Nipissing First Nation road project gets federal backing

North Bay Nugget

Scott McLeod

The federal government has approved a more than $4-million project in Nipissing First Nation through Canada’s national infrastructure fund.

In a statement released Friday by Infrastructure Canada, Nipissing-Timiskaming Liberal MP Anthony Rota announced $3.3 million in funding to build a new road between the communities of Yellek and Duchesnay.

The project will involve 2.1 kilometres of paved road, including shoulders, pedestrian walkways and two culverts.

The Ontario government will put in $809,000, while Nipissing First Nation will contribute $294,000.

“Connecting our communities brings us together,” Rota said. “This investment will enable the people who live in Yellek and Duchesnay to have better access to critical services and improve community safety. It is wonderful to work with Nipissing First Nation to create this $3.3-million investment in community infrastructure.”

Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod said they are very pleased the funding from the federal government will allow them to connect the two communities.

“In 2015, our citizens identified this linkage as a priority to address safety concerns stemming from both communities having only one access point,” he said.

“This critical new infrastructure will also open up land for development and lead to more centralized services to improve quality of life for our citizens.”

Federal Minister of Rural Economic Development Bernadette Jordan said, “Improving roadways helps ensure Canadians have more time to spend with their families every day.

“Once complete, this new road construction in Nipissing First Nation will result in safer and more efficient ways for residents and visitors to travel.”

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