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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

City Seeks Grant Funds For 16th Street East Rehabilitation

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

$1.15-million project would see portion of 16th Street resurfaced.

A stretch of 16th Street East in rough shape may get some work done to it next year if Owen Sound is successful in obtaining a provincial grant.

City council approved a staff recommendation at Monday's meeting to submit an application to the Ministry of Transportation Connecting Links program for the rehabilitation of Highway 26/16th Street East between 9th Avenue East and 18th Avenue East.

Director of Public Works and Engineering Dennis Kefalas told councillors the project would come at a total cost of $1.15-million. If approved, the grant would cover up to 90 per cent of costs -- about $933,000 -- leaving the city's portion of expenses at $103,000.

Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy says 16th Street East is a busy commercial area that needs some resurfacing work done to it.

"There's some pretty big pot holes there and it needs to be re-done," Boddy explains. "We'd really like to get that money. It would be great for the community."

A city staff report explains the city had two previous applications for funding to resurface 16th Street East denied.

However, it explains MTO staff recently reached out to suggest the city re-apply as a provincial surplus exists in the 2019-20 Connecting Link fund.

Kefalas says the city expects to hear back sometime this summer if the application is successful.

If the city does receive approval,  Kefalas says construction is expected to begin in 2020.

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