Stratford will be getting some financial assistance from the province to repave one of its roads.
City staff learned this week they were successful in applying for funds from the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Connecting Links program. Ed Dujlovic, the city’s director of infrastructure and development services, said the program will provide $2.4 million to resurface Erie Street from Lorne Avenue to Gibb Road.
“That was good news we got today,” Dujlovic said Wednesday during his capital projects update to the infrastructure, transportation and safety subcommittee. “It is a fair bit of money.”
The program helps municipalities repair roadways and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing, according to the MTO’s website. Funding is provided up to 90 per cent of total project costs.
One of the reasons the city was successful in applying for funding, Dujlovic said, was the MTO office in London supported the project.
But this also means staff will have to rejig their capital program for 2017 and bring it back to council.
“We did develop one for the budget this year, but since we didn’t know at the time we didn’t bring it forward. We’ll have to bring that back… based on this funding we did receive,” he said.
Staff have also identified Douro Street from Romeo to Burritt streets and St. Vincent Street from Lorne Avenue to Patricia Road as in need of resurfacing this year.
As for Erie, even though sections of the street are under city jurisdiction the province retains rights regarding speed limits, traffic signals and parking bylaws.
“They still have say,” Dujlovic…
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