Town lands road funds

Press Release

The province is providing Fort Frances with more than $40,000 to improve road safety and create or sustain jobs through the “Connecting Links” program.
This project includes detailed design for expansion joint rehabilitation of the overpass on the town’s Highway 11 connecting link.
“This is wonderful news for Fort Frances,” said Mayor Roy Avis.
“This investment . . . will help our community maintain a sustainable network of roads, which is essential for our families and to grow our economy,” he noted.
“Our ‘Connecting Links’ program is one way we show our long-term commitment to Ontario’s rural and northern communities, and to the families who live there,” said Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle.
“These highways are essential links in many communities—connecting people to jobs, managing local congestion, and improving the economy and residents’ quality of life,” he added.
“I am delighted that Ontario’s new ‘Connecting Links’ program will help strengthen our communities, and make the highways and roads that carry our families and our economy safer,” echoed Transportation minister Steven Del Duca.
“We listened to our municipal partners when designing this program, and know that by investing in infrastructure, we are helping to create jobs and improve your commute, which is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the quality of life better for Ontario families,” he said.
Through the “Connecting Links” program, the province is helping municipalities repair their roadways and bridges that connect communities to provincial highways and border crossings.
The province is funding up to 90 percent of total eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $3 million per project, for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation, and replacement of connecting link infrastructure.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history—about $160 billion over 12 years.
That, in turn, is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools, and hospitals.
Last year, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities, and improve quality of life.