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Sault Ste. Marie leads the way in road work expenditures

June 13, 2022  By Soo Today

Sault Ste. Marie spends more per capita on roads than any of the five largest municipalities in northern Ontario.

Data to be presented at this week’s city council meeting will show the Sault spends $280 per person each year, compared to $249 in North Bay, $236 in Timmins, $223 in Greater Sudbury and just $143 in Thunder Bay.

“Apparently, all five northern cities are facing a formidable road infrastructure deficit and in order to meet demands, increases to the resurfacing and reconstruction budgets will be required,” said Carl Rumiel, the city’s director of engineering, told SooToday.

“Of the five northern municipalities, Sault Ste. Marie appears to spend the most per lane kilometre and per capita,” Rumiel stated in a report prepared for Monday’s city council meeting.



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