Funding awarded for Connecting Links
By Andrew Macklin
April 11, 2016 – Ontario is providing $20 million in 2016-17 to municipalities across the province through the Connecting Links program to improve municipal roads and bridges.
Connecting links are municipal roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community, or to a border crossing. The province is providing $20 million to 23 municipalities to repair these connecting links. Funding for the Connecting Links Program will increase to $25 million in 2017-18 and $30 million in 2018-19.
The City of Barrie, one of 23 municipalities that was awarded funding from the program, will receive $675,000 to rehabilitate part of its connecting link on Highway 26 – a one-kilometre section of Bayfield Street from Livingstone Street to the city limit.
There are about 350 kilometres of roads and 70 bridges along connecting links in 77 municipalities across Ontario. The Connecting Links program was launched last November, and applications were received early this year. Successful applicants will receive funding starting this spring. 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.