CORNWALL, Ontario – The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) announced on Monday, March 25 that it was taking the first steps in removing the in water piers from the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall.
The piers are the last remaining remnants of the old Seaway International Bridge that was dismantled in 2015.
The on-shore pier on Cornwall’s side of the river will remain standing, but the in water piers will be reduced, but not removed entirely.
“For environmental protection reasons (such as fish-spawning, river habitat and pollution control), the in-water piers cannot be completely removed, but will be reduced to a height of approximately two metres above water level,” FBCL said in a statement to media.
Starting on Monday, the FBCL would be moving in equipment and setting up a floating platform in the water to help facilitate the deconstruction of the piers.
Depending on the weather and water currents, demolition will begin within the next 30 days and is expected to be complete by Christmas 2019.