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Feds, province get down in the gutter with $35 million in Northern Ontario infrastructure improvements

Airports on Manitoulin Island, Hornepayne see runway upgrades, better lighting, new terminal building
Gore Bay-Manitoulin Airport (2012)
Gore Bay-Manitoulin Airport in 2012 (Airport Facebook photo)

Roads, bridges and airport improvements headlined a combined $35-million dump of federal and provincial cash into 12 projects around Northern Ontario.

The municipalities and a Manitoulin Island First Nation spent their share, adding more than $5 million for these upgrades.

Among the highlights is the airport in Hornepayne carrying out more than $4.8 million in improvements with a repaved runway, new runway LED lighting, and installation of a new fuel tank and pump system. The town is contributing $323,262 to the improvements.

Similarly, Gore Bay is upgrading its airport with more than $4.2 million worth of work for a new terminal, helipad, expansion of a secondary runway, and new fencing. The municipality is contributing $282,473.

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Smooth Rock Falls is having Main Street, Dupont Street and Kelly Road repaved with new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and some landscaping to the tune of more than $6.2 million. The municipality contributed more than $1.5 million for this work.

Wawa is reconstructing nine roads around a school zone with new curbs, sidewalks, ramps and gutters with added pedestrian crossings and bike lanes in a more than $5 million project. The township provided $796,343 to the project.

Atikokan is resurfacing 11 kilometres of road, including three kilometres with new curbs in a $4.5 million project. The municipality is spending $333,221 on this work.

Kapuskasing is rehabilitating the East and West Bridges in a combined $4.5 million project with the town contributing $753,091. 

Nairn and Hyman Township, west of Sudbury, is doing almost $3.9 million worth of work to widening and resurfacing the Old Nairn Road. The municipality is putting $643,646 into the mix. 

Other improvements are earmarked for rehabilitating the Lake Road Culvert in Chapple Township (west of Fort Frances), replacing the Lakeview Bridge in Laird Township (east of Sault Ste. Marie), realigning two roads in Sheshegwaning First Nation on the west end of Manitoulin Island, reconstructing Lakeside Drive in Thessalon, and rebuilding Lyndale Road and Black's Trail in White River.