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The City of Corner Brook will get $12.6 million in provincial funding under the Multi Year Capital Works Program.
Mayor Charles Pender announced the amount during Monday night’s public council meeting.
The money is part of the $200 million provincial investment in municipal infrastructure for the next three years — 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 — allocated in the recent 2014 provincial budget.
Projects covered under the program are funded on a cost sharing ratio of 70/30 provincial/municipal. With the city’s contribution the total amount available comes to $18 million.
Following the meeting Pender said he was pleased with the amount allotted to the city.
“Obviously, we have a staggering amount of infrastructure that needs work and the federal government has announced the Building Canada fund as well, so we’ll certainly be applying for some funding under that.”
He said the city’s intention is to look at the projects that qualify and get them in for whatever funding is available with roads being number one. But the mayor said the problem with roads is there are two issues.
“There’s the paving of the roads which is easier done than the other part which is the infrastructure underneath the roads,” Pender said.
He noted the city has a “fairly significant” amount of money put aside for paving and along with it has extra money it intends to put there as well.
“But our fear is that we put all that money into paving and it doesn’t last,” he said.
Pender said a water break on a road that’s just been paved means you have to dig it all up again.
“It’s a never-ending story, but I guess it’s maintenance and it’s work that’s got to get done,” the mayor said.
Pender said there are some roads that were capped two or three years ago that have deteriorated and others that have not had work done in years. He said the city will try to balance it all out as it makes decisions on what work will be carried out.
The city now has to confirm which projects it would like to have funded with the province, and has until March 31, 2018 to complete the work.