BROCKVILLE – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark says the Ontario government continues to put people first as he announced four projects to improve road safety in the riding.
“In rural Ontario, our roads and bridges are our public transportation and they are essential to ensure we can move products to market,” said Clark. “Our government is delivering on our commitment to improve our transportation infrastructure and also provide good jobs for our construction industry.”
Funding for the work is part of a $1.3 billion investment in transportation projects announced today 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,” said Yurek. “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 will go to tender with a combined value of $195 million.
Locally, the rehabilitation projects to be tendered are:
- Thousand Islands Parkway at County Road 2 in Gananoque.
- Shoreline protection at the Howe Island Ferry Terminal.
- Reynolds Road underpass on Highway 401.
- Highway 401 between Joyceville Road to County Road 32 in Gananoque.
“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.”
– 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.”
– Bryan Hocking, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Road Builders’ Association