Cornwall to receive funds to upgrade and widen Brookdale Avenue

CORNWALL — The Ontario government is providing $30 million to upgrade the roads system as part of the Connecting Links Program.

Jim McDonell, MPP Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, announced that the province is providing the City of Cornwall with $1,612,557 to support the Reconstruction of Brookdale Avenue.

“The proposed project consists of the reconstruction and widening of Brookdale Avenue North of Highway 138, from the north limits of the CNR Overpass to the south limits of Highway 401,” said MPP Jim McDonell.

Details of the project include:

  • The rehabilitation of the road sub-base using a full-depth reclamation with expanded asphalt stabilization;
  • The widening of the asphalt platform to accommodate 1.5-metre wide, paved shoulders on both sides of the roadway for cycling lanes;
  • The placement of 3 lifts of asphalt on the roadway in order to meet arterial roadway standards;
  • The reconstruction/rehabilitation/widening of the existing shoulders to accommodate 1.5-metre wide paved shoulders and the future expansion of the corridor to four lanes of traffic;
  • And the reconstruction/regrading of the roadside ditches to improve road sub-base drainage.

This project is planned to be completed prior to the end of the 2021 calendar year with detailed design being conducted in 2020 and construction in 2021. 

The 2020-21 Connecting Links program will support 24 municipalities across the province to help them build, repair or replace municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.

“We understand that the maintenance and repair costs of roads and bridges places a heavy burden on our municipal partners,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That is why we continue to support our local communities with investments that will keep families safe, goods moving, and drive economic growth and job creation.”

The funding will support three bridge repairs, 10 resurfacing projects, seven reconstruction projects, and four detailed design projects to prepare for further infrastructure investments. 

Connecting Link projects are reviewed based on technical needs and safety considerations such as the condition of the connecting link bridge and road, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness. 

Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for funding for the 2021-22 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.


  • The Connecting Links program is delivered through the Ministry of Transportation. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million. Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting links.
  • In Ontario, there is a total of 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.
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