OGRA Discusses Municipal Infrastructure with Premier McGuinty

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 municipalities.

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

For further information:

Scott Butler, Manager, Policy and Research, scott@ogra.org
Suzanne Lynch, Marketing and Communications, slynch@barebonesmarketing.ca
www.ogra.org  TEL: 905-795-2555  FAX: 905-795-2660

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