TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Today representatives from the Ontario Good
Roads Association (OGRA) met with Premier McGuinty at the ROMA/OGRA
Combined Conference to discuss municipal asset management practices and
the need for a sustainable infrastructure funding regime for Ontario
OGRA's Municipal DataWorks (MDW) application is empowered with the
ability to manage critical infrastructure data for member
municipalities to ensure the safe and proper upkeep of municipal roads
and bridges. The aggregate data MDW provides will allow the Province to
assess municipal maintenance needs and forecast future funding.
Following the meeting, OGRA President Paul Johnson stated "I'm pleased
that the Premier recognizes the value of MDW as a vital long term
planning tool that benefits municipalities and positions Ontario as a
leader in infrastructure asset management."
Currently, bridge data from 108 Ontario municipalities has been
collected and populated in MDW. Data from another 100 municipalities
has been received and is to be inputted pending further funding.
"The lack of sufficient funding for essential infrastructure maintenance
and rehabilitation and the need for a sustainable infrastructure
funding program continues to be a serious concern to Ontario
municipalities." said Joe Tiernay, OGRA Executive Director.
The Province is currently looking at models for sustainable,
predictable, long-term infrastructure plans. Further details are to be
released in the Summer of 2011.
The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the
infrastructure interests of municipalities through advocacy,
consultation, training, and the delivery of identified services.
SOURCE Ontario Good Roads Association
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