Province Wants To Rebuild Better
Minister Steve Clarke came to Bracebridge yesterday to announce that the Ontario Government is launching a new pilot project designed to ensure communities across the province are protected from future extreme weather damage.
Clarke said, "We want to help municipalities build back better - to hold flood damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure to a higher standard, so it can better withstand extreme weather. By not having to rebuild the same washed-out road or bridge again and again, communities will save money over the long-term.", he said.
As part of a $1 Million pilot project, the province will provide municipalities, that qualify for funding, with up to 15 per cent above the estimated cost of rebuilding damaged public infrastructure to make it more resilient to extreme weather.
Examples could include raising roads, improving the columns or footings of bridges, or increasing the size of ditches and catch basins to increase their capacity to hold water.
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