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."