The City of Cornwall has several construction projects planned for 2020, as per the budget approved by council. The list below is subject to change, and completion dates are tentative. Reconstructions, upgrades, and improvements are essential investments to ensure the quality of our infrastructure for years to come. The City recognizes that some construction may inconvenience residents, and appreciates residents' cooperation. Each project page contains further details and will list closures, but the most up to date information is available by calling Municipal Works at 613-932-5354.

2020 Planned Construction Projects

Compilation of all 2020 construction projects into map

 Click here to view an interactive map of construction projects.

Road Reconstruction and Extension Projects

Click on the links below to learn about individual construction projects.

Sidewalk Construction and Replacement Projects

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan completed by IBI & the City in 2010 recommended an annual investment in Active Transportation projects, such as Bicycle and Pedestrian related infrastructure. Stakeholders such as Transitions Cornwall + and the active lifestyle groups have supported the implementation of this plan.

The sidewalk construction candidates in 2020 are along the following streets:

Watermain Relining

The objectives of the watermain rehabilitation program are to improve water quality and system reliability. Numerous cast iron unlined watermains throughout the City require improvements in order to maximize water quality in the distribution system. Tuberculation build-up on the inside of the pipes creates problems in maintaining minimum chlorine residual levels. It also reduces available fire flow because the inside diameter is reduced and has a rough texture which increases energy loss. In addition, some portions of the system are prone to leakage and breaks which, if reduced, will decrease operational costs.

The City of Cornwall watermain relining program aims to complete watermain rehabilitation using trenchless technologies. Instead of excavating the road along the entire length of the watermain, the Contractor will excavate ‘pits’ to access the main at strategic locations and work from there.

The relining process involves cleaning the inside of the mains and then inserting a liner. The liner is then cured-in-place with steam to form what is essentially a ‘new pipe within a pipe’.

The 2020 watermain rehabilitation will occur on the streets listed below.  For more information on the specific location, follow the street links below:

Asphalt Resurfacing Projects

The Asphalt Paving Program reflects the needs which have been established in accordance with the Pavement Management System. In addition to those established needs, this program reflects our continued efforts to improve the road network throughout the City integrated with the overall strategy for linear infrastructure improvements. Based on MTO pavement design and rehabilitation methods as well as the municipal road evaluation experience of City staff, it is recommended that the following pavement condition rating (PCR) triggers be used in the evaluation and selection of streets for asphalt resurfacing/rehabilitation:

  • Arterial Streets: less than 70
  • Collector Streets: less than 60
  • Local Streets: less than 50

Traffic volumes using Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts and posted speed limits are also important factors in the consideration for pavement rehabilitation. The City must also be mindful of the Ontario Regulation 239/02 Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways and the associated requirements of the varying classification of highways (Class 1 to 6). In addition, comments and recommendations from Municipal Works maintenance personnel, buried infrastructure, as well as public sentiment must also be considered and factored into the decision making for pavement renewal.

Information on the individual projects for 2020 can be obtained by clicking on the streets below

Brookdale Avenue - North Sanitary Sewer Extension Project

Brookdale Avenue North is defined as the immediate lands fronting along Brookdale Avenue from Tollgate Road to Cornwall Centre Road. Since the Brookdale Avenue North Corridor is not currently serviced with sanitary sewer, limited development has occurred in this area.

The work for this project involves construction of new forcemains along Brookdale Avenue from Ninth Street West to Fourteenth Street West and from Tollgate Road to the new sanitary pumping station, construction of gravity sanitary sewer along Brookdale Avenue between Tollgate Road and Cornwall Centre Road, and construction of a new sanitary pumping station just north of the CN railway.

The project involves the construction of the following to service the Brookdale Avenue North Corridor with sanitary sewer:

  • New dual 250mm diameter forcemain from Ninth Street West to Fourteenth Street West;
  • New dual 250mm diameter forcemain from the proposed sanitary pumping station located northeast of the Canadian National (CN) railway and connecting to the existing twin 250mm diameter forcemain located at Tollgate Road West;
  • New 450mm diameter gravity sanitary sewer from Tollgate Road West to the new sanitary pumping station located northeast of the CN railway;
  • New sanitary pumping station including wet well, metering chamber, generator, access road, parking area, landscaping, etc., which is located northeast of the CN railway;
  • Crossing of CN railway with new dual 250mm diameter forcemain and 450mm diameter gravity sanitary sewer using trenchless technologies;
  • New 300mm diameter to 375mm diameter gravity sanitary sewer from the sanitary pumping station to the Highway 401 Corridor;
  • New 250mm diameter gravity sanitary sewer from the south limits of the Highway 401 corridor to the north limits;
  • Crossing of the Highway 401 on/off ramps and main highway with new 250mm diameter gravity sanitary sewer using trenchless technologies;
  • New 250mm diameter gravity sanitary sewer from the north limits of the Highway 401 corridor to Cornwall Centre Road; and
  • Roadway, ditch, boulevard, etc., reinstatement as required for the servicing of the corridor with sanitary sewer.

Brookdale Avenue - North Sanitary Sewer Extension Project Map 1  Brookdale Avenue - North Sanitary Sewer Extension Project Map 2

Bicycle Infrastructure

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan completed by IBI and the City in 2010 recommended an annual investment in Active Transportation projects, such as Bicycle and Pedestrian related infrastructure. Stakeholders such as Transition Cornwall+ and the active lifestyle groups have supported the implementation of this plan.

The bicycle infrastructure projects planned for 2020 are:

 Traffic Signal Upgrades


The City currently operates and maintains 69 existing traffic signal locations. The City is mandated to comply with Provincial minimum maintenance standard legislation for traffic signals. With proper maintenance, the average life expectancy of City traffic signals is typically 30 years before requiring complete replacement. This project includes upgrades to existing traffic signals at two intersections which will address aging and non-conforming infrastructure. Older intersections/traffic signals require upgrades and need to be updated to meet current standards to reduce the risk of failure.

The proposed traffic signal upgrade at Sydney and Fifth. would be completed in conjunction with the Sydney St. Reconstruction project from Fourth to Fifth and the Fifth St. E. Reconstruction project from Sydney St. to Amelia St. project which were included in the 2020 Water & Wastewater Budget. The existing traffic signals along Sydney St. will continue to be replaced as the reconstruction of Sydney St. proceeds north in future budget years. Along with the traffic signal replacement at the intersection of Brookdale Ave. and Thirteenth St. W., a new pedestrian crossing will be added in conjunction with the new sidewalk on the west side of Brookdale Avenue which was installed in 2019.

traffic signals map

 Street Light Pole Replacement


The City undertakes a street light condition assessment on a bi-annual basis which provides an overall condition grade of street light poles. Furthermore, the condition assessment identifies deficiencies and establishes priorities for pole replacements. Several City streetlight poles are aging and cracking, posing a significant potential liability to the City. This capital project targets the replacement of poles that are cracking and/or no longer structurally sound.

For 2020, it is proposed that 9 concrete poles along Water St. West between Augustus St. and Bedford St. be replaced. Any remaining funds from the 2020 Pole Replacement Budget will be used for other various locations. The City owns and maintains approximately 1,400 streetlight poles throughout the City.

Map of pole replacement locations

Culvert Replacement Projects

The City has several locations in which small diameter Corrugated Steel Pipe (CSP) culverts, ranging from 400mm diameter to 900mm diameter, are in need of replacement. These culverts are typically located in road corridors that have been constructed to rural road standards with roadside ditches and culverts. The replacement of these culverts will occur in various locations throughout the City. The small diameter culvert replacement priorities are as follows:
  • 900mm diameter CSP culvert – Second St. E. between Anderson Dr. & Billington Dr.
  • 900mm diameter CSP culvert – Service Rd. between McConnell Ave. & Boundary Rd.
  • 600mm diameter CSP culvert – Cornwall Centre Rd. between Brookdale Av. & Northdale Dr.
  • 600mm diameter CSP culvert – Marleau Ave. between Campbell St. & Mack Dr.
  • 600mm diameter CSP culvert – Marleau Ave. between Education Rd. & Mack Dr.


The bi-annual structure inspections are undertaken to evaluate the condition of bridges, large culverts, and retaining walls. The Boals Drain at Benny Avenue culvert, identified as Structure B9 in the 2017 Ontario Structure Inspection Manual (OSIM) report, consists of a triple 1.63m X 1.12m Corrugated Steel Pipe (CSP) culvert which was installed in 1981. The 2017 OSIM inspections identified that the structure has reached the end of its lifespan and requires immediate replacement due to corrosion, separation in the seams and perforations in the barrel. The Boals Drain at Benny Avenue Culvert Replacement project includes: the removal of the three existing CSP culverts, installation of a suitably sized concrete box culvert, the restoration of the embankments, the reinstatement of the roadway, reinstatement of the existing fence and the installation of an approved guiderail system (if necessary).

Benny Avenue

Benny Culvert Map

Small Diameter Culvert

Map of small diameter culvert replacements

Crosswalk Improvements

Heart of the City (HOTC) has initiated a Centretown Streetscape Revitalization Strategy and Implementation Plan, with assistance from EDA Collaboration Inc together with Sierra Planning and Management. The objective of the plan is to provide aesthetic and functional links between Le Village and The Downtown areas. The concept was finalized in late 2012, with additional design developed during the summers of 2013 and 2014. The project was awarded as a co-winner of The Active Mobility and Complete Streets category at the 51st International Making Cities Liveable conference in Portland, Oregon, in June 2014. The plan addressed intersection upgrades, sidewalk continuity, parking, lighting, streetscaping elements, landscaping and 'gateway' treatments, primarily along the Water St./Montreal Rd. corridor. It is expected that upgrades will be coordinated with City initiated capital projects. The plan was endorsed by PAC at the November 26, 2012 meeting. Inclusion of this project in the 2020 budget is for the purpose of establishing funding over a period of years for the installation of brick pavers at crosswalks as Water St./Montreal Rd. continues to be resurfaced/reconstructed. In 2018, the City utilized the accumulated funds in the account to fund the crosswalks installed at the Water St./Sydney St. and Water St./Pitt St. intersections. In 2020, the City will continue to contribute to this account in order to fund future crosswalks along Water St./Montreal Rd.

Intersection improvement map

Municipal Works Yard Redevelopment

The Municipal Works Yard, located at 1225 Ontario Street, is undergoing a multi-year reconfiguration and reconstruction. To date, the employee parking lot has been complete. The design of a new administration building is in progress. A noise remediation barrier and standby power generator are also planned to be complete before 2025.

The focus for 2020 is construction of a new, modern salt management facility with a storage capacity of 6,000 tonnes. This will allow for the delivery and storage of enough road salt for an entire winter season. Salt will be stored in a much dryer condition, which is crucial to salt spreading operations, as dry salt spreads without clumps and thus reduces waste.


new salt storage facility

Other Construction Projects in Cornwall and Area

  • Repairs to the expansion joints on the McConnell Avenue CNR Overpass
    • Taking place September 16 to September 25.  During the work, the overpass will be intermittently reduced to one lane of traffic.  The city of Cornwall thanks all motorists for their cooperation.  If you require additional information, please contact the department of Infrastructure and Municipal works at (613) 932-5354
  • Gray's Creek Bridge Reconstruction - now open!
  • Brookdale Avenue CN Overpass Reconstruction - 
  • Highway 401 Pitt Street Overpass Reconstruction - read the WSP report


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