Provincial Funding will lead to a better transportation system in Sault Ste. Marie

Ross Romano

The Ontario government is providing $30 million to build a safer and more reliable transportation system that will help keep goods moving and better connect municipalities throughout the province.

As part of the Connecting Links program, Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, announced that the province is providing Sault Ste. Marie with $3,000,000 to support resurfacing of Trunk Road.

“This is the second consecutive year that Sault Ste. Marie has received the maximum amount of funding available within Ontario’s Connecting Links program. Last year our government provided the full $3 million for the widening of Black Road” said MPP Ross Romano “This year, Sault Ste. Marie applied to secure funding for the re-surfacing of Trunk Road and once again we have been approved for the full $3 million available. As everyone in our community knows our roads are in constant need of repairs, especially those that serve as links to our northern highways. I commend Minister Mulroney for this much needed investment in Northern Ontario.” “Programs such as Connecting Links provide municipalities with needed support for important projects that preserve roadways and bridges for residents of and visitors to Sault Ste. Marie, and I want to recognize the Ontario government for contributing to the resurfacing of Trunk Road,” said Mayor Provenzano. “I look forward to continuing to work with our provincial partners to identify opportunities for collaboration that benefits our community and province.”

The 2020-21 Connecting Links program will support 24 municipalities across the province to help them build, repair or replace municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing. “We understand that the maintenance and repair costs of roads and bridges places a heavy burden on our municipal partners,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That is why we continue to support our local communities with investments that will keep families safe, goods moving, and drive economic growth and job creation.” The funding will support three bridge repairs, 10 resurfacing projects, seven reconstruction projects, and four detailed design projects to prepare for further infrastructure investments. Connecting Link projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as the condition of the connecting link bridge and road, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.

Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for funding for the 2021-22 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.