$14 million rolls in for infrastructure projects

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The province is pouring almost $14 million into infrastructure improvements in communities across Northwestern Ontario.
The projects, funded under the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund, announced Wednesday are:
• Replacement of the Court Street bridge in Thunder Bay, $2 million.
• Upgrading the filtration system in Nipigon’s water treatment plant, $360,000.
• Repairing the Geraldton ward and Longlac ward water towers in Greenstone, $713,600.
• Upgrading water and sewer lines in Atikokan, $2 million.
• Improving water infrastructure on Duke Street in Dryden, $1.3 million.
• Upgrading emergency water mains near the hospital in Emo, $2 million.
• Refurbishing the sewage treatment plant in Ignace, $2 million.
• Replacing water and sewer infrastructure on Fourth Street in Rainy River, $2 million.
• Renewing water and sewer infrastructure in Balmertown, $810,000.
• Installing new water treatment equipment in Redditt, $375,000.
“By investing in these crucial projects, we are expanding opportunities for northern residents and businesses, and improving the economic well-being of the province,” Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said in a news release.
Since 2003, the province has provided almost $13 billion to help municipalities repair and upgrade roads, bridges, water, wastewater treatment facilities and other critical community infrastructure, Gravelle said.