Federal Gas Tax Fuels City Infrastructure Projects

Niagara Falls, ON, October 19, 2016 – The City of Niagara Falls received and invested over $2.2 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund in 2015. These funds were invested into 5 local infrastructure projects throughout the City, with the primary focus on transportation improvements.

 “Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities like Niagara Falls to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. Our government is working in partnership with municipalities, provinces and territories across Canada to help grow the middle class and build communities where Canadians want to live, work and play,” said Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

 “I am excited for our residents to drive on smoother roads and make use of our updated transit services thanks to help from the Gas Tax Fund. We are very thankful for the Federal Government’s continued investment in our community” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati.

 The Federal Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity.

A list of the 5 gas tax funded projects is listed below. The balance of the entire project costs were covered through the City’s Capital Budget.

2015 Projects

  • Robinson Street – Main St. to Stanley Avenue
    • Total Cost: $2,346,395
    • Gas Tax Funding: $420,898
      • Multi-element project drive by sewer separation and including sanitary and storm sewers, watermain and road reconstruction
        • Infrastructure improvements will reduce flooding events, provide cleaner potable water and improve travel conditions
  • Baldwin Ave- Mulhern St. to Bend Reconstruction
    • Total Cost: $1,641,600
    • Gas Tax Funding: $1,070,559
      • Full road reconstruction along with a watermain replacement
        • Infrastructure improvements will reduce flood events, provide cleaner potable water and improve travel conditions
  • Retail Transit Centre Hubs
    • Total Cost: $250,000
    • Gas Tax Funding: $18,500
      • Expansion of Morrison St. /Dorchester Road. Transit Hub from 4 to 7 bus bays
      • Addition of lunch and washroom facilities for Niagara Falls Transit operators
        • Infrastructure improvements have relieved traffic congestion and improved service to better facilitate existing routes. This expansion allowed for the migration of the Regional Service Post-Secondary Service to one central hub.
  • Gale Centre Energy Refit Project
    • Total Cost: $550,800
    • Gas Tax Funding: $550,800
      • Enhancement of the mechanical systems at the Gale Centre
      • Enhancements included the separation of the heat loops and the installation of variable speed pumps
        • Infrastructure Improvements have reduced energy consumptions by 13 %
  • Hamilton Street/Fifth Ave/Sixth Ave Sewer Separation
    • Total Cost: $3,738,825
    • Gas Tax Funding: $187,881
      • Installation of a new storm sewer and separate sanitary sewer
      • Watermain replacements
      • Full road reconstruction, including new sidewalks, boulevards curb and gutter
        • Infrastructure improvements will reduce flooding events, provide cleaner, potable water, and improve travel conditions

For more information, please contact:
Teresa Simmonds, Communications Officer, City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-356-7521 Ext 5105
Email: tsimmonds@niagarafalls.ca 

Posted on: 10/19/2016 2:59 PM - Category: Media Releases