The City of Dryden is seeing a huge investment from the provincial government to improve and replace traffic signals along Highway 17 and Highway 594.

The over $1.1 million in funding is being provided by the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links program, which helps municipalities repair their roadways that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community.

In 2016, the provincial government provided $71,894 to the City of Dryden for routing and sealing of pavement on Government Street. In 2018, the province gave Dryden $250,000 for the reconstruction and resurfacing of Duke Street. In 2019, Dryden saw $112,000 for work on Highway 17 and 594.

The 2021-22 Connecting Links program is providing $30 million in funding to 14 municipalities across the province for bridge repairs, resurfacing projects, reconstruction projects and detailed design projects.

A change in the program funding this year includes increasing the maximum amount of available funding for bridge projects from $3 million to $5 million to reflect the higher maintenance costs compared to roads.