Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Mississauga will receive $17 million for active transportation through the federal government’s Active Transportation Fund (ATF) and the city will also contribute $12 million to expand and enhance trail connections along the eastern shoreline.
“Investing in active transportation is an investment in the health, well-being and future of Mississauga. By prioritizing walking and cycling infrastructure, we create safer streets, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and promote a more connected, vibrant, and sustainable city. It’s an investment in our residents’ quality of life, our environment and the long-term economic vitality of our city,” said acting mayor Chris Fonseca.
Highlights of the project include:
- development of more than 2.5 kilometres of paved, lit, cycling and pedestrian trails to close the gap in the Trans Canada Trail and Regional Waterfront Trail systems
- bridge connection to allow safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians
- development of community recreation and tourism connections that include access to the Western Pier and the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area
- rest stations with washroom facilities
- bicycle parking areas along with bench and bike repair station facilities
“Active transportation is about all forms of movement. So along with the transit services and smart traffic management systems we are implementing in Mississauga, we also need to ensure we are planning for and building robust cycling and pedestrian networks. Today’s announcement and funding investment helps enable us to do just that,” said Shari Lichterman, city manager and CAO.
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