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Northern communities get road-building money

Six municipalities will benefit from the Connecting Links program in 2018.
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Connecting Link work Aug 2017
Timmins has received $3 million from the Connecting Links program to reconstruct Highway 101. (Andrew Autio/TimminsToday)

A half-dozen Northern Ontario communities are among those chosen to receive funding under the province’s Connecting Links program in 2018.

Twenty-two Ontario municipalities in total will share in $30 million in provincial funding in 2018-2019 to make improvements to provincial thoroughfares running though their communities.

A list of the Northern recipients follows:

  • Blind River will receive $3 million for the rehabilitation of the Causley Street Bridge (Highway 17);
  • Dryden will receive $248,074 for the reconstruction and resurfacing of Duke Street (Highway 594);
  • Espanola will receive $2,894,069 for the reconstruction of Centre Street (Highway 6);
  • Fort Frances will receive $2,053,207 for the rehabilitation of the Mill Road overpass (Highway 11);
  • Rainy River will receive $2,697,350 for the rehabilitation of Atwood Avenue (Highway 11); and
  • Timmins will receive $3 million for the reconstruction of Highway 101.

The Connecting Links program was launched in 2015, two years after the province ceased its predecessor, the Connecting Link program. The funding helps municipalities pay for construction costs and repairs to main arterial roads that double as provincial highways.