CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall drivers can rejoice: the intersection at Brookdale Avenue and Water Street should be open in days.
After months of closure while construction crews work on the new low-level bridge at the city's waterfront, municipal officials suggest the area should be open to motorists by Friday or Monday.
"It was supposed to open by the end of September," said Stephen Wintle, the city's manager of infrastructure planning. "But at the last meeting I went to (the contractor) requested an additional week."
Wintle was in the midst of confirming the exact date for the city streets to open.
He said construction will continue behind fenced-off areas on things like the new border checkpoint and toll booth area.
"The city portion is at a pretty high state of completion," he said, adding the roads have been paved, sod has been put on boulevards and the next step will be to paint traffic lines.
"I would assume they would like to take advantage of all the good weather to get the lines done," said Wintle.
While it's anticipated the new low-level bridge will be completed not long after the city roadway reopens, it cannot open to traffic until a CBSA facility opens on the old canal lands along the waterfront.
Sources have indicated to Seaway News it could be weeks later, perhaps sometime in November or December, before another temporary CBSA facility opens - which will signal the opening of the new bridge.