Ontario Invests in Municipal Road and Bridge Repairs in Renfrew

Published on April 12, 2021

Ontario Invests in Municipal Road and Bridge Repairs in Renfrew

Connecting Links Program helps make travel safer and supports the movement of goods

NEWS April 12, 2021

PEMBROKE — Today, John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, announced that the province is providing the Town of Renfrew with $3 million through the Connecting Links Program to support O’Brien Road (Highway 60) between Gillan Road and Mask Road. Eligible costs under the Connecting Links Program include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.

“Due to the volume of businesses in this area as well as the road deterioration over time, this project will be a major contribution to the community’s infrastructure,” said MPP Yakabuski. “Our government’s investment in the reconstruction of Highway 60 will improve safe driving conditions and provide the people of Renfrew with improved access to businesses and the day-to-day resources they need.”

The Ontario government is investing $30 million to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program. They will receive up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million for road projects. In response to municipal feedback, starting in 2021-22, the province is permanently raising the maximum amount of available funding for bridge projects from $3 million to $5 million to reflect the higher costs of maintaining and repairing bridges compared to roads.

“By investing in our roads and bridges, we’re connecting people to jobs, supporting the movement of goods and creating economic growth in local communities,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This funding not only helps municipalities maintain local infrastructure, but also supports projects that make roads safer, such as improvements to pedestrian crossings.”

Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for the 2022-23 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.



QUICK FACTS

 

  • Connecting Links projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such bridge and road condition, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.
  • Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
  • In Ontario, there are a total of 352 kilometres of Connecting Links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.