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Feds and province pump $3.7M into Red Rock, Terrace Bay for water and sewer projects

Infrastructure upgrades will reduce flooding risk and ensure service reliability to communities
Red Rock waterfront
Red Rock waterfront (File photo)

Ottawa is delivering more than $2 million to the north shore communities of Terrace Bay and Red Rock for upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure.

The funding is coming from the Green Infrastructure Stream of the $180-billion Investing in Canada plan.

According to the news release, the provincial government is kicking in more than $1.7 million.

Thunder Bay-Superior North MP, Patty Hajdu, minister of health, delivered the news March 15 on behalf of federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna.

In Terrace Bay, water mains, sanitary sewers and storm sewers along Kenogami Road will be replaced to reduce the risk of flooding. Manholes, catch basins and catch basin leads will also be installed. Once completed, the upgrades will support better environmental protection in the community.

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In Red Rock, water and wastewater infrastructure along Newton Avenue, Brompton Road, and Stadler Avenue will be rehabilitated. The upgrades will improve service reliability, increase the longevity of assets and reduce maintenance costs.

The communities of Terrace Bay and Red Rock are each contributing $613,277 and $748,094 toward their respective projects.

"We are absolutely grateful to receive this Infrastructure funding which is crucial to local governments," said Terrace Bay Mayor Jody Davis in a statement.

"The reconstruction of Kenogami Road will improve/replace all in-ground infrastructure but especially the storm sewers which helps our community adapt to climate change. This completes a priority project, identified in the township's Asset Management Plan."

"With these funds, we can replace and rehabilitate vital water and waste water infrastructure, improve water quality and reliability, and increase the longevity of this asset to the municipality," said Red Rock Township Mayor Darquise Robinson.

"Improvements to essential infrastructure in Terrace Bay and Red Rock mean that residents can rely on safe and reliable water, wastewater and storm water treatment that will protect the environment and support community development," said Hajdu in the release.

"These investments in Terrace Bay and Red Rock show Ontario's ongoing commitment to communities in the north as we rebuild the province's infrastructure," stated provincial Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott. "These investments will provide greater environmental protection for residents in both communities."