Cornwall ON –The City of Cornwall is currently finishing work on a major extension of City municipal infrastructure on Brookdale Avenue. The $2.1 million project consists primarily of the installation of a 300mm watermain between Tollgate Road and Cornwall Centre Road, although some preparatory work to accommodate future additional services is being done at the same time.
“Sometimes we take it for granted that we have ready access to clean, fresh water”, said Mayor Bob Kilger. “This project not only improves our water system, but it also will act as a catalyst for new development on one of our busiest entrances to the City. I would like to thank the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada for their contribution to this project and I am especially pleased that the project has come in under budget.”
The City received a contribution of $1.4 million from the Federal and Provincial governments under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF).
Current projections show that the project will come in approximately $600,000 less than budgeted. Under the funding agreements with the senior levels of government, the City can make application to apply these savings to other infrastructure projects currently not in the works.
Completion of this project will require crossing three significant features: the main CN Rail Toronto-Montreal rail corridor, the South Branch of the Raisin River and Highway 401 – with associated on and off ramps. The use of “trenchless” technology and underground boring will ensure no disruption to the highway, river or rail line.
“There are three key benefits to this project: supply redundancy, supporting future development and improving water quality,” said Norm Levac, General Manager of Municipal Works and Infrastructure for the City of Cornwall. “This project has been on the books for a while, it’s nice to see it completed.”
All in all, over 2.35 km of new watermain will be installed. The project will include installation of fire hydrants as necessary along the route.