Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2016
Town of Halton Hills to receive $675,000 in funding for
Highway 7 upgrades
(Queen’s Park) – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has announced that the Town of Halton
Hills will receive $675,000 in Connecting Links funding for work on Highway 7.
The project includes resurfacing 500 metres of Main Street from Knox Street northerly on the
Town’s Highway 7 connecting link in Acton.
“I’m glad that the Ministry is working with the Town to address our transportation needs,” Mr.
Arnott said. “Mayor Rick Bonnette, Town Council, and staff all deserve credit for making the
case for the need for this project.”
The news was also welcomed by Town of Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette.
“This is great news. The funding from the Province will assist in maintaining the Highway 7
connecting link on Main Street,” said Mayor Bonnette. “I thank Minister Del Duca for this
assistance and look forward to continuing to work with the Minister in finding a long term
solution to truck traffic along Highway 7 in Halton Hills.”
The Connecting Links program provides funding to municipalities to help cover up to 90% of the
cost of necessary road and bridge repairs on provincial highways passing through built up
The Connecting Link program was first established in the 1920s, but was abruptly cancelled by
the Liberal Government without consultation in 2013.
At the time of the cancellation, the Town of Halton Hills had $9.4 million in planned construction
work over a 5 year period on connecting link roadways.
Members of the Ontario PC Caucus, including Mr. Arnott, repeatedly pushed the Government to
restore the program. In April 2015, the Government announced that it was reviving the
“The cancellation of the original Connecting Link program created huge problems for
municipalities like the Town of Halton Hills, and I’m glad that the Government recognized that
they had made a mistake and restored the program,” Mr. Arnott said.
Mayor Bonnette and Council were also very vocal about the impact that the cancellation of the
Connecting Link program was having on the Town’s plans.
“I want to continue to work with Mayor Bonnette and Town Council to ensure that our
transportation issues are addressed,” Mr. Arnott concluded.
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