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Friday, July 19, 2019

Owen Sound Receives Grant For 16th Street East Rehabilitation

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Connecting Links funding will cover 90 per cent of $1.15-million project cost.

Owen Sound is moving ahead with the rehabilitation of a major route in the city's east end, as provincial grant funds have come through.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker attended city hall Friday afternoon to make a funding announcement of just over $933,000 for Owen Sound through the province's Connecting Links program for the resurfacing of Highway 26/16th Street East between 9th Avenue East and 18th Avenue East.

The total project cost is $1.15-million. The Connecting Links grant will cover 90 per cent of that -- leaving the city's contribution for the work at an estimated $103,000.

"This is a very big project as you all know for Owen Sound and I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to announce this funding," MPP Walker says. "I know how important this project is to our city. This stretch of road is no doubt one of the busiest in our city."

A central shopping area in Owen Sound and the main route for traffic heading to and from Meaford, The Blue Mountains and Collingwood, 16th Street East has worn in recent years and been identified as a priority by the city to rehabilitate. Twice previously, Owen Sound had applications for Connecting Links funding for this project denied by the province.

Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy says the city is very pleased to receive funding this time around.

"Small urban communities like ours rely so much on funding to do projects we couldn't afford on our own," Boddy explains. "Especially when it's a regional link -- like the 10th Street Bridge or like 16th Street -- where people are coming from all over and using it. It's not just a local street."

Director of Public Works and Engineering Dennis Kefalas says the Highway 26/16th Street East rehabilitation project will go to tender this fall. Construction is expected to commence in 2020.

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