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Improving roads and bridges in Eastern Ontario

January 23, 2017  By Ontario Newsroom

January 23, 2017 – Ontario is helping to connect communities in Eastern Ontario, keep people moving, create jobs and boost local economic growth by supporting upgrades to roads, bridges and other community infrastructure.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal recently made the announcement in Clarence-Rockland along with Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. 

“Investing in roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in Clarence-Rockland will help create jobs, boost our economy and provide opportunities for families and businesses in rural Ontario,” said Leal. “Today’s announcement is further proof that our government remains committed to supporting Eastern Ontario and ensuring a strong rural economy.”

The community’s recently completed Bearbrook double-lane bridge replacement, supported by the province, will help ease the flow of traffic and increase road safety, creating a better quality of life and more economic opportunities for local families and businesses. The City of Clarence-Rockland received more than $1.2 million for the replacement of the Bearbrook double-lane bridge on Bouvier Road through OCIF. The Bearbrook bridge re-opened in 2016.


“I’m pleased to be here today in my riding to congratulate Clarence-Rockland on the successful completion of the Bearbook double-lane bridge replacement. Our government’s continued commitment to investing in Eastern Ontario infrastructure helps underscore our commitment to building up our rural communities,” said Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry, Prescott, Russell.

“This is great news for the City of Clarence Rockland,” added Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland Guy Desjardins. “We are thankful for this support which will help us address maintenance and infrastructure work that needs to be done in our community.”

The following counties in Eastern Ontario will also receive support from the province to complete important local infrastructure repairs and upgrades:
•Frontenac County
•Haliburton County
•Hastings County
•Kawartha Lakes
•Lennox & Addington County
•Peterborough County
•Prince Edward County
•Renfrew County
•United Counties of Prescott and Russell

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more, visit

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