WELLAND, ONT. — Four road and bridge improvement projects in southern Ontario will be getting a boost thanks to the federal and provincial governments.
The City of Welland will see the construction of a bridge over the Welland Canal at the site of the former Forks Road lift bridge, which was demolished in 2019. The project will reopen a key transportation link that was used by many to access the municipality as well as other parts of the Niagara Region.
Other projects include the reconstruction of parts of Drummond Road, Gallinger Street and Portage Road in the City of Niagara Falls; the replacement of Big Creek Bridge to include a new two-lane structure in Norfolk County; and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of St. Ann’s Road and bridge in the Township of West Lincoln.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.9 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan; the Government of Ontario is contributing over $6.6 million; and the municipalities involved are contributing over $17.8 million combined.
“This funding announcement is without a doubt one of the most significant contributions ever made to Norfolk County for one of our most critical pieces of infrastructure,” said Kristal Chopp, mayor of Norfolk County, in a statement. “The challenges associated with reconstructing a bridge through one of Canada’s most ecologically diverse areas, home to a UNESCO designated world biosphere, cannot be understated.”