CENTRAL ELGIN – On September 3, 2019, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced that the County of Elgin will receive $2,500,000 in federal funding for the replacement of the Port Bruce Bridge. The Province of Ontario has already committed to contributing $1,666,500 towards the Port Bruce Bridge Replacement project.
The Port Bruce Bridge collapsed on February 23, 2018. The replacement project will restore permanent access across Catfish Creek, facilitate more active transportation and provide safer travel for residents and visitors.
Elgin County Warden Duncan McPhail said, “This announcement is exciting news for Elgin County. For our community, the collapse of the Port Bruce Bridge presented a number of challenges including safety, logistics and the movement of traffic over Catfish Creek. For our Council, this costly infrastructure failure has made it challenging to plan for competing priorities. The Investing in Canada infrastructure plan funding will provide substantial and much needed financial assistance as we work to rebuild the Port Bruce Bridge. Elgin County is not only celebrating the financial support that we will receive through this program, but we are celebrating what happens when different orders of government partner to respond to the needs of our citizens.”
Karen Vecchio, MP said, “The federal funding for the Port Bruce Bridge is fantastic news for the County of Elgin. All levels of government have worked collaboratively as we recognize the necessity of this project. I am proud the Port Bruce Bridge has been chosen by the Government of Canada.”
For additional information, please contact:
Julie Gonyou, Chief Administrative Officer
[email protected] | 519-631-1460