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Four communities receive $7M for Connecting Links

Provincial funds help repair and rehab roads and bridges
Connecting Link work Aug 2017
Crews work on the Connecting Link project on Highway 101 East in Timmins in 2017. (Andrew Autio for TimminsToday)

Ontario has announced its Connecting Links allotment for 2021-2022, including more than $7 million for four Northern Ontario communities.

The Connecting Links program helps municipalities pay for construction costs and repairs to bridges and main arterial roads that double as provincial highways.

Ontario is home to 352 kilometres of Connecting Links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.

Under the funding program, qualifying municipalities can receive up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs.

That includes up to $3 million for roads projects and $5 million for bridge projects.

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Northern Ontario recipients include:

  • Dryden, which will receive $1,119,520 for traffic signal replacements along Duke Street (Highway 594) and Government Street (Highway 17);
  • Kapuskasing, which will receive $3 million for resurfacing on Government Road (Gurney Road Easterly);
  • Timmins, which will receive $3 million for the reconstruction of Algonquin Boulevard; and
  • West Nipissing, which will receive $442,351 toward design work for the Champlain Bridge rehabilitation/replacement.

Funding under this allotment is part of a provincial commitment of $21 billion in highway, road and bridge projects over the next 10 years.