BRIDGING THE GAP: Our skyline will soon change forever

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CORNWALL, Ontario - The skyline in Cornwall is about to change - forever.

With word Wednesday that the new low-level bridge in Cornwall will open this week, it officially means the days of the existing structure are numbered.

Of course, we've known about that for a while as in 2010, the federal government announced the construction of the new North Channel Bridge through a $74.8-million project planned in four phases.

The historic high-level bridge, a 1962 structure, has reached the end of its useful life - and as a result will be torn down by late 2016.

Demolition will begin later this year.

"I spoke with the contractors, and they told me there would be a call to tenders before the spring," said Federal Bridge Corporation spokesman Andre Girard. "They're going over the specs right now."

The Seaway International Bridge began life in 1957 with the purchase of all of the outstanding stock of the privately owned Cornwall – Massena International Bridge by the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada and the Seaway Development Corporation of the United States.

It was incorporated in 1962 under the Canada Business Corporations Act and is continued under the Canada Corporations Act to operate, maintain, and manage an international toll bridge system between Cornwall and Massena, N.Y.

The South Channel Bridge opened to traffic on Dec. 1, 1958. The bridge straddles the waterway used by ocean vessels to navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway. The structure is a high level suspension bridge, 1,061 metres long and 8.2 meters wide.

The North Channel Bridge opened on July 3, 1962. The bridge links Cornwall Island and the City of Cornwall. It is a high level structure, 1,625 meters long and 8.2 meters wide.

Pursuant to a directive from Transport Canada, The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority transferred responsibility for the Seaway International Bridge Corporation to the Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. on Oct. 1, 1998.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2000 the crossing occupied by the Seaway International Bridge was re-named the Three Nations Crossing in recognition of the Mohawks of Akwesasne.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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  • john rothwell
    January 22, 2014 - 17:27

    say goodbye to the crumbling, rocking and rolling tax eater that is has been

  • john rothwell
    January 22, 2014 - 17:26

    say goodbye to the crumbling, rocking and rolling tax eater that is has been