Residents Of Muskoka, Parry Sound And Haliburton To Benefit From Road Improvements And Bridge Replacements

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Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient transportation networks that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

On Friday, Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Graydon Smith, Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge announced funding to improve a local road and replace four bridges in the Districts of Muskoka, Parry Sound and the County of Haliburton.

In Bracebridge, the replacement of Black Bridge with a new single lane structure with new safety barriers will improve traffic and road conditions for users of the bridge for years to come. The new Black Bridge will also feature a 1-kilometre pedestrian walkway, allowing residents and visitors to cross the bridge by foot.

Other projects include the replacement of Snider’s Bay Bridge in Gravenhurst, the Etwell Bridge in Huntsville, and the Hawk Lake Road Bridge in the County of Haliburton. In addition, in the Village of Burk’s Falls, important road improvements will be completed on Yonge Street that will create a safer experience for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers using the roadway.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.4 million in the five projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The province and municipalities are responsible for the remainder of the project costs.

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

$2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity.

More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.

The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.

Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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