Brockville, Prescott receive OCIF funding

In this August 2015 image from Google Maps, this section of Victoria Avenue from Pine Street to Pearl Street has receiving provincial funding March 18, 2016 to rebuild the road, sidewalk and underground waterworks. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – Brockville and Prescott will receive money to repair aging streets and waterworks, the provincial government announced Friday (March 18).

Prescott will receive up to $2 million to reconstruct St. Lawrence Street from King Street to Jessup Street.

The provincial government is also providing up to $734,040 for Brockville to rebuild the road, sidewalk and waterworks for a section of Victoria Avenue.

Brockville had stolen some of the province’s thunder as the city revealed the successful OCIF funding in a report to council almost a month ago.

But a government spokesman told Brockville Newswatch Friday, the grant wasn’t official until today.

It will cover almost all (90 per cent) of the $815,600 project, to fix the next section of Victoria from Pine to Pearl.

Either way, Brockville councillor Leigh Bursey told Brockville Newswatch he’s “ecstatic” about the finalized funding.

“Recognizing that so many places are applying for these type of grants…I think it’s fantastic. There’s a substantial infrastructure deficit across this province and Brockville’s no exception. So being able to focus something on that type of project without having to go back to our coffers locally is tremendous,” Bursey said.

Bursey added that it’s a long overdue project that the grant money will help complete.

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