Over $800,000 is being spent through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs to improve snowmobile trails throughout northern Ontario.
Mattawa area will receive some of the money to demolish bridges 76.8 and 73.2 and install culverts in their place.
The funding will be directed to the following 10 projects that will improve trail connectivity across northern Ontario, extend the useful lifespan of the trails and increase safety for snowmobile riders says a news release.
- Decommissioning of bridges 76.8 and 73.2 and installation of culverts in their place near Mattawa
- Repairs and maintenance to the Pickerel River Bridge in Pickerel River
- Replace the existing bridge over Whitson River in Greater Sudbury with a new 28-foot steel bridge
- Bridge replacements over Morton River and McGrindle River near Hanmer in Greater Sudbury
- Bridge refurbishment over Sheppard Creek on the Soo Highlands Loop in Searchmont
- Trail reroute of 60 kilometres of trail D108A between Dubreuilville and Hornepayne
- Trail reroute of 36 kilometres of Top C trail in the Municipality of Gogama
- Bridge replacement over Little Black River north of Kirkland Lake
- Installation of a culvert on Top A Trail near the Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté to eliminate the need for a snow bridge, resolving issues with melting and flooding of the trail
- Trail reroute of 25 kilometres of trail A113A near Atikokan.
“With over 30,000 kilometres of trails, Ontario is a premier destination for snowmobiling, which generates up to $3.3 billion worth of economic activity each year,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
“This investment will ensure the continued rollout of world-class snowmobile trails for generations to come," said said Ryan Eickmeier, CEO, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.