Wellington North receives $1.7 million for Highway 6 project

Connecting Link funding from province will help resurface road through Arthur

KENILWORTH – Wellington North has received $1.7 million in Connecting Link funding from the province to resurface Highway 6 through Arthur.

The project is one of 24 announced by the province on May 11 – and the only one in Wellington County.

“I and all of council are extremely pleased with this announcement and thank [Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece] for his support as well as [transportation minister Caroline Mulroney],” stated Mayor Andy Lennox in a press release.

“This is a significant source of revenue for the municipality which will address much needed infrastructure work within the township, ease the burden of maintaining provincially owned assets on local residents, and provide enhanced service and safety to users as we host passage to the north.”

The Connecting Link program helps municipalities build, renew or replace municipal roads and bridges in their communities that connect to provincial highways. The funding covers up to 90 percent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3 million.

Wellington North received $1,714,050 to resurface about 1km of Highway 6 (George Street and Smith Street), from the Conestogo River bridge at the south end of the village to Conestoga Street in the north, officials say.

“At the same time, given the opportunity resurfacing affords, improvements will be made to the Charles/George intersection traffic signals, in particular replacing aerial cables with underground conduits and cables,” stated a township press release.

“A badly damaged traffic signal pole at the southeast corner of Charles/George intersection will also be replaced. And there will be a replacement and realignment of a portion of the existing storm sewer outlet that is located approximately 50m east of Clarke Street, to within lands controlled by the township.”

The total estimated cost of the project is $1,992,500.

“We understand that the maintenance and repair costs of roads and bridges places a heavy burden on our municipal partners,” stated Mulroney in a press release from the province.

“That is why we continue to support our local communities with investments that will keep families safe, goods moving, and drive economic growth and job creation.”