The Maley melee is finally over and the road will be built. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped by the Nickel City on Thursday to deliver a message and several million dollars for the Maley Drive extension project.
With a current price tag of $80.1 million for phase one, a three-way cost-sharing agreement will see the municipal, provincial and federal governments each contributing $26.7 million. The money comes from the Building Canada Fund and is part of about $120 billion the Liberals pledged to spend on infrastructure over 10 years in the budget they presented in March.
“This funding will help to create good jobs, better our communities and grow the middle class,” Trudeau said to a clapping crowd. “This $26.7 million investment will fund the creation of a new, much needed east-west arterial link through the city. This important initiative will reduce traffic congestion, improve commuter safety and get people home on time – and take ore trucks off Lasalle. My government is proud to invest in Sudbury and the people who call it home.”
Mayor Brian Bigger, who said Maley Drive is critical to the city’s growth, was effusive in his praise for Trudeau and the project. He pointed to job creation, savings in the millions of dollars and the economic value the roadway will provide. He called Maley Drive forward thinking and said it will meet the city’s future needs.
“I would like to thank the Government of Canada, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MPs Marc Serre and Paul Lefevbre for this significant investment in Greater Sudbury,” Bigger said. “The Maley Drive Extension Project is critical to the economy of Greater Sudbury, creating 780 jobs, contributing $135.6 million in net economic value, while positioning the city for growth.
I’m thrilled that this project will be moving forward as it is a foundational element of our road network, consistent with a future vision for our community, ensuring the efficient movement of goods and people, safety, and environmental sustainability.”
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