BRIDGE DEMO: Brookdale closures to be aired at council meeting next month

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The intersection at Brookdale Avenue and Water Street.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall motorists are expected to learn more about potential closures on Brookdale Avenue at a city council meeting next month.

Demolition crews are expected to begin mobilizing in August to begin the 18-month task of bringing down the Seaway International Bridge, which runs above and beside Brookdale.

Stephen Wintle, the city's infrastructure planning manager, said in an interview traffic on Brookdale will be impacted by the demo work - but added meetings still have to take place between all the partners to the work before specifics are released.

"More information will be provided to the public at the city council meeting on Aug. 11," he said, adding at that time the firm hired for the demolition work, and other partners to the project, are expected to address councillors.

Demo crews will begin removing the decking of the bridge, followed by its steel apparatus, and finally the concrete pillars, in time for a 2016 deadline.

It's believed parts of Brookdale will remain open during the work, perhaps one lane in each direction, and on occasions intersections like the one that crosses Second Street West may have to be completely shuttered for a short period of time.

Geographic location: Brookdale Avenue, CORNWALL, Ontario

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