Provincial investments totalling more than $1 million for a bridge repair project in Dryden and a highway connecting link project in Fort Frances were announced yesterday.
“Roads are economic lifelines in northern communities,” said Northern Development and Mines minister Jim Wilson.
“Each investment made in the north by the province translates into new opportunities for jobs, growth, and community well-being,” he added.
The funding announced yesterday will pay for 90 percent of costs to rehabilitate or reconstruct provincial highway connecting links that run through municipalities.
The two projects are the rehabilitation of the Highway 594 (Duke Street) bridge in Dryden and reconstruction of Highway 11 (Scott Street) here from Mowat Avenue to Armit Avenue.
“These projects are prime examples of the success of the province and municipalities working closely together towards common goals,” said Transportation minister Norm Sterling.
“The improvements will provide local residents, businesses, and visitors with safe and efficient thoroughfares for years to come,” he remarked.
The $1.04-million funding is part of the Ministry of Transportation’s $16-million 2002/2003 “Connecting Links” program that assists municipalities with capital projects on local roads that connect provincial highways.
Wilson yesterday also announced details of the province’s $255-million Northern Highways Program for 2002/03.
Work includes a 30.6-km stretch of Highway 11 starting about 16 km east of Atikokan.