The actual cost of redoing the Connecting Link is $15 million higher than the city was expecting. Initial reports showed completely redoing Algonquin would cost between $50 and $80 million. But Mayor Steve Black says the consultant who did the pre-feasibility work is quoting the project at around $95 million. That includes underground services, roads, sidewalks, and curbs. Black says that number is just the concept cost, and the city will be waiting on the full engineering cost before they can lock down that number and know just how big it is.

Black just got back from a meeting with the Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, to try and get some funding, and he says that huge number may help sway the province in our favour. He says to have the third party consultant do the pre-feasibility study and show just how big the number is, proves it’s far too big for the city to pay for on its own. He says it was a good opportunity to sit down with the Minister and show how serious the problem is.

Timmins has applied for funding through Ontario’s Connecting Link program, but the recipients of those dollars won’t be announced until the spring.