The city will have to wait at least a year before the Province will look at a new application for the widening of Black Road from McNabb to Second Line.
Ontario Transportation Minister, Steven Del Duca was back in Sault Ste. Marie today to announce that the city will receive 90 percent of the budget for resurfacing Second Line (Highway 550) and Highway 17. The City will get $2.3 million for those projects.
“I would like to thank the Province of Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation for granting this important funding request” said Mayor Christian Provenzano. “We have over 24 kilometers of connecting links in Sault Ste. Marie. It is important to maintain and improve these vital roadways to ensure the smooth flow of both local and provincial traffic with our City”
Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a bridge crossing.
Del Duca announced that the Province has increased the program this year to $25 million and 19 municipalities in the Province including the Sault will share that amount.
Del Duca also announced changes to the program and the application criteria that may consider the much wanted widening of Black Road. The City maintains that Black Road should have received funding for the project from the previous connecting links program however the application was denied.
“Our connecting links program is one way we show our long-term commitment to Ontario’s rural and northern communities and to families who live there.” Del Duca said, “These highways are essential links in many communities, connecting people to jobs and improving the economy and residents’ quality of life.”
Del Duca said that any new application for the Black Road project would likely be considered for the 2018 connecting links funding if approved.