Money for roads and bridges in SD&G

The United Counties building and Provincial Offences Act courthouse at 22 Pitt Street in Cornwall. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – Municipalities in SD&G are getting nearly $6.9 million in order to repair roads, bridges and water systems.

The lion’s share of the money, which is spread out in annual payments over three years, will be going to the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry.

Cornwall is getting $1,579,559 while the United Counties are getting $1,944,891 from 2017-2019, the province announced last week.

SD&G Director of Transportation and Planning, Ben de Haan, told Cornwall Newswatch this is a significant bump from their typical OCIF funding of roughly $211,000 per year.

He said county councillors will likely discuss where to allot the money during the next council meeting in two weeks.

De Haan said there is a OCIF application-based funding package, where the county could be eligible for up to $981,000, and the county will apply for that as well.

He said the roundabouts and road improvements on County Road 2 in Long Sault are likely to be the “number one capital works” project.

As for the City of Cornwall, “we have considered various projects to apply the 2017 funding, however, a specific OCIF formula component has not been identified yet. The 2017 budget process has just started, and we are reviewing all capital works priorities and funding options,” Infrastructure Manager Steve Wintle wrote in an email to Cornwall Newswatch.

“There are many worthwhile candidates, as identified within our asset management program, and could potentially be a road, sewer or water main related project,” he wrote.

The six townships are also getting a share of the OCIF money. Here’s the breakdown:

  • North Dundas – $466,394
  • North Glengarry – $422,281
  • North Stormont – $248,077
  • South Dundas – $867,576
  • South Glengarry – $690,845
  • South Stormont – $663,290
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