BELLEVILLE, ONT. — Road and active transportation infrastructure in Belleville and Quinte West, Ont. is being improved thanks to funding from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
In Belleville, the project will include the reconstruction and widening of about 1.5 kilometres of Bell Boulevard from two to four lanes west of Sidney Street, new signalized intersections will be installed, and auxiliary and turning lanes, street lighting and paved shoulders will be added to support active transportation. Traffic congestion will be eased by accommodating higher traffic volumes, supporting commercial and industrial development along the boulevard and improving the safety and reliability of the road.
In Quinte West, King Street, Division Street, Catherine Street and Dufferin Avenue will be reconstructed and upgraded to include wheelchair-accessible sidewalks, bike lanes and asphalt resurfacing, states a release.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.9 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 $3.3 million, the City of Belleville is contributing more than $5.9 million and Quinte West is contributing $7.8 million.
“The rejuvenation of Quinte West’s King Street corridor enhances a well-travelled link to key infrastructure in Trenton, while a widened Bell Boulevard is crucial for further development in Belleville. Both project areas also provide access for visitors coming off Hwy. 401. This collaboration is great news,” said Todd Smith, Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services and MPP for Bay of Quinte, in a statement