Cornwall Comments on Dysfunctional & Late City Road Construction DEC 8, 2016

Cornwall Ontario – One of the things I’ve always said about Cornwall that’s great is that you can get anywhere in less than ten minutes.

City Hall has found a way to ruin that; perhaps courting Montrealers to feel at home and move here by allowing construction jobs of major intersections to get bogged down.

The city commented about a few of them in a press release.

City of Cornwall provides update on road construction projects

The City of Cornwall would like to provide an update on three major road construction projects.

Work on the Brookdale Avenue, Fifth Street and Marleau Avenue projects are nearing completion for the winter season and they will be open to traffic, with final touches being completed in early 2017.

Given the extensive nature of the work at Fifth Street and Marleau Avenue, both projects were originally scheduled to carry over into 2017.

Fifth Street
The work on Fifth Street will be substantially completed by Tuesday, with a final layer of asphalt as well as placement of top soil and sod being done next year.

Marleau Avenue
The lanes on the north side are complete and open for one lane in each direction over winter. McConnell Avenue has also been paved with base course asphalt. The remaining phases of this major road widening project will be completed in the spring. Utility relocation on this project is a significant component, and is still ongoing.

Brookdale Avenue
The Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. and its contractor, Louis W Bray Construction, has advised the City that Brookdale Avenue should be reopened by mid-December. The final phase involves the installation of new street lighting and that work is being completed at present.

In particular the 9th and Marleau mess is brutal as it’s a major four way intersection.   Likewise the late Brookdale access.

This also means that there will be further delays in 2017.   One CFN viewer emailed suggesting and hoping that this wasn’t because of botched budgets rather than just incompetence.

And of course the Second Street bike paths are impacting one of the busiest East West routes in Cornwall aggravating many who drive it regularly.

What do you think dear CFN viewers?  You can post your comments below.


  1. LOL LOL. When I saw Frosty the Showman on the sideway in front of town hall I thought that he was back again in town where the fraudsters belong.

  2. This whole season of road construction was a disaster ! The detours were ill conceived & devoid of any reasonable thought ! The City refused to listen to the public ? Does Council have any clue what they are doing ? To add to the past calamity, is the City actually going to allow parking on the South side of Water.St, thus creating a single lane ? Didn’t you learn from 2nd Street ?

  3. re: Montgomery comments, What do you mean in your comments, about the City is proposing that parking be allowed on the south side of Water. St ? Do you mean , all the time , permanently ? Who’s ridiculous idea was this ? Yes, look what we have on Second St ? They finally got traffic moving on 2nd, 2 lanes each way, then bicycle lanes, with no bicycles on it ! City Council what gives ?

  4. With “no skin in the game” so to speak, planners and managers that don’t even live in Cornwall aren’t as interested in serving the city’s residents as they are in serving themselves to pay for poor work, and a little fawning and hospitality from contractors and suppliers — The offer of winter accommodation in Florida goes a long way it seems.

  5. Is Bray construction making a career on the Brookdale Ave. project.
    Why is the road not opened yet.
    Road is paved and lines are painted.
    What is the delay.

  6. The south sidewalk between Sidney and Pitt on Fifth Street is much higher than it used to be. How are people supposed to get in their driveways with being perched atop the sidewalk. Are they going to pave everyone’s driveways to account for the new slope? Where are people going to park for the winter if it’s not completed soon?

  7. Mr. Editor, Regarding the proposal, by a City group to further impede the overall dismal traffic flow in the City, by allowing street parking on the south side of Water.St. in front of Lamoureux Park . Why did we (the City) just build a 4 lane road (Brookdale Ave) to connect to Water St, which is also a 4 lane road & THEN REDUCE WATER BY ONE LANE ? Has “HOTC” replaced City Council ?

  8. Author

    Maybe it’s time to ask that question of Council or our CAO who ultimately have the final say?

  9. Thanks Mr. Editor for the suggestion, but, why call the CAO, do you think she made it into work from her home in Long Sault ? Actually, with the recent snowfall, the City is rudderless, as most of our senior managers are stuck in Glengarry & Cornwall Townships ? Pretty sad isn’t it ?

  10. Author

    Kinda funny. Remember our police chief doesn’t live in Cornwall either 🙂

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