Work is expected to continue this summer to rehabilitate a portion of Sideroad 7, north of Swinton Park, which includes the replacement of a culvert. The funding announcement was made last April and plans began last October as one of 59 projects given the green light by the Ontario government through the $100 million Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.
The fund will provide $936,000, while the Township of Southgate will pony up another $127,000 to fulfill the estimated total cost of the project.
Last year, the province expanded the OCIF to help build and repair more critical infrastructure in small, rural and northern municipalities. Increased investment of over $670 million over three years was planned to aid the needs of Ontario municipalities.
This represents the largest investment in public infrastructure ever made by the Ontario government, promising 110,000 jobs supported every year across the province.
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has expressed his hope that the infrastructure grant provided to Southgate will make a difference to their budget allowing council more room to do other things in the community.
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