A pair of Highway 401 overpasses in Cornwall are being renovated, it was announced Tuesday at city hall.
MP Guy Lauzon and other area dignitaries including Prescott-Russell-North Glengarry MPP Grant Crack, said a joint funding initiayive of up to $13 million will be used to rehabilitate the overpasses at Cornwall Centre Road as well as the replacement of two media retaining walls.
The project will use heavy lift technology to shorten the closure time required for the repairs. The improvements are expected to include a 75-year lifespan.
“Highway 401 is essential to the economic vitality of Cornwall, and our government is proud to invest in this initiative which will ensure safer and more efficient travel in the area,” said Lauzon. “Our infrastructure investments strengthen communities and are an important driver of economic growth and job creation in Canada.”
Crack was equally pleased with the announcement.
”Our government is pleased to support this project that is making necessary repairs in an innovative way,” he said. “Instead of closing Cornwall Centre Road for the two years typical for this type of repair, the use of heavy lift technology will shorten the closure to one construction season.”
The project is one of 44 similar plans receiving funding through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, where the Government of Canada is providing $175 million to strengthen infrastructure across the province. Ontario is contributing $173 million to these initiatives.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring.