Tehkummah to enjoy safer, more efficient travels with improved roads

TEHKUMMAH – Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient transportation networks that help Canadians and their loved ones get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

On August 30 the Honourable Patty Hajdu, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario minister of Infrastructure and Communities and David Jaggard, reeve of the Township of Tehkummah announced funding for a project to improve roads in Tehkummah.

Work involves rehabilitating approximately three kilometers of road along 10th Sideroad and Concession Road 6, increasing the elevation and installing guard rails. Two new culverts will also be installed to improve the drainage system along this key transportation route and protect the road from flooding and damage caused by heavy rainfall. Once complete, drivers will enjoy safer and more efficient travels through Tehkummah for years to come.

“Building safe and efficient roads allows Canadians to spend less time in traffic on their way to work and more quality time with their loved ones,” said Minister Patty Hajdu.

“Good roads get people to work and home more easily and safely, so they can spend quality time with the people they love,” said Laurie Scott, Ontario minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This project in Tehkummah will improve the road, connect neighbourhoods and businesses and people to jobs on Manitoulin Island.

Reeve Jaggard said, “this is great news for the residents of Tehkummah and others who travel these roads. We look forward to the road improvements in terms of spring flooding as well as increased safety for emergency, motorized vehicles and cyclists. Thanks again to all levels of the provincial and federal government for their support of the Township of Tehkummah.”

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $1.7 million to this project through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Communities stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, while the Province of Ontario is providing $982,637 and the Township of Tehkummah is providing $196,645.