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Federal Minister announces Spanish and area infrastructure upgrades

Six road and bridge improvements announced

The federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu was in Spanish Friday to announce a number of Infrastructure improvements for Northern Ontario on Friday. The Liberal MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North shared the podium with Spanish Mayor Jocelyne Bishop in announcing six different road and bridge improvements to the tune of $4 million.

In the Town of Spanish it will involve a re-do of Algoma Street and Colonization road. That will include 1.2 km of roadway, including road alignment, and sightline improvements. This project will provide better efficiency and safety for drivers.

There will also be money for funding for 

  • Bruce Mines, Cockburn Island, Northeastern Manitoulin and The Islands and Plummer to improve local road conditions. 
  • Central Manitoulin will receive funding for the replacement of the Union Road Bridge. Some projects will add or improve active transportation options for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The provincial and municipal governments will be responsible for the remaining funding.


The Honourable Patty Hajdu said, 

“Connecting people and places is key to providing opportunities for all Canadians. Improving local roads and bridges for Northern Ontarians will support the long-term success and prosperity of these communities.”

Mayor Bishop.had this comment, “We are pleased with this announcement and thank both the Federal and Provincial Governments for their contribution towards the Rehabilitation of Algoma Street and Colonization Road."

She continued, "This road system provides our local and travelling tourists access to several of our waterfront businesses fronting of the beautiful Spanish River.”   

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