Monday, March 8, 2021

Walpole Island receives funding to replace a culvert

Walpole Island is receiving Provincial and Federal funding to replace a culvert on the First Nation reserve.

Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced on Friday, July 24, 2020 funding for seven road and bridge projects across Southwestern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development; with the Honourable Lisa Thompson, Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron—Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Paul Klopp, Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater.

Provincial officials say Walpole Island First Nation will replace a culvert on Tecumseh Road to improve drainage and safety.

The Municipality of Bluewater will reduce service interruptions and increase safety by replacing a bridge on Airport Line with a longer, wider structure.

Dutton/Dunwich will rehabilitate a portion of Ash Line, making the road more reliable.

In addition, the Township of Southwold will replace the Second Line Bridge, and Brooke-Alvinston will rehabilitate a portion of a road by repaving.

The Municipality of Huron East will improve safety and traffic flow by replacing the bridge on Kinburn Line with a wider structure.

In Morris-Turnberry, the Blind Bridge on Abraham Line will be replaced with a new, two lane structure that will improve the flow of traffic, enhance safety and allow for use by heavier vehicles and equipment.

Provincial officials say the Government of Canada is investing over $7.6 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS).

The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $4.3 million.

The municipalities are contributing more than $1.4 million towards the projects and Walpole Island First Nation is contributing $37,347.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are working in collaboration with their partners to support jobs, improve communities and build confidence as the Province safely and sustainably restores economic growth, Provincial officials say.

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