Ontario Repairing Roads and Bridges to Get People MovingPublished on October 03, 2019
Applications for Province’s Connecting Links Program Now Open
MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is putting people first by helping municipalities like Mississauga make roads and bridges safer, while ensuring Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.
Today Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East – Cooksville announced that applications are open for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects starting in spring 2020.
“Our roads, bridges and highways are lifelines for Ontarians who commute for work and to be with their families and loved ones,” said MPP Rasheed. “Whether you drive a car or take the bus, this funding will ensure a vital part of our municipal road and bridge infrastructure is maintained and developed.”
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 provided $30 million in 2019-20 to support Connecting Links projects across Ontario. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million.
Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of municipal roads and bridges that run through communities and connect to provincial highways.
“We will continue to invest in municipal roads and bridges to keep families safe and to support jobs and growth in local communities,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney. “These municipal roads and bridges are vital links that help connect people to jobs and make Ontario a more attractive place to invest and start or expand a business.”
- Through the Connecting Links program, Ontario helps municipalities repair designated roadways and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing.
- Currently, there are 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 Ontario municipalities.
- Connecting Link projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as connecting link bridge and road condition, need for repair in the near term and cost effectiveness.