The Government of Canada supports construction of Strandherd Bridge

    OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for
Nepean-Carleton, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the Government of
Canada will make the construction of the Strandherd Bridge and associated
roadworks in South Ottawa a priority for funding under the Canada Strategic
Infrastructure Fund.
    The City's Strandherd Bridge proposal includes the construction of the
Strandherd-Armstrong bridge, the widening of Earl Armstrong Road from River
Road to Limebank Road, and the widening of Strandherd Road from Woodroffe
Avenue to Prince of Wales Drive.
    "The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to support
infrastructure investments that protect the environment and help create
sustainable communities," said Mr. Poilievre.
    Mr. Poilievre said construction of the Strandherd Bridge, related
roadways, and transit components undertaken as part of this project by the
City of Ottawa, will support sustainable growth and encourage the use of
public transportation in Canada's National Capital Region.
    The Government of Canada will consider funding up to one-third of total
eligible costs to a maximum federal contribution of $35 million toward the
proposal. The total estimated cost of the Strandherd Bridge initiative is $105
million. Funding for the project will come from the $200 million reserved
under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund for transit projects in the
City of Ottawa.
    Federal financial support for the construction of the Strandherd Bridge
is conditional on the initiative meeting all applicable federal eligibility
requirements under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The City of
Ottawa must also demonstrate the initiative is part of a comprehensive transit
strategy in the Ottawa area and includes transit components.
    Federal financial support is also conditional on a federal due diligence
review of the project, the successful completion of an environmental
assessment, assurance by the City that the remaining project costs have been
fully financed and accounted for, and the signing of a contribution agreement
for the project detailing the project elements and any other federal
parameters including Treasury Board approval.
    This initiative is consistent with the Government's new $33-billion
Building Canada Plan. The Plan emphasizes, amongst other things, investments
in public transit that contribute to a better environment.

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148

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