Rehabilitation of the Fifth Street Bridge scheduled to begin this summer

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne.

Government officials say rehabilitation of the Fifth Street Bridge in Chatham-Kent is scheduled to begin this summer.

Construction crews are at work across Ontario building and upgrading hospitals, schools, transit projects, roads and bridges that will help people in their everyday lives by improving access to crucial public services and getting people where they need to go.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto today to announce that shovels are in the ground on hundreds of projects around the province, with many scheduled to be completed this summer. This busy construction season is part of the greatest investment in infrastructure in Ontario’s history — more than $190 billion over 13 years beginning in 2014-15.

“Making sure Ontario’s hospitals, schools, highways and transit systems are in good repair and building new ones, when needed, is key to our quality of life. I am excited to see so many shovels in the ground across our province — and so much work being completed. The hundreds of construction projects underway this summer will make a real difference to people in their everyday lives,” said Premier Wynne.

Other major builds or upgrades that are starting or wrapping up this summer include:

  • Breaking ground in Wellington County on the Groves Memorial Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide a growing community with more space for emergency, ambulatory, diagnostic and inpatient services
  • Building new schools, including St. John Catholic French Immersion School in London, which will welcome more than 500 students in September
  • Expanding and upgrading Ontario’s roads — including restoring bridges and resurfacing highways in the Ottawa region — to help ease gridlock and keep people and cargo moving
  • Opening an upgraded wastewater treatment plant in Owen Sound to clean up waste water so it is safer to release into the environment

Quick facts:

  • Ontario’s record infrastructure investment is supporting 125,000 jobs, on average, each year.
  • A study by the Centre for Spatial Economics (C4SE) found that, over the long term, Ontario’s real GDP rises by up to $6 on average per dollar of public infrastructure spending.

 

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