just seven years of life left in it.

"This is an excellent reconstruction candidate," said a report to city councillors from infrastructure planning manager Stephen Wintle. "If reconstructed, the sewer would be designed to accommodate separation into storm and sanitary systems, an expensive and long-term objective that will not likely be accomplished without senior government funding assistance."

Council must met to approve the filing of an expression of interest in making a funding application to the province prior to a Jan. 9 deadline.

The city wants the province to pick up half of the $1.6 million it will cost to complete the project.

Up to $51 million is being made available by the province to address necessary road, bridge, water and wastewater projects identified as top priorities through comprehensive asset management plans. Funding will be targeted to municipalities that are unable to pay for proposed projects without provincial assistance.

Should the province agree to the funding request, reconstruction work won't begin until next year.


Geographic location: Seventh Street, Cornwall, Sydney

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