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Province drops $9 million on North Bay-area dam, Sault artery road improvements

Tilden Lake Dam, Black Road receive infrastructure project dollars
Yakabuski Fedeli
John Yakabuski and Vic Fedeli deliver the cheque for the Tilden Lake Dam.

Queen’s Park is spending $9 million on two pieces of infrastructure in northeastern Ontario.

The biggest chunk of change is earmarked to replace an aging dam north of North Bay.

Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski and Nipissing MP and Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli announced July 19 that $6 million is being spent to replace the Tilden Lake Dam.

The government dam was built in 1961 to maintain water levels in Tilden Lake. The project will see the construction of a new concrete dam.

"The safety of the public and the protection of our communities is our number one priority," said Yakabuski in a statement. "We are taking immediate action to address aging waterway infrastructure, allowing the province to maintain safe water levels to lower risks to Ontarians, their property, and the natural environment."

Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano’s riding lands $3 million for improvements along Black Road.

The money comes from the province’s $30-million Connecting Links Program budget. The government has identified 25 projects in 23 communities that are eligible for program funding. These types of projects are for renewal or replacement of municipal roads and bridges that run through communities that connect to provincial highways. The government’s funding covers up to 90 per cent of project costs to a maximum of $3 million.

“This is another example of how our government has listened to our municipal partners and is working with municipalities to support programs that help Ontario grow and prosper,” said Romano in a news release.