The City of Dryden has awarded an over $300,000 contract to Miller Northwest to repave a section of Duke Street, between Government Street and Colonization Avenue South.

Earlier this week, the City’s Public Works manager Blake Poole presented a report to councillors virtually at City Hall, saying Dryden was successful in receiving up to 90 per cent of the project’s cost, up to a maximum of $400,000, from Ontario.

The funding was provided by the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links program, which helps municipalities repair their roadways that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community. The contract’s tender amount is listed at just over $306,000.

“Northerners depend on properly-maintained road infrastructure as our primary mode of transportation,” said Kenora Rainy-River MPP Greg Rickford, who helped to make the announcement in June with Mayor Greg Wilson.

“That is why our government continues to invest in transportation infrastructure across the province, with focused investments in critical road infrastructure in the north.”

Dryden saw a $112,000 investment through the same program in 2019 for studies and designs for Highway 17 and Highway 594. In 2018, Ontario awarded Dryden with $250,000 to resurface Duke Street. In 2016, Dryden saw over $70,000 to pave Government Street.

This year’s Connecting Links funding is in addition to $1.4 million for upgrades on Van Horne Avenue that were announced last fall. That project is currently underway, and is expected to wrap-up by the middle of next month.

Earlier this month, Queen's Park announced $450,000 for the City of Dryden to help offset lost revenues associated with the pandemic, while Kenora received close to $1,000,000 and Sioux Lookout close to $325,000.

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