Bridge opening delayed until mid-January: CAO

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The new low-level bridge in Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario - It looks like Cornwall and area residents will have to wait a few more weeks until the new low-level bridge in the city opens.

Cornwall CAO Norm Levac told Seaway News Friday the city has been told it will likely be "mid-January" before the bridge opens to traffic.

"It's more or less minor things" holding up the opening, said Levac, suggesting some electrical work needs to be completed at the interim CBSA facility being built at the base of the new bridge in Cornwall.

Rumours have been flying that Jan. 4 will see the bridge finally open to traffic, but Levac's comments appear to contradict that sentiment.

The original plan, according to the Canada Border Services Protection Agency, was to see the bridge open in mid-December with the addition of an interim port of entry.

That facility would be similar to the port of entry currently being used at the traffic circle on Brookdale Avenue in Cornwall.

A more modern facility is under construction, with an estimated completion next summer. That facility will include more traffic lanes, with an aim to creating more efficiency when crossing the border.

Organizations: Seaway News, Canada Border Services Protection Agency

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Brookdale Avenue

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  • Jayme
    December 28, 2013 - 12:07

    If people have to go to the Prescott-Ogdensburg crossing its going to be a issue with the mine company setting up a warehouse there plus the high tech company expanding and the airport getting a major expanson.

  • J.Edgar. Dyson
    December 27, 2013 - 20:49

    ARE-TEE & JOHN DOE, Just wondering out loud, the threat of blockading the bridge, is this sanctioned by the Band ? Remember last time you bullied, she (bridge) was closed for months ! Oh yeah, enjoy your wait while checking in ! When will you learn ?

    • are-tee-1
      December 27, 2013 - 23:24

      It is also rumored if Akwesasne doesn't get its wishes the bridges will only be open to Akwesasne people, associates and businesses dealing with Akwesasne. Oh yeah, enjoy driving to Valleyfield or Prescott to cross the border ! When will you ever learn ?

  • are-tee-1
    December 27, 2013 - 17:13

    Rumors have it, that the bridge will not be allowed to open until the residents of the island DO NOT have to go all the way to Cornwall to check in with the CBSA..

  • john doe
    December 27, 2013 - 13:28

    The bridge it no opening at all, it will be blocked off before opening! No bridges on our island!

  • Estelle Lauzon
    December 27, 2013 - 12:49

    Hi, just out of curiosity, how will they demolish the old bridge with the new one right under it?

    • Jess
      December 27, 2013 - 14:37

      Same way they knock over high rises right next to other buildings. Its all about placement of the explosive or how they remove each piece. Lots of planning