Could be weeks before traffic circle returns to normal: city

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The former CBSA port of entry in Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario - While motorists should be happy that there appears to be a light at the end of tunnel when it comes to travelling on Brookdale Avenue, it's not over yet.

The city issued a release Wednesday that suggests it will be weeks before the temporary infrastructure at the base of the existing bridge is removed to allow for direct access to the traffic circle by northbound motorists on Brookdale.

The release came out the same day the Federal Bridge Corporation announced the opening of the new low-level bridge Friday.

Existing traffic barriers will remain in the vicinity of the former temporary Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) location on Brookdale Avenue, south of the traffic circle, until the canopy and other facilities installed for the temporary Port of Entry are dismantled by CBSA contractors.   

"For the next few months, northbound traffic on Brookdale Avenue will continue to be rerouted onto Seventh Street until the CBSA removes its structures from the traffic circle area at the foot of the old bridge," said Steve Wintle, Division Manager, Infrastructure Planning. "The city will continue to monitor parking restrictions and other temporary traffic controls on Brookdale Avenue and Seventh Street to ensure efficient traffic flow.” 

It’s anticipated the existing detour on Seventh Street will remain in place until the spring. 

"We continue to dialogue with our federal government partners, including the Seaway International Bridge Corporation (SIBC), FBCL and CBSA to minimize the short-term impacts on the city's traffic, road maintenance and signaling networks," said John St. Marseille, the city's municipal works manager. "We continue to ask city residents for their patience as the city must wait until CBSA removes its canopy, buildings and barricades before repaving Brookdale Avenue and re-establishing preferred traffic patterns – all anticipated for the spring." 

In the meantime, at the intersection of Brookdale Avenue and Water Street, where the new bridge access is located, new traffic signals are now operational. Northbound traffic heading over the new bridge will now have an opportunity to head east on Water Street, providing direct access to the city’s downtown and Le Village commercial areas. 

Organizations: Canada Border Services Agency, Federal Bridge Corporation, Seaway International Bridge

Geographic location: Brookdale Avenue, Seventh Street, Ontario Port of Entry Water Street

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