Algonquin Highlands will be getting extra help planning for things like roads and bridges.

MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Laurie Scott announced the plans for the provincial government to provide infrastructure planning assistance to a total of 58 communities, including her riding.

“This assistance will help the Township of Algonquin Highlands and other rural and northern communities map out the future,” said Scott. “We know that infrastructure spending benefits families and businesses. We have to ensure funds are spent in the right place, at the right time and on the right project.”

Among the projects that will receive planning assistance are roads and bridge construction and the creation or expansion of water filtration systems.

The assistance provided will be real, boots on the ground interaction between the experts in the field and local planners.

“We’ve listened to small municipalities,” said Scott. “They need help to improve their asset management planning and we’re responding by sending in experts to provide specialized assistance.”

Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton contends this type of approach has real benefits to Ontarians.

“Infrastructure spending has real benefits for the people of Ontario,” said McNaughton. “But in our current environment, spending decisions must be targeted, sustainable and focused on the long-term.”