Improvements Planned to Highway 401 in Cornwall

By Bob Peters
January 23, 2013

Improvements to Highway 401 in Cornwall PlannedCornwall, Ontario - Motorists travelling through the City of Cornwall will soon benefit from improvements to bridges on Highway 401, thanks to a joint funding initiative of up to $13 million that was announced recently by the governments of Canada and Ontario.

The initiative involves the replacement of two bridges on Highway 401 over Cornwall Centre Road and replacement of two median retaining walls adjacent to Centre Road.

The project will use heavy lift technology to shorten the closure time required for the repairs. With a 75-year lifespan, the improvements will make the area safer and more efficient for residents and motorists.

"Highway 401 is essential to the economic vitality of Cornwall, and our government is proud to invest in this initiative which will ensure safer and more efficient travel in the area," said Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry. "Our infrastructure investments strengthen communities and are an important driver of economic growth and job creation in Canada."

"Our government is pleased to support this project that is making necessary repairs in an innovative way," said Grant Crack, Member of Provincial Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell. "Instead of closing Cornwall Centre Road for the two years typical for this type of repair, the use of heavy lift technology will shorten the closure to one construction season."

This announcement follows other work on Highway 401 in the area, including the recently completed replacement of the bridge overpass at Boundary Road and Highway 401 in Cornwall's east end. That particular project had a contract value over $29 million and included the replacement of two nearby CNR overhead structures (bridges).

Traffic along Highway 401 in Cornwall has increased steadily with the growth of the City's logistics sector. In addition to regional distribution centres for Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart, the City has just welcomed a new massive distribution centre for Target.

This is one of 44 initiatives receiving funding through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, where the Government of Canada is providing $175 million to strengthen infrastructure across the province. Ontario is contributing $173 million to these initiatives.

Canada's Economic Action Plan promotes new opportunities for growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 922,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.

These investments also support Building Together, the Government of Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province's roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Infrastructure Canada Web feeds, visit Infrastructure Canada's website.

For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ontario's website.

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