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$3-Million Grant for Wiarton's 'Big Dig'

Wiarton | by John Divinski  

Connecting Links funding comes through for South Bruce Peninsula.

Wiarton's "Big Dig" is about to get dug -- thanks to Connecting Links funding from the province.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker was carrying a three-million-dollar cheque when he came calling in Wiarton with Berford Street infrastructure money.

He says it's the cash is the most anyone could get from the $30-million-dollar provincial program.

The Big Dig will see the replacement of infrastructure on Berford Street from Mary to Division Streets.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson says it's great news for Wiarton.

Jackson says infrastructure under Berford Street is 100 years old and any time there's a winter deep freeze, it freezes everything creating what she calls, "a catastrophe."

She says not only will the infrastructure be replaced but the streetscape plans for downtown Wiarton will also be implemented, changing the look and feel of the entire downtown core.

Work will take place over two years in the Spring and Fall months, beginning next Spring.

Jackson says it will create some inconveniences but says "The short term pain is going to create a long term gain."

In 2016, the entire project was pegged at $6-million-dollars but no cost estimate was mentioned recently.

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