Update: County Road 50-Project Starting 2023! Finally

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January 11th- Update

Council voted all in favour of allocating 500k of the “recently was awarded additional OCIF grant monies in the amount of $911,741 to be used for new or existing infrastructure only (roads, sidewalks, shared paved trails, streetlights if part of a roads project and underground infrastructure, etc.)” to the 2023 County Road 50 paved shoulder project.

This is very exciting news as it means we can start working on this project next year. It has not been decided yet if we will be able to complete the entire stretch in 2023 but now we are well on our way! Thank you everyone for your messages of support.

January 7th:

The County has a Plan- It is Time for the Town to Step Up With Our Share of the Funds

The County has committed to doing County Road 50 this year (2022) from Dunn Road to Dahinda. The County is also making their way towards us coming from Amherstburg this year they are doing a paved shoulder and pavement rehabilitation from the 7th Con to Collison Sideroad.

The paved shoulder on County Road 50 is a partnership program, 60 percent covered by the Town of Essex and 40 percent covered by the County. The County is showing willingness to come East to us and do Dahinda but in order to do the paved shoulder further West, the Town must have money saved or earmarked. We are close to missing this opportunity if we do not act now in my opinion. We may not be able to complete the stretch in 2022 or even 2023 but at least we can let the County know and our community know we want this too.

“The Town of Essex recently was awarded additional OCIF grant monies in the amount of $911,741 to be used for new or existing infrastructure only (roads, sidewalks, shared paved trails, streetlights if part of a roads project and underground infrastructure, etc.)”  Monday January 10th council goes into budget again at 4:30 to discuss our capital budget for 2022. I believe the best use of the grant money is to ear mark it for the County Road 50 paved shoulder. This way when the County continues down County Road 50 in 2023 we are ready and can work together.

Below is a map of the proposed timeframe for the County. The Town of Essex needs to find their 60 percent sooner rather than later to show the County we are committed too.

This trail is something many residents have wanted and asked for during my time on council. It is important to those who live there and users of our trail system. With all the recent developments and new proposed developments for Colchester moving forward with a solid financial plan just makes sense. This is an urgent safety concern and we are within reach of completing it.

You can let council know you support or do not support this project by emailing us councilmembers@essex.ca

Happy Friday!

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