Sault Ste. Marie will get $2.3 million to improve road surfaces that link communities across Ontario, announced Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.
More importantly, guidelines for the connecting link program will be updated that will ensure lane widening projects on connecting link roadways will be eligible for the independent funding program, he announced Thursday at city hall.
Del Duca said he believes that with his previous gas tax announcement and this funding announcement, “it really underscores just how much alignment there is between levels of government right now in this province and in communities like Sault Ste. Marie.”
Del Duca said communities and the province understand that it is important to have shovel-ready projects to ensure that there are jobs for people and communities benefit with better roads.
De lDuca, the transportation minister since 2014, said the funding – 90 per cent of the $2.7 million project – will result in the resurfacing of Second Line from Carmen’s Way to North Street and from Great Northern Road to Old Garden River Road. A sidewalk on the south side of Second Line for Great Northern Road to Old Garden River Road will also be incorporated into the project.
The city’s share of the funding has been included in the 2017 budget, said Carl Rumiel, the city’s design and construction engineer.
Since the connecting link funding was reinstated as a stand alone funding program in 2015, the annual amount dedicated to the program has increased. This year’s allotment (2017-18) is $25 million, which will be shared by 77 communities with connecting link road projects. Next year the fund will grow…
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