Jumping on the infrastructure-is-the-way-out-of-recession bandwagon, Woolwich Township hopes senior government money will come its way for four projects this year.
Three applications have been filed under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund process, while a fourth – the Breslau community centre project – is looking for money from the communities component of the Building Canada Fund.
All of the projects were approved this week by Woolwich council in advance of the May 1 deadline.
Under the auspices of stimulus funding, the township wants to reconstruct a portion of Snyder Avenue in Elmira, reconstruct an area around Samuel Street in Elmira, and rehabilitate the Floradale bridge while resurfacing a portion of Floradale Road.
The Snyder Avenue project would see the replacement of water, wastewater and storm sewers, along with the roadbed and surface on the stretch near the new Woolwich Memorial Centre. New concrete curb and gutters, and expanded sidewalks on both sides of the street are also included in the $2.6-million price tag.
Underground water, wastewater and storm sewers would also be replaced in the reconstruction of Samuel Street, Ann Street and portions of Riverside Drive, Herbert and William streets. Here, too, curbs, gutters and sidewalks are on the agenda. Costs have been estimated at $2.6 million.
The work on Floradale Road, covering a stretch from the edge of the village to Arthur Street, would weigh in at about $1 million.
Typically, these infrastructure projects are split three ways between the federal government, Queen’s Park and the municipality.
Chief administrative officer David Brenneman said the township has the money to cover its share of all three roads projects if stimulus funding is approved.
In Breslau, Woolwich has already committed $2.7 million for a new community centre, but hopes to recover some of that money from the Building Canada Fund, which has just opened up an intake for recreation projects.
In March, the township awarded a $2.2-million tender to Gateman-Milloy Inc. to build a 10,000-square-foot structure that will be joined to the existing Empire Communities Ltd. sales office, to be turned over to the township when the 475-home subdivision is built out.