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NORTH HURON REQUESTING PROVINCIAL FUNDING FOR MILL STREET PROJECT IN BLYTH

Friday November 1st, 2013

For Immediate Release
Friday, November 1, 2013

NORTH HURON REQUESTING PROVINCIAL FUNDING FOR MILL STREET PROJECT IN BLYTH

The Township of North Huron has submitted an application to the province’s Small, Rural, and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund for Phase 1 of the Mill Street Reconstruction Project in Blyth.

This project has been divided into two phases with Phase 1 estimated at $505,000 and Phase 2 estimated at $1.6 for a total project cost that will exceed $2.1 million.   Only Phase 1 of this project is being submitted due to the limited funds available in this round.

“Council and staff have identified this project in Blyth as our number one infrastructure priority,” said North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent.  “It’s shovel ready but we need provincial funding to proceed.”

The Mill Street Reconstruction Project proposes to upgrade the road infrastructure to improve drainage, provide a controlled overland storm water flow route to improve safety and mobility on the entire length of Westmoreland Street and a portion of Mill Street.   The project also involves the upgrade of storm water infrastructure to reduce or eliminate the incidents of flooding, alleviate the stresses imposed on the sanitary sewer system, and upgrade the water infrastructure to improve the water distribution system.  The street reconstruction will include a curb and gutter system and the new storm sewer system will provide the opportunity for residents in this area to connect sump pumps to the storm sewer and provide relief from property damage.

“This project will benefit residents and businesses and it’s a strategic investment in Blyth that will help us attract more residents, economic development, and investment,” said CAO/Clerk Gary Long.  “We look forward to hearing from the province and partnering with them again on an important infrastructure project in our community.”

There is $71 million available and Ontario municipalities with a population less than 100,000 are eligible to apply.  The objective of the program is to support critical road, bridge, water and wastewater projects (includes both sanitary and storm water).

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For more information, contact:
Neil Vincent, Reeve                                                               Gary Long, CAO/Clerk
519-357-2336                                                                         519-357-3550 x.24