TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing $30 million through the 2020-21 Connecting Links program, which will help 24 municipalities across the province build, repair or replace municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
The funding will support three bridge repairs, 10 resurfacing projects, seven reconstruction projects and four detailed design projects to prepare for further infrastructure investments.
Connecting Links projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as the condition of the connecting link bridge and road, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness, states a release issued May 11.
The Connecting Links program is delivered through the Ministry of Transportation. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, including the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting links, to a maximum of $3 million.
“We understand that the maintenance and repair costs of roads and bridges places a heavy burden on our municipal partners,” said Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation, in the release.
“That is why we continue to support our local communities with investments that will keep families safe, goods moving, and drive economic growth and job creation.”
The government is also encouraging eligible municipalities to apply for funding for the 2021-22 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.