Residents of Cornwall will benefit from the Marleau Avenue reconstruction project thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.
The project involves reconstructing the urban roadway, from Marlborough Street to Alice Street including reconfiguration of the Marleau – McConnell Avenue intersection. The new road will have expanded capacity and new features, including four traffic lanes, turning lanes, bike lanes in each direction, sidewalks on both sides and a median within high pedestrian activity areas. The project will significantly increase safety in this area for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and will accommodate anticipated future growth in the Cornwall Business Park.
The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.
“We are pleased to invest in projects like the Marleau Avenue widening and reconstruction project that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan Small Communities Fund we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of Ontario’s residents while helping job creation and economic growth.”
– Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont — Dundas —South Glengarry on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
“Today’s investment promises to improve safety and traffic flow on one of Cornwall’s busiest arteries. It’s part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history – more than $130 billion over 10 years – which is supported by a number of initiatives, including unlocking the value of public assets to help make investments in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects. It demonstrates our government’s commitment to keeping our communities strong, creating jobs and making sure that people get the basic services they pay for now and in the future.”
Grant Crack, Member of Provincial Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
“This project, which is the result of careful analysis and planning by City administration and Cornwall City Council, will help to address rapidly increasing traffic along Marleau Avenue and into the Cornwall Business Park. It will also help to make the entire area safer for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The City of Cornwall is grateful for the financial contribution of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.”
Leslie O’Shaughnessy, Mayor of the City of Cornwall
To learn more about the Government of Canada’s infrastructure programs, including the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
To find out more about Ontario’s infrastructure programs, including the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, visit http://www.moi.gov.on.ca/en/infrastructure