DORION TOWNSHIP, ONT.—The province has announced $1.3 million in funding for improvements to a local bridge in Dorion Township, Ont.
Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, was in Dorion Township on March 12 to announce investments for upgrades to the Ouimet Canyon Road Bridge over Coldwater Creek.
The existing load-restricted bridge will be replaced by a modern structure, which will enable access to the area’s natural attractions for heavy emergency response vehicles, maintenance vehicles, school buses and visitors.
Improved access will help increase road safety and create a better quality of life and more economic opportunities for local families and businesses, according to the province.
Dorion Township is one of 78 communities that will receive support from the province through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to build and upgrade local infrastructure.
Ontario is also providing more than 420 communities, across the province, stable and predictable annual formula grants under the program. OCIF supports projects in municipalities with a population of less than 100,000 as well as municipalities that are located in northern or rural Ontario.
“Ontario is committed to building the critical public infrastructure people need and deserve,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario infrastructure minister, in a statement.
“Our investment in Dorion Township’s Ouimet Canyon Road Bridge will allow heavier vehicles to more easily cross the Coldwater Creek, improving emergency response, winter maintenance, and the flow of local traffic. Improvements to bridges and other infrastructure through the OCIF program deliver economic benefits to our communities while enhancing quality of life.”