Construction Complete!

Residents of Sault Ste. Marie are enjoying multiple benefits from new road and water infrastructure thanks to contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund. Representatives gathered today to celebrate the completion of the work. 
bike-lanesThe project included replacing century-old pipes with modern storm and sanitary sewers, as well as adding new curbs, sidewalks and paving on Queen Street East between Simpson and Pine streets. Bike lanes and a multi-use path were also added along the south side of Queen Street East to expand the John Rowswell Hub Trail and create a new connection between the downtown waterfront and Bellevue Park.
“Our Government is pleased to provide municipalities with flexible infrastructure funding that allows them to support projects that address the needs of their community. These improvements, made possible through the federal Gas Tax Fund, will provide a safer and smoother ride for drivers, downtown and waterfront access for pedestrians and cyclists, and new underground sewer services for residents in Sault Ste. Marie. Going forward, our investments through the federal Gas Tax Fund will continue to generate economic growth and job creation across Ontario communities for years to come.” said Bryan Hayes MP Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
This work has improved water and sewer services for the community, enhanced driving conditions and increased walking and cycling opportunities for residents looking for alternative ways to get around the city.
Quick Facts
·        The Government of Canada contributed over $1.3 million to this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
·        The City of Sault Ste. Marie contributed over $3.1 million to this project.
·        The total project cost was almost $4.5 million.

“Ontario municipalities rely on the federal Gas Tax Fund to build, repair, replace and improve local infrastructure. Through our unique federal-municipal partnership, local councils identify and invest in local priorities which helps our communities prosper.” said Gary McNamara,
President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
“It is always exciting to see the completion of a road reconstruction project in our community… especially when it involves the reconstruction of one of the main arteries in the city. Queen Street is one of our most historic streets and provides an entrance way into the heart of our downtown. The addition of bicycle paths is a step in the right direction to encourage the use of active transportation in the Sault, and furthermore, it provides a connection on the Hub Trail between our Downtown waterfront and Bellevue Park. Thank you to our Federal partners who assisted in making this project a reality.” said outgoing Mayor Debbie Amaroso