MPP Walker announces $1,132,673 in Connecting Links funding for Meaford and Owen Sound
For Immediate Release
April 21, 2022
OWEN SOUND – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has announced the Ontario government is investing a total of $1,132,673 to help the City of Owen Sound and the Municipality of Meaford with two road infrastructure projects.
The funding is being delivered through the Connecting Links program and is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on roads and bridges infrastructure.
The City of Owen Sound is receiving $585,000 for rehabilitation of 16th Street East (Phase 2) and the Municipality of Meaford is receiving $547,673 for the rehabilitation of structure 037 on Sykes Street North.
“I’m happy to see the Connecting Links funding continue to flow to our communities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound,” said Walker. “This investment will get shovels in the ground on these two critical infrastructure projects that are so important for the movement of goods, connecting local residents to their jobs, spurring economic growth and most importantly the health and safety of all residents.”
This year, the government will provide $30 million to support 16 Connecting Links projects across the province. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs up to a maximum of $3 million for road projects and up to $5 million for bridge projects.
Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
“Millions of Ontarians depend on municipal roads and bridges each day to get where they need to go and that is why our government is providing municipalities with the funding they need to maintain local infrastructure,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
Eligible municipalities are invited to apply for the 2023-24 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.
- In Ontario, there are a total of 352 kilometres of Connecting Links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.
- A connecting link is a municipal road or bridge that connects two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
- Eligible project costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation, and replacement of Connecting Links.
- Connecting Links projects are reviewed based on technical merit and safety considerations such as bridge and road condition, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.
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