Highway Six/Centre Street reconstruction up for discussion

By Rosalind Russell – Espanola’s Community Services Committee will be going to council for discussion and possible approval of a resolution to complete the application process for Connecting Link funding for Hwy 6/Centre Street. According to the Public Works report, it is an ongoing project to reconstruct the section of Highway 6 that passes through Espanola with the latest application for the 2024-25 season focusing on Station Road to Tudhope Street.

The maximum available Connecting Link grant is $3 million but estimates for this new work could add up to over $5 million and include water and sewer installation.

The shortfall would be covered through reserves and the cost to the municipality reduced through Federal Gas Tax funding and Ontario’s Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund.

Council is expected to discuss the committee resolution and make a final decision on the application soon.

Photo: The 2023 section of Highway Six/Centre Street reconstruction is nearly completed. The Town of Espanola will now consider applying for funding to complete the Station Road to Tudhope Street section for next year. Photo by Rosalind Russell

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