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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.
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.”