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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
July 19, 2019

MPP Walker announces $3,933,427 in Connecting Links funding for local projects

OWEN SOUND – MPP Bill Walker is happy to announce that two projects in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound have received a combined $3,933,427 in funding through the 2019-20 Connecting Links Program.

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula has received a maximum of $3 million towards the reconstruction of Berford Street from Mary Street to Division Street including traffic signals at Frank Street and George Street. The City of Owen Sound has received a maximum of $933,427 for the rehabilitation of 16th Street from 9th Avenue East to 18th Avenue East.

“I’ve very pleased to see the government providing funding for these two important infrastructure projects,” said Walker. “Roads and bridges are vital links in our communities. They help our residents get to work and conduct business. Our government is committed to working with municipalities to support programs and projects that help Ontario grow and prosper.”

“We are thrilled to be granted sufficient funding to move forward with this critical project in South Bruce Peninsula,” said South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson. “What we fondly call “the Big Dig” will not only correct the ongoing underground infrastructure issues we face, it will change the look and feel of the entire downtown core of Wiarton.”

“We are pleased to be receiving this funding from the Connecting Links Program. The 16th Street East Rehabilitation Project is important for our City to allow ease of access through the City to a busy employment area, as well as for access to the City’s downtown and waterfront,” said Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy. “The project will also include improvements for pedestrians.  As a small urban community, we rely on funding from our upper tier governments for these types of projects and we really appreciate this funding from the Province of Ontario and MPP Bill Walker. We would also like to thank our regional representatives from the Ministry of Transportation for their ongoing support and being so great to work with over the last several years on numerous projects.”

This year, the government will invest $30 million to support 25 Connecting Links projects, which will help 23 municipalities build, renew or replace designated municipal roads and bridges that run through their communities and connect to provincial highways. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million.

“We are investing in municipal roads and bridges to keep families safe and to support jobs and growth in local communities,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney. “We are working with municipal partners to make investments to help ensure Ontario’s transportation system works for everyone.”

Eligible municipalities are encouraged to apply for funding for the 2020-21 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.


CONTACT: Chris Fell | chris.fell@pc.ola.org | 519-371-2421



 
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