The Canadian Government has granted funding for three infrastructure projects to improve roads and bridges in north-eastern Ontario.

The three projects will be carried out in the Casey, Evanturel and Kerns townships.

The Casey project includes the reconstruction of the development road and culvert replacement.

Township of Casey reeve Guy Labonté said: “This project will support local tourism by providing a safe and reliable link between Highway 65 and Highway 11. The new reconstruction and surface treatment will reduce dust and increase safety for travellers.”

The Evanturel project involves culvert replacement and the installation of new guardrails on the Kirbyson road.

In Kerns, the Murphy Bridge will be replaced with a new modular bridge. It will be equipped with upgraded guardrails and signage aimed to ensure traveller safety.

The Canadian Government and the Province of Ontario are investing around C$1.3m ($0.976m) and C$763,000 ($573,089) respectively.

All remaining costs will be covered by the townships of Casey, Evanturel and Kerns.

The government’s contribution is through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

Canadanian Rural Economic Development minister Bernadette Jordan said: “Improving Canada’s roads and bridges is essential to the long-term growth of northern Ontario’s communities.

“Once complete, these important projects in the townships of Casey, Evanturel and Kerns will allow residents to travel more safely, spend less time on the road and more time with family and friends.”