MPP Rickford Announces $1.1 Million for Dryden Road Projects

Published on April 12, 2021

MPP Rickford at Dryden Municipal Offices Summer of 2019

Connecting Links Program funding repairs on Duke Street and Government Street

DRYDEN — Today, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River, announced that the province is providing the City of Dryden with $1,119,520 through the Connecting Links Program to support the replacement of traffic signals along Duke Street (Highway 594) and Government Street (Highway 17).

“This is a significant investment in the City of Dryden’s road infrastructure that will have a real impact in the day-to-day lives of people of Dryden,” said Rickford. “Our government is proud to invest in new and rehabilitated roads to connect northwestern communities and increase transportation safety.”

 Ontario is investing $30 million to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program. This funding is part of the province’s commitment to more than $21 billion smart investments in highway, road and bridge projects over the next 10 years, which will contribute significantly to the COVID-19 recovery.

 “By investing in our roads and bridges, vital links that connect people to jobs, we’re supporting the movement of goods and creating economic growth in local communities,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This funding not only helps municipalities maintain local infrastructure, but also supports projects that make roads safer, such as improvements to pedestrian crossings.”

Connecting Links are municipal roads that connect provincial highways through communities and to international and interprovincial border crossings. Through the Connecting Links Program, funding will be provided to eligible municipalities of up to 90 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million for road projects. In response to municipal feedback, starting in 2021-22, the province is permanently raising the maximum amount of available funding for bridge projects from $3 million to $5 million to reflect the higher costs of maintaining and repairing bridges compared to roads.

Eligible municipalities are also encouraged to apply for funding for the 2022-23 Connecting Links Program, which will be open to applications later this year.