Lindsay —Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock announces provincial funding to support first step in design of rehabilitation of road and bridge repairs for local municipalities.
As part of the provinces’ Connecting Links program, Kawartha Lakes will receive funding in the amount of $63,563 towards the detailed design for resurfacing of King Street and reconstruction of King Street in downtown Omemee. Dysart et al, will also received $22,530 in funding towards the detailed design for the rehabilitation of the Drag River Bridge.
“This provincial funding supports our local municipalities to ensure the ongoing safety of the roads and bridges our communities need and depend on,” said Laurie Scott. “It is the first step in designing the continued rehabilitation of our important local infrastructure, which will hopefully pave the way for additional building to help connect people to the places they work, and to one another.”
These local communities are among the 24 municipalities across the province receiving $30 million in funding through the 2020-21 Connecting Links program that helps build, repair or replace municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
“We understand that the maintenance and repair costs of roads and bridges places a heavy burden on our municipal partners,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That is why we continue to support our local communities with investments that will keep families safe, goods moving, and drive economic growth and job creation.”
Connecting Link projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as the condition of the connecting link bridge and road, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness. Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for funding for the 2021-22 , which will be open to applications later this year.
· The Connecting Links program is delivered through the Ministry of Transportation. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million. Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting links.
· In Ontario, there are a total of 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.
Christine Bujold, Press Secretary