Local MP Don Rusnak was in Rainy River yesterday to announce more than $13 million in federal funding for a joint Canada-U.S. project to replace the international bridge at Rainy River-Baudette.
The federal funding is through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund.
The Ontario government responsible for all remaining costs for the Canadian portion of the investment.
The project involves the design and construction of a new bridge and the removal of the existing one, which is at the end of its service life.
The new bridge will include widened lanes and shoulders, guide rails, a sidewalk, and an improved load capacity.
This initiative will improve road safety and efficiency while also supporting tourism and the movement of people and goods between Canada and the U.S.
As well, the existing load restrictions will be removed and the bridge will be able to receive higher volumes of commercial traffic, which will support future economic development.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in infrastructure projects that contribute to economic development, create middle-class jobs, and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Rusnak, who made the announcement on behalf of Infrastructure and Communities minister Amarjeet Sohi.
“The replacement of the Rainy River-Baudette International Bridge will support tourism and trade between Canada and the United States, and foster long-term prosperity today and in the future,” he added.
“The new Rainy River-Baudette International Bridge will be an important connection and will serve the people of Northwestern Ontario well,” echoed Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP and Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle, speaking on behalf of Transportation minister Steven Del Duca.
“Ontario is a world leader in moving people and goods safely, efficiently, and sustainably, and this new bridge will help us ensure we remain a world leader,” he noted.
The Rainy River-Baudette International Bridge is jointly owned by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.