The City of Cornwall would like to advise motorists that the intersection of Cumberland Street and Emma Avenue remains closed to traffic for the time being due to a damaged culvert.
A combination of snow melt and the recent heavy rainfall has caused the partial wash-out of the large Boales Drain storm culvert at the intersection. The intersection was closed to traffic on Thursday, April 6th for precautionary reasons.
The culvert is beyond repair and in need of replacement. Initial estimates suggest that the work to replace the culvert and reinstate the intersection could extend into the summer. City staff is reviewing all options in hopes of replacing the culvert and re-opening the intersection as quickly and safely as possible.
At the same time, Municipal Works and Engineering staff is also reviewing temporary alternatives to re-open at least part of the intersection to facilitate the movement of motorists and pedestrians.
The situation has resulted in the re-routing of some Cornwall Transit buses and temporary on-street parking restrictions have been put in place on Cline Avenue and Meadowvale Crescent.
Northbound traffic on Cumberland Street is currently being detoured on Cline Avenue. Access to Cumberland Street and the surrounding streets north of Emma Avenue is still available via Tollgate Road or off of Pitt Street via Eva Avenue and Benny Avenue.
The City of Cornwall thanks all residents for their patience and cooperation while this matter is addressed.