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Sarnia to repair more streets than expected this year

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Journal Staff

Sarnia will use a $2.8-million windfall from the provincial government to fix more roads and sewers than expected this year.

City Council agreed recently to apply $1 million of the additional Ontario Community Infrastructure funding for road rehabilitation.

A list of specific streets getting fixed is not yet ready for release, said engineering and operations manager David Jackson.

“There is a large list of roads throughout the city that are in very poor condition,” he said, noting winners are chosen for their condition, underground infrastructure and other factors.

“We don’t like a draft list out that might get peoples hopes up about their street being done, and then it doesn’t make the final tender list,” he said.

A full reconstruction of Plank Road, which was delayed, is now back on.

“I think Plank Road is one of the most recognized locally for being in very poor condition, and we are excited to get that project started this year,” Jackson said.

The province announced a $1-billion infrastructure funding increase over five years, more than doubling the amount eligible municipalities will receive in 2022.

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