Road Maintenance and Modernization City of Dryden

Published on June 03, 2020

As part of the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links Program, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, announced today that the province is providing the City of Dryden with up to $400,854 to support the milling and repaving of Duke St between Government St and Colonization Ave S.

“Northerners depend on properly-maintained road infrastructure as our primary mode of transportation. That is why our government continues to invest in transportation infrastructure across the province, with focused investments in critical road infrastructure in the north,” said MPP Rickford. "Today’s investment to repave a Duke Street will provide safer and reliable roads for the people of Dryden and the region.”

The Ontario government is providing $30 million through the Connecting Links program to build a safer and more reliable transportation system that will help keep goods moving and better connect municipalities throughout the province.

“We understand that the maintenance and repair costs of roads and bridges places a heavy burden on our municipal partners,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That is why we continue to support our local communities with investments that will keep families safe, goods moving, and drive economic growth and job creation.”

Today MPP Rickford also announced that the City of Dryden has been selected to receive funding through the Municipal Modernization Program to support the City’s service delivery and organizational review. The Ontario Government has invested $8.1 million in 115 small and rural municipalities to help find saving and modernize service delivery to better support residents and businesses.

“This investment will support the City of Dryden improve service delivery to better serve the hard-working people of Dryden,” added MPP Rickford. “There is only one taxpayer. That’s why we are helping to ensure every dollar is invested wisely and we are getting good value for money.”

“We are very glad to receive critical funding from the Ontario government to support the road maintenance work on Duke Street in Dryden,” said Mayor Greg Wilson. “The City of Dryden is also grateful to have been selected for the Municipal Modernization program to support our work to improve and modernize service delivery for the people of our great city.”

Helping municipalities find savings and deliver modern local services is part of our government’s plan to help make life more affordable.

Quick Facts

Connecting Links Program:

  • Connecting Link projects are reviewed based on technical need and safety considerations such as the condition of the connecting link bridge and road, need for repair in the near term and cost-effectiveness.
  • Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for funding for the 2021-22 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.
  • The Connecting Links program is delivered through the Ministry of Transportation. The funding covers up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million. Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of connecting links.
  • In Ontario, there are a total of 352 kilometres of connecting links, with 70 bridges in 77 municipalities.

Municipal Modernization Program:

  • Up to $125 million is available through 2022-23 through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities lower costs and improve service