Canada and Ontario invest in roads and bridges, connecting rural communities in Huron County

Published on July 25, 2020

[Zurich , Ontario] — The governments of Canada and Ontario are making strategic investments in infrastructure to meet the specific needs of rural Ontario municipalities and First Nation communities to help them strengthen their local economies.

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NEWS                                                              July 24, 2020

Zurich , Ontario, — The governments of Canada and Ontario are making strategic investments in infrastructure to meet the specific needs of rural Ontario municipalities and First Nation communities to help them strengthen their local economies.

In a Zoom meeting today, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, and Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and London West MP, announced funding for seven road and bridge projects across Southwestern Ontario. Also participating in the meeting were local mayors Paul Klopp, Bluewater, Mayor Bernie MacLellan, Huron East, and Jamie Heffer, Morris-Turnberry.

“I’m happy that we have received federal government approval on the Huron-Bruce projects Ontario nominated last July,” said Thompson. “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought instability and uncertainty, but important investments in infrastructure, such as the ones being announced today, will help kick start our local economies.”

The Municipality of Bluewater will reduce service interruptions and increase safety by replacing a bridge on Airport Line with a longer, wider structure. Dutton/Dunwich will rehabilitate a portion of Ash Line, making the road more reliable. Walpole Island First Nation will replace a culvert on Tecumseh Road to improve drainage and safety. In addition, the Township of Southwold will replace the Second Line Bridge, and Brooke-Alvinston will rehabilitate a portion of a road by repaving.

The Municipality of Huron East will improve safety and traffic flow by replacing the bridge on Kinburn Line with a wider structure. In Morris-Turnberry, the Blind Bridge on Abraham Line will be replaced with a new, two lane structure that will improve the flow of traffic, enhance safety and allow for use by heavier vehicles and equipment.

The Government of Canada is investing over $7.6 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS). The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $4.3 million. The municipalities are contributing more than $1.4 million towards the projects and Walpole Island First Nation is contributing $37,347.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are working in collaboration with their partners to support jobs, improve communities and build confidence as we safely and sustainably restore economic growth.


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Media contacts:
John McPhee
Office of Lisa Thompson, MPP
john.mcphee@pc.ola.org