Ontario to invest in Highway infrastructure in SDSG

Above, Highway 401 eastbound between Iroquois and Morrisburg. Taken while in the passenger seat. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

S-D-SG — Yesterday MPP Jim McDonell announced the Ontario government will be investing in three Highway 401 projects to improve Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry’s road safety and one project on Highway 138 to encourage carpooling.

Projects receiving funding are:

  •         Cornwall and St. Andrew’s, two commuter lots
  •         Flagg Road underpass and County Road 31 underpass replacement
  •         Post Road Bridge in Cornwall
  •         County Road 34, Raisin River, Finney Creek in Lancaster

This funding is part of a $1.3 Billion investment in transportation projects announced March 27, 2019 by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation. These projects will help create jobs for Ontario’s construction industry and help keep our highways reliable so that our province has a transportation network that encourages job creation, investment and trade in every region of the province.

“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance,” Yurek said. “No matter what the service, policy, program or investment, our government puts people at the heart of our decision making. This funding is a clear example of that commitment. We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”

The Ministry of Transportation is planning to proceed with 123 rehabilitation projects across the province.

  •         Across the Eastern region, 30 projects are going to tender with a combined value of $195 million.

“We are delivering on our commitment to improve our transportation infrastructure and provide good jobs for our construction industry,” said MPP McDonell.

“Our work is about investing in people, in safety, and in the success of Ontario. The government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure funding supports the continued success of Ontario’s road building contractors who have strong, proven track records and close ties with local communities, as well as supporting the provincial tax base. With the announcement today, contractors are able to plan their operations, hire staff, mobilize equipment and invest in supply chains and local economies across Ontario,” said Steve Smith, President, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

“ORBA members build virtually all of the provincial and municipal roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure across the province and the road building sector directly employs in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. The announcement today helps us continue our work with the government on connecting and enhancing the productivity of communities, alleviating congestion, and enhancing the safety of everyone who uses Ontario’s transportation infrastructure,” said Bryan Hocking, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario manages over 16,900 centreline-kilometres of highway and more than 2,850 bridges across the province.
  • Ontario will tender 123 highway projects across the province
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