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Highway 401 Improvements Keep People Moving and Create Jobs

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Highway 401 Improvements Keep People Moving and Create Jobs

Commuters and Residents Benefit From Cornwall Area Bridge Replacements

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is creating jobs and improving key transportation infrastructure to keep people moving, by replacing the Wales Drive bridge in Ingleside and the Avonmore Road bridge in Long Sault.

Construction at the Avonmore Road underpass is scheduled to begin in early April 2017 and work on the Wales Drive underpass is scheduled to begin in 2018. Construction for both projects is anticipated to conclude in fall 2018.

Both bridges will be fully closed to traffic throughout the demolition and construction phases. The existing bridges will be demolished in halves, using 12 hour overnight closures of Highway 401. Detour routes following the Highway 401 Emergency Detour Routes (EDRs) will be implemented at these times.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Improving key transportation infrastructure to keep people moving is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Cruickshank Construction Ltd. of Kingston was awarded the $6.9 million contract.
  • The average daily traffic for Wales Drive at the project location is 1365 vehicles per day. The average daily traffic for Avonmore Road at the project location is 1491 vehicles per day.
  • Ontario is committing over $2.1 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across the province.

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Steven Del Duca

“Highway 401 is a vital link for commuters and commercial traffic traveling throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the United States. Replacing the Wales Drive bridge and the Avonmore Road bridge will help keep traffic moving and improve the daily commute in the Cornwall area.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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