By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Local traffic will have a smooth ride, now that the intersection at Brookdale Avenue and Water Street is back in service.
© Adam Brazeau
The intersection at Brookdale Avenue and Water Street opened up for drivers after months of being shut down to accommodate construction on the bridge.
Cornwall and area drivers patiently waited for months, as construction on the new low-level bridge shut down the busy intersection.
The ‘North Channel Bridge Replacement’ project is starting to take shape. Surface asphalt has been laid on the deck of the new bridge, and where the abandoned toll plaza once was on Cornwall Island.
The project, run by the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) and its subsidiary, the Seaway International Bridge Corporation (SIBC), is in its second of four major phases and extends from the Brookdale Avenue traffic circle, to the SIBC administrative buildings on Cornwall Island.
A new addition to the recently opened roadways is a traffic light installed at the beginning of Water Street.
Construction continues in a fenced-off area, underneath the current bridge structure. A new border checkpoint and SIBC toll booth are being erected.
The city's manager of infrastructure planning told Seaway News that a temporary Canada Border Services Agency facility is scheduled to open in November or December.