These links are roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing
Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, said: “Our Connecting Links program is one way we show our long-term commitment to Ontario’s rural and northern communities and to the families who live there. These highways are essential links in many communities, connecting people to jobs, managing local congestion and improving the economy and residents’ quality of life.”
The program was introduced last year to help municipalities repair their roadways and bridges. The province provided $20 million in 2016-17 to support 23 Connecting Link projects across Ontario. Funding for the Connecting Links program will increase to $25 million in 2017-18 and $30 million in the 2018-19 period and the following years.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. This investment is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province. In 2015, the government announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
- Applications are due on October 21, 2016. Funding for the selected connecting link projects will begin in the spring of 2017.
- There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario.
- Connecting Links funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million. The eligible costs are for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting link infrastructure.
Last year, the following projects were part of the Connecting Link:
|Aylmer||3||Reconstruction of Talbot Street West||$3,000,000|
|Barrie||26||Rehabilitation of Bayfield Street||$675,000|
|Blind River||17||Detailed Design for Rehabilitation of Causley Street Bridge||$274,752|
|Burk’s Falls||520||Rehabilitation of Armstrong Bridge||$1,053,218|
|Centre Hastings||62||Rehabilitation of St. Lawrence Street – Madoc||$712,982|
|Centre Wellington||6||Rehabilitation of St. David Street Bridge – Fergus||$2,277,694|
|Chatham-Kent||40||Reconstruction of McNaughton Avenue and Murray Street Road – Wallaceburg||$3,000,000|
|Cornwall||138||Rehabilitation of CNR overpass on Brookdale Avenue||$3,000,000|
|Dryden||17||Routing and Sealing of Pavement on Government Street||$71,894|
|Fort Frances||11||Detailed Design/Engineering for Rehabilitation of Mill Road OverPass||$40,727|
|Guelph||7||Reconstruction of York Road||$2,606,000|
|Haldimand County||3||Reconstruction of Talbot Street – Jarvis||$1,260,000|
|Halton Hills||7||Resurfacing of Main Street in Halton Hills – Acton||$675,000|
|Havelock-Belmont-Methuen||7||Rehabilitation of Ottawa Street – Havelock||$367,271|
|Madawaska Valley||60||Drainage Works on Opeongo Line – Barry’s Bay||$152,969|
|Marmora and Lake||7||Rehabilitation of Matthew Street||$425,345|
|Meaford||26||Resurfacing of Sykes Street North||$171,890|
|Minto||9||Reconstruction of Elora Street – Clifford||$1,935,806|
|North Bay||63||Rehabilitation of Trout Lake Road||$2,917,728|
|Pembroke||41||Reconstruction of Paul Martin Drive||$3,000,000|
|Smiths Falls||15||Resurfacing of Lombard Street||$620,741|
|Timmins||101||Reconstruction of Highway 101 East from Bruce Avenue westerly||$3,000,000|
|West Perth||23||Rehabilitation of Blanshard Street Bridge – Mitchell||$992,821|