Sudbury missing out on infrastructure money from province: Cimino

Sudbury MPP Joe Cimino says the Nickel City is losing out on infrastructure funding because of amalgamation.
The Finland Creek bridge on Balsam St. in Copper Cliff was built in 1930. The 2012 inspection report called for its replacement at a cost of $660,000 by 2013. It also recommends the bridge have a load posting of 20 tonnes. This bridge is not listed in the City of Greater Sudbury's budget outlook for 2013 or 2014. (CBC)

Sudbury MPP Joe Cimino says the Nickel City is losing out on infrastructure funding because of amalgamation.

Cimino said Sudbury isn't eligible for money from a recently announced infrastructure fund for smaller communities.

When Sudbury consisted of seven smaller communities, they would have been able to access the funding, he said.

As an amalgamated city, Sudbury has an enormous amount of infrastructure to manage, and a tax base that can't support it. Cimino pointed to the Finland Bridge in Copper Cliff, and the state of Lorne Street, as examples.

Cimino said he is urging the province to find solutions.

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