Brookdale Avenue to completely re-open by month's end: city

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Finally.

After years of traffic headaches the city announced Wednesday that Brookdale Avenue should completely re-open to northbound motorists by the end of April.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has started to decommission the temporary Port of Entry on Brookdale Avenue at the traffic circle, where vehicles used to lineup entering Canada via Cornwall Island.

The temporary port of entry was created in 2009 when the CBSA closed its operation on Cornwall Island following a dispute with Akwesasne over the arming of border guards.

City officials have received a work schedule from CBSA that calls for the temporary site to be cleared by the end of April, with asphalt roadway repair completed by the end of May.

Should everything proceed according to schedule, it’s expected the northbound detour will be removed and the northbound lanes of Brookdale Avenue will reopen to traffic by the end of the month.

“The decommissioning plan calls for the site to be restored and enable traffic to flow in both directions on Brookdale Avenue,” said Steve Wintle, division manager of infrastructure planning with the city. “We know motorists are anxious to see this section of Brookdale Avenue fully reopened to traffic.

"The Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. will reconstruct Brookdale Avenue after the high-level bridge is demolished and permanent restoration of the area will be done at that time."

Motorists are reminded that there may be some delays in the immediate area while the work is completed.

Organizations: Canada Border Services Agency, Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd.

Geographic location: Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall Island, Ontario Port of Entry Canada

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