Ontario Nominating Plank Road Reconstruction and Holt Line Bridge Rehabilitation for infrastructure funding

Sarnia-Lambton — Ontario’s government is investing in what matters by nominating the Plank Road reconstruction project in Sarnia, and the Holt Line Bridge Rehabilitation project in St. Clair Township to the federal government for approval as part of an effort to improve the province’s infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey announced today that the province has nominated the reconstruction of Plank Road and the rehabilitation of the Holt Line Bridge to the federal government, as part of the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The provincial contribution to the Plank Road reconstruction will be $1,666,500. The provincial contribution to the Holt Line Bridge rehabilitation will be $399,960.

“These projects are incredibly important to our local residents.  Plank Road in Sarnia was voted one of the worst roads in Southwestern Ontario for the last several years.  The Holt Line Bridge over the Sydenham River is an important link for residents and farms in the southern end of Lambton County,” said MPP Bailey. “We need the federal government to approve these projects quickly, that way they can move forward as soon as possible.”

As of July 18, 2019, 95 new projects have been nominated to the federal government under the Rural and Northern stream. These are in addition to the 49 projects nominated for review on May 10. The funding for this ICIP stream has now been allocated.

The federal government will review these projects and make final funding decisions.

“We’re continuing to work with municipalities, families and businesses, to make smart investments in our infrastructure, and keep it reliable,” says Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. “Our investments are creating jobs and growing the economy, shaping the future for hard-working families in Ontario.”


  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a 10-year program that provides up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and local investments in communities across the province. Funding will be distributed between four streams:
    • Rural and Northern
    • Public Transit
    • Green
    • Community, Culture and Recreation
  • Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or about $10.2 billion spread across the four streams.
  • The Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program was launched on March 18 and closed on May 14, 2019.
  • The first Public Transit stream for municipalities outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) launched on April 2 and closed on May 28, 2019.
  • In May 2019, the government nominated five additional major transit projects in the City of Toronto and Region of York to the federal government for approval.
  • In June 2019 the government nominated 10 transit projects in the city of London to the federal government for approval.


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