Ontario Government Funding Critical Road Reconstruction in Kenora
Investment will mean safer roads, easier commutes and more connected communities
KENORA — Ontario is putting people first through a new infrastructure project in Kenora that will improve road safety and commutes for drivers by fixing potholes and tackling much-needed road repairs.
Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, and Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs, made the announcement today at Bowman Electric in Kenora.
"I know many Northerners are fed up about the delays in road repairs in the region," said Premier Ford. "Fixing these roads is a matter of safety for Northern drivers, especially when it comes to winter driving. Our government is going to put shovels in the ground, repair our roads, and ensure Northerners can get to where they need to go safely and quickly."
This project will include full roadway reconstruction of 1.7 km of Railway Street and 10th Avenue South in Kenora, worth about $3.9 million in provincial funding. The project will fix potholes, replace sidewalks, and add on-road cycling lanes and new street lighting to make these roads safer for the community. People in Kenora will also benefit from shorter travel times, gaining more time to spend with friends and family.
Ontario is also investing $1.4 million to fix Van Horne Avenue in Dryden, which will replace the asphalt surface and curbs, and repair sidewalks to improve road safety and accessibility.
"Keeping people and goods moving in Kenora-Rainy River and across Northern Ontario is a priority for this government," said Minister Rickford. "Funding critical road reconstruction in Kenora and Dryden improves our local infrastructure and supports our plan to develop our economy in Northwestern Ontario."
This upgrade and reconstruction project will improve road safety right across the region and connect people with jobs, and businesses with customers — helping to make Northern Ontario Open for Business.
"We're continuing to work with municipalities, families and businesses to make smart investments in our infrastructure," said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. "Our investments are supporting job creation and growing the economy for hard-working families in Ontario."
"The City of Kenora is extremely grateful for the Ford government recognizing the importance of local infrastructure improvements and this investment in Kenora," said Mayor Daniel Reynard, City of Kenora. "This is an important area to our citizens to see these improvements and this project will realize a long outstanding capital need. This announcement of infrastructure funding is on the cusp of completing Phase IV of Kenora's downtown revitalization plan and improvements to this area only add to the vitality of our business community with a vital link to residences. We thank Minister Rickford and Premier Ford for the investment in the City of Kenora."
"The City of Dryden is very appreciative of this important infrastructure investment in our community," said Mayor Greg Wilson, City of Dryden. "Premier Ford and Minister Rickford have proven that they are aware of the needs of our area with this funding announcement today."
- The combined investment from the provincial and local governments for the Railway Street and 10th Avenue South reconstruction project in Kenora would be approximately $8.7 million.
- The combined investment from the provincial and local governments for the project to fix Van Horne Avenue in Dryden would be approximately $3.1 million.
- Over the next 10 years, the government is committed to investing up to $144 billion in local infrastructure projects across the province, including in schools, hospitals, transit, roads and highways.
- As part of this investment, Ontario is supporting municipalities in building or repairing critical infrastructure through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). This $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program is cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. The ICIP includes approximately $250 million in federal funding over 10 years through the Rural and Northern stream to strengthen communities.
- Ontario has nominated 144 road, bridge, air and marine projects under the ICIP’s Rural and Northern stream. 54 of these projects have received federal approval.
- Ontario is nominating 46 public transit projects in Northern Ontario to the federal government for funding under the ICIP. The Province is committing $54.4 million to these projects.
- Over the past two years, the Province has approved approximately $5 million in funding for road infrastructure projects on designated Connecting Links in Dryden, Fort Frances and Rainy River. Connecting Links are major municipal roads that connect two ends of a highway through a community or to a border.