Announcement of $1.3 billion for highway improvements doesn’t include any projects in Brock

The provincial government’s $1.3-billion effort to rebuild and restore highways does not include any projects in Brock Township.

The announcement, which came late last month, includes funding for more than 120 projects across Ontario.

“Our government is delivering on our commitment to be open for business and open for jobs. We are determined to improve our transportation infrastructure and create good jobs for our construction industry,” said Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek in a media release.

“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance. No matter what the service, policy, program or investment, our government puts people at the heart of our decision making. This funding is a clear example of that commitment. We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”

None of the provincial highways in Brock – including the proposed expansion of Highway 404 into the township – are featured in the media release.

“The Ministry of Transportation is protecting the lands from development pressure for the Highway 404 extension to Highways 48/12. This ensures the corridor is available for future transportation needs. The work is not currently funded,” reads a statement from Astrid Poei, a senior issues advisor with the Ministry.

“The Ministry’s highway expansion funding decisions are made based on province-wide needs and priorities. Further stages of internal Ministry of Transportation and government approvals will be required before any additional planning, design and environmental work can proceed or construction funding sought.”

The press release from the Province notes that the funding will help create jobs for Ontario’s construction industry and keep our highways safe and reliable so that Ontario has a transportation network that encourages job creation, investment and trade in every region across the province.

“Our work is about investing in people, in safety, and in the success of Ontario. The government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure funding supports the continued success of Ontario’s road building contractors who have strong, proven track records and close ties with local communities, as well as supporting the provincial tax base. With the announcement today, contractors are able to plan their operations, hire staff, mobilize equipment and invest in supply chains and local economies across Ontario,” said Steve Smith, president of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (OBRA).

“ORBA members build virtually all of the provincial and municipal roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure across the province and the road building sector directly employs in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. The announcement today helps us continue our work with the government on connecting and enhancing the productivity of communities, alleviating congestion, and enhancing the safety of everyone who uses Ontario’s transportation infrastructure,” added Bryan Hocking, chief operating officer of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

For a complete list of funded projects, click HERE.

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