Hearst gets connecting links funding


Ontario is helping 19 municipalities across the province make the roads and bridges that run through their communities and connect to provincial highways safer, while fostering economic growth and job creation.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was at the Sault Ste. Marie Civic Centre Thursday to announce that the City of Sault Ste. Marie will receive support through the Connecting Links program to resurface two sections of Second Line along Highway 550/17 as well the town of Hearst will get  $2,659,508 for the  Rehabilitation of Front Street.

Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie will receive approximately $2.3 million for the Highway 550/17 project.

The province provided $20 million in 2016-17 to support 23 Connecting Links projects across Ontario. Funding for the Connecting Links program is $25 million for 2017-18 and will increase to $30 million in 2018–19 and beyond.

Ontario will be updating the Connecting Links program guide to allow more projects to be eligible, such as road widening projects. The new guide will be ready for the next Connecting Links intake in the summer of 2017.

There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario.

Connecting Links funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million. The eligible costs are for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting link infrastructure.


Sault Ste. Marie
Resurfacing of two sections of Second Line.

Town of Hearst
Rehabilitation of Front Street.
Town of Innisfil
Traffic signal improvements at the intersection of Church Street, Queen Street and King Street in Cookstown.
Town of Minto
Reconstruction of Elora Street in Clifford.
Town of Renfrew
Reconstruction of Raglan Street from Hall Avenue to the Bonnechere River Valley Bridge.
Town of Smiths Falls
Beckwith Street structure rehabilitations.
Township of Champlain
Reconstruction of High Street from the intersection of Highway 34 and Main Street in Vankleek Hill to the southern limits of the township.
Township of Wellington North
Resurfacing of Queen Street.


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