Prince Edward Island government waits for funding on Cornwall bypass

Ryan Ross
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Premier Robert Ghiz, left, and Transportation Minister Robert Vessey make their way to the Prince Edward Island legislature.

A Cornwall bypass is still on the provincial government’s to-do list, but Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said it’s waiting to see if there will be federal funding available for it.

Vessey said it’s an issue that has come up a few times over the years, but the province needs to see what will be available in the new Building Canada Fund.

“It’s a big project and we’ll need federal funding on it,” he said this week.

Preliminary plans for the proposed bypass would see it move away from the current route at some point near the North River causeway and divert traffic away from the businesses and houses in Cornwall’s centre.

Vessey said estimates put the cost at about $45 million in today’s dollars, but he stressed everything was still very preliminary.

“Nothing’s concrete.”

He also said Cornwall Town Council has sent him a letter supporting the project.

The current road through Cornwall doesn’t have any room to expand, is very busy and almost at its capacity for traffic, Vessey said.

“Cornwall is hampered right now on development inside because of the Trans-Canada coming through their community.”

 

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Building Canada Fund, Cornwall Town Council, Trans-Canada

Geographic location: Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, North River

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  • sean b
    December 07, 2013 - 09:21

    There ya go spending more of our tax dollars Ghiz Party!!! When re-election time comes up all of these spending sprees is going to come back and bite ya.

  • don
    December 06, 2013 - 21:03

    i wonder who's land are they buying? i know ronnie did own a big section of land and i think his brother now owns it lol. i wonder?

  • Dull Bulbs and Red Lights . . .
    December 06, 2013 - 10:55

    They spent over 30 million for the stupid Plan B and allowed the real traffic flow and safety problems to continue; I guess that's about as bright as a Vessey can shine. Let's face it, if texting and driving were allowed, you could write a few more laws between Stratford and Cornwall. There is no "by-pass" - just a series of stop and go's, rush and waits. Fix what we have before you extend the madness!

  • Seriously
    December 06, 2013 - 10:52

    Seriously. $45 million in today’s dollars. WHY does it cost that much. Ridiculous. I also agree with Angus. Ghiz & Sheridan always piss 'n' moaning about Feds til they want buckos to pay for their projects.

  • Angus
    December 06, 2013 - 10:12

    So funny - b!tch and moan and criticize the Feds all the time yet the same crew line up with their hands out at every opportunity and go running to Gail Shea for their every need.

    • Rest assured
      December 06, 2013 - 10:46

      What the Feds give in one hand / they take away with the other.

    • SLIPPY
      December 06, 2013 - 15:05

      REST, as much as I am not a fan of the federal government, when it comes to PEI, we get way more than our share of handouts.