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The Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines will on completion enhance the prosperity of the downtown and the city of St. Catharines.

(December 10, 2010)

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The Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines will on completion enhance the prosperity of the downtown and the city of St. Catharines. The replacement of the 95 year-old bridge will in addition help the area cope with increased tourism in the wine route.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will contribute $18,167,000 each towards the project. The Regional Municipality of Niagara will provide the remaining funding. The total eligible cost of the project is estimated at $54.5 million.

Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, and Jim Bradley, Member of Provincial Parliament for St. Catharines made the announcement in St. Catharines.

Gary Burroughs, Regional Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara who was sworn into office a day before performed his first official duty at the funding announcement.

“This bridge is a critical component of our transportation system. It ties both sides of the city together in St. Catharines and Niagara, and after 95 years it is time for a new bridge,” said MP Dykstra. “Our Government is proud to support projects that will create jobs and help improve the quality of life for residents in the region for years to come.”

“The replacement of this bridge will not only improve a vital east-west transportation link for businesses, residents and for tourists visiting the Niagara wine region, but will also help create construction jobs for Niagara workers,” said MPP Bradley.

“Ontario’s investment is part of our Open Ontario plan that will help build a stronger community and provide economic stimulus to the area.”

"The Burgoyne Bridge is a critical transportation link for residents and visitors to the Niagara region,” said Chairman Burroughs. “Replacing this bridge is essential to our region’s continued growth and economic development, and we are pleased to be partnering with the Governments of Ontario and Canada to make this project a success."

The former Regional Chair Peter Partington said the council had unanimously identified the bridge as the number one infrastructural project for the region. He noted that the cooperation of the three levels of government in providing funding for the bridge was one of the good examples of how communities work well.

Federal and provincial governments have identified the project as a priority for funding consideration under the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component.

Once complete, the new bridge will replace the original structure built in 1915. The proposed replacement project includes: construction of a new concrete structure adjacent to the existing bridge and removal of the existing bridge; construction of an approach road to the realigned structure; reconstruction of two access roads beneath the new bridge; and landscaping and restoration of the construction area in accordance with Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s requirements. The Region plans to start construction in 2013 and complete the project by the end of 2014.

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(Story and photo by Edward Akinwunmi)

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