Essex County council OK’s early release of funds for infrastructure repairs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Essex County council has authorized the early release of millions in funding for road projects, two of which will have a significant interest for Amherstburg residents.

Nearly $6.7 million of the county’s road budget was released at last Wednesday night’s meeting in Essex with the overall budget being just over $10 million for rehabilitation work in 2016. Budget deliberations will occur next month.

The two projects impacting local residents include one in McGregor and one in River Canard, the latter being the rehabilitation of the Canard River bridge near St. Joseph Church. That project is estimated to cost $430,000.

The other project is the pavement rehabilitation of Middle Side Road, otherwise known as County Road 10, from Howard Ave. to Walker Road. The estimated cost for that is $505,000.

The River Canard bridge rehabilitation project is one of two projects county council has given "early release" for funding. It is one of two projects that impact Amherstburg drivers.

The River Canard bridge rehabilitation project is one of two projects county council has given “early release” for funding. It is one of two projects that impact Amherstburg drivers.

County engineer Tom Bateman explained that the annual process to have funds released prior to the approval of the budget are to try and obtain better pricing for the county when the project actually goes to tender as well as to lock in a better schedule for the work.

Exact costs and schedules won’t be known until the projects go out for tender later in the year.

Essex County’s 2016 rehabilitation program includes four preservation projects, two bridge engineering projects, four culvert rehabilitation and replacement projects, five culvert engineering assignments and 17 road rehabilitation projects.

“The 2016 rehabilitation program represents a preliminary program at a funding level provided by the original baseline $5,000,000 allocation and funds available from the Gas Tax Program for 2016 and planned series of incremental increases moving the annual program towards the $11,200,000 target funding level. The Gas Tax allocation of $2,161,320 plus the $7,850,890 base amount established a program value of $10,012,210 for 2016,” Bateman stated in his report to county council.

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