Government of Canada to build new bridge at Cornwall
The Government of Canada will fund construction of the new North Channel Bridge at the Seaway International Bridge in Cornwall.
The announcement was made today by the Honourable John Baird, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, and Keith Robson, chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited.
This project involves constructing a new bridge connecting the City of Cornwall and Cornwall Island, as well as demolishing the current high-level structure and ramps that connect to the existing roadway. While the current bridge remains safe for the travelling public, the new bridge will ensure the long-term viability of this important border crossing.
"The Seaway International Crossing at Cornwall is an important link between Canada and the United States," said Baird. "Through this initiative, our government is creating local jobs and supporting the future economic growth of the region."
"The Government of Canada is committed to creating jobs and working with our local communities," said MP Guy Lauzon. "This project will help reduce traffic congestion, and improve the quality of life for all Cornwall residents and commuters."
"This is a great day for residents of Cornwall and the surrounding areas," said Mr. Robson. "This investment improves the travel experience for visitors and residents, and strengthens the community for the future."
This initiative will cost approximately $75 million and will be financed entirely by the Government of Canada. Nearly all preliminary work has been completed and portions of the construction are now ready to be publicly tendered.
The new bridge will be integrated with recreational pathways along the waterfront. Construction will create business opportunities, encourage redevelopment of properties along Brookdale Avenue, and allow Cornwall and area contractors, workers and businesses to benefit from participating in the project.
The bridge is expected to be open to the public by spring 2016.