NewsFederal government giving $4.4 million for area projects SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, contributor, Friday, Aug. 16th, 2019 Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced $4.4 Million in funding for roads, bridges and water systems. (Doug Crosse photo - MyMuskokaNow.com)BRACEBRIDGE, ON – Federal money for local infrastructure was doled out to towns in Muskoka, Parry Sound, Almaguin and Haliburton today. An announcement in Bracebridge near the 94-year-old Black Bridge confirmed that money for rural Ontario was being spent and would help upgrade ageing roads, bridges and water and sewage systems.Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Graydon Smith, Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge announced funding to improve a local road and replace four bridges in the Districts of Muskoka, Parry Sound and the County of Haliburton.“Building safe and efficient roads allow Canadians to spend less time in traffic on their way to work and more quality time with their families. Thanks to these road improvements and bridge replacements, Muskoka residents will be able to get to their destinations quickly and safely, thus improving their quality of life,” remarked Mendicino.In Bracebridge, the replacement of Black Bridge with a new single-lane structure with new safety barriers will improve traffic and road conditions for users of the bridge for years to come. The new Black Bridge will also feature a 1-kilometre pedestrian walkway, allowing residents and visitors to cross the bridge by foot.“The Town of Bracebridge greatly appreciates the approval of funding for the Black Bridge Replacement Project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program,” said Smith. “The Black Bridge serves as a key transportation link for both permanent and seasonal residents of Bracebridge.“The funding for replacement of the ageing bridge will help to ensure that people, goods and services are able to safely get where they need to go. The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan funding supports implementation of the Town’s comprehensive asset management plan and helps ensure the effective use of taxpayer dollars.”Other projects include the replacement of Snider’s Bay Bridge in Gravenhurst, the Etwell Bridge in Huntsville, and the Hawk Lake Road Bridge in the County of Haliburton. In addition, in the Village of Burk’s Falls, important road improvements will be completed on Yonge Street that will create a safer experience for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers using the roadway.Project NameLocationFundProject DetailsFederal FundingProvincial FundingMunicipal FundingReplacement of Black BridgeTown of BracebridgeRNISReplace the existing bridge with a single lane bridge that has new substructures at the ends of the bridge. Additional work will improve barrier protection and install a pedestrian walkway.$1,277,708$851,720$756,040Rehabilitation of Yonge Street in ArmourVillage of Burk’s Falls RNISThe rehabilitation of approximately 2,500 feet of roadway and approximately 3,500 feet of sidewalk, including widening the roadway and replacing culverts, will improve safety for drivers and cyclists.$1,103,085$612,764$922,442Etwell Bridge ReplacementTown of HuntsvilleRNISThe replacement of the existing bridge with a double lane structure will improve safety for users and response time for emergency services. $400,730$267,127$216,955Snider’s Bay Bridge ReplacementTown of GravenhurstRNISThe Snider’s Bay Bridge will be widened and culverts will be replaced. The project will increase safety for users and improve overall road conditions. $505,747$337,131$288,156Hawk LakeHaliburton, County ofRNISThe existing Hawk Lake Road Bridge will be replaced with a new and slightly wider single-lane steel structure and includes 500 metres of new connecting roadway on either end. $1,125,993$750,587$375,406The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.4 million in the five projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The province and municipalities are responsible for the remainder of the project costs.