Ontario is providing the City of Sault Ste. Marie with $2 million in funding to build and repair critical infrastructure and create jobs in Sault Ste. Marie, announce David Orazietti MPP today.
Don Elliot , City Engineer told SaultOnline.com that the funding covers the work from the top of the hill east to Black Road. Work is expected to commence this Spring and last through the construction season to late Fall.
“Investments like this are crucial to ensuring economic growth and help municipalities build and maintain key infrastructure,” said Orazietti. “The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund will provide the City of Sault Ste. Marie with provincial funding for local infrastructure priorities and is just one of the programs our government has created to both build and renew vital infrastructure across Ontario.”
Sault Ste. Marie will receive $2 million towards the Phase 3 Second Line East Widening project through this funding program toward the total $3.9 million cost of the project. This investment will help to improve important infrastructure that many Sault residents use every day.
Provenzano says Second Line is one of the most traveled roads in the city and will only get busier with the completion and opening of the new High School at the top of Pine Street.
“The City of Sault Ste. Marie thanks the Province of Ontario for supporting the third phase of the Second Line widening,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano. “Second Line routes significant traffic from the Trans- Canada Highway and the International Bridge through the city each day. We appreciate the financial support from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund that will help us make further improvements to this vital traffic corridor.”
Provenzano hinted to Orazietti that more funding request are coming with work on re-doing Black Road from McNabb to Second Line, then Second Line to Third Line and to the new Hospital entrance on Third Line. Elliot believes the price tag for that project alone will be up to five million and sees that project starting in 2016 to 2018.
The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, revitalizing public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.