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Ellis announces millions for Trent-Severn and Murray Canal bridges


The Canadian government has floated the Bay of Quinte region $62.5 million in funding for infrastructure repairs to the Trent-Severn Waterway and Murray Canal bridges  – with a possible allocation of a maximum $88 million.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis said repairs will be completed at locks and dams located in Trenton, Glen Miller, Frankford, Glen Ross, as well as the Carrying Place swing bridges on the Murray Canal.

“The Trent-Severn Waterway and Murray Canal are two major routes of water transportation and recreation in the Bay of Quinte,” he said. “As the gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway, this announcement comes at an opportune time.”

Part of the funding is a $16.4 million boost to two major project announcements from 2015 for the Bay of Quinte – the Trenton Dam 1 and Lock 1 replacement and rehabilitation project and the Glen Ross swing bridge rehabilitation.

“There are two projects of which Quinte West is one of a handful of southern sector municipalities receiving the same funding. These projects bring the potential maximum total funding for the Bay of Quinte to $88 million,” said Ellis, who attended the official announcement at the Peterborough Lift Locks on June 26.

The Trent-Severn Waterway is one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites welcoming more than one million visitors every year. It flows 386 kilometres across central Ontario, linking the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, through a system of rivers, lakes, canals and locks. Operated by Parks Canada, the Trent-Severn Waterway is also Canada’s largest national historic site as the Trent-Severn watershed covers an area of more than 18,000 square kms. It features two lift locks and two flight locks, a marine railway, 36 conventional locks, 50 km of canals, and approximately 160 dams and water control structures.

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