Dutton Dunwich, West Elgin and Southwold have been nominated by the provincial government to receive over $1 million towards transit and road projects.
The funds are coming from the province’s portion of the public transit and rural and northern streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The federal government will now have to approve these nominations, according to a news release from the province.
The projects include $399,626 for the reconstruction of Blacks Road in West Elgin; $20,538 for the purchase of a new transit bus in West Elgin; $399,205 for a culvert replacement and surface improvement project on Ash Line in Dutton Dunwich; and $209,747 towards the Second Line bridge replacement project.
“These investments will help people who rely on our roads and public transit to get to work and home safely,” Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, said in the release. “By building and maintaining great roads, bridges and transit infrastructure in rural municipalities, we are supporting continued community growth and connectivity.”
The release said some projects could begin as early as the fall if approved by the federal government. The nominated projects are eligible for more than $13.6 million from the three levels of government if approved.
“We’re continuing to work with municipalities, families and businesses, to make smart investments in our infrastructure, to keep it safe and reliable,” says Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. “Our investments are creating jobs and growing the economy, shaping the future for hard-working families in Ontario.”
Yurek, the Ontario minister of the environment, conservation and parks, said these projects will “make a real difference in peoples’ lives” and the government is excited to help get them started.
Under the rural and northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the federal government covers 60 per cent of the funding, the province 33.33 per cent and the municipality 6.67 per cent for municipalities with fewer than 5,000 people.