News Phase one of the Connecting Link redesign is a go, as province commits $3M SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Friday, Apr. 1st, 2016 Photo: Mayor Steve Black and Minister Michael Gravelle, who remains as the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. Supplied by Taylor Ablett. The province is investing $3 million into our Connecting Link project. This money is going to go into phase one of the project, which will fix almost three kilometres of Highway 101 from east of Rae Hill to Bruce Avenue. Minister of Northern Development, Michael Gravelle, was in town to make the announcement. He says the province understands how important the Connecting Link funding is to municipalities across the north, but none more so than Timmins. He says they know there is a considerable number of kilometres that are the responsibility of the community, and the Connecting Link project is key to moving the plan forward. Gravelle says this $3 million commitment is a reflection of the government’s understanding that the program is crucial to a number of communities in the north, with Timmins right at the top of the list. This $3 million will go towards phase one of the project, which is costing $4.5 million in total. The extra $1.5 million will come from the city. The entire project is costing $95 million over ten years. Phase one is expected to begin this summer. Previous story: Timmins is spending $152K to begin the Connecting Link redesign, despite no guarantees for provincial funding.