The City of Sault Ste. Marie hopes to tap into some federal funding dollars to rebuild , resurface and repair roads, identifying the stretch of Black road between Second Line and Third line as its main priority.
City council gave city staff the approval to proceed with applications for the Rural and Northern Communities Funding Stream. The Federal Rural and Northern Communities stream includes a $250 million funding envelope for municipalities to apply, with stipulations that projects to be eligible must improve road access and reliability, air or marine infrastructure. The limit is $5 Million for each project. If successful it is not anticipated to begin this construction season.
City staff indicate there are a number of projects that could be submitted for the Rural and Northern Communities stream including the widening of Black road through to Third Line which was denied funding through the Ontario connecting links program. The extension of Sackville road to Third Line may also qualify.
Meanwhile, road construction work will continue this Summer with Class A, B and C roads within the city. including Grosvenor Ave, Bruce Street to Trelawne Ave and Bay Street from Gore to Pim Street. Other projects on the go this summer include Allen’s Side Road, Ransome Drive and Nixon Road. Other roads will see some crack sealing and full-lane patches if budgeting permits. The road resurfacing budget is pegged at almost $2 million with these projects expected to be completed by the end of Summer.
Other major projects include the rebuild of the Fort Creek Aqueduct Reconstruction – John Street Laneway project. Local contractor Avery Construction was awarded that job coming in at $8.3 million.