PORT HOPE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2013) - Bridges along one of Ontario's busiest highways will soon be improved, thanks to $7.5 million in joint funding announced today by the governments of Canada and Ontario.
A new bridge underpass will be built at East Townline Road in Port Hope, and sandblasting and structural work will be performed on the Trent River Bridge in Trenton. Rehabilitation and replacement work on the two bridges will improve their structural integrity and lifespan. Both bridges are important links to tourist destinations and local businesses in the Port Hope and Trenton regions.
"Spanning one of Canada's most spectacular waterways, the Trent River Bridge is an essential link in this beautiful tourism and boating region," said Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "The 401 is an important economic corridor. These improvements will create jobs and support long-term economic growth in our communities."
"Our government is pleased to support these projects, which will increase the safety and efficiency of Highway 401," said Jeff Leal, Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough. "These projects also show how Ontario is managing provincial assets wisely by rehabilitating structures to keep them in a good state of repair rather than waiting until the time comes where total replacement is necessary."
These are two of 44 initiatives receiving funding through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, where the Government of Canada is providing $175 million to strengthen infrastructure in Ontario. Ontario is contributing $173 million to these initiatives.
Canada's Economic Action Plan promotes new opportunities for growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 900,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.
These investments also support Building Together, the Government of Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province's roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.
For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit Infrastructure Canada.
For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure Web site.
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