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Province seeking applications for road repair funds

Connecting Links program helps cover up to 90 per cent of costs
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Ontario is now accepting applications for funding under the spring 2020 Connecting Links program.

The province made the announcement on Oct. 3.

Connecting Links are designated roadways and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing. The program helps municipalities cover the cost of upgrading Connecting Links road infrastructure.

For the 2019-2020 program, the province provided $30 million to support Connecting Links projects across Ontario. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million.

Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that run through communities and connect to provincial highways.

Projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as connecting link bridge and road condition, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.

According to the province, there are 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 Ontario municipalities.